When it comes to lipstick, I'm not particularly daring.. sticking to mainly pinks and nudes with the odd coral. As soon as I saw that L'Oréal had launched their Color Riche Collection Privée Lipsticks in a range of six different nude shades (and also a similar nude range of polishes), I knew I had to give them a try. The six nude shades within the collection are all assigned to six of L'Oréal's celebrity spokeswomen... they are; Freida's Nude (Frieda Pinto), Eva's Nude (Eva Longoria), Doutzen's Nude (Doutzen Kroes), Cheryl's Nude (Cheryl Cole), Liya's Nude (Liya Kebede) and Julianne's Nude (Julianne Moore). Interesting enough, this nude collection hasn't launched within the US (yet - to my knowledge) however the Cheryl's Nude is actually the J-Lo Nude in Canada.
Each of the lipsticks are £8.16 each which is the same as their Color Riche Made for Me Lipsticks. I opted for Julianne's Nude which is also called 'Barely Peach' after looking at swatches online, although I do like the look of all six shades which is dangerous for my purse. The packaging is really luxe for L'Oréal and reminds me of NARS in that the outer casing of the lipstick is a rubberised matte texture. The lipstick has gold accents alongside Julianne's signature. It just feels and looks really sleek and of high quality.. I love the embossed L'Oréal in the bullet of the lipstick too.
The very first time I applied L'Oréal Julianne's Nude I was taken aback by how much of an amazing dupe it was for my favourite MAC Lipstick; MAC Creme Cup. It is virtually identical in terms of shade and texture, which makes me very happy as I love Creme Cup. Julianne's Nude is described as barely peach, but I'd say that this is more pink then it is peach. It's such a pretty medium pink that I haven fallen in love with. It's a touch pinker than my natural lip colour, which is why I think it looks so flattering against my skintone. I have the same skintone as Julianne Moore which is why I think this shade works so well for me, so if you are also pale, you definitely need to try this shade as it's just beautiful.
This L'Oréal Color Riche Collection Privée Lipstick applies so well.. it's very smooth, and can be worn quite sheer or slightly built up. The formula is identical to that of the MAC Cremesheen Lipsticks, in that they're creamy and smooth as well as feeling relatively moisturising on the lips. I'm not entirely convinced that this in fact the Cremesheen MAC Creme Cup in L'Oréal packaging.. the only difference is this lipstick doesn't have the delicious vanilla scent that MAC lipsticks have. Wear time isn't too impressive at around two hours, but I'm not at all bothered by that as it's so easy to apply and I love it so much - plus I can apply it on the go without a mirror - without looking like a clown. At £8.16 it's not the cheapest drugstore lipstick, but it's such a lovely lipstick, I'd wholeheartedly recommend both this shade and the range in general.