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[SWATCH] LANEIGE Two Tone Lip Bars

LANEIGE has been on a roll recently with their new product launches, but one of their most famous launches so far is probably their two tone products. Ranging from lip to contour, it seems like everything can be two-toned. A few other K-beauty brands have also jumped on the bandwagon as of late, but LANEIGE is probably one of the best-known pioneers of this trend.

I first bought the Two Tone Lip Bar thanks to PPL with Lee Sung Kyung, followed by the Tint Lip Bar. Both have a very nice sheen to them, but with different product features – the Lip Bar is a cream/stain lipstick, while the Tint Lip Bar is, well, a tint and balm combined into one. You can read my respective reviews on them, but in a nutshell, I prefer the Tint one for its better staying power and colour.

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I’ve got my eyes on LANEIGE’s latest Matte launches, because the colours look absolutely amazing ~ I’m particularly interested in #3, #4, #7, #8, and #9. I guess I just really like the pink shades because they look so flattering on any skin tone. Have any of you tried these shades yet? Let me know which ones work for you!

LANEIGE is definitely on a roll with these two tone products, and I’m excited to see what else they will be adding to this line in future. What could be in the pipeline after lipsticks, eyeshadow, colour correcting, and contour? Foundation? Blush? 🤔

[REVIEW] LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

Despite my love of matte lipsticks and my occasionally dry lips, I never really saw the need to use lip masks, much less sleeping masks. However, Friend A told me that she used this quite a fair bit and it wasn’t too bad, so I decided to try out a travel-sized version that I bought on Shopee for just SGD2.


Product Description

Sleep-in mask for the lips; gently melts away dead skin cell leaving lips moist and supple the next morning.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 27


Ingredient List

Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated C6-14 Olefin Polymers, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Shea Butter, Synthetic Wax, Candelilla Wax, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Hydrogenated Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Mica, Astrocaryum murumuru Seed Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Aromatics, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Methicone, Carnauba Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, CI 15985, CI 15850, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Water, Potassium Alginate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Lycium Fruit Extract, Cranberry Fruit Extract, Strawberry Fruit Extract, Raspberry Fruit Extract, Sapindus mukurossi Fruit Extract, Blueberry Fruit Extract,  Rubus chamaemorus Seed Extract, Coffee Extract, Chenopodium quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside

I’m a little disappointed that shea butter doesn’t rank as high as I would have expected, as well as how low the fruit extracts rank in this ingredient list.


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Packaging: The full-size product’s packaging looks very similar to the Water Sleeping Mask, but I think the travel size one is also pretty good. In fact, the packaging + size are really very good for bringing along when you’re traveling, because it’s so light and easy to pack into your luggage.

Texture: There was a period of time I suspected that this was just lip balm because it felt exactly like it!! The texture is really smooth and feels a bit like wax (probably because of the shea butter). It doesn’t feel sticky on the lips, and you might not even remember that you applied this mask the previous night when you wake up in the morning.

Plus point: I also love how it smells and tastes like berries!

Effectiveness: This lip sleeping mask promises to remove dead skin cells from your lips – while I’m not too sure about that claim since I haven’t actually seen the dead skin cells (LOL), I do think that my lips feel more supple in the morning after using this. I’ve also had no allergic reactions, a good sign since my lips are one of the fastest to react to irritants in products.


Final Verdict

If your lips are in dire need of care no matter how much lip balm you apply every day, this product will come in handy for you. On the other hand, if you have no major issues with your lips, I personally feel that it is a little difficult to justify forking out SGD27 to take care of your lips.

It’s also a tad troublesome to remember to clean off the sleeping mask the next morning. As of yet, I haven’t had the experience of not cleaning it off before, so I can’t tell you what will happen if you don’t.


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮

[REVIEW] LANEIGE Eye Sleeping Mask

To be honest, I never really paid much attention to skincare for my eyes. I knew they looked terrible thanks to my not-so-stellar sleeping and dieting habits (which I find it hard to get around to fixing), and I could cover my eyebags with concealer, so I just didn’t give it much thought.

However, I started noticing that my eyes would sometimes get very puffy at one moment, and extremely dull & dry the next. I also got comments telling me that I looked dead tired when I didn’t put concealer, so I decided that it was high time I found a cure for it.


Product description

The eye sleeping mask moisturizes, revitalizes, and brightens skin around the eyes by taking care of puffy eyes with the ceramic ball massage

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 46


Ingredient list

WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, HESPERIDIN, CAFFEINE, BETA-GLUCAN, SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE EXTRACT, CHENOPODIUM QUINOA SEED EXTRACT, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, CALCIUM CHLORIDE, MANGANESE SULFATE, ZINC SULFATE, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, ADENOSINE, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKY LACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/BEHENETH-25 MET HACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, PROPANEDIOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, PEG-14M,DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE

This looks like a mouthful of incomprehensible terms on first sight, but you can infer bits and parts of it. For example, water is its top (or rather, most common) ingredient, and fragrance is added in the smallest percentage, which is a great thing.

Upon further research (thanks to websites like The Derm Review), the next common ingredient, butylene glycol, is actually a controversial chemical that’s derived from petroleum. It’s added to increase penetration by other ingredients in the formulation, as well as to give products a thinner consistency. It makes sense to use thin, easily-absorbed products on the area around your eyes.

However!! This product also raises alarm bells. As I quote from TDR:

“Although butylene glycol has many benefits for the skin, one of the likeliest side effects from this chemical is the potential for skin irritation. Several studies suggest that this ingredient can cause a rash around the eyes and other forms of irritation in individuals with sensitive skin. Further, it may even cause irritation of the respiratory passages if it is accidentally inhaled from products like hair spray or skin mist sprayers.”

If you have sensitive skin, do take special note of this!


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Packaging: I love LANEIGE products’ packaging. They always look and feel so luxurious despite being AMOREPACFIC’s mid-tier-price-brand. The frosted/ombre effects on the packaging, coupled with LANEIGE’s signature blue (to symbolize hydration, which the brand is famous for), give the impression of a clinical skincare product.

The one thing I didn’t like about this particular product, however, is the fact that the roller is separate from the actual bottle, which is capped with a normal cap. It’s not the easiest (or most hygienic) to keep and store, so whenever I use this, I always wonder why couldn’t LANEIGE just combine both.

Texture: It has a very thin consistency which allows for fast absorption by the skin. It reminded me of their most-famous Water Sleeping Mask, just less viscous and more watery. I really like this thin texture, because products that are too heavy usually end up clogging my skin instead.

Effectiveness: While I’ve not noticed any spectacular or mindblowing results yet, I have to say that this product has indeed been effective at moisturizing and depuffing my terrible eyebags. They don’t look as bad ever since I started using this sleeping mask, and I find myself not needing to apply concealer under my eyes all the time.

It is also extremely relaxing to massage this product into the area around your eyes. It feels naturally cool without me having to put it in the fridge.


Final Verdict

If you’re looking for an eye product to enhance your under-eye area, this is definitely the product you need.

Despite the presence of ingredients that can possibly cause allergies and discomfort, I’ve been fortunate enough not to report any of these reactions… yet. So don’t fret too much about having harmful ingredients in the product.

At SGD46, it’s definitely pricier than what we might normally want to spend on skincare, so this may be another deterrent for you.

I’ve seen travel sizes for this eye sleeping mask online, and I’m hoping to get these in the future when I do travel. Having to bring such a huge bottle around (together with that cap) is not ideal, and small rollers sound much more practical. If you’re worried about having to commit immediately to a full bottle of product, do consider getting the travel sizes as well!


Rating

Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Effectiveness: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮

[REVIEW] LANEIGE Two Tone Tint Lip Bar

I previously bought the Two Tone Lip Bar, which I love the duo colours for, but had difficulty getting the ombre effect to stay. Since I still had hope that this would eventually work out for me, I bought this Two Tone Tint Lip Bar at the duty-free in Incheon Airport.


Product Description

Two-Tone Tint Lip expresses natural gradation by combining the features of defining tint and moisturizing lip balm

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 32 (Zalora)

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Packaging: Similar to the Two Tone Lip Bar, this comes in a rectangular bar that is compact and convenient for bringing around. I love the lever that you have to slide in order to bring out and keep the lip bar. I personally think that it’s more convenient than having to twist a lipstick bullet. I would even say this lever reminds me of an eraser (see photo below) 😂

Texture: Slightly sticky, but very hydrating on the lips, since it’s a lip balm.

Colour payoff & intensity: I like the colour payoff as it’s not very intense and looks quite natural. The red (colour) part stains your lips sufficiently, while the lip balm itself has no colour, which creates a nice gradient lip look.

Colour: Typical me bought No.03 because it’s marketed as Lee Sung Kyung’s pick, haha (I’m a fool for such marketing tactics sometimes). Nonetheless, it’s a beautiful cherry pink that I personally really like for a lip colour, so I guess it’s a win-win situation?

If you see my product shots, there’s a slight streak of red that’s run out. It’s not a manufacturing problem, just that I’ve been using it quite often. It’s a small problem – you can see from the swatch that the lines are not as even and well-defined, but you can rectify that with a few more swipes on your lips.

Staying power: As compared to the Two Tone Lip Bar, I feel that this one stays on longer and with better colour. It’s completely understandable, considering that this is marketed as a tint.

Effectiveness: Regarding the lip balm part, LANEIGE advertises that it uses the ingredients and technology of its famous Lip Sleeping Mask in the lip balm. I haven’t actually used the lip sleeping mask before so I can’t vouch for that, but I do like how moisturizing it feels, as well as the nice, healthy shine it gives to my lips.


Final Verdict

If I had to choose between the two different lip bars, I would pick this in a heartbeat.

I feel that the lip balm part helps the colour to apply and adhere much better to the lips. The Two Tone Lip Bar doesn’t feel quite as comfortable in comparison.

I find myself using this more often than I do with the other Lip Bar (oops). I love the other shades available and would definitely consider buying them, but I feel that a lot of them look too similar. No.8 is not really my style, so I’ll probably go with no.1 the next time for something different.

I think this is a little pricey – acceptable price point because it is LANEIGE, but not really the first thing I would have gone for. I got it for cheaper because it was from the duty-free shop, but I’m honestly not sure if I will pay the original price.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮

[REVIEW] LANEIGE Two Tone Lip Bar

I first noticed LANEIGE’s Two Tone Lip Bar in a K-drama (thanks product placement, aka PPL). Although it first appeared in Descendants of the Sun, I was probably too distracted by Song Joong-ki to realize it, and only paid attention to its placement in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. It was hard not to notice it anyway, considering that Lee Sung Kyung was using LANEIGE products all the time. I’m not really complaining about this PPL though, because she’s their Brand Ambassador after all + she looks good in these products. You can also keep dreaming that you’ll meet a Nam Joo Hyuk if you sport an ombre lip effect.

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Product description

Two different colors meet and complete Two Tone Lip Bar!
And Two Tone Shadow Bar completes professional gradation makeup with a single touch.

Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 34.00


Ingredient list

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax, Mica, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Methicone, Fragrance

The first ingredient we see is Hydrogenated Polyisobutene. It sounds like just another chemical to an ordinary consumer, but if you google it, you’ll realize that it has a ton of userful properties:

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene is a synthetic oil that is used as a mineral oil substitute. It is an  emollient & moisturizer, and prevents water loss. It’s used for pigment dispersion in many cosmetic products and is a popular ingredient in sunscreens because it allows for SPF retention even after water exposure (like in waterproof sunscreens).

Studies were done to test the irritation likelihood of products containing Hydrogenated Polyisobutene and products with 1.44% concentration (a common level in most products) showed no irritation, according to RealSelf.com. Even up to concentrations of 4%, it was not irritating to skin or eyes. Products containing Hydrogenated Polyisobutene were also shown to have no phototoxic or photoallergenic properties.

It’s actually a synthetic oil used to disperse the colour pigments in the lipstick, protects your lips from the strong sun, and helps to moisturize lips – sounds fantastic!


I wanted to get a few other colours but Althea was out of them so I could only get hold of No.3 – Pink Salmon, which I honestly didn’t mind because it looked like such a great blend of pink and orange. It’s also from the older product range – the new one was launched in 2016.

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Pink Salmon

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New Range designed by Lee Sung Kyung

This is very easy to use, and also exciting to see the ombre effect that many K-stars rock on your very own lips, with just four swipes of one product – perfect for lazy people like me who want to try something different.

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How it looks like after a few uses

My few gripes about this product:

  • The pink is sometimes too light to be seen on my lips, but the orange looks fantastic, just as you see in the photo. Their advertising is not a lie! haha
  • I’m not sure this is supposed to work as a lip tint, but I sometimes get random orange stains when my lips are chapped, which looks rather weird.
  • The ombre effect doesn’t last very long if you tend to smack your lips / eat, because sometimes all that you are left with is orange, which you may not be entirely comfortable with.

 Final Verdict

K-beauty products may be most famous for their star power, but they are also well-known for being reliable and of a good quality, no matter the price. This product does not fail, given that it is supported by advertising heavyweights Song Hye Kyo and Lee Sung Kyung, and highly raved about for its novelty.

I have yet to try the other colours, especially the ones in the new range, but having tried the Pink Salmon one, I am more than eager to give the other colours a shot. I’m hoping that the new range has a better formula that will solve some of the problems I have with this older product, as listed above.

I browsed through LANEIGE’s website to read about its new range, but the product description is still a little vague:

1. “Combination of High Glossy and Semi Matte Lipstick”

Complete moisturized, sparkling and glamorous Two Tone Lip with new type of Two Tone Lip that has Two Tone Texture X Two Tone Color of actress’ volume lip secret. 

2. Artistic Color match expresses more vivid color

Express high pigmentation through artistic color match and upgraded pure pigment for vibrant lip makeup

3. Quick Touch Gradation

Exclusive oblique cutting by artist’s natural auto gradation

4. Soft and Moisturized text like sorbet

Creamy texture that is smoothly applied to lips and gives moisturized gloss

But I guess one can hope! Or if any of you have tried both the old and new ranges, and felt a distinct difference, do comment and let us know 🙂

So, is this product worth buying?

If you’re really keen on trying something new on your lips without going through too much trouble of blending different products, or burning a very big hole in your wallet – yes, definitely. If you’re looking for a lipstick that has longer staying power and maintains hydration in your lips, you might want to think this through.


Rating

Colour payoff: ✮✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮