In September 2017, L’Oreal launched a lipstick line in collaboration with fashion brand Balmain. So I’m pretty late to the game on this review, because you know, life gets in the way.
Anyhow, I bought these lipsticks mainly because it was in collaboration with Balmain—it might be the closest I can get to buying makeup from a luxury brand, haha.
I purchased the shades Domination and Power for PHP499 each.
Domination is part of the Couture Tribe collection, whereas Power is from the Rock Tribe one. I wanted to try something from the Glamazone Tribe so I could get a better idea of how consistent the lipsticks were across the board, but I didn’t see a shade I liked.
As you can see, the packaging is beautiful.
I am especially in love with the Rock Tribe design: that marbled bright blue with gold “hardware” just screams designer to me. The black tube of the Couture Tribe is classic and sophisticated, but not as striking.
Still, they don’t look or feel cheap unlike other drugstore products, which is good considering the image of Balmain is high-end.
The website of L’Oreal describes these two shades as follows.
I love this shade. I don’t think I have anything like this in my collection of red lipsticks. Wearing this color makes me feel powerful—it makes me feel like I’m being bold, but not over the top.
I wore this color when I felt more adventurous. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this true brown shade since I don’t see it having a lot of dimension. Like, it’s literally just brown. Yawn. I prefer the Colourpop Lux Lipstick in 27.
Texture and Performance
These are not creamy mattes like Maybelline’s formula. These are really matte to the point that they cause tugging at the lips during application.
Power is the worse offender in this scenario. It is patchy and does not apply evenly, despite exfoliating my lips and applying lip balm beforehand. Wearing this shade is high-maintenance because it quickly fades in the inner part of my lips. The fading is uneven, and reapplication doesn’t make it look much better because it emphasized dry patches on my lips.
I’ve since decluttered this, though I was sorry to see it go simply because of the packaging.
Domination is relatively creamier, and it applies more evenly. It doesn’t require as much reapplication as Power, though it has the same problem of clinging to dry patches. It wears well since it’s a drier matte formula. It fades after eating and drinking, but not terribly so.
Based on my experience using these two, and swatching the rest in stores, I’d say the collection is hit or miss. I suggest you swatch them before deciding to purchase.