The other day I was casually passing time on my lunch break walking around Boots, as you do and saw that Boots had a 3 for 2 offer over all L'Oreal cosmetics. Seeing as the new L'Oreal GlamShine Stain Splash glosses have been something I've been eager to get my beauty mitts on, I thought it would be extremely rude of me not to take Boots up on this offer and treated myself to three beautiful shades. I've been hearing a few mixed reviews on these lip products in the world of beauty, but as soon as I saw Fleur De Force rave about them in one of her latest videos, I knew that I definitely wanted to try them and see for myself what they are really like. Apparently the GlamShine Stain Splashes are supposed to be good dupes for the YSL Glossy Stains, sadly I've never tried one, so I can't compare the two in this review for you. But after trying and wearing these on my lips all week I can give you beauties my thoughts on how good these lip products from L'Oreal really are.
First of all let me start with packaging! I love the look of these GlamShine Splash Stains, with their sleek gold packaging and little window at the top in which you can see the product in. I think they look much more expensive than their £7.99 price tag and it gives me that 'classy girl' feeling when I whip it out of my makeup bag to apply it. I think its the fact that there is nothing printed on the actual packaging and the L'Oreal logo is a part of the casing which makes this look like a high-end product. The top easily twists off at the top and you apply these to your lips using the teardrop doe foot applicator, which L'Oreal say is designed to 'match perfectly to the contour of your lips' and I agree fully. The wand is ever so soft, and glides easily over your lips, giving you a very even application.
When it comes to the actual product, these GlamShine Splash Stains feel amazing on the lips, but are a bit tricky to describe how they feel once applied, so I will try my best. The gloss itself feels quite wet on first application, but creamy at the same time, but it only takes couple of seconds for it to dry on your lips. For me it feels like I'm applying a lipstick, which has a lot thinner consistency. Once you've applied the Splash Stain on your lips, I find that it dries like a stain, but looks like your wearing a really pigmented and shiny lipgloss on your lips instead - Which in my opinion is fantastic as you get none of that horrible sticky feeling that a gloss can sometimes give you. I've even been out and done the 'wind' test and you'll be pleased to hear that not one strand of hair got stuck to my lips. Although these dry on your lips pretty quickly, you might think that they would be a bit drying on, but I've found them to be quite the opposite. It feels as though your adding a nice protective barrier on your lips, whist hydrating them at the same time. And when it comes to staying power, these glosses really don't disappoint. The colour will last on your lips for hours, and even when the colour does start to fade your left with a nice even stain on your lips. The staying power is that good, that you can easily take a sip from a drink without leaving that horrible lip stain mark on the glass. Admittedly the shiny gloss bit does fade a little bit quicker, so for you beauties who want mega glossy lips, you would need to reapply this every couple of hours.
When reading other reviews online, the only bad points everyone seams to be picking up are the colours of this GlamShine collection. I think I swatched every single shade and I found that some shades were too similar and other colours were shades that just didn't particularly excite me. I picked up what up the shades which I thought I would get the most wear out of which were Juliet, Princess and Romy. I have to say the colours when you swatch them on your hands are a little deceiving as the colour which is transferred onto your lips can look a little different. Juliet which looks a like a dark pink in the tube, actually turns out to be a rich deep red shade on your lips; While Romy looks like a nice bubblegum pink when swatching it, but turns out to be a pretty dusty rose colour when on. I also found that I needed to layer these on my lips to get a good colour payout when wearing them, two layers will do the trick to get you a rich pigmented finish. This personally doesn't bother me, but I can see how some people could see this as annoying or a waste of product. In the swatches below I've applied two coats on my lips, even though I've had to add a second coat, I still think the colours on your lips look gorgeous and I love how shiny they make my lips look.
Overall I'm really impressed with the L'Oreal GlamShine Splash Stains and I'm pleased to welcome them into my collection of lipsticks and glosses. I think that these would be perfect for anyone who finds wearing lipstick a little bit daunting as they are a lot more subtle and I've really enjoyed wearing these on days where I'm not in the mood to wear lipstick, but still want a lovely pop of colour on my lips. If your tempted to try these out, they are on offer at Boots right now and you can find the link here.
Have you tried the L'Oreal GlamShine Stain Splash yet? What are your thoughts? I would love to know.
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