L’Oreal Paris has teamed up with fashion house Balmain for a fabulous capsule collection of lipsticks. The lipsticks have been teased for months by Olivier Rousteing, Balmain’s creative director, as well as the L’Oreal Paris Instagram. Couture beauty for the masses? Count me in!
Balmain is known for couture creations worn on the red carpet by their celebrity clientele. The fashion is bold, designed with a strong woman in mind.
The L’Oreal Paris x Balmain Collection is similarly fashion forward and defined by three runway themes of the Balmain tribe: Glamazone, Couture, and Rock. The lipsticks are housed in sleek green (“malachite”) blue (“lapis-lazuli”) or black (“onyx”) cases designed to coincide with the tribe they associate with. The 12 Colour Riche matte lipstick shades are designed to work with all skin tones. It’s a beautiful collection.
I ordered two lipsticks from the L’Oreal Paris x Balmain Collection…Confidence (left) and Confession (right). Confidence is a sheer golden-nude shade; I would use this as more of a topper. Confession is a peachy nude. Both are gorgeous and very wearable. The Colour Riche formula is matte and comfortable, with nice color payoff. Other shades range from khaki green (Balmain Instinct), to deep red (Domination) to rocker blue (Rebellion).
The L’Oreal Paris x Balmain Collection is available at Barneys ($14 each shade); to be honest, I am considering ordering a few more; is this a collection that appeals to you?