[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? 🤔

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[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: ✮✮✮