Here’s a little about the range by L’Oreal.
- Uncover edgy, matte shades encased within an exclusive pack, designed by Olivier rousting
- 12 Lipsticks designed to embody three femininities: safari, rock and couture
- Lipstick shades for every woman – no matter her origin, no matter her tribe
- Formula is infused with pure pigments and camellia oil to create the richest colour and most moisturising matte finish
L’Oreal Paris Balmain Limited Edition Color Riche Matte Lipstick 468 Liberation is a limited edition collection from L’Oreal that comes in a pretty shiny black packaging with Golden colored Balmain lettering on the case. Its basically a standard L’Oreal Case with some classy twists here and there. The packaging actually reminds me of the L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Star Secrets Range that was released somewhere in 2005-06 and I had my first L’Oreal Lipstick from that range, a shade called Purple Mila by Mila Jovovich. Even the scent of this lipstick is so strikingly similar that it brought back a lot of memories.
Anyway, coming back to the review. The shade that I zeroed upon from the range is LIBERATION. It is a gorgeous deep purple shade. I actually don’t have any color like this in my vanity so we can say that its quite a unique shade. Also, I really can’t think of any color that comes quite close to it. So, in case you want to try out a unique color, you might just pick this one up.
LIBERATION is quite a pigmented shade. It gives full opaque color in one swipe. Of course, out of habit, I might swipe it across a couple of times more. The color though tends to get a bit patchy. I realised that although L’Oreal claims these to be matte lipsticks, this one particularly is not 100% matte. I did use a tissue to dab off the excess oil and layer the color to get desired intensity and opacity.
The L’Oreal Paris Balmain Color Riche Matte Lipstick LIBERATION did not feather or bleed and wore well for 5-6 hours with mild transfer after I had dabbed off the excess oils. If that step is missed, I think it would transfer more. Also, the shade left a deep purple pink stain behind so even when the color wore off, the lips weren’t quite bare.
Overall, I have mixed feeling about the L’Oreal Paris Balmain Range, and particularly this shade Liberation. The range really has some really edgy shades, including an Olive Green and a Blue and a purple called Freedom and this deep purple called Liberation, there also was a stunning warm red called Domination, so there actually is something for everyone. But this lipstick does have its issues. It is pigmented, but applies a little patchy on the lips and does transfer around. The staying power is pretty nice though and it also leaves a pretty tint behind. L’Oreal could have probably placed these lipsticks in their standard Rs 700-Rs 800 category because I felt Rs 1050 was paying a bit too much for a lipstick that’s not exactly effortless!