A few weeks ago I raved about L’Oréal’s new Colour Caresse lipstick in Rose Taffeta (you can see that post here). I liked this product so much that I went back to the drugstore aisle and ended up with a second shade: Cherry Tulle (179). It’s a red shade, slightly outside my rose/berry comfort zone, with another name inspired by fabric and fashion.
In the tube, Cherry Tulle looks like a neutral-to-warm red, almost a brick shade. It appears to have a creme finish (no shimmer at all), and it gives off the same light, fruity scent as the rest of the Colour Caresse line.
On my skin, however, this shade turns neutral-to-cool. It’s not quite the deep blue-red of real cherries, but it’s definitely not warm anymore. And it has a semi-sheer effect, but it still carries plenty of pigment—you’re not getting one of Clinique’s “where-did-it-go?” Almost Lipsticks here.
I photographed these two swatches on my arm, stepping from shade into sunlight.
When it’s applied, the Colour Caresse formula feels smooth and balm-like; it transfers to the lip without any drag, and it lasts surprisingly well for a lightweight lipstick. After a drink and a snack, or the normal wear of a morning at work, Cherry Tulle wears down a bit into a flattering, “bitten” stain on my mouth.
This could be my new “everyday red” lipstick, taking the place of Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm in Crystal Red, due to its easier application and more consistent coloration.
I’m still not crazy about the packaging, but I love the color and the formula and the name so much that I’m willing to ignore the slightly cheap-feeling goldtone tube.
In short: highly recommended.
L’Oréal Colour Caresse Lipstick retails for $9 or so, depending on location and special offers.
Disclaimer: I purchased this item at the drugstore.
Images: Dolores Hawkins wearing Anne Fogarty 1957, via My Vintage Vogue; product photos by Tinsel Creation.