I give this two-step, longwear lip colour formula two thumbs up plus a whoa. This L'Oreal Paris Infallible 2-Step Lipcolour in Raisin Revival 215 ($12.99 at well.ca and $12.99 at ulta.com) stayed put right through a family lunch of fried chicken. And it was no easy feat to remove. Fierce.
The longwear formula's two-step concept is nothing new -- liquid colour with a solid clear balm that goes on top once the base shade is dry. The liquid colour is highly pigmented and offers a decent amount of time to make sure the layer is evenly applied. (Best on perfectly smooth lips, of course, and you still want to be fast otherwise you'll get a blotchy finish.) And once that base colour is dry, a generous layer of the clear balm on the other end sets the shine in place and prevents lips from drying the heck out.
Yes, this L'Oreal Paris Infallible 2-Step Lipcolour in Raisin Revival is a bit drier on the lips than a moisturizing lipstick or lip gloss. But it's easily bearable (moreso than say, a Marc Jacobs chubby matte), especially with a couple of reapplications of the clear balm. And boy does it stay where you put it. After a big family lunch, there was the slightest wear in the centre, not enough to look like bridesmaid mouth, and I didn't try to be careful at all.
Touch-ups, though, are tricky. Better to remove completely and put on a fresh coat. And you'll need a good makeup remover to do it. I scrubbed and scrubbed with extra-strength TP -- I had no remover with me at lunch. Before bed, my micellar cleanser was okay to get the job done. But even better is the new Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-to-Oil Cleanser ($34 at sephora.ca and $28 at sephora.com) -- melts the stuff off in a jiffy without extra wear-and-tear on the lips.
You know, L'Oreal Paris Infallibel 2-Step Lipcolour is a pretty good smooch-proof formula if you're looking for a Valentine's Day-friendly lippie. Has any of you put this through a good snog session to test it? Lemme know how it holds up!