From the moment I first laid my eyes on L’Adorée lipstick (limited edition shade from Chanel’s Spring 2014 collection) I new it was a “must have”. It reminded me of Rouge Coco in Culte, but for some reason that shade looked really bad on me. And even though I knew the shade of L’Adoree would also be hard to pull off, I’ve picked it up without even swatching it on my hand.
L’Adorée is a unique shade – it’s a dark mauve with brown, blue and grey undertones. It’s complex, cool-toned and it changes depending on how many layers I apply. My lips are not pigmented at all, on me the colour is true-to-pan, but it looks greyish if I apply it few times. I find it looks best with two light layers.
The formula is creamy with a velvet semi-matte finish. It’s lightweight, nicely pigmented but not fully opaque. It can be layered or applied lightly for a more natural look. I like the buildable formula as I prefer some flexibility when it comes to the darker shades, however it does emphasise the dryness of my lips a lot. The formula itself is not drying or moisturising, it’s somewhere in between, but because it is so creamy it gets caught in every dry patch. Exfoliation is a must before the application.
Considering it’s a creamy formula I didn’t expect it to be long lasting, but the staying power is actually fine. After two hours of wear the creamy layer disappears but it fades out nicely leaving the long lasting stain. It doesn’t bleed and it doesn’t look messy after 4-5 hours of wear.
^ light and heavy swatch, applied to the lips with a lipstick brush, without a lip liner
I’m glad I got L’Adorée, it’s such a pretty and sophisticated shade. I’m willing to put an effort before the application to make it look good and overlook the formula issues.