We couldn’t help ourselves but to swoon over these makeup products that amazing Korean dramas feature over and over again. This time, we are going to talk about one of the most hyped Korean product for the past few years! In fact, it seems like every K-beauty fan has this one in their vanity pouch.
Ever since the whole Korean beauty trend has emerged, everyone (including myself) has been continuously obsessing over the signature Korean makeup look – the gradient lips. While everyone in the makeup world flaunts their solid nude mattes ala Kylie Jenner, we, K-beauty fans, follow the footsteps of Song Hye Kyo, Park Shin Hye and Lee Sung Kyung’s subtle gradient lips. In this review, we are going to discuss if the Two Tone Lip Bars from Laneige are really worth the hype.
The Laneige Two Tone Lip Bars are encased in this chic white packaging that features a slide-down lever on the side to push the lipstick out. The lipstick itself is quite slim, which is great because it does not take so much space in your makeup pouch.
The lip bars feature two shades of colors that perfectly complement each other for a vivid ombre/gradient finish. There are a total of ten shades for the Two Tone Lip Bar series but what I have in hand right here are just six shades. I have picked two bestselling shades from the first collection and all four new shades from the latest Spring collection.
Like what I’ve mentioned earlier, this collection comes in 10 gorgeous shades. Here’s a photo taken from Laneige’s official website:
And here’s the actual swatches of the shades I got right here with me:
These swatches took me two full swipes for me to achieve such pigmentation shown on the photo. I can say that a single swipe is enough on the lips for they are pretty vivid. In addition, the colours blend beautifully with one another which make a gorgeous ombre finish! The rectangular shape of the lipstick makes it quite easy to apply on the lips since it is slim enough to cover the lips with its two shades.
No. 5 Daring Darling
This stunning shade is from the first Two Tone Lip Bar series that were released back in 2015. I believe that this colour is such a fashion statement! The colours in it are red orange and hot pink.
No. 9 Dolly Grape
This one is another favourite for me (used this quite a lot as you can see from the shape of the tip!). Although the colours may look quite strong on the lipstick bar, the colours are actually very subtle when applied on the lips. It features a deep plum colour and a fuchsia pink shade.
No. 11 Juicy Pop
This colour is what Song Hye Kyo wore in the popular Korean drama “Descendants of the Sun”. It is a combination of a sheer yellow shade and a peachy orange colour. When applied on the lips, the peachy orange colour fades out to a soft coral pink shade due to the yellow lip bar. It’s quite a dainty lipstick for everyday wear.
No. 12 Maxi Red
If Juicy Pop is Song Hye Kyo’s top pick, Maxi Red is what Lee Sung Kyung fancies. This lip bar features a coral peach shade and a true red colour that will definitely complete any evening date makeup look! The blend of colours look sophisticated and romantic which makes it a great shade for evening events.
No. 13 Orange Blurring
It features a solid shade of tangerine and a white bar that goes off clear on the lips. If you are a fan of orange tints, this one would work great on you.
No. 14 Dear Pink
This is actually one of my favourite colours among the bunch I have here! It features a soft pink and a burgundy pink shade that go well together to deliver a sweet, lovely look. This shade is a must-have if you’re into pink lip colours.
Texture & Finish
The Laneige Two Tone Lip Bars have a semi-matte finish. They are quite pigmented but they do not leave the lips dry and chapped. Even if you have chapped lips, this two tone lip bar can still show up really well as it features a hydrating formula. Despite the deep moisture it gives, it does not leave a sticky feeling and does not fade away dramatically.
Longevity & Transfer Test
One of the most common misconceptions about moisturising lipsticks is that they don’t really last long. As for these lip bars, they are not fully matte as they feature a hydrating formula that allows the lipstick to glide seamlessly without leaving the lips dry. I conducted a transfer test by pressing these heavy swatches on a piece of clean tissue paper.
And…here’s the result:
So yes, they do transfer and it’s because of the moisture these lip bars contain. Despite that, the transfer is very minimal. Whenever I drink or eat, I can see some lipstick transfers happening but it does not dramatically affect the colour on my lips. These two tone lip bars leave a tint on the lips; which is why I must say that they are quite long-lasting.
- Comes in a wide selection of colors
- Unique idea to achieve instant ombre/gradient lips
- Features a subtle fruity scent
- Very easy to use
- It can be used to create different looks (Check out this Korean vlogger’s Youtube video)
- Non-drying formula
- The bar breaks easily when not used properly
- The cap loses its “click” lock over time
- Colours do not show up so well with very thin lips
Have you tried these Laneige Two Tone Lip Bars? I believe it’s a really cool item to have if you are a fan of innovative lip products. Although the look it gives can be achieved using two different lipsticks that you already have, it’s still something worth-trying. If you’re not up to the hassle of actually taking two lipsticks with you and you want gradient lips in an instant, this is something you should definitely buy.
This review of Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar was written by one of Beureka’s guest contributors. Interested to contribute some of your own? We would love to hear from you too!
Also published on Medium.