When I think of Balmain, I can’t help but think of the 20-minute spectacle that was when Balmain collaborated with H&M. Let’s admit it; Balmain is loud: they love Velvet and his baroque designs remind me of Michael Jackson’s jackets he wore to Dangerous tours circa 1991. The point is: either you get him. Or you don’t. So when Balmain and L’Oreal decided to collaborate, it was either going to be a hit or a miss. So which one is it?
L’Oreal X Balmain: The Collection
We got these at POPxo (Yes, I work there now!) and we were all piqued to see what was inside. I have to start by saying the attention to detail was evident in the packaging. It had Balmain all over it.
I opened it to find 12 bullet lipsticks in three marble variations.
It was time to unwrap this candy and get swatching. The black packaging included four colours called Liberation, Domination, Confession and Confidence. I loved the dark red, it’s quite opaque and I’ve been looking for a new red to add to my personal collection. The wine red is perfect for when you wanna go EXTRA! (thanks for teaching me the term, Rhea!)
The green packaging will be different than the rest on your dresser. And if you look inside, the green lipstick called Urban Safari is the most fitting. Others include Fever, Instinct and Glamazone (like that’s a thing!).
The last of the lot in marble-blue packaging had the last four: Legend, Power, Rebellion and Freedom. The blue and the purple are not great on pigment and slightly more translucent. I just couldn’t imagine a blue stain on my coffee cup so I gave most of these away.
If you want to go extra, or try something new, which of these would you choose? I think it’d be green for me.
Last Word: Each of the 12 lipsticks that are a part of L’Oreal X Balmain Lipstick Collection cost Rs 1,050.
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