I have another post with brief reviews and swatches from sampling.
When Lancôme introduced this sheer lipstick range, I was excited and almost sure that I'd get at least a few. Sheer lipstick with shine seems to be a thing for which I tend to open my wallet easily these days, but this time the sampling didn't lead me to an immediate purchase. It rather held me back.
I have mentally placed Lancôme Shine Lovers on the "maybe list" because I still think they are very nice. Maybe it is due to the fact that my impression is gathered merely from a sample packet with a tiny lip brush, which I suppose substantially differs from actually swiping a lipstick on the lips.
I can't really fault Lancôme or the sample itself. It includes a great selection of colors that would appeal to many people. It even comes with a small lip brush if that counts at all.
The colors - they are pretty, vibrant, and wearable.
The formula - it feels moderately hydrating and weightless on the lips.
The packaging - the tube looks simple, sleek, and functional.
I didn't like:
The scent - it is scented with the same fragrance as the Lip Lover range, which I'm not so crazy about. Some people do like it, and it isn't a strong scent, though.
The hydration claim - it is there, but not for 8 hours. I mean, it has to stay on for longer than a few hours for us to talk about 8 hour something, no?
The finish is pretty but I don't love it. It gives a subtle kind of "shine" that is similar to many other sheer lipsticks like Dior Addict, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine, and NARS Sheer Lipstick.
Now, on to the swatches.
Inattendue is a soft peachy pink. There is nothing "unexpected" about it although it pulls a bit pinker on my lips.
Fuchsia In Paris is a very pretty fuchsia with deeper undertones which makes the color easily wearable. Unfortunately, I already have too many of similar shades and a few even come in better formulas than Shine Lover's. You can see this color in context here.
French Sourire is the star shade of the range. It is a vibrant medium pink with a nice dose of warmth. I might want this in the future.
Hope this was helpful.
I find the range has quite a few interesting shades, especially the pinks. The $25 price tag is certainly modest especially when a NARS Sheer Lipstick is now pushing $30.
Have you tried these? What are your thoughts on them?