Infallible Paints/Lips isn't quite perfect but it does deliver on its promise of comfortable, vibrant, full-coverage color. With a versatile range of shades spanning from classic nudes to bolder, trendier hues, the intense pigmentation creates a statement lip color that's bound to get you noticed.
Packaged in a squeeze tube with a sponge tip wand, all it takes is a couple strokes to impart rich, smooth color via the liquid-cream texture. The satin finish remains comfortably pliable throughout wear.
The color transfers to whatever you're eating/drinking, but because the formula is so pigmented—more so than most lipsticks, you still get a decent amount of wear time.
We didn't experience an issue with the color migrating into lines around the mouth (this isn't a super slick formula), but if lipsticks tends to feather on you, this may not be a tenacious enough consistency for worry-free wear.
The biggest issue holding Infallible Paints/Lips back is the strong fragrance (enough that you can almost taste it). Unfortunately, that means there's potential that it could be sensitizing to the skin on your lips, and this issue is made worse if you intend to apply this product every day (see More Info).
- Liquid-cream consistency wears comfortably (no dryness!).
- Offers intense, full-coverage pigmentation for a statement lip.
- Versatile shade range offers an attractive mix of trendy and classic colors.
- Strongly fragranced formula poses risk of sensitizing skin.
- Easily transfers onto whatever you're eating/drinking or smooching.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin's healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin's surface, and generally keeps skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has on skin, the damage will still be taking place even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410-1,419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446-475
International Journal of Toxicology, 2008, Supplement pages 1-43
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191-202
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789-798
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 minorif 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'Oreals 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 drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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