October 3, 2017

L’Oreal Infallible Paints Lips Matte Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

Although matte isn’t my favorite finish I still decided to purchase L’Oreal Infallible Paints Lips Matte because I enjoyed the original Infallible Lip Paints formula so very much. I figure since that formula was so incredible how hard could it be with create a matte version of it? It should be an instant win right?

Not so much!

L’Oreal Infallible Paints Lips Matte come housed in the same tube packaging with attached sponge applicator as the original formula. When I originally purchased the Infallible Paints I thought it was a squeeze tube with a slanted tip applicator but they actually do have a removable wand with a sponge-tipped applicator for application. These are the same price as the original formula (around $9.99) and hold the same 0.27 oz amount. They are available in a much smaller range of shades. The original line contained many, many colorful picks where as the Paints Lip Matte Collection concentrate solely on nudes and a limited amount of them at that with only six shades on offer. I must admit the nude selection did factor into a key selling point for me as I was hopeful to find a nice, nude matte that would work with my skin tone in this batch of colors.

L’Oreal Infallible Paints Lips Matte Swatches (Tongue Tied, Peach Pit, Festival, Cinna-Bomb)

This formula is a big old dry mess sadly. The formula is quite thick out of the tube and saturates the sponge with a whole lot of product when you pull the wand free. I felt compelled to remove the excess lipstick before application as it’s a icky, clumpy mess on the sponge tip. Application was fairly smooth and even on my lips however, within a few seconds as the formula sets the color begins to fall into my natural lip lines and looks very, very drying and aging. Strangely enough the formula is a lightly whipped texture that was pleasant enough to apply and felt comfortable on my lips. I found it odd that it looked dry but in reality didn’t feel dry and felt very weightless and comfortable. That was a little bit of a surprising contrast.

L’Oreal Cinna-Bomb Infallible Paints Lips Matte

L’Oreal Festival Infallible Paints Lips Matte

L’Oreal Peach Pit Infallible Paints Lips Matte

L’Oreal Tongue Tied Infallible Paints Lips Matte

They are quite pigmented and a single swipe delivers opaque color. During the dry down they didn’t tighten but the color did settle into my lip lines but didn’t migrate nor feather. They are in a sense supposed to be a traditional long-wearing liquid lipstick but in reality they do transfer a bit if you sip from a cup. They do show signs of separation through the wear which leaves me with an outer ring of color towards my outer lips and my inner ones without color. I detected no fragrance or flavor in the formula and I got about an hour wear from them before I felt compelled to remove since the color looked faded, worn, and dry.

There’s a lot of success to be had with the slicker, creamier texture of the Lip Paints formula but this new Infallible Paints Lips Matte is would I’d recommend avoiding! It’s just a bit nasty mess on lips.

L’Oreal Infallible Paints Lips Matte are available now at ulta.com, target.com, and amazon.com.

Tried them?

Do share your thoughts!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Magenta Wilde

    Hmmm. Does it set all the way, or can you wipe it off with a Kleenex? I love matte lipsticks but I never like the super long wearing ones that set entirely and lock in place.

    • Isabella Muse

      it does set all the way but when it gets wet, like say you’re sipping coffee or water, it transfers.

  • Alyssa

    Have you tried the metallics? Just wondering what you think of those….

  • Brittany

    I was going to try these but I heard the scent was the same as the original and I can’t get over the scent and taste. I tried the metallic and liked those though! Have you tried those?

  • Lorraine. E.R

    What drugstore matte liquid lips do you think are best? Like out of Lip Lingerie, wet n wild catsuits, revlon, maybelline, Jordana, etc? Or even anything I may have forgot to list!

    • Isabella Muse

      is it bad to say I don’t really have a favorite or think of any as “the best” because I dislike liquid lipstick so much lol! They are always so dry on me!

  • Jules

    So my sister and I just went on a spree at the Wal. She saw these, and wanted a taupe color. Based on your review, I steered her to the original formula instead of the matte. So we went to the car and covered our faces in all our new purchases. I tried the original taupe shade, and had this instant flashback to the mid90s… This stuff, I swear, is the old Rouge Pulp!! I was a HUGE fan! The taste, the texture, the smell, even the color was identical!! I freaking LOVED that stuff! So I will definitely pick up a few of these for myself…just not the mattes!

    • Isabella Muse

      oh no it’s terrible to say but I don’t remember the original rouge pulp! Now you have me searching back and wondering if I had tried it lol! but I’m glad you like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay! I love them! Such a great creaminess and feel to them with a nice hint of a shine ;-D

      • jules

        OMG Do a google image search, and enjoy the Milla Jovovich advertising!!

        • Isabella Muse

          lol I do so love Milla ;-D I remember those ads by the way! But don’t remember rouge pulp for some reason πŸ˜€

  • Lina

    Bit off topic here but – love your eye look. What’s eyeliner are you wearing on your lower lash? Not on your waterline, but the gold colour under that? It looks gorgeous!

  • lisa

    I love L’Oreal lipsticks, but these don’t look good even on your beautiful young face. Can only imagine how it’ll look on my thin older lips… Sad. Thank you for the review, always enjoy your reviews!