On my recent Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) haul, I redeemed my Optimum points for $85 CAD worth of merchandise. Amongst my freebies, I picked up some L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge lipsticks. If you didn’t know, I’ve only very recently ventured into the world of lipstick, thanks to the influence of angelandthings.
The L’Oreal Infallible lipsticks were on sale for $7.99 CAD each – I spent quite some time swatching promising colours on the back of my hand. Here are the results of my efforts!
I know it looks very funny, mostly because my image editing skills are close to nonexistent. But all I really did was take pictures to remember exactly what I had swatched in order – so I just cut and paste the labels (saves me having to type out every name). This was done in-store, obviously, under bright fluorescent light.
After much deliberating, I decided that if I absolutely had to choose one shade from each colour group, I thought that these would look most flattering on me:
Of course, it’s never easy to tell what would look flattering without actually trying it on your lips, but I really didn’t want to put any of the drugstore aisle lip products anywhere near my face. I figured I probably shouldn’t buy that many though, seeing as how I’d never tried them before and didn’t know how they would perform. I decided to go with 412 Charismatic Coral and 112 Unending Kiss. 814 and 227 seemed similar to Clinique’s Creamy Nude and Smashbox’s Primrose, respectively – at least from what I could recall. And I didn’t think I was quite so brave as to sport such a bold red, so I skipped out on 312 as well.
421 Charasmatic Coral and 112 Unending Kiss in natural daylight
I really like the L’Oreal brand etched into the lipstick – gives it a bit more of a classy feel as opposed to your usual run-of-the-mill drugstore product. And of course, the eye-catching clear and silver packaging didn’t hurt any. After all, it was why I decided to swatch the Infallible lipsticks as opposed to L’Oreal’s other lines. Oh, did I mention that these are my first drugstore brand lipsticks?
Below are swatches on the inner side of my forearm with 1 swipe of lipstick, 3 swipes, and then wiped off with a plain tissue – taken in daylight.
Firstly, the swatches differ significantly in fluorescent lighting versus natural daylight – I don’t know how my camera picked up so many “sparkles” under fluorescent lighting, but the lipsticks certainly don’t seem to have sparkles in them.
The colour applies seemingly light at first, but pigmentation can be built up quite nicely. They are quite resilient in terms of staying power as well – stains can still clearly be seen after wiping off with a tissue. In fact, the back of my hand was still stained with colour after using make up remover from SDM after swatching on the back of my hand. Granted, I can’t attest to the quality of the makeup remover offered to me by the sales associate. I fell asleep with 421 Charismatic Coral on for about 4 hours and it looked unaffected after my nap. L’Oreal advertises the Infallible lipsticks as having 10 hours of lasting power – I find that half my lipstick disappears after eating, but I’d say that they do last quite nicely.
Here is the comparison of my bare lips to 421 Charismatic Coral:
421 Charismatic Coral turned out to be much more of a hot pink on my lips than I’d expected. It also seemed to be a metallic pink, seeing the way that it reflected light. This lipstick turned out to be much more bold and pigmented on my lips than as a swatch. I’m not sure that they really named this shade correctly – I don’t feel that it’s much of a coral at all. I do love the colour, I’m just a tad intimidated by the bold statement it makes!
Below is the comparison of my bare lips to 112 Unending Kiss. I take separate bare lips pictures as opposed to recycling the same one – so these would be post-lipstick-removal lips.
112 Unending Kiss turned out to be more natural-looking than I’d hoped. I was looking for a nice pink lipstick that could work with my skin tone – but I’m pretty sure I’m too warm-toned for anything resembling pastel pinks. This was a lovely surprise, though – it seems to be a very natural-looking rose colour that gives me just a bit of colour because it doesn’t exactly match my natural lip colour. I can definitely see myself wearing this one more frequently.
The L’Oreal Infallible lipsticks apply very smoothly with a creamy consistency – they don’t drag or feel thick, which I find the Smashbox lipstick to be. You can very easily rub your lips together without feeling much resistance. They don’t dry my lips out, despite my having notoriously dry and flaky lips. Granted, I never apply lipstick when my lips are in the flaky stage, but nor do I need to apply lip balm before the application of the Infallible lipsticks. I generally do not apply lip balm prior to lipstick application unless my lips are very dry and yet the occasion absolutely calls for lipstick.
This was an amazing drugstore find for me, especially on sale and for free with my Optimum points! Definitely worth repurchasing, perhaps in some of the other shades I highlighted earlier – what do you think?