July 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 is…it’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?

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

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Decorative Diva

    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.

  • Critty

    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,

  • JennBee

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

  • sarahPUFFY

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

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

  • Dancinggal

    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.

  • ๅฟƒใ€‚่‘ต

    hi darling!

    i nearly wanted to get this but I think I don’t want to anymore. I rather get the Glam Shine series. ๐Ÿ˜›

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


  • Tammy M

    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…

  • pinkcrow

    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.

  • the Muse

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • the Muse

    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!


  • the Muse

    hiya dana.

    yup sure is but I just find it kinda pointless ๐Ÿ˜›

  • the Muse

    hey jenn!

    great minds think alike ๐Ÿ™‚

    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 what..am I missing something?!

    stupiddddddd ๐Ÿ˜› idea!

  • the Muse

    hey sarah!

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

    LOL why?

    Do share!

  • the Muse

    hi there dancinggal!

    Always nice to see you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    One of my fav glosses is $5 bucks! Mark Tint Blossom ๐Ÿ˜‰

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

    Aw thanks so much *hugs*

  • the Muse

    morning plue!

    Are you home from holiday lovie? have fun?

    I admit I’m not familiar with the glam shine series ๐Ÿ™‚ but sounds good!

    Damn them! Come here. You can move in with me ๐Ÿ˜‰ hehe!

    We’ll shop till we drop!

  • JennBee

    Muse, my review isn’t up just yet, but it will be soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Hehe. Thanks! TTYL and have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • the Muse

    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!

  • the Muse

    hello there pinkcrow!

    Hmm to be honest I’m not familiar with it but will def be on the look out ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Oh I’m all over it if it’s bogo!

    Will try and let you know my thoughts ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks love!

  • pinkcrow

    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.

  • Jennifer

    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*

  • Vanessa <3

    omg i have bloom! haha its a nice color! it does get a little dry but still worth it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • sarahPUFFY

    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!

  • the Muse

    hi again pinkcrow

    oh we have lots hehehe! CVS on every bloody street corner ๐Ÿ˜‰
    LOL don’t worry I skim posts too..it’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 ๐Ÿ˜›

  • the Muse

    hiya Jennifer!

    Ditto ๐Ÿ™‚ Aww thank you so much!!!!! I’m flattered!!!!!!! *Hugs*

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

  • Decorative Diva

    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.

  • the Muse

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • the Muse

    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 ๐Ÿ™


    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 ๐Ÿ˜›

  • the Muse

    hen jennbee ๐Ÿ™‚

    Awesome! Looking forward to it ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Stephy

    Thanks for the review Muse!!! I always have doubts about these lip glosses but I will give them a try! ๐Ÿ™‚

    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!!! ๐Ÿ™

  • Dao

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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

  • Make-up Junkie

    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!


  • MandyPandy

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

  • ๅฟƒใ€‚่‘ต

    Dear Izzy,

    Nah, I haven't gone on my holiday trip yet, end of august ๐Ÿ™‚

    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? ๐Ÿ˜›

    I'll lay my hands on the Glam Shine, I've been wanting those quite a while ๐Ÿ˜› Ooh~~~ so many things on my shopping list!

    lots of love,

  • sarahPUFFY

    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 too…as long as they dont use the mascara on them ;-;

  • Beauty Addict

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

    gracie xo

  • the Muse

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m not familiar with the glam shines..you’re actually 2nd or 3rd person that told me about these now I’m curious as heck ๐Ÿ™‚

    Where is it that the good shades are from? Will have to ask friends to nab me some ๐Ÿ˜‰


    Hugs to you!

    Thanks for always brightening up my blog with your comments!

  • the Muse

    hello dao!

    LOL some big deal the mirror is..whoopy dee do! lol! This gives me a bizaaro waxy feel ๐Ÿ˜›
    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love what you blog!


  • the Muse

    hello makeup junkie!

    Thank you so much! *blush* Everyone has been nominating me for these awards left and right! I feel so flattered ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you kindly! I’ll be posting about it soon!


  • the Muse

    ‘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?


  • the Muse

    hello my dear plue!

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

    Come on over ๐Ÿ™‚ I live in a large victorian! Plenty of room! Me you the makeup! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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!

  • the Muse

    hello sarah!

    LOL you’re too wicked lady ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You know me I normally go for none of the above ๐Ÿ˜› but I couldn’t resist these!

    Sheesh mascara on animals..that’s sick ๐Ÿ™ don’t even want to think about it sigh!

  • the Muse

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

    If you need anything from hip give a yell I’d be happy to cp it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hugs darling!

  • Stephy

    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. ๐Ÿ™ Let me know if you are able to get one! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • sarahPUFFY

    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 ;-;

  • Tammy M

    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!!!

  • ๅฟƒใ€‚่‘ต

    ur such a darling! really! lots of kisses and hugs to ya! ๐Ÿ˜€


  • the Muse

    hi stephy!!!!!!

    Thank you thank you! off to read…

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

    I’ll definately look around ๐Ÿ™‚ If I find one I’ll pick one up for you if ya like!

  • the Muse

    LMAO Sarah!


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

  • the Muse

    hi tammy!

    LMAO ohhh ๐Ÿ™ 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 ๐Ÿ˜›

    I LOVED the applicator. I liked the pigmentation etc..but the dry down..sigh ๐Ÿ™

    Scrub is about right sigh!

    Sorry Tam ๐Ÿ™ Don’t hate me hehe. I actually like and hate it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Stephy

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • the Muse

    you’re most welcome dearie ๐Ÿ™‚

    Will do!!!!!!!!


  • athena

    I just bought this in red fatale and I am completely in love. I’m really picky about the feel of the gloss and this is the kind that I like. It doesn’t really feel waxy to me. Just kinda tacky. Which is ok. It’s not the gummy feeling I get from most glosses.