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L'Oreal Paris

Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor

0.17 fl. oz. for $ 12.99
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In many ways, Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor surpassed our expectations with its long-wearing, transfer-resistant color. The tradeoff for such tenacity, however, is the way it feels on lips which is a bit of a catch-22. It may not be as drying as many other long-wear liquid lip colors, but it falls drastically short of its promise to deliver "a moisturizing feel that lasts up to 24 hours," and small particles of it can end up coming off in clumps during wear. Still, if long-lasting color is what you're after, this delivers (in some cases, lasting even in to the next day!).

On one end, Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor features a liquid lip paint with sponge tip applicator, and on the other end you get the "color seal balm" topcoat. You're instructed to apply the lip color first, and then wait two minutes before finishing with an application of the moisturizing color seal balm. As the lip color dries down it feels unpleasantly sticky (almost adhesive-like), but once you add the balm, you get comfortably smooth wear… at least for as long as the balm remains on lips.

Important note: It really is important to wait the two minutes before applying the color seal balm—if you don't, the formula won't set correctly which jeopardizes its quality of wear.

The great news is that if you stick to the directions, this two-step lip color offers incredibly long-lasting color—we're talking at least a few hours of touch-up free wear, and possibly more depending on the shade you choose! For instance, the Coral Constant shade kept our lips pigmented from the time we applied it in the early afternoon all the way into the next morning. (We keep late hours here at Beautypedia!)

How good Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor looked and felt as it wore off varied a bit each time we tested. We often experienced the texture pilling during wear (especially if we had saturated lips with color versus just applying a light layer). By the end of its wear, the color does get a bit patchy, but considering it lasts several hours without touch-ups, that's still pretty impressive. We also noticed our lips felt a bit parched as the color seal balm rubbed off, but this is easily remedied by reapplying the balm, which restores its comfortable, smooth feeling + shine.

FYI: Both the base coat and topcoat are lightly fragranced—though not enough to be concerned about from an irritation standpoint.

Turning to the shades, L'Oreal offers a wide variety of colors to complement any skin tone. A handful of shades have a slight pearlescent shimmer while others offer solid, vibrant color. Generally speaking, the deeper or more bold the hue, the longer the color lasts. By the way, we didn't experience feathering into lip lines during application—a major plus!

In the end, Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor isn't perfect, but if long-wearing, transfer-resistant color is what you're after, it's impressive enough to put up with the minor issues, especially if you're tired of frequent touch-ups with standard cream lipsticks!

Pros:
  • Two-step lip color offers incredibly long-lasting, transfer-resistant color.
  • Wide variety of shades to complement any skin tone.
  • Doesn't feather into lines around the mouth.
Cons:
  • Prone to coming off in clumps, especially when you've applied too many layers of the lip color.
  • Despite claims of 24-hour moisture, this does feel a bit drying as the topcoat wears off.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
This is the long-lasting, transfer-resistant color youve been searching for. The high-intensity color glides on with a moisturizing feel that lasts up to 24 hours. The result: bold lips without the dry-out and no need to re-apply.
Base Coat: Isododecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Nylon-611/Dimethicone Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Lauroyl Lysine, Propylene Carbonate, C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Alumina, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine, Tin Oxide, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Paraffin, Benzyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Red 7, Red 28 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Red 22 Lake, Red 6, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Carmine, Red 7 Lake. Top Coat: Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ozokerite, Beeswax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance.

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.

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

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