L’oreal Color Riche La Laque & Le Matte

Since a lot of my makeup posts have been on high-end products recently I thought it was about time to give a drugstore brand some love. The timing was perfect, as I stumbled upon a display for the new limited edition L’oreal Color Riche La Laque and Le Matte lipsticks in my local Duane Reade a few days ago. I’d seen some buzz on these products around the blog/YouTube community, so I was excited to pick up a few shades and try them out!

Unfortunately there isn’t any information on the L’oreal website about these, so everything I know is via beauty blogs and my personal experience. The display describes them as “lipstick + lipliner in one” and holds eight shades– four matte and four glossy. Sadly there are only slots for two tubes of each shade, so I imagine these are being scooped up quickly. The one I found had  six of the eight shades left, so I considered my selection pretty good.

From to to bottom: 414 "I Laque You A Lot", 411 "Never Laque-ing", 409 "Matte For Me", & 404 "Matte-r Of Fact"

From top to bottom: 414 “I Laque You A Lot”, 411 “Never Laque-ing”, 409 “Matte For Me”, & 404 “Matte-r Of Fact”


The formula of the La Laque shades is extremely soft and creamy with a high-shine glossy finish. The Le Matte shades go on smooth, and while they’re not completely matte they do feature a satin finish without any gloss or sparkle. The angled point of these a retractable pencils that make them effortless to apply.  My only complaint is that the colors on the display and (slightly less so) the packaging don’t exactly match the color that will show up on your lips. For reference, here is a lip swatch of each:

414 "I Laque You A Lot"

414 “I Laque You A Lot”

411 "Never Laque-ing"

411 “Never Laque-ing”

409 "Matte For Me"

409 “Matte For Me”

404 "Matte-r Of Fact"

404 “Matte-r Of Fact”


Overall I think these are a very unique product from the drugstore with the look and quality of a higher-end product. I hope that L’oreal will add these to their permanent collection, or at least come out with seasonal limited edition releases. Have you tried the La Laque or Le Matte lipcolors yet? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


-LMC ♥

New MAC purchases: Blush, lipstick, & brush

Happy Saturday! Here’s hoping your weekend is off to a beautiful start. To add on to the review and photos I posted yesterday of my newly acquired MAC eyeshadows, here’s the rest of my haul– a blush, lipstick, and my first MAC brush.

After the gorgeous orange lips I’d seen featured on some runways at NYFW I knew I wanted to add a matte orangey-red color to my collection. I’d had my eye on Ruby Woo, Russian Red, and Lady Danger for a while, but after trying each at the MAC store I decided that Lady Danger was the exact fall lip color I’d been searching for.



A vivid, bright coral red, Lady Danger features MAC’s classic matte formula which goes on smoothly and stays put for hours. Compared to other matte lipsticks I own (including my favorite, NARS’ velvet matte lip pencils) I found this formula to be less drying than usual with great staying power. I wore Lady Danger out to dinner last night (more on that in Monday’s Weekend Wrap-up post) and it held up fairly well through multiple courses of eating and drinking.


The next item in my recent MAC haul was Plum Foolery, a sheer-tone shimmer blush described as “faintly plum.” Don’t let the “faintly” description fool you though (ha!), this one definitely packs a punch of both color and shimmer. It’s the perfect compliment to my pink-undertoned skin with just enough sparkle to skip an extra highlighter, but not so glittery that I feel comfortable wearing it even on casual makeup days. I tend to get stuck in ruts with a blush, wearing the same color for weeks on end, and I can already tell Plum Foolery is going to be my latest go-to check color.




Finally, I added my first MAC brush to my collection with the purchase of the cult-favorite 217 blending brush. As someone who was perfectly content with drugstore variety makeup brushes for ages, I had trouble justifying the real need for the 217 in my life, but at the last minute decided to tack it on to my order. The MAC website describes the brush as having “fine, densely packed fibers that are arranged in an oval shape” good for “shading or blending of color or creamy products.” With its slightly pinched ferrule and fluffy top it reminds me of my current favorite eye brush, the Real Techniques deluxe crease brush, just slightly more stiff. In the future I’ll probably still stick to my Real Techniques and Sigma brushes, but I’m glad to have added this MAC classic to my collection and have enjoyed using it to create both natural and smokey eye looks.



Well that’s it for this week’s recent MAC purchases. I hope you enjoyed seeing a few shots and first impressions of these products, all of which I’m falling more in love with as I continue to incorporate them into my daily makeup routine. Like I said before, I’m already working on a new MAC wishlist for my next order, so if you have any recommendations, please share!

-LMC ♥

New MAC purchases: Eyeshadows

Last night was my first evening on the town wearing a fabulous smokey eye featuring some of the new MAC eyeshadows I recently picked up. Overall the colors were beautiful and held up flawlessly through a night of humidity and rain. Below I’ll feature the new colors I added to my collection, along with my thoughts on each. Be sure to come back tomorrow for more on the new blush, lipstick, and brush I picked up as well. Enjoy!



From left to right: Club, Satin Taupe, Cranberry, Antiqued, Expensive Pink, Vex.

Overall these shadows are highly pigmented with a smooth, buttery texture. They lasted without creasing or fading for an entire evening, even with time spent walking in the rain and sitting in a humid lounge. They definitely live up to the high quality reputation of MAC products, and I would not hesitate to purchase more to expand my collection in the future. (Let’s just wait until my next pay check arrives!) Now for a bit more detail on each shade…



The MAC website describes Club as a red brown with green pearl (satin finish). In my opinion the base of this shade is more of a cool brown/gray, and the pearlescent green effect when the light hits is amazing. I’ve gotten recommendations to wear Club on its own in a sheer wash all over the lid and up into the crease, as the chameleon-like quality of this shadow can make it appear as various layers of shadow rather than just one. Last night this was a great addition to my smokey eye, blended into the outer corner of my eye and smudged under my lower lash line. Of all the colors in my recent purchase, Club is my favorite so far.



Satin Taupe is described as a taupe with silver shimmer and a frost finish, which is certainly accurate. Having earned cult-status as a MAC favorite among the beauty community this was the first shadow I had on my MAC wishlist. While it doesn’t feature some of the crazy pearl or duo-chrome of some other shades I purchased, it’s a beautiful neutral color that I anticipate wearing frequently.



I’m so excited to a berry colored eye for the fall season and the minute I tried Cranberry at the MAC store I knew it was the color to get the look I was after. A frost finish with a red-plum base and pink shimmer, Cranberry can lean either warm or cool depending on how the light hits it. While the Garnet shade in my Lorac PRO palette is a little too ruddy for my taste, Cranberry is the perfect deep shade for an autumnal smokey eye.



I was on the hunt for another neutral shade from MAC, but was intent on finding a color that wasn’t too similar to something from the Lorac PRO and Unzipped palettes, which are my daily go-to for eyeshadows. After assessing what I already owned it seemed that a nice rusty brown would fit perfectly into my collection, which is what brought me to Antiqued, an ash brown with bronze and a veluxe pearl finish. The hint of orange in this shade really brings out the green tones in my hazel eyes and makes it another perfect color for fall (although I’m sure I’ll wear it year-round!).



Expensive Pink is another chameleon-like shade that I’d never seen anything like before and knew I had to own the minute I spotted it at the MAC store. A pink duo-chrome shade with a veluxe pearl finish, in varying lights this color goes from pink to orange to gold and back again. I think it could also double as a gorgeous blush, so I may have to give that a try sometime too. The berry-colored fall eye look I’m planning with Cranberry would be gorgeous with a pop of Expensive Pink in the middle of the lid, so look for a photo soon when I get the chance to try out that combination.



While MAC describes Vex as a beige with pink and green pearl and a frost finish, the best way I can think of to describe it is that beautiful mother-of-pearl shade found on the interior of some seashells. Like Cranberry, this shade can pull warm or cool depending on the lighting, and like Club it’s difficult to put your finger precisely on what color family it belongs to. When checking out MAC favorites like Naked Lunch and Nylon I was less than wow-ed, but knew I wanted to add a light shade to my collection. The minute I saw Vex I was blown away and knew that it would be the perfect inner corner and highlight shade for me.


I hope you enjoyed this roundup of my lovely new MAC shadows. Unfortunately last night was a bit too chaotic to snap a good photo of my smokey eye featuring Club and Vex, but the next time I wear some of these colors I’ll be sure to post a photo. Come back tomorrow to see the brush, lipstick, and blush I recently purchased from MAC, and look for another post on Sunday after my visit to the Birchbox Local shop. Until then, enjoy the weekend!

-LMC ♥