Review: Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar in #11 Juicy Pop

♫ JONGHYUN (종현) - Dress Up

A few months back, Laneige released 4 new shades of its innovative Two Tone Lip Bar, as well as the new Two Tone Shadow Bar. The Two Tone Lip Bar in #11 Juicy Pop, in particular, was sold out as soon as it was released, due to the fact that it was used by Song Hye Kyo in the highly popular Descendants of the Sun k-drama.

I was lucky enough to snag one online from Laneige Malaysia when it was restocked, but never got around to share my thoughts about it - until now. (Procrastination is a scary thing, lol) Cut to the chase, let's get on with the swatches and review! :D

All (or most) of Laneige's products come in a box with holographic accents, and this one is no exception. Unlike most lipsticks, the Laneige Two Tone Lip Bars are long and rectangular in shape, with a slider at the side that allows you to extend and retract the lipstick as needed. The body itself is made from plastic, with 3 distinct sections: the highly reflective silver cover, white 'body' with Laneige logo and slider button, and the transparent bottom which lets you identify the lipstick shade.

That said, these are two-tone lip colours. The bottoms are just one single colour. With 14 shades in total for the range, I can't be the only one who's slightly disappointed that the bottom doesn't correspond with each shade's dual colours, right? How am I going to differentiate my #4 Milk Blurring with #12 Maxi Red?! (⇀‸↼‶)

One thing you have to note about the Laneige Two Tone Lip Bars is that the slider button mechanism is a bit different from conventional lipsticks, which you just twist to extend and retract. For these lip bars, you have to slide down to extend (push up) and slide up to retract. It can be a bit confusing at first, but you'll get used to it after a while. You might be greeted with a mess inside though, if you happen to slide the button down while the cap is still on. (ノωヽ)

#11 Juicy Pop is definitely an unusual combination - the bright yellow and coral look fairly intimidating at first, but once you've gotten over the shock and try it out, I promise it'll be a nice surprise.

Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar #11 Juicy Pop
It's not crazy pigmented like some lipsticks, but the colour is buildable so 2 swipes are enough for full opacity. Unblended, both colours look quite jarring, especially the yellow, but once you press your lips together and tap with your fingers to blend them, the result is a very pretty - and fairly bright - coral-pink shade. The lip swatch below only used one layer, which is good enough for me.

Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar #11 Juicy Pop
Texture-wise, it is creamy, applies very smoothly and is very blendable. There is no noticeable scent to it. I would say it's quite moisturizing, as it doesn't dry up my lips, but it won't blend well on, and will show up, dry/chapped lips. The colour can last up to 3 hours with minimal eating and drinking, but you'll definitely need to re-apply after a meal.

The verdict? I love the concept and design of the Laneige Two Tone Lip Bars; they add a touch of fun into makeup, which is always a good thing, and the colours are very pretty. I've been reaching for #11 Juicy Pop quite often lately, because it's a great colour for both work and play. The lip bar's lightweight and slim design make it easy to carry around, but you'll need the help of a mirror to apply on-the-go, otherwise you'll end up with some wonky lips. (๑>◡<๑) At RM75 each, they're not exactly cheap, but for the quality and unique colour combinations, I'd say it's more than worth it.

Want something a little easier on the pocket AND has 3 colours in one lipstick? Then you might want to check out Maybelline's Lip Flush Bitten Lips (review coming soon)!


little miss smexy said...

Aww man! Your verdict is tempting me to get one now!! like literally!

Arisa Chow said...

The colors so damn nice mannnnnn. Regret not getting it from althea

Unknown said...

the color looks so great on you! I'm thinking of buying a couple of them right now!