Laneige Two Tone Lip Bars
The Laneige Two Tone Lip bar (C$35) is a very soft lipstick with a malleable texture. Despite the lip balm consistency, you will see full pigmentation in only 1-2 swipes, like in the swatch above. Similarly to most stains, it will dry down with a slight drying effect (except for The Face Shop Tint-in-oil, reviewed here!), so make sure you exfoliate properly or apply a lip balm prior to this product.
Since the colour is only separated by a diagonal separation, the distinction between the light and the darker colour is fairly obvious. Good news is that the line that the line can be easily minimized by mashing your lips together.
After swatching and applying all of the shades in store, I’ve noticed that all the oranges and light pinks have a very strong white base. For this reason, they will accentuate dry patches and will look better on those with fairer skin tones. There are many shade variations, but the three that I have are (from left to right): 10 Burgandy Love, 7 Cashmere Nude, and 9 Dolly Grape. Below are swatches on my lips ft. my panda onesie!
10 Burgandy Love
The darker shade is a deep red with a slight pink undertone and the light side is a bright peachy pink.
7 Cashmere Nude
This is the only nude in the Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar collection. The deeper shade is not very deep at all, being a light barbie pink. The lighter side of this lipstick is a neutral tan nude that will not appear on your lips unless you are very pale. On me, this nude practically blends right into my face. I didn’t know where Cashmere Nude went when I took lip swatches so I don’t have it shown on my lips – sorry!
9 Dolly Grape
The darker side is a fairly vibrant magenta, while the lighter side is a bright pink – nearly the same shade as the light shade from 10 Burgandy Love, except less peachy.
One thing to note is that all the shades in this line are extremely bright except for 7 Cashmere Nude. No matter how light or dark the colour is, it will be bright – which is very unlike traditional western lipsticks. This is why when I first looked through the shade range, I had trouble picking a shade because I’m not used to seeing vibrant magentas and pinks on my lips.
The product is brought out of the tube by a lever on the side that gets pushed down. Unfortunately, this lever is not always reliable, and you may need to push the lip bar back down with your finger occasionally.
The Laneige Two Tone Lip bars come in a rectangular, light, plastic packaging. The silver parts of the packaging will attract fingerprints very easily, but unless you can’t stand minor fingerprints, this will not bother you.
Cashmere Nude will not stain your lips; however, every other shade in this line will. Since they are all much more vibrant and/or dark, they leave behind a stain that will last 4-5 extra hours after the balm has worn off.
Although this product saves you the trouble of bringing around two colours around in your purse for the gradient lip look, it will take some more work to make this work. Once you apply the product on one lip, you will need to flip the Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar around so that the darker colour remains on the inner part of the lip.
An alternative would be to use the lipstick like a regular lipstick to mix the shades together.
For the darker shades, you will be able to see a distinct line between the two colours once applied to the lips. However, the Two Tone Lip Bar is smooth and malleable, so you can easily get rid of the line my mashing your lips together.
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