L’Oreal Something Shiny, Pretty Precious, Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Le Gloss Review & Swatches

L’Oreal introduced a few limited edition shades of Infallible Le Gloss for Holiday 2012. I purchased Something Shiny, Pretty Precious, and Sparkle Frenzy recently at Harmons however, I do tend to have a love/hate relationship with Infallible Le Gloss.

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L’Oreal Infallible Le Gloss is definitely an odd formulation. In some cases I like it and in others I simply don’t….shrug I guess we all have those love/hate relationships with certain products.

These are a thinner gloss formulation with a silicone-like feel which wraps around lips. This texture actually works in the favor of the gloss since it proves quite long wearing without being sticky although I find the texture a tad odd. In most cases, Infallible Le Gloss almost always has an opaque, pigmented finish however, with some of the LE shades for the Holidays they went with a sheerer finish. I rarely see a ton of glossiness or shine so the formula is kinda a thinner consistency liquid lip color versus an actual gloss in the traditional sense. Each gloss has a doe foot applicator which is excellent at saturating well with color allowing for single swipe application as it layers color on easily.

Something Shiny (sparkling clear gold) and Pretty Precious (pale sparkling pink) are best used as overcoats as both provide tons of sparkle but no real color or shine. You will get a reflection of gold or silver on lips due to the sparkly formula however, this works best when used on top of lip stain or lipsticks. On their own they produce more of a mod ghastly look on my lips and when they fade away they leave behind an unflattering layer of shimmer. So def use with caution, I’d suggest as an overcoat for the best results.

Something Shiny

Pretty Precious

Sparkle Frenzy

Sparkle Frenzy is the most pigmented of the three shades I purchased. This is a candy apple red with a touch of gold shimmer. It’s a very festive true holiday red. I typically don’t like shades of red like this as I prefer a touch more warmth but I can’t deny it is a very lovely shade for the holidays.

Overall, I don’t know if you absolutely need these colors. I find the formula mediocre sometimes and the lack of pigment on many of the colors in the collection makes them a little less appealing overall. If you must have them I’d wait for some sort of BOGO sale. I paid $7.19 each gloss but I imagine they’ll prove more expensive in drugstores like Walgreens or CVS which adds to their less then tempting appeal.

Sparkle Frenzy

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  • 10/30/12 19:32 Irene:

    Oh my goodness they’re pretty but unfortunately aren’t the most unique colors ever. In fact, I’m pretty sure I have MAC Dazzleglass versions of each of these. *lol*

    Thank you for sharing!


    • 10/31/12 10:58 the Muse:

      my pleasure irene!


  • 10/30/12 20:35 Susan k:

    I bought the gold one and the silver one (not pictured) from this collection and returned them both. Way too sheer. However, the gold and silver glosses from revlon holiday are very pretty and actually have some color. Also the lavender grey from that collection is stunning. It doesn’t look very appealing in the tube, but trust me you need it


    • 10/31/12 10:58 the Muse:

      have to see out the lavender grey susan ;-D thanks! agreed, these are sheer!


  • 10/30/12 21:40 crotchfairy:

    Oh damn. You look lovely. Really gorgeous with that lilac shade.


    • 10/31/12 10:08 the Muse:

      oh wow thanks crotchfairy <3!


  • 10/30/12 21:42 Lorraine ER:

    I really like Sparkle Frenzy!


  • 10/31/12 7:17 Nancy:

    I never seem to have luck with legloss. Almost always the formulation dries too fast


  • 10/31/12 10:25 Elizabeth Maiorana:

    I am so relieved to conclude that you are okay after that hot-mess of a weather event a couple days ago. I have never commented on your blog before, but you can be darn sure I was worried about you. Sooo glad you’re okay. I have been curious about these glosses and I am further intrigued by this post of yours. Thanks for all you do for your subscribers!! xoxo Beth in Pgh 😉


    • 10/31/12 10:43 the Muse:

      thank you for worrying about me beth thankfully all is a ok here! <3!!!!!!!! You’re lovely for saying so! hugs! aw thank YOU! You guys are my inspiration ;-D I dunno what I would do without you all!


  • 10/31/12 10:57 OrangeLipstickBlog:

    Sparkle Frenzy…I see you in my future. As long as my future contains a coupon/sale of some sort.

    I had to laugh at “mod ghastly look” and “unflattering layer of shimmer” because I was thinking, “She’s really sellin’ it now!” Lol!


    • 10/31/12 11:04 the Muse:

      LOL! oops ;-D guess that isn’t terribly unflattering hehe!


  • 10/31/12 13:19 Jenny D:

    O.M.G. the RED! (I know, I have a problem, no one needs this many reds.)

    I love it! Hope I can find it up here.


    • 10/31/12 13:23 the Muse:

      hope you locate it ;-D


  • 10/31/12 19:05 GK:

    I find the aroma of the gloss a bit distasteful. They also tend to fade & bleed, definitely not infallible!


  • 10/31/12 21:27 Quinctia:

    Your description makes it sound like a thinner version of Zoya’s Hot Lips glosses, which I really like.


  • 10/11/13 19:04 Melissa:

    I bought the Something Shiny (sparkling clear gold) at big lots and it was only a 1.50 so figured I’d give it a try because I love giltter glosses and did not have one in a gold color. But I don’t really like it. It has a weird texture. Good thing I only paid 1.50 for it and not 7.15 like you did.


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