Infallible Le Gloss 8HR
Last Updated:06.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Given the 8-hour wear claim, you might believe it will last that long before dissipating completely, but sadly it doesn’t even come close to the long-wearing claim, which makes this a bit of a letdown right out of the gate. Still, this does last longer than a standard lip gloss, albeit not without some caveats.

The look of the gloss is opaque, with flattering flecks of shimmer throughout. The fragranced formula does have a markedly thick, sticky texture, resulting in an application that doesn’t glide on smoothly. Because it’s unusually viscous, it takes extra effort to move around your lips using the hollow, heart-shaped sponge applicator. While it does leave a glossy, high-shine finish, it also can feel heavy on your lips, and it easily sticks to food (now that’s appetizing!), long hair, and cups.

As mentioned, this outlasts standard lip glosses, but at the expense of feeling uncomfortable on lips. It’s your call as to whether the extra wear is worth the aesthetic and application trade-offs.

  • Tenacious formula outlasts most lip glosses.
  • Opaque colors impart a soft shimmer, high-shine finish.
  • Feels sticky and heavy on lips.
  • Viscous texture takes extra effort to apply evenly.
  • Doesn’t live up to its 8-hour wear claim.
  • Sticks to food, long hair, and cups.
Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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L'Oreal Infallible LeGloss...sticks to your teeth, not your lips!!!!

I was in a hurry when I added L'Oreal's LeGloss for the first time to my L'Oreal lipstick, and to my surprise, when I got in the car and checked myself out in the mirror before pulling out to go to an event (thank God I did!), I saw no gloss on my lips, but a whole lot on my teeth :( I tried to wipe off with my finger, then a kleenex, but it wasn't budging! I had to go back into my home, brush my teeth in order to get the gloss off my teeth, which worked, but had to trash my toothbrush!!

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Cynthia B
Best gloss that deserves a best rating. It outdoes others by far, that Paula rated as best.

I have tested 2 other glosses that Paula rated as "best" 1) Rimmel Stay Glossy 3D & 2) CoverGirl lipperfection jumbo gloss balm. Neither 1 comes close 2 being as moisturizing as this Loreal gloss, plus they are so sheer & thin/runny, that i can already feel the sides of my lips drying out & the color payoff is not as pretty as the Loreal. If I am in hard wind, then maybe my hair would stick or if i decide to apply this gloss before i eat a cracker, then maybe i'd have the food problem.

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Shanda H.
I Love this Gloss!

I get about 5/6 hrs. of wear. I like the "sticky" formula since it doesn't travel off your lips. Some of the colors are limited to the season while others are staples. I stay away from a few of the ones w/ large particles of glitter since I'm not a teenager. The plumping red is a nice semi sheer cherry red that would compliment just about anyone.

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