When the news of the ultra-limited couture collaboration between beauty leader L’oreal Paris and the French fashion house Balmain came out first, we were pretty pumped about getting our hands on some designer goodies at drugstore prices, and we can say we weren’t left disappointed! All the twelve dreamy matte or metallic hues come in marbled cobalt, jade and jet black tubes, and deliver a promising palette of stunning brights, bold vampire darks as well as classic nudes. With this being Balmain’s first foray into beauty, led by creative director Olivier Rousteing, each shade of this couture range is more chic than the next.  This adventurous palette, with its wide array of red, pinks or purples, is made to perfection and suited for every skin color. So, get a hold on your excitement level and give this article a quick read to know all that you need about this ultimate beauty collaboration of the year!



Gang Glamazone

The first sub group of the collection embodies the fierce feminism and raw elegance of the ‘Glamazone’ tribe, and consists of four stunning shades encapsulated in marbled jade tubes. The orange shade is called ‘Fever’, the brown shade is named as ‘Glamazone’, the beige is called ‘Urban Safari’ and the khaki star shade is named ‘Balmain Instinct’. To create a lasting effect on all beholders at a party, just swipe your lips with the rich orange shade coupled with an LBD and high heels.  Wear the nude Urban Safari or brownish Glamazone with your black suit and beige pumps for a Monday morning presentation, and witness the compliments pouring in as you build your corporate empire!



Team Rock

The next four shades of this collection come in marbled cobalt tubes and are made for the “Rock” tribe of women who are unapologetically bold! You’ll be left spoilt for choice between the dark brownish ‘Power’, the bold grey ‘Legend’, ‘Rebellion’ which is an electric dark blue and the purple star shade called as ‘Freedom’. These standout shades are sure to bring out the punk rock vibes in you, as you rebel in blue lips with a leather skirt, boots and knotted crop top and swing your hips to the beats at a music festival. You can also sport the intense purple lipcolor with a quirky printed saree and make heads turn at any wedding you go to! With these lipsticks coming in the iconic color riche formula, along with the ultra-glam packaging, you will actually want to step out of your comfort zone and try all these bold hues!



Squad Couture

The last four shades of this collection – the “Couture” tribe – are ideal for the woman who likes to flaunt a modern and irreverent style statement.  The range consists of an intense red aptly named ‘Domination’, a dark, vivid purple shade which is all about ‘Liberation’, a subtle yet chic coral shade called ‘Confession’, and the star shade being a soft rose gold called ‘Confidence’. You can definitely be a part of this squad this season as you pull off the rich red shade with a white shirt, blue ripped denims and red sky high heels for date night. Or flaunt the rosy-nude star shade with a floral maxi and a statement necklace for a Sunday brunch with friends. Whatever be the reason, need or greed, these shades have a well-deserved place in your vanity box this season!


United in the goal of achieving women empowerment, L’oreal has joined hands with fashion biggie Balmain to give you the opportunity of adding a designer label to your makeup kit. Don’t forget that this limited edition is not going be there for long, so make space in your beauty kit and head to the nearest Lifestyle store or website to get your hands on some of these designer lip shades fast!


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