06.19.2014
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Infallible Never Fail Lipstick
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$11.99
Last Updated:06.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

16-hour wear from a lipstick is a big deal, and this two step option from L’Oreal almost reaches that goal (as long as you aren’t eating anything particularly greasy). As expected, there are some caveats and tradeoffs along the way. You begin by applying the lipstick to clean, dry, flake-free lips (any sign of dryness will be magnified, so be sure lips are ultra-smooth), allow it to set for one minute, and then apply the balm-style top coat stick.

The second step is a must if you want comfortable wear—the lipcolor makes lips feel incredibly dry as it sets, but that’s part of the transfer-resistant process. Because the top coat is wax-based and less glossy than top coats on other long-wearing lip products, it tends to be more tenacious, so you use it less often to touch up—at least that’s the theory. In reality, you really need to layer and reapply the top coat to keep lips feeling smooth and comfortable during the day. Once that’s done Infallible Never Fail Lipstick wears and wears, with only minimal issues with the lipcolor “beading” if you wait too long to touch up. L’Oreal’s range of shades is impressive, favoring pinks and reds. The Zippo lighter-style packaging is a sleek way to combine both products, and is small enough to fit into any evening bag.

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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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