Have you spotted these L’Oreal Color Riche Collection Privée nude lipsticks and nail polishes? I saw a picked over display in my local drugstore several weeks ago, but recently on a weekend trip to Portland I found a display with all shades in stock and for the first time I was able to take a good look at all of the lovely options. The Collection Privée includes six pairings of nude-toned lipsticks and nail polishes associated with different spokeswomen who represent a variety of skin tones. From what I can tell, there are actually more than six spokeswomen for the collection, but which six you find will depend on what country you’re in. I first learned about these when they appeared in Canada this past fall, and they seem to be a spring release here in the US.
Initially, I was completely seduced by the packaging. Look at that lipstick tube! It looks and feels really nice, and has a great click when opened and closed. I also already know that I like the L’Oreal nail polishes, so I was up for taking one of those home with me, too. When it came to the lipstick I was mostly debating between Eva’s Nude and JLo’s Nude, and once I settled on Eva’s I felt good about taking home her pair of products because the nail color looked attractive. I’ll also admit that I kind of have a thing for Eva Longoria. I’ve seen her appear as a guest on some of the political talk shows on television and I really think she comes across as intelligent, informed, and well-spoken, but pleasant and compassionate, as well. It’s a nice combination, and I’m a fan.
The lipstick in Eva’s Nude is sort of a rosy apricot nude. Eva Longoria isn’t actually my best “match” if we’re talking skin tone and coloring, but I was leaning toward the richer nudes in the collection because I have naturally pigmented red-toned lips and the paler nudes often look dead on me and fade in a very obvious way. Eva’s Nude is a really beautiful shade that leans a little warm, has a hint of shimmer for some dimension, and isn’t very glossy … it’s more of a gentle satin. I love it.
It builds to opacity pretty easily, and I found it really comfortable to wear. It doesn’t dry my lips out (a rarity!) and starts to look pretty faded around the 4-hour mark. I’ve seen different people say that they found the smell of these lipsticks unpleasant, but it doesn’t bother me. I don’t find it to be very strong, and it’s just a makeup-y smell, nothing like a fake candy or vanilla scent or anything like that. It’s possible that some shades are worse than others in this respect, but I’m perfectly happy with this one. If you’re curious, above I’m also wearing: a blend of L’Oreal True Match (review) and Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous foundations, Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity translucent powder (review), The Body Shop bronzer in Medium Matte, Clarins Graphic Expression powder (LE for Fall 2013 – review) as blush, Maybelline brow pencil in Blonde, and Maybelline The Falsies mascara (review).
Because I do already enjoy the L’Oreal nail polishes, I had no hesitations in taking home one of these shades. Eva’s Nude is a creamy, yellowish beige. There’s some subtle peachy golden shimmer, but it’s only visible in certain natural lighting conditions so it isn’t really apparent on nails. It’s somewhat transparent and streaky with 1 and 2 coats, but looks completely opaque and lovely with 3 coats. I also find these to be priced really well at around $6. Update: After a week of wear, I only have minor chipping on the ends of 4 of my nails. This is really great for me, as I’m not particularly gentle on my hands and nails. I’ve also begun some self tanning and do really enjoy how this color looks with slightly darker skin, so I’m looking forward to getting a lot of use out of this shade over the summer.
Although I can definitely see these lipstick and nail polish shades looking particularly beautiful on people with darker coloring than mine, I’m still loving these and think that many of the nudes in this collection will look nice on lots of different people. I think they’ve done a nice job in the shade development and a lot of the colors in the collection will be widely flattering. I found these at a Rite Aid where the lipsticks were priced at about $8 and the nail polishes were priced at around $6. I’d consider picking up additional shades, but I suspect that Portland display may be the last I’ll see of these! Have you tried any products from the Collection Privée?