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Jul 21, 2008

Beauty on a Budget: L'Oreal Infallible Lipgloss Review

Last week I was picking up a few items at CVS for a swap I was doing when I noticed that L'Oreal Infallible Lip Gloss was on sale. The first thing that caught my eye about these is the awesome applicator and I was intrigued if they'd be any good. Since the price was right at Buy 1 Get 1 Free I decided why not! I'll give it a shot.

Total cost for both, $9.99 USD plus taxes. Not bad right? I felt for sure I'd get them home and they'd be absolute rubbish but at least I didn't shell out a whole lot of cash for them. Guess what? Turns out they aren't too bad and possibly, with a little tweak here and there, could have potential awesomeness written all over them!

As I mentioned I was originally attracted to these due to the very nice sponge applicator that I prefer in lipglosses. Aube Gloss Frutina is famous for sporting a similiar sponge and Lancome's better known, Color Fever Gloss. I will say that the sponge applicator on the L'Oreal Infalliable Lipgloss is actually better than both of those. It's a generous size sponge, wider in size, and bent at a nice angle to make applying a generous amount of gloss to your lips easy with a flawless finish. I'd kill to have MAC adapt to these fantastic sponges! I find they pick up color so much better and offer almost a plumping effect when on. They also happen to apply a super generous amount of gloss to your lips which most regular sponge applicators fail at.

The color selection available is vast and I'd say there are about 15 to 20 shades to choose from, possibly more. I only selected two because at the time I didn't realize how good these would truly be but the good news is I was clever enough to score a rain check when I was checking out so I can go back for a few more since I am enjoying them so much! The colors I selected were 305 Fiery and 125 Bloom. Fiery is a brownish copper shade that looks great with warmer shades where as Bloom is more of a fun bubble gum pink shade.



They deserve a rave for the pigmentation which is wonderful so staining your lips or applying lipstick beneath is entirely optional on your part. You can easily swipe on bare lips and have a killer, glossy shade of color minus a ton of layering! However, the taste is simply disgusting. I can't put my finger on quite what the flavor's some sort of weird cross between fruity, vanilla, incense, patchouli flavor. Very strange! But luckily it goes away after a bit so you aren't subjected to the horrible flavor for hours.

Staying power is promised at 6 hours and I'd say the gloss holds just enough stickiness to hold it on for about 2-3 hours maybe a bit more if you press it. However, I felt like the formula was slightly flawed. It goes on very nicely and has a minimal amount of tacky, sticky feel but I've made my peace with glosses that sport that particular problem however after about 10 or so minutes of having the gloss on it dries down to a rather weird, waxy feel. First application is comfortable and great but the dry down does irritate a bit. The strange waxy feel does not go away for the remainder of the time you have the gloss on and I can only assume that this is their solution to six hours of contentious wear. It's rather strange when I wet my lips or lick my tongue over it but I guess I can get over that.

This is a tad bit off topic but it did rather peeve me so it's worth a mention. When I got home I decided to look these up online and see what the review on the street was. I noticed both in reviews and adverts from various sites they mention a mirror being attached to the gloss. I later realized they meant the cap. The cap is mirrored however, for some odd reason, it peeved me that they choose to pimp this out as a feature when in fact it's not even worth mentioning. The mirrored cap, in my humble opinion, is completely useless. You can't use the cap for application considering the sponge applicator is attached to the cap. How the hell can you use the cap as a mirror? So strange they even bothered putting this in descriptions for the product! I even read a review where one girl said how convenient it was that the cap was mirrored. She could have possibly been drinking at the time, I'm not entirely sure. To give reviewers and retailers the benefit of the doubt I firgure that once applied I can just check my lips in the mirror after screwing the cap back into place but again useless. The mirrored cap distorts your image so it's not exactly clear if your lips are looking great or not. That was a rather long rant but the Muse has to get her fifty cents in about the stupidity of the entire situation!

All in all for a drugstore beauty find these are actually pretty good. They do have some minor rants attached but I felt like it was one of the better products I've come across in my wanderings into the drugstore beauty world here in the US.

Even though it needs some work to be perfection it is affordable and it's worth picking up if it's on sale. I wouldn't pay $9.99 USD per a gloss but I wouldn't mind picking up a few more of these at the Buy 1 Get 1 price! $5 USD each for a pigmented gloss that has decent wear time plus looks very nice on isn't too bad a splurge!

Tried these?

Love 'em?

Hate 'em?

What's are your Beauty on a Budget lip gloss finds?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't tried these yet, but I was wondering how good they were. I saw them when I was poking around looking at L'Oreal's HIP Jelly balm line.

July 21, 2008 at 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Critty said...

Hey Muse!!

I have these in Bloom and Sunset and after playing with them I have learned the best way to apply them is very lightly so you don't get the waxiness. One time I accidentally got it on my front teeth and it felt sooo disgusting, and yes, the staying power even worked on teeth! So a little dab will do ya, and try not to get it on your teefs.

Big hugs,

July 21, 2008 at 10:50 PM  
Anonymous dana said...

maybe the mirror is to check afterwards??

July 21, 2008 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger JennBee said...

I'm reviewing these right now, too!! I even bought Bloom as well. You stated everything much more eloquently than I could have, though. Great review, thank you. :) I never noticed the taste, but I did keep wondering, "Where the hell is this MIRROR they're talking about?! Do they mean the CAP?" How silly!

July 22, 2008 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger sarahPUFFY said...

uhm. I hate "heart shaped" applicators like that. They look so much, something else, that it creeps me out.

plus, I totally hate loreal. they can piss off.

July 22, 2008 at 1:19 AM  
Anonymous Dancinggal said...

I am all for cheap lipgloss, its definately something you don't have to spent heaps on to get a decent product. I like the Nars ones, but some of the cheaper brands bring out good stuff too. My only problem with cheaper brands here in Australia is they don't have the range of colour you guys get in the US. Jealous again! Lol, love your work cupcake.

July 22, 2008 at 4:10 AM  
Blogger 心。葵 said...

hi darling!

i nearly wanted to get this but I think I don't want to anymore. I rather get the Glam Shine series. :P

And msia only gets like 1/4 of the colours of what you got there. So a BIG BOO to them!


July 22, 2008 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger Tammy M said...

Hmmmm...for BOGO free, I might try this. The swatches look very pretty, almost like Dazzleglass, but the "dry down" thing, I don't know...

July 22, 2008 at 8:20 AM  
Anonymous pinkcrow said...

Revlon SuperLustrous Lipgloss (in the square tube). It is the best gloss I have ever used, high-end or low. I have 14 shades! It's BOGO free at CVS this week, if they have CVS in New York.

July 22, 2008 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey dd!

They are pretty good. Needs a tiny bit of work though! I was curious about the Jelly Balm myself hmmmm...maybe will grab one or two for review ;-)

July 22, 2008 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey critty!

Thanks for the tip off love. I'm glad I'm not the only one experiencing the weird waxy feel.!

Ewww! I can imagine on my teeth how it would feel!

the stay power is good but I can't totally get over the yucky wax..however will try your tip!


July 22, 2008 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya dana.

yup sure is but I just find it kinda pointless :P

July 22, 2008 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey jenn!

great minds think alike :)

Aw thanks! Where's your review I'd like to read it!
amen! the stupid mirror had me going nuts is to what everyone was raving about. I read at least 5 reviews saying how awesome the mirror was. And I was like wait I missing something?!

stupiddddddd :P idea!

July 22, 2008 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey sarah!

LOL ew! Totally not a good thought. I do love them though as they pick up gloss generously.

LOL why?

Do share!

July 22, 2008 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi there dancinggal!

Always nice to see you ;)

One of my fav glosses is $5 bucks! Mark Tint Blossom ;)

Hells they aren't too cheaper in Aus by the way hehe. These must cost $20 your side or something. Cheap for you, hells expensive for us ;)

If you need any cps give a yell lovie I'd be happy to help!

Aw thanks so much *hugs*

July 22, 2008 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

morning plue!

Are you home from holiday lovie? have fun?

I admit I'm not familiar with the glam shine series :) but sounds good!

Damn them! Come here. You can move in with me ;-) hehe!

We'll shop till we drop!

July 22, 2008 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger JennBee said...

Muse, my review isn't up just yet, but it will be soon :) Hehe. Thanks! TTYL and have a great day! :)

July 22, 2008 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey tam!


If you need a rain check give a yell I have an extra! The dry down is a big flaw and i"m not over it at all. The waxy feel is so gross that it may prevent me from indulging again. Do not want for $9.99 but $5 bucks each not bad I guess!

July 22, 2008 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello there pinkcrow!

Hmm to be honest I'm not familiar with it but will def be on the look out ;)

Oh I'm all over it if it's bogo!

Will try and let you know my thoughts ;)

Thanks love!

July 22, 2008 at 9:26 AM  
Anonymous pinkcrow said...

Ha! I should have read your review a little more closely, there is CVS in New York. Never said I was smart.

HiP Jelly Balms have great colors, but the texture was too soft for me. The colors wear away pretty quick, but they do leave your lips very moisturized.

July 22, 2008 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Hey Muse!

The gloss applicator had me at hello too! : )
You've been given an award by us over at b.i.r.l.! Check it out sweetie! *hugs*

July 22, 2008 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Vanessa <3 said...

omg i have bloom! haha its a nice color! it does get a little dry but still worth it ;)

July 22, 2008 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger sarahPUFFY said...

yeah I know! a friend of mine bought the gloss and once I saw the applicator, I near died of laughter, cos the gloss was pink! XD

and man...everything about l'oreal puts me off. the ugly packaging, the animal testing, the beyonce ads...they're just very unappealing to me. I refuse to use anything buy them, that's just how bad it is!

July 22, 2008 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi again pinkcrow

oh we have lots hehehe! CVS on every bloody street corner ;)
LOL don't worry I skim posts's the pretty pics..they get me everytime..and I forget to read!

They sound great but I'm unsure about the wearing away so I might skip. This is one reason I'm not a big fan of tendertones :P

July 22, 2008 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya Jennifer!

Ditto :) Aww thank you so much!!!!! I'm flattered!!!!!!! *Hugs*

I'll blog all these great awards soon! thanks Jennifer!

July 22, 2008 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other thing I saw about the HIP Jelly Balms are that they don't have spf, which is just bizarre to me for a lip balm.

That's what has made me hesitate on them.

July 22, 2008 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey Vanessa!

Very worth it for $ but I don't think I'd pay $9.99 for it. Did you get the waxy feelin' or am I nuts?

Hugs ;)

July 22, 2008 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya sarah!

LOL! I'm never using these after hearing this. You're totally killing me here so gross ew!

Wow I had no idea they tested on animals. That totally turns me off :(


Normally not a big drugstore fan but these were kinda cheap so I said wth but the animal testing is a big no for me :P

July 22, 2008 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hen jennbee :)

Awesome! Looking forward to it :)


July 22, 2008 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Stephy said...

Thanks for the review Muse!!! I always have doubts about these lip glosses but I will give them a try! :)

I have seen this ABB girl from London or some part in Europe wearing the Glam Shine 6 hour lip glosses and it looks just GEORGOUS on her!! But too bad neither the states or Canada have the same shade!!! :(

July 22, 2008 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Dao said...

I remember when it first came out Beyonce checked herself out in that tiny mirror. They make it sounds like a big deal. I don't like the color stay materials because they gives me plain weird feelings, esp. the lip glosses.

The colors look good and the applicator is awesome though, I may try cuz you'll never know :D

Have a nice day Muse and thanks for visiting my humble adobe!

July 22, 2008 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Make-up Junkie said...

Hi Muse!
I just wanted you to know I nominated you for a Brilliante Award! You can check out deets on my site! Have a beautiful day!

July 22, 2008 at 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Musey, where art thou? Hast thou gone AWOL, or perchance, mad?!? Why hast thou forsaken me?!? *raises fist to the heavens*

July 22, 2008 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger 心。葵 said...

Dear Izzy,

Nah, I haven't gone on my holiday trip yet, end of august :)

and yes! i'd love to move in with ya! haha! it wud be fun! and to find someone who can go shopping for makeup is a great idea! i dun have any makeup shopping company >_< Hope one day I can travel down to US, and perhaps with some luck, cud see you there? :P

I'll lay my hands on the Glam Shine, I've been wanting those quite a while :P Ooh~~~ so many things on my shopping list!

lots of love,

July 22, 2008 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger sarahPUFFY said...

lol sorry! I couldnt help but laugh though because ofc the gloss looks very pretty on, but the applicator gets me EVERYTIME XD

and yes they do, from all the reports I've heard. I just hate the packaging and the people they choose to market their products...SUPER icky -.-

I'll stick to revlon and maybelline!

although I think maybelline may test on animals long as they dont use the mascara on them ;-;

July 23, 2008 at 3:56 AM  
Blogger Beauty Addict said...

Hi Izzy, we get this gloss here but it's not called Infallible. The packaging is the same but the name is different. I'm tempted to get my hands on one of them. BUT I'm lemming some lip glosses from MAC's new collections. Ah...

Anyway, I love the Glam Shine range. The heart shape applicator makes spreading the gloss such a breeze. Glam Shine and these are rather pigmented, which is a plus :) I hope L'Oreal will bring in their HIP range as well. I'm lemming the Jelly balm after seeing so many reviews of it ;)

gracie xo

July 23, 2008 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello stephy! you're most welcome my dear girl! Don't pay full price as I don't think they are worth it but if they are on sale give them a shot :)

I'm not familiar with the glam're actually 2nd or 3rd person that told me about these now I'm curious as heck :)

Where is it that the good shades are from? Will have to ask friends to nab me some ;)


Hugs to you!

Thanks for always brightening up my blog with your comments!

July 23, 2008 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello dao!

LOL some big deal the mirror is..whoopy dee do! lol! This gives me a bizaaro waxy feel :P
I wish more ds brands and designer would adapt to this fab applicator. it's awesome dao!

Thanks Dao! have a great day too and it's not a chore ;) I love what you blog!


July 23, 2008 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello makeup junkie!

Thank you so much! *blush* Everyone has been nominating me for these awards left and right! I feel so flattered :) thank you kindly! I'll be posting about it soon!


July 23, 2008 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

'ello Mandy!

I know I know. I know forsake you I swear it. I've just been swamped *falls dramatically to the floor in a heap*

Please hugz me?


July 23, 2008 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello my dear plue!

Awesome! I thought it was this week for some reason!

Come on over :) I live in a large victorian! Plenty of room! Me you the makeup! ;) hehe!

I would love that. I'll take you shopping any day!

Everyone keeps mentioning these glam shines my lemming is getting stronger lol!
big hugs!

July 23, 2008 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello sarah!

LOL you're too wicked lady ;)

You know me I normally go for none of the above :P but I couldn't resist these!

Sheesh mascara on animals..that's sick :( don't even want to think about it sigh!

July 23, 2008 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hello gracie!

I'd go with the mac doll. These are very nice but for the price you'll pay in 'pore you are prob better off with mac! They are interesting but only if they are on sale lol!

Very very tempted by all the talk of glam shine ;)

If you need anything from hip give a yell I'd be happy to cp it :)

Hugs darling!

July 23, 2008 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Stephy said...

Hi Muse!!

I found this entry for you which has the Glam Shine lip gloss that i was telling you about!

She said it's the shade in Forever Pink. I loveeeeeeeee it!!! Too bad I don't see that shade here. :( Let me know if you are able to get one! :D

July 23, 2008 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger sarahPUFFY said...

I'm sorry, I'm sorry! No more joking about that heart shaped applicatorrrrr.

...heee heart shaped hahahaha.

okay I'm really done this time.

and yes its too horrible! especially if they look better in it than we do ;-;

July 23, 2008 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger Tammy M said...

Oh Musey, my co-worker and I got these today at a BOGO free sale...
I even got Bloom! Sooooo pretty, soooooo crappy!

It was so bad, that I will do a review post on my blog just to spread the word...dry down?? That was a nice way to put it!!! In fact, it got so waxy, that it clumped in the corners of my lips and now they are irritated!!!

My co worker hated it too (although, she did love the applicator)! We both slicked it on at 1:30 and scrubbed it off our lips by 2:15. Yikes!!!

July 23, 2008 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger 心。葵 said...

ur such a darling! really! lots of kisses and hugs to ya! :D


July 24, 2008 at 3:11 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi stephy!!!!!!

Thank you thank you! off to read...

OH MY PLUS she looks FLAWLESS wow!!!!!!!!!!

I'll definately look around :) If I find one I'll pick one up for you if ya like!

July 24, 2008 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

LMAO Sarah!


ROFL! I spit bottled water at the screen just now thanks alot lol!

July 24, 2008 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi tammy!

LMAO ohhh :( So pretty is right but the waxy dry down..ugh...

No way serious? I didn't have that prob. It just felt rather weird on the entire time. Really uncomfortable like a layer of plastic on my lips :P

I LOVED the applicator. I liked the pigmentation etc..but the dry down..sigh :(

Scrub is about right sigh!

Sorry Tam :( Don't hate me hehe. I actually like and hate it ;)

July 24, 2008 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya plue!

Awww *hugs*

Love you too MWAH!

July 24, 2008 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Stephy said...

Thanksssssss Musey!! Drop me a note on my blog or email me or write a brief note on ur blog if you happen to get one of the glam shines! :)

July 24, 2008 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

you're most welcome dearie :)

Will do!!!!!!!!


July 25, 2008 at 9:37 AM  

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