Review: Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar & How to apply to get gradient ombre lips

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!]

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar review (1)Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar – SGD$34 each

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar review (1)Yes, I finally have all 10 shades, and they’re all labelled too! 😀

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar review (2)Sorry for the splotchy background – you can clearly see that I accidentally bumped/dropped/toppled over some lippies while I was shooting this heh

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar review (3)

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar review (4)

Laneige Two-tone lip bar swatches (2)

Laneige Two-tone lip bar swatches (4)1 Magenta Muse, 2 Red Blossom, 3 Pink Salmon, 4 Milk Blurring, 5 Daring Darling

Laneige Two-tone lip bar swatches (5)6 Pink Step, 7 Cashmere Nude, 8 Neon Juice, 9 Dolly Grape, 10 Burgundy Love

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar review (5)

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!

I say…

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.

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar review (6)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.

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar review (7)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.

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar review (8)Use the edges of each colour to touch up portions / even out the colour distribution on the lips.

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar review (10)And ta-dah! The final look in just a few minutes – gradient ombre lips 😀

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar review (9)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 😀

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24 thoughts on “Review: Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar & How to apply to get gradient ombre lips

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  4. I’ve kept a curious eye on two-tone gradient lipsticks and whether they’re worth the hype. When I saw in your post how the two colours in Laneige’s were divided in a diagonal fashion, I was trying to figure out if that made application difficult. And, if a tutorial is needed, I guess it does! I wonder what Laneige’s purpose of that was…
    Either way, great review! ^^

    • Awww thank you for reading! Yes unfortunately it’s not one of those that I can just swipe and go – it needs a little manipulating and touching up. Otherwise, the colour is really rich and the final effect is really quite decent 🙂

  5. The two tone concept is really interesting! I should really stop looking at beauty blogs, now I want to get one of these! Especially now that Laneige is at Target I’ve been curious about their products, hopefully they eventually get their lip products at Target too! Anyways, thanks for the really helpful review and tutorial!

    • Ooh I think the lippies will reach Target soon! For now perhaps you can try their BB cushions? I carry one around with me everywhere, but I use the Pore Control Cushion cos of my country’s humidity. Drier climates will be better for the normal Whitening Cushion. And thank you for visiting my blog, and I’m glad that you found my review and pics useful 😀

  6. Saw your IG posts and bought #5 and #6 in korea! It was so popular there that a lot of shops that I went to carried only 1 or 2 colours! All the colours are so pretty but I only have 1 set of lips. Thanks for the tutorial on wearing this!

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    • It can get a little drying (for my dry chapped lips- so it’s important to apply a lip balm / vaseline before applying this. It does tint slightly (depending on the shade you applied).

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