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Like most people, I find it a bit of a pain having to touch up my make-up during the day, and lipstick is always one of the first things to go. This is partly my fault- during the morning I drink about ten gallons of tea because I'm, frankly, a complete tea addict- but I also like to think that a decent lipstick should be able to stay in place for at least the first cup of tea of the day. Or the second. Or the third. And so on...
With this in mind, I was tempted to try the L'Oreal Infallible lipstick, mainly because years and years ago I'd had a very good L'Oreal lipstick that once applied didn't budge til lunchtime. I'd also read a few good things about this lipstick on the internet and in magazines, so even though it looked a little weird I decided to give it a go.
This is a very strange looking lipstick. Basically, the lipstick and a finishing balm are contained in a silver coloured rectangular case. The idea is that you apply the lip colour first, leave it for at least a minute then apply the balm, which has a glossy sheen. You can then re-apply the balm as often as you like, whilst in theory the lipstick itself should stay put.
I wanted a shade just a little darker than my natural lip colour and with pinkish tones, but the closest colour I could find from the available offerings was shade 201 Stay Ultraviolet- not as bright or vivid as it might sound, but not quite what I was after. Although there are nine shades on offer in Boots (I was using my Advantage card points) they all looked a bit same-y. The colour I chose looked nice enough, so the lack of variety wasn't too distressing.
This lipstick is in the range I consider to be a little pricey (£11.29) so if it hadn't been a) on offer and if b) I hadn't been using my Advantage card points, I might not have bothered. I like to use offers though to get something a little more expensive than I would normally buy and see if it's worth the difference.
I tried out my lipstick for work next day- always a good test of how long-lasting a make-up product will prove to be. I applied the colour first (after a little experimentation, I figured out that you need to slide the lipstick up the side of the metal casing so you can pop it out and apply it- it doesn't sound hard, I know, but I find even putting on socks difficult first thing in the morning), let it set or dry or whatever it needed to do for a minute and then applied the balm. The lipstick itself felt ok- not too drying on the lips as some long-lasting colours can be- and the colour was true to the packaging and quite nice. The balm had a soft, moisturising feel and a subtly glossy finish. So far, so good.
I touched up the balm a couple of times during the morning but left my lipstick alone and drank tea with wild abandon. i noticed there was hardly any traces of lipstick on my mug, which was encouraging. My lunchtime, my lipstick was still in place. Hurray! By mid-way through the afternoon, it had started to rub off from the middle of my lips but given that I'd had numerous cups of tea, eaten lunch and that it was over six hours since I'd first applied it, I was happy with that as a result.
On the whole, I was happy with the performance of this lipstick, but I would have loved a better choice of colours. I use this lipstick for work, and it's great for that, but I find despite the convenience of a long lasting lipstick I don't always plump for this one in the morning because other lipsticks suit me better. If you're listening, L'Oreal, this is a good lipstick but we need a better range of shades. We girls like a bit of choice!
I stumbled upon this product some months ago whilst mooching around Superdrug and have to say that I was intrigued by the 'duo' concept. Here you have a long lasting lipstick that claims to last up to 16 hours and a conditioning balm to moisturise your lips once the lipstick is on and add a touch of gloss. Brilliant I thought, you could even mix things up a bit and just wear the lipstick for a matt effect or use the balm for some natural looking glossed lips. An excellent idea but sadly that's where the excellence begins and ends in regards to this product.
~~~~Cost and packaging~~~
The packaging itself is fairly quirky and certainly unique, the lipstick and balm come stacked side by side in what I would describe as a 'cutesy miniature storage unit'. The unit has clearly been designed with a purposefully mirrored surface as further selling point, so that your duo lip kit becomes a very suitable 'on the go' handbag item. Unfortunately the gadgety looking lip duo was plastic vacuum packed in the shops making my usual pre-buy closer inspection off limits.
The first thing you'll note once the plastic is off, is just how fiddly and awkward the whole thing is. Trying to remove your lipstick and balm are just far more of an effort than need be, I soon found myself wondering what the point in this storage unit was aside from the reflective surface that you soon finds scuffs and scratches at the drop of a hat anyway.
For a product that has used its packaging as a clear marketing tool, up close and personal with an opportunity to fiddle with it you soon realise that it's actually over complex, cheaply made and in my opinion bordering on tacky. At around £10 a pop you become more than aware that most of your pennies have gone into the over design of a packaging that in practice fails to deliver a consumer friendly ease of use.
~~~Use and Opinion~~~
Once I had thumbed to death the unit in an attempt to free my brand new lippy and balm from the evil clutches of a clearly overzealous design teams last minute idea, I finally had the opportunity to experiment with my new make-up bag items.
The range has 11 different colours and I choose 'Spice for Days'. Pulling off my cheap looking lipstick lid I was pleased to discover that the colour I had chosen looked much as it had promised on the packaging (there were no shop testers for this product, probably due to the nature of its packaging). I applied the lipstick just as I would any other but immediately encountered yet another problem. Firstly the lipstick does not spread evenly, settling in some areas whilst blotching in others. More notably, my lips became very dry and almost visably cracked as soon as the lipstick was applied. I pursed my lips together in an attempt to spread the lipstick only to discover yet another problem, congealing lumpy lipstick! The lipstick just seemed to smear and clump as opposed to glide and spread as it should. I very quickly found myself huffing and puffing around my bedroom mirror picking off hundreds (slight exaggeration) of tiny lipstick lumps.
After picking bits off of my lip for a good 10 minutes I was pleased to be moving onto the balm and hoped that it might help spread the lipstick a little better, resolve the dryness issue, moisten my lips and sooth my now slightly sore mouth! The balm I suspect is designed to be translucent and add both shine to the lipstick as well as moisturise (or 'condition' as the advertising states) your lips but you notice immediately that it is white in colour and somewhat murky looking. Applying it didn't change that fact and it didn't sit at all well on my lips, nor did it hydrate them or condition them as it had promised in its advertising. My lip colour looked uneven, my lips looked shrivled, dry and scaley with the balm now adding an oil slick like effect on top. I'd had enough and so had my lips. I was reasonably annoyed at this point, figuring that I'd have been better off just setting fire to my tenner than to have wasted so much time and effort on this product but looking on the bright side it wasn't as if I'd accidently dipped my lips in concrete and stuck myself to a wall, was it............Ummmm?
Trying to remove this lipstick from my lips was a far bigger task than removing it from the unit and applying it put together. Concrete, is no exaggeration it just doesn't budge, I must have washed and scrubbed at it 4 or five times before I got the make-up remover out, even then I was left with its annoying patchy reminisce. In fairness to L'Oreal the 'long lasting' pitch with its '16 hour'claim is certainly not false advertising but in my opinion an over investment in the staying power of this lipstick and the novelty packaging, has come at a great cost to the overall quality of the product. I think most of us would rather have to reapply our lipstick throughout the day than have it welded on like stiffly dried cement.
The next day the lipstick had almost completely worn off which was a bit of a relief because I was beginging to think that nothing short of a sand blaster was going to remove this stuff. Over the course of the following few days my lips remained dull and dry, needing a constant application of lip balm (not the smudge stick balm from my kit, I might add) to rehydrate them, a direct result of using this product.
All in all this is a very disappointing product from one of my favourite high street brands and certainly not one that I would purchase again or indeed recommend to anyone.
~~Also written on ciao under the same user name~~
I own quite a lot of lipsticks, many of which I rarely ever where, so I really didn't need another one. Last summer however, I placed an order with Fragrance Direct where they were selling this L'Oreal Infallible Lip Duo for around £3.75. Given that only weeks before I had seen it in the shops for closer to the £10 mark, I couldn't resist trying it out.
The lipstick is presented in a rather unique looking case, but then this is rather a unique lip product, or should I say products as you actually get both a lipstick and a balm here. The outer casing is silver and rectangular and friends have mistaken it for a lighter before now! The casing actually has a mirrored finish - I must admit it's not the clearest mirror ever, but it's good enough should you have nothing better to hand. The side of the case which houses the lipstick is pink, the side which has the balm is white and they are numbered one and two so you know which order to use them in. Both of these can be removed from the silver case completely and then twist up like normal lipsticks.
To use this lip duo you should first apply the 'non-transfer colour' to the lips. The lipstick has a slanted tip so is easy to apply, but I do find it's not as moisturising as other lip products and I do find myself dragging it across my lips a little. Once on the lips the colour should be left for one minute and during this time you should not eat, drink or rub your lips. I find there is a slightly strange taste to the lipstick - it's not unpleasant, just difficult to pinpoint - and it also has quite a sugary smell.
The next step is to apply the balm. It says that the balm will provide comfort and shine, and I definitely agree that it does both. The colour on it's own is actually quite drying, and I find it is almost a relief to put the balm on and add some moisture to my lips. It also adds shine as the colour is very matte when applied on it's own, but the balm gives a lovely glossy finish. Unlike the colour which only needs to be applied once, you can re-apply the balm as often as you like.
Once on the lips I find the colour is strong and looks very similar to how it does in the tube. There are 13 shades to choose from and I have colour 104 Rose Tattoo which is a rather sort of dark pinky brown shade. I said this in my review of L'Oreal's Glam Shine and I'll say it again here - don't trust the colour guide on the L'Oreal website. If I had seen the colour they were showing - a dark purple - I would never have bought this, so you're better off going into a shop to find a colour match, as the colours online are not very accurate.
The big selling point of this product is that it should last 16 hours and it even says that it should be removed with waterproof make-up remover, whereas most lipsticks could easily be removed with soap and water.
I have found that even the longest lasting lippies tend to disappear the moment I eat or drink, so I was interested to see how this one would hold up. I first tried eating whilst wearing it, and although the glossiness that had been created by the balm disappeared completely, I was very surprised to find that the colour held up perfectly.
When it came to having a drink I was sure that this would be where the product would slip up, as I frequently end up with lipstick marks on cups and glasses. I tested the product out with a cup of tea. At first there was no visible transfer of lipstick onto the cup, but after I'd drank about half, I started to notice a slight pinky residue on the rim of the cup, although it wasn't the full on lipstick print you would normally expect. I finished my drink and was surprised to see that the lipstick was pretty much in tact, although again the glossiness had faded by this point, so the balm needed to be reapplied.
As for the claims that this lasts 16 hours...well not quite. Not in my opinion anyway, but it certainly does last well. I'd say that it lasts around 6-8 hours for me, which to be quite honest is still quite good, especially as eating and drinking doesn't shift it. When it comes to taking it off, I find some bog standard cleanser on a cotton wool pad or even a face wipe will remove it, so no need for that waterproof make-up remover suggested by L'Oreal.
Prices of these lipsticks vary wildly depending on where you purchase them. Fragrance Direct are currently offering them for just £3.75 but hop over to Boots and you will find yourself paying £11.29, although if you rush they're currently half price in the sale.
To sum up I would have to say that this is the longest lasting lipstick I have ever owned. It stays on well, although it's quite annoying that the glossy balm top coat wears off, so you still have to apply that. Although drying when first applied, as soon as the balm is added this feeling goes away and it's not heavy on the lips, so a well deserved four stars from me.
The idea behind this product is that it uses a combination of a drying colour stay lip stick and a moisturising lip balm to create a long lasting colour on your lips. The main thing that attracted me to the L'Oreal Infalliable Longwear Lip Duo in in Boots was the shiny case which this lip duo comes it, and I think the packaging is lovely with this item. I paid £10 with a gift voucher in Boots for this product and I think that's about average for a product of this level.
In terms of looks, the item consists of a shiny metal main container which has slots for the two 2.6g lip make up sticks at each side, one for the lip colour and another for the balm. The case is nice as it can be used as a mirror when applying the lip colour and balm, and the packaging in general is appealing to me.
To use this product, you first apply the colour stick to your lips. I found that this was quite hard to do as the stick is very dry and doesn't always smooth onto my lips easily. I have to give it a rub in with my fingers to smooth the colour out for an even spread. Before you can apply the top coat of conditioning lip balm to your lips you have to wait for the recommended 1 minute to allow the colour to dry, as if it isn't dry enough already. I found that during the drying period, my lips felt very dry and a bit uncomfortable as the colour stick on them seemed to dry them right out incredibly quickly. It was a real relief when I had waited the minute and could apply the moisture rich conditioning balm on top.
The conditioner is much easier to apply and smoothes on nicely and gives a nice shine to the colour and stops your lips looking overly dry. Once I put the conditioner on, the lip colour looks much nicer as the overly dry look goes.
L'Oreal recommends reapplying the balm every 2 hours to keep a moisturised look, but to be honest, I found I needed to apply it every hour just to make sure my lips didn't over dry. When I didn't apply it this often, my lips seemed to dry up and felt very tight and uncomfortable.
The very frequent use of the balm stick compared to the once a day use of the colour stick means that I ran out of the balm side of this product months before the colour stick eventually ran out. For these months I'd been using vaseline as a top coat, as I'd have felt wasteful if I didn't finish off the colour stick side too.
In terms of staying power, and being a long lasting lip colour, this is definitely true of this product. The colour really does stay on, even if it did make my lips feel uncomfortable. Infact, at times it was a pain to actually get off and I had to give it a really good scrub with a flannel to get it off my lips. When you've just applied the balm, the colour does look good and has a nice rich shine to it, but I still don't think I'll buy this again unless it's on a very good offer. The product is too drying for frequent use and I find it can make my lips sore even with frequent balm applications.
The hunt for the longest lasting lipstick is over. I have never yet found a lipstick that stays on better than this stuff. L'Oreal have created a lipstick in two parts - one for colour, and one for conditioning. The colour stick is quite dry in consistency compared to some lipsticks but it can be applied very easily in spite of this. One minute after applying it has dried out and clings to yours lips as a result. This is what gives it its staying power. You need to apply the conditioning balm as soon as the colour has dried, to give a bit of shine and moisture to your lips. This comes in a white stick and glides on really easily. I have found that re-application of the balm is required every three hours or so (unless you're eating or drinking, in which case it might need it more often) and if you don't then your lips seriously dry out.
Packaging-wise, the two sticks are arranged side by side. The coloured stick comes in a cover to match the colour of the lipstick inside and the balm is in a white cover. To get at the sticks you simply push down on them at one end and they slide out, with the lid actually staying inside the packaging. It is a very neat and quirky package, and I haven't seen anything similar to it anywhere else. The packaging is mirrored deliberately so that you can use it to apply whilst on the go.
The major downside of this lipstick (although I am prepared to live with it for something so long-lasting) is that it can actually be a right pain to remove. You will probably need to use some make-up remover or just good old fashioned elbow grease with a moist tissue (this is my method). But you can always apply more balm after colour removal to keep your lips moist.
2 x 2.6g sticks in each product. Handy pocket size. Will set you back about £11 in most shops.