Yes yes, I know, an overdue review – but heyyyy forgive me cos I already posted up not one, but two Sneak Previews of all 10 swatches of Laneige’s new Two-Tone Lip Bar yes yesyes? 🙂 [updated 15 March 2016: Check out my review of their newest Two Tone Shadow Bar for the eyes, as well as their 4 new shades launched in 2016!]
Update: 2016 March – They’ve launched 4 more shades, check them out here.
Update: 2017 January: There’s a new Two Tone Tint Lip Bar in 8 shades, check them out here!
The Packaging: It comes in a rectangular plastic tube with a click-on cap and a push-up lever. Now this lever is slightly confusing at first (well, for me at least) – press the level down to push the lipstick up (versus the usual method of pushing up /twisting up to get the lipstick up). The lever is slightly stiff, which means you need to put in slightly more effort than usual to push the lever down. On the bright side, it won’t accidentally get pushed when it’s in the handbag.
Take note: It is very important to note is that you MUST open the cap before pushing the lever – or else you’ll end up with a bumped-end lipstick. The texture of the lipstick is also very slightly softer than your usual lipstick – perhaps due to the level of moisture (which therefore made it slightly softer), as well as the rectangular shape which is thinner than the usual circular bullet (which gives it more bulk and therefore more strength and not so prone to breakage). Make sure that you don’t exert too much pressure when applying it (or in my case, swatching on the arm heh – you can see from my Sneak Preview where I borrowed the lippies from Laneige that #1 had already been broken).
The Scent: None.
The Application: I’m mostly enamoured with the concept of this product – two lipstick colours in one, and in a rectangular angled stick that makes for more precise application. However, I realise that the diagonal cross-cut of the lipstick can make application somewhat uneven (one side has more of the lighter shade, while the other side has more of the darker shade). This means you can’t just touch up simply on the go -you need a mirror to make sure the gradient is done properly. See below for my tutorial on how to get an almost-perfect gradient ombre lip using this product.
The Verdict: The colour payoff is strong, the lipstick is creamy with a good amount of moisture and some shine (don’t expect a superb glow though). A single layer gives pretty good colour (but note that the lighter shades won’t be able to hide/cover the fine lines/chapped lips), while 2 or more layers really makes the colour pop. It lasts pretty long, and fades into an even-coloured pinkish/reddish tint on the lips. Take note that after it fades, unless you’re very well hydrated, the tint can dry up and sink onto the lip flakes (I found myself peeling off tinted lip flakes, which was kinda meh). When I’ve got pretty good lips (thanks to the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask), I have no such issues. I’m pretty happy with all these lippies (I’ve been carrying around all 10 ever since I got them hurhurhur). If I had to decide on my faves at the mo’, I’ll say it’s 5 Daring Darling (for bright fushcia-red lips – the hot pink in this is pretty similar to MAC x Miley Cyrus Viva Glam’s lipstick), 6 Pink Step (for daily wearable pink lips, and also what I wore at Laneige’s Global Beauty Camp) and 9 Dolly Grape (for a classier, more intense deep red).
HOW TO GET GRADIENT OMBRE LIPS
Now, because of the diagonal cross-cut of the lipstick, there isn’t an even division between the light and dark shades when you are swiping it across in one stroke. This means it’s not that easy to get the gradient ombre effect that you want. Here’s my simplified guide on how I get my ombre lips.
Make sure that the lighter shade is always on the outer edges of your lips (so that you get the just bitten darker shades on the insides of the lips). This means you’ll have to flip it when applying to the left and right halves of your upper lips. As you can see in the photo above, one half of my lip has more of the hot pink, while the other half has more of the light pink.
For the lower portion of your lips, just swipe it across in one smooth action – again, make sure that the lighter shade is on the outer corner edges of the lips. The proportion of the light: dark shades here are easier to balance out cos you can twist the lipstick as you move it along your lips.
Using the same method with shade 9 Dolly Grape (it’s darker , so you can see the discrepancy at the first application, and how with simple touch-up, it becomes a pretty decent gradient ombre lip finish)
And there you have it! Now everybardy can haz gradient ombre Kpop star lips 😀