asian cosmetics beauty review

Review: Clio Lipnicure versus RiRe Lipmanicure

9. July 2014


This will be a comparison between the highly raved Clio Lipnicure versus RiRe Lipmanicure, a rather unknown korean brand producing obviously a dupe for Clio’s product. Probably some of you were in the same situation like I was: in the past months I read over and over about a new lip product from Clio called Lipnicure. It promised to be very long lasting – I mean VERY long lasting! People were even complaining that it was too hard to remove afterwards. As a lipstick lover, especially for red shades, this got my attention, since I’m looking for a long lasting red lip product for ages. Finally, I bought Clio’s Lipnicure…to make a long story short: It didn’t convince me because it didn’t last long on my lips at all, instead it flaked off in chunks and tiny bits of dried lipstick. A while ago I heared about a dupe for Clio’s Lipnicure from the brand RiRe. Since I was so dissapointed about the one from Clio, I ordered a similar color from RiRe’s Lipmanicure in order to compare the two products. Read more about my thoughts:


Let’s start of with the packaging: both products come in a black colored cardboard box, even the font is placed similar and has a similar look. The packaging of the RiRe Lipmanicure is smaller than the one of Clio’s Lipnicure. I bought color No.7 from Clio Lipnicure called “tension red”.  10 shades are available in total here. From RiRe Lipmanicure I bought shade No. 5 called “muse red”. RiRe offers 7 different shades.


If we have a closer look at the packaging, we see that Clio’s cardboard box contains Korean and English description whereas RiRe’s cardboard box only is described in Korean.


The lip product itself comes in a bottle consisting of a black plastic cap and a clear body where the color of the product is visible. Here we have some differences in the design of the bottles. First, RiRe’s Lipmanicure bottle is smaller. It contains 3.7 g, Clio’s Lipnicure contains 4.7 g. RiRe ‘s Lipmanicure bottle has a rounded shape with a pointed cap, Clio’s Lipnicure looks like a regular nail polish bottle.  Although, I personally like the shape of the RiRe Lipmanicure more, I must point out, that the plastic of Clio’s Lipnicure feels sturdier. Also, the cap has a click-mechanism to close the cap tightly, which RiRe doesn’t offer.




Due to the design and shape of the bottles, the applicator of RiRe’s Lipmanicure is shorter than in Clio’s Lipnicure. It has a flat applicator, in contrast to Clio’s doe foot applicator, which is curved. I preferr the straight applicator over the curved one, but this is something which depends on personal preference.

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The color of both products is the same. I see no differences, especially after they dried. In the bottle the RiRe Lipmanicure looks a bit more orange than Clio’s “tension red”, but if you look at the swatches below, there is no real difference. One great difference is the scent of the two products: Clio’s Lipnicure has a light perfumed scent, it smells nice and doesn’t bother. RiRe’s Lipmanicure has a strong chemical scent, which fades away luckily, but is not nice at all. Both products have a matte finish after drying, so be aware that cracked or flaky lips are a no-go here. It is recommended to use a lip scrub before using these products.  Both products are waterproof and transfer proof. They only get removed after using a makeup cleanser. Soap works, too, but takes longer :D Below you will see the swatches after I rubbed and washed my skin with a lot of warm water. As you can see, rubbing is a bit of an issue:


On the left swatch, you see, that Clio’s Lipnicure faded off in flakes. The RiRe Lipmanicure faded, too, but leaves a smear instead of flaking. So, basically, this is my main problem with Clio’s Lipnicure. If you use a red lipstick and is starts to flake of, you will be left with a red trace around your lips, like you are wearing only a lipliner around the mouth which is absolutely ugly. Here, RiRe does a better job, since it still leaves some stain, so you’ll have time to touch up before looking like a mess. Below, I did a little demonstration: I applied Clio’s Lipnicure on the left side and RiRe’s Lipmanicure on the right side. I drank and ate some little snacks and after 2 hours maximum I had the result which is shown in the third pannel.


You might argue, that it’s the fault of fatty food, but I can assure you, that I had the same effect with Clio’s lipnicure after 2 hours without eating or drinking. I applied the lipproduct before I went to work and when I arrived there, nearly all of it already was faded or I had some flaky bits all over my lips. I don’t know, if it is my lips, or if I have a strange batch of the product, but having the direct comparison between Clio’s Lipnicure and RiRe’s Lipmanicure in this intense shade (!) I have to say, that RiRe’s products fades away much nicer than Clio’s.

All in all, my personal favourite so far is RiRe’s Lipmanicure in “muse red”. I point out that I only tried this intense red shade for both products, thus it may be, that the lighter colors are different in their features. RiRe Lipmanicure is cheaper than Clio’s Lipnicure, which is reflected in the quality of the packaging, but the design of the tiny bottles is cuter than the design of Clio’s Lipnicure bottles. Also the chemical scent is a contra for RiRe, but if you don’t have a problem with scent and you want to try out this type of lip product, it is definitively the better choice. Clio’s Lipmanicure contains a bit more product, has a nice scent and a high quality packaging on the other hand, but performs poorly.

You can buy Clio’s Lipnicure at W2Beauty for US$ 18.89.

You can buy RiRe’s Lipmanicure here for US$ 7.69.

You did try RiRe’s Lipmanicure? What’s your experience with Clio’s Lipnicure? Do you have any favourite shades? Leave a comment if you like :)

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  • Louise Loves 9. July 2014 at 21:30

    Wow, what a detailed review! The idea of lipstick flaking off in dried chunks puts me off to be honest! I’ve found YSL to be quite good for staying power but they’re glossy!

    • Frl. Schnee 17. July 2014 at 22:59

      How long do the YSL ones stay? Do they survive drinking/eating? I’m still on my search for the perfect lipstick :’D Thanks for commenting ♥

  • moi+sanom 9. July 2014 at 21:57

    That is a great comparison!
    I have used long lasting liquid to matte lipsticks before and my experience hasn’t been great. I have had the flaking bits before just like you as well.
    I think it is very important for a product to fade well and if posible evenly otherwise one looks crazy after a while :)

    • Frl. Schnee 17. July 2014 at 23:00

      I agree…I hope one day I’ll find my long lasting and nice looking red lipstick, even after eating a meal or drinking *_* Thanks for commenting ♥

  • Kine 10. July 2014 at 3:51

    I really like the idea of these, but I have dry lips which get painful and flaky with matte products. The red looks so delicious though! And making this comparison post was such a good idea and will help a lot of people seeing as I had never heard of RiRe :)

    • Frl. Schnee 17. July 2014 at 23:02

      Thank you! I was first thinking of writing two separate posts, but then I thought the same, that it might be better to do a comparison, since a lot of people know Clio’s product. The color is really awesome and it looks great the first minutes, but it is not as long lasting as I thought it would be :/ I hope I’ll find my long lasting red lipstick one day :’D Thanks for commenting ♥

  • Evelyn 10. July 2014 at 4:35

    Love the RiRe!
    Clio Lipnicure bring back to my memory one maybelline 24 hours lipstain. At some hours the borders were ok, but the inner lips, all gone. Too bad.

    Thank you for this review! now I want it xD

    • Frl. Schnee 17. July 2014 at 23:03

      I was always wonderinghow the maybelline 24 lipstain performs…but now I don’t have to try anymore XD Thanks for reading ♥

  • Misa 10. July 2014 at 5:52

    Pretty shades of red! I don’t really like that kind of lippies but it’s interesting to see ^^ it’s highly pigmented too <3 you really pull off red lips fräulein ^^

    • Frl. Schnee 17. July 2014 at 23:05

      Thanks, Misa ♥ Unfortunatelly, I still didn’t find my perfect red lipstick/lipstain :/ it seems like it is a never ending story…Thanks for reading and commenting ♥

  • Carina 10. July 2014 at 7:03

    It’s so crazy that the cheaper knock-off performs better!

    • Frl. Schnee 17. July 2014 at 23:06

      That’s true…I’d be curious how the lighter shades perform in comparison..maybe they are better than the pigmented red ones. Thanks for commenting ♥

  • Rebecca B. Bird 10. July 2014 at 17:24

    Love this comparison! I like the way long-lasting lipsticks look (especially RiRe in this case) but products like that tend to make my mouth feel so dry that I can’t stand having them on. :(

    • Frl. Schnee 17. July 2014 at 23:07

      Yes, that’s a point…unfortunately the perfect red lipstick seems not to be invented yet… I doubt that I’ll be successfull in finding one which feels nice on the lips and lasts forever..also after eating XD Thanks for commenting and reading ♥

  • Lara 13. April 2015 at 20:10

    I had the same experience with lipnicure,its flaking off when i smoke,drink and if i eat something greasy it transfers to my food. I’ve been thinking about trying out rire,but on ebay it’s more expensive than clio >_>’

  • grace 14. May 2015 at 17:55

    i was about to buy rire lip now, but when i read about the dry and flaking issues, i think i cant buy anymore. My lips are already dry, it might be super dry if i try any of this.