January 22, 2020

L’Oreal Infallible Matte Lip Crayon Review & Swatches

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2 stars out of 5

L’Oreal Infallible Matte Lip Crayon ($11.99) is a new matte lip crayon available in 18 permanent shades that launched with the L’Oreal Spring 2020 Collection. I am so deeply impressed that L’Oreal not only released these new Matte Lip Crayons as a permanent part of their collection but also, in a whopping 18 shades. I mean, to have the very nerve to launch such a dry, draggy formula not only as permanent product but also in 18 shades that people may just be hesitant to buy after hearing about the formula sure is an accomplishment ha..!

But I digress because maybe just maybe this could be a Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink kind of thing where everyone LOVES and adores the formula and I’m the oddball that doesn’t. Someone insert one of those shrugging shoulder emojis right here.

I didn’t love Infallible Matte Lip Crayon but it has an interesting formula with some pros and one major con. Keep in mind this formula shouldn’t be compared or likened to the L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Matte Lipcolour Stick that launched a few years ago. This is most definitely very different.

Now I’ll share some of my thoughts and why I think Infallible Matte Lip Crayons have some interesting good points but if you’re wanting a lip crayon I’d likely recommend going with the much better formulated Maybelline Super Stay Ink Crayon that launched last Summer.

So, L’Oreal Infallible Matte Lip Crayon you deserve a bit of sit down. Let’s chat you! 18 whopping shades are available in this formula which I think might be a mistake on L’Oreal’s part as I’m convinced that everyone will agree this is one dry AF formula.

Each pencil is 0.04 oz in size and will set you back $11.99. These are a swivel up design with a smaller slanted tip that fits the contour of lips quite nicely. They call the formula creamy but it really isn’t. It drags across lips in a really dry layer of color. My lips are pretty dry at the moment but even if they weren’t applying this can be a challenge and almost painful. If you can get past the application and the dryness there are some pluses.

L’Oreal Infallible Matte Lip Crayon Swatches (Flirty Toffee)

First off, I was impressed with the color. This is a very pigmented lip color and the shade I got, Flirty Toffee, reminded me of my favorite Bare Minerals BarePro Longwear Lipstick in Nutmeg. This is very richly pigmented and provides a really intense color pay off.

My lips are pretty dry at the moment but the color was actually relatively smooth. It did emphasis my natural lip lines a bit but it didn’t cling to drier, flakier areas on my lips which impressed me. The color was incredibly long-wearing as well! I got six plus hours from it without migration or feathering issues. It does have a sweet caramel perfume flavor and fragrance that I wasn’t terribly impressed with but it wasn’t too strong.

It does apply dry but it’s surprisingly NOT nearly as dry as I expected it to be while I was wearing it. I thought it was going to be soul sucking dry but it wasn’t bad once I was wearing it and although, not lightweight it didn’t feel super drying but it wasn’t moisturizing either that’s for sure!

L’Oreal Infallible Matte Lip Crayon has one major flaw with plenty of other great perks. Sadly, that one flaw is a deal breaker for me. The dry dragging application was a big no for me but some might be willing to overlook it.

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L’Oreal Infallible Matte Lip Crayon is a new, permanent matte lip crayon that’s $11.99 and 0.04 oz in size and available in 18 shades. This lip color arrives in a slim twist up pencil with a small slanted tip for easy application. I think the formula has a lot of good points like the intense pigment and excellent long-wear of six plus hours however, the biggest problem is the dry, draggy application which actually feels almost painful during the application. This is sadly the definition of a really bad matte lipstick!


  • Pigmented.
  • Very long-wearing.
  • Portable, easy to travel with packaging.


  • Dry, draggy application.


L’Oreal Infallible Matte Lip Crayon has one major flaw but if you can get past it and like a good matte lipstick with long wear this might be appealing!