I have been eyeing up the L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Privée for a good while now, but my excessive collection of lipsticks has stopped me from buying any. I eventually caved in and chose 'Freida's nude' just before I went on holiday after buying lots of other non essential stuff, I figured I may as well throw this in my basket too.
I don't usually tend to wear nude lipsticks, but there was something about this that stuck out to me, it doesn't look like your typical nude shade so could be that. I do seem to get swayed by anything celebrity inspired though, so that could have also played a part! The whole collection is based on the spokeswomen of L'Oreal including Cheryl Cole, Freida Pinto and Eva Longoria to name a few. The theory is if their named lipstick suits them and you have a similar skintone then it should suit you too. I didn't really go for that theory and just picked the nicest swatch on my hand..like the old fashioned way!
I am a bit behind on posts, so this photo was taken before my holiday hence the sudden disappearance of my tan, even though it is starting to fade fast now anyway! *sad face*
The packaging on this is really nice, the shape is the same as the other lipsticks in the color riche collection but this has matte black casing with gold finishing. It just makes the lipstick look a lot more expensive than it is and I think I prefer it to this colour combo.
Freida's Nude is a shimmery mauve based shade with a slight brown tone. It has a lovely sheen to it without being glittery at all giving my lips a nice healthy dose of colour. I found that it didn't last very long on me though, I would say about 2-3 hours but it just means that I have to top it up a little bit more often which I don't mind too much. I just have to remember not to wear it on days where I can't touch up my makeup. The lipstick swatches quite sheer to begin with but can be built to give it a bit more of an opaque finish. I would say that it feels similar on the lip to MAC's cremesheen finish as it has the same moisturising feel to it.
Overall I do like this shade but it just needs a bit more staying power as I can be really lazy at reapplying and like a lipstick that lasts a bit longer. ♥