Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick Les Macarons
L’Oreal’s Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick Les Macarons is a good option for a matte lip look – though not one that’s entirely infallible.
This comes in a sleek, hourglass-shaped tube with a sponge-tipped, diamond-shaped wand applicator. Though it’s described as being liquid in texture, it’s more mousse-like, with a creaminess that lasts for several minutes after it’s applied.
The color quality is bold and deposits evenly; just a few swipes results in complete coverage without any patchiness. One note: it has a slight tacky feel once it’s dried down that lingers for about an hour or two, though it’s not too intrusive. Still, it’s something to consider if you don’t prefer this texture.
This lipstick’s matte finish isn’t drying, nor does it emphasize lip lines or bleed; score! It fades to an attractive stain and holds up well through some foods – though it can’t hold up a full 16 hours as claimed.
The main reasons this doesn’t rate higher are the tackiness mentioned above, and the fact that this contains fragrance and the fragrance ingredient limonene. They’re not present in large amounts, and the fragrance isn’t too overpowering (it’s initially quite strong, but fades quickly), but they still can put skin at risk for irritation.
That said, overall this is a good matte lipstick option that doesn’t make lips feel dry during application or its wear time.
*Note: This review is specifically for the Les Macarons line, which refers to the pastry-like scent it has.
- Creamy formula deposits bold and even color on lips.
- Matte finish isn’t drying.
- Fades to an attractive stain.
- Has a slightly tacky feel for the first couple of hours it’s on.
- Contains fragrance and a fragrance ingredient that put skin at risk for irritation.
The Pro-Matte Sensation: Introducing Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick, our 1st up to 16HR matte liquid lipstick. Intense high pigment shades create comfortable, lasting ultra-matte color. This full-coverage, long wear liquid lipstick feels light for all day comfort. With the pro-sculpt applicator, shape and add dimension to lips.
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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