Review: Loreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain

Hello gentle readers.

 Loreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain is the drugstore little cousin of the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain. Combining a lightweight, moisturizing gloss and a powerful lip stain, this duo function product offers the best of both worlds, the powerful, long lasting colour of a stain and hydrating, glossy shine.


Loreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain is available at drugstores and other mass merchandise retailers where Loreal products are sold. The suggested retail price is $9.99. Prices may very by geographic area and from what store you purchase.

The product is packaged in a sleek, shiny gold tone tube with screw top and a spade shaped doe foot applicator. The coloured band near the top of the tube is of clear plastic and shows the true colour of the product within. I bought Rose On and On, a pretty, soft, rose pink with a very subtle shimmer.

The gloss, it's self is not very intensely pigmented, in fact is is somewhat sheer. The swatch on the left is one swipe full strength from the applicator. You can see my skin through the gloss. Rose On and On leaves behind a pretty pink stain when the gloss wears away. This stain was left after the product had been on my skin for less than a minute.

Are lip pics this size way too much of a thing? 

Loreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Rose On and On on my lips. This is a fresh, heavily applied swatch. As you can see, it isn't super pigmented nor is it very shiny. It's just... Nice.

Loreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain is not a great product. When it is first applied the gloss feels lightweight, smooth and silky on my lips. Pigmentation is just so-so. I can live with that, I don't expect lip gloss to be super pigmented. Wear time of the gloss is also just so-so. Again, not a problem. I don't expect long wear from lip gloss. I have been slopping gloss on these lips since the seventies and I have learned that gloss is a beautiful but short lived creature that requires frequent touch ups to look it's best throughout the day. No biggie. I really don't mind doing a quick touch up, now and then. The stain from this product is pretty-ish, I suppose but it isn't intense enough to make much difference on my naturally pigmented lips and I find it to be drying, making my lips crave more gloss or some lip balm. STAT!

And that is where I really start to run into trouble with this product. After a touch up or two, the gloss starts to congeal on my lips and it becomes increasingly stiff and sticky, almost plastic-y. It is an unpleasant feeling. Adding more gloss doesn't re moisturize and soften the product already on my lips and make everything feel silky and smooth, again. Adding more gloss just makes the problem worse and makes my lips feel even more goopy and sticky. At that point, I have to clean my lips with tissues and start over with a fresh, new application. This can be a real pain in my arse, if I am out and about for the day.

Loreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain is a great idea in theory but it falls far short in practice. Loreal really needs to take this one back to the drawing board. I would suggest that they use more of the ingredients that have made their Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stains such a raging success.

Have you tried the Loreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains? What did you think of them? Were they the fail for you that they are for me? Do you own their up market cousin? I have heard wonderful things about the Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stains. I have one on my wishlist and one day, I am going to get crazy and splurge on it.

Thank you for popping in and reading. Have a great day!