Balmain is a high end brand that loves to collaborate with more affordable brands such as H&M, which always causes a frenzy amongst the general public. Their newest collaboration with L’Oreal paris is the first time the brand has ventured into beauty, and sure enough people have been excited to try the lipsticks despite some of the shades being deemed unwearable.
The inspiration for the collection is based on three tribes of women- the Glamazon, the Couture and Rock. I decided to purchase a lippy from each tribe from Harvey Nichols to see what the fuss was about.
Each of the lipsticks cost £12.99, which is almost double the price of the average L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick, but less than a higher end brand such as Charlotte Tilbury or Urban Decay. The packaging looks luxurious with the marble print, but is quite plastic-y and cheap feeling. The green tubes represent the Glamazon tribe, the black represent the Couture tribe and the blue ones represent the Rock tribe.
Above are the swatches of the lipsticks and their shade names. I tried to choose interesting colours that I still could wear quite often. They do have shades such as blues and greens but I thought that they would be too out-there for me! I have never tried the Color Riche lipsticks before, but these were super creamy and glided on the lips really nicely. However, I do recommend making sure your lips are smooth (by scrubbing and using lip balm beforehand) before putting them on as the lipsticks looked really crusty and accentuated cracks when my lips were dry.
My least favourite shade was ‘Confidence’, as it was super sheer and acted more like a lip topper. It has a gold sheen which is really pretty though, and paired really well on top of Huda Beauty’s Bombshell matte liquid lipstick.
My favourite shade is definitely ‘Fever’, as I tend to lean towards brighter shades and I think it’s a very flattering pumpkin orange that’s great for autumn! It also lasted well after eating (although it of course faded a little bit). I think Power and Liberation are also really cool, especially for grungey or evening looks.
Overall, I think these lipsticks are not a must-have but are really nice if you do see a shade you like, as they do perform really well and are definitely a collector’s item!