I wanted to quickly post swatches and a before & after of the L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Lilac Ever After #185. I spotted several shades of the L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stains on clearance at Target today, on clearance for $2.15. Full price at Target is $7.19, but I usually see these for $9.99 at CVS and online. In addition to #185 Lilac Ever After, I also saw #184 Rose On And On and #193 Eternally Nude on clearance. The display was pretty picked over, so I bet other shades were on clearance as well.
I have wanted to try the L'Oreal version for a long time, ever since I fell in love with the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Coutre Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in #7, Corail Aquatique (swatches here). The shades Lilac Ever After and Corail Aquatique are not similar, but the formulas remind me of each other. I have only worn the L'Oreal once so far, so I will wait to give a full review until I have worn it more.
As always, swatches are over bare, unprimed skin. The shade name "Lilac Ever After" is pretty misleading, as the color is a pinky brown mauve. I see a subtle pearl running throughout, but the effect is a glossy lip, not a shimmery one. I am impressed so far with the staining power - the stain is a little more pink than the product, but is overall similar and stains evenly. The L'Oreal glossy stain has a similar fruity chemical smell to the YSL glossy stain, so keep that in mind you are sensitive to scent.
See how not at all lilac that color is? Anyone buying this shade based on the name alone is going to be disappointed.
Overall, I am really enjoying this product so far. I am tempted to go back to Target for the other shades - you can't beat it for $2!