L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick Swatches

I posted about the L’Oreal Color Riche Lipsticks several years ago, but I really wasn’t in the way of taking decent photos. When I started wearing makeup, this lipstick range was one of the first ones I ever dabbled with.

I have a vivid memory of finding my first perfect red lipstick back when I worked at Mango, probably in 2007 (it recently closed down).

Mango was hosting an event with LOULOU Magazine, at the end of the event, there were swag bags left over – that’s how I got L’Oreal Colour Riche Star Secrets 320 Penelope’s Red. It worked perfectly with my olive complexion and yellow undertones.

L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick Swatches


Considering the ridiculous amount of lipstick I own, I figured I should start swatching it all. I suppose this concept would also serve to help anyone with a similar skin tone to mine as well. I can’t tell you how many times I have bough a lipstick that looked great on someone else, but lackluster on myself.

By the way, I didn’t swatch 875 Dune. The UPS delivery guy rung at my door when I was in between swatches and I forgot to swatch that one. It’s a sheer nude satin that I wore on a daily when I first got it.

Let’s begin with the Made For Me Naturals.

L’Oreal Color Riche 862 NudeL'Oreal-Colour-Riche-Lipstick-862-nude

Nude is a medium coverage peachy nude with subtle silver micro shimmer. The shimmer sets it apart from the nudes we’re used to today. It’s a forgiving finish, meaning you’ll never have lifeless concealer lips with this nude.

L’Oreal Color Riche 861 TaffetaL'Oreal-Colour-Riche-Lipstick-861-taffeta

Similar to Nude, Taffeta also has silver micro shimmer. This is more of a pinky-mauve nude.

L’Oreal Color Riche 630 Sea FleurL'Oreal-Colour-Riche-Lipstick-630-sea-fleur

Patone color of the year – Radiant Orchid, anyone? Here’s a shimmer called Sea Fleur. This might be he nicest blue based magenta that I own. The shimmer gives it a metallic look and a vintage vibe. I like to reach for this in the summer when I have a good tan.

L’Oreal Color Riche 410 VolcanicL'Oreal-Colour-Riche-Lipstick-410-Volcanic

Unique to my collection, Volcanic is a coral-orange lipstick with a cream. There’s something slightly subdued about this shade; it’s at a happy medium between a nude and a bright orange lip. It is neither too flashy nor too demure. I really like it.

L’Oreal Color Riche 350 British RedL'Oreal-Colour-Riche-Lipstick-350-British-Red

British Red is a classic red, for the most part. It’s a great red for the Spring and Summer because it has a hint of orange. As for my absurd sex-faced selfie – well, red lipsticks make a girl feel sexy! Okay!?

The L’Oreal Color Riche Lipsticks do have some set backs.

First – It’s not entirely long wearing, but it’s easy to re-apply.

Second – I’m over the gold tube. I think they’ve had the same style since the late 90’s, if I’m not mistaken.

Third – L’Oreal lipsticks are notorious for their “Old Lady” scent. It lingers a bit, but once you get over it, or once it passes (whichever comes first), the colors are creamy and beautiful on the lips.

What is your favorite or first drugstore lipstick range?

*Disclaimer – I bought these on my own.


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