Whenever Balmain does a collaboration you know it’s going to be an immediate sell out. Pieces from their last collab with H&M two years ago are still going for crazy prices on eBay. One dress has an asking price of £950… Thanks to Creative Director Olivier Rousteing and, lets face it, the Kardashians whatever the brand touches turns to gold.
Sadly the form fitting dresses and iconic structured blazers and are way out of budget for many of us. But when a fashion brand of this status joins up with one of the most popular global beauty brands my credit card was practically tingling.
The collaboration includes L’Oréal’s colour riche lipstick reinvented in twelve unique shades by Balmain. The shades themselves represent three tribes and each tribe contains four shades designed for a variety of skintones.
This colab is worth picking up for the packaging alone. The emerald-green is absolutely stunning and by far my favourite of the three. There is also blue and black onyx. The gold details and Balmain’s distinctive logo give these lipsticks a super high end feel.
These are matte but they are enriched with camelia oil to prevent them feeling drying on your lips. Personally I don’t feel these are a full matte as they do have a really creamy finish. I have really dry and often quite chapped lips but this formula didn’t highlight any lines or cracks and felt lovely on.
For most of us the blue, green and purple shades are a little out there to reach for every day. But this is a fashion collab so the shade range was always going to be a bit edgy and add something different to the drugstore shade range.
I picked up two shades; domination and urban safari.
Urban Safari is the lightest of the three nude shades. (Confession and confidence are the other two nudes). It’s a true nude and it’s neither too peachy or too pink. It is very light so more suited to fairer skin tones or as a topper to lighten up darker shades. If you are more tanned and want to go for one of the nude shades then I’d go for confession. It’s a darker nude and has more of a peachy undertone.
I was really keen to try confidence as it looked like a lovely pink nude but it’s actually a lip topper. It’s very glittery and designed to be used over one of the other lighter shades in the collection.
Domination is a stunning red and the only red in the collection. It has a slight pink undertone but its not too warm at all. (I normally only go for blue based reds to prevent looking washed out but I still love this shade). Being a darker shade I did feel like the colour was slightly patchy with just one coat so it definitely needed a couple of coats.
You can purchase these lipsticks from Harvey Nichols for £12.99 online here (and in stores in Knightsbridge, Manchester and Liverpool). Have you tried any of the L’Oréal x Balmain lipsticks yet – what did you think?