Review: Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar

Back with a lipstick review! I've had this Laneige Two Tone Lip Bar for a while now (it's not at all a new product), but I've been using it a lot lately to get that Korean gradient lip look. I actually brought it with me on my recent trip to Korea!

I ordered this from Althea way back. It was actually one of the first few things I ordered from the site. On Laneige's site, it's priced at 1200 Php, but on Althea it's currently discounted at 870 Php.

The most interesting thing about this lipstick is, of course, the two-tone color combination, which makes gradient lips easier to achieve.

I got mine in the shade Burgundy Love, which is a combination of a burgundy and a light pink. The darker shade is meant to go on the inner areas of the lips to get an I-just-ate-a-popsicle look. 

I like how the two-tone-ness of it helps make the gradient look more blended, which is what you want in gradient lip looks. On the lips, you can blend it even more by pressing your lips together.

The packaging is not like the usual that you twist for the product to come out. This one has a lever that you push down for the product to come out. It takes a bit of getting used to because one would naturally think that up means up and down means down, when it's the opposite in this case.

The lipstick itself has an angled tip, which makes application easier, especially on the lower lip. Applying on the upper lip though takes a bit of practice because you would need to turn the lip bar upside down - and because the tip is angled, that would be a weird and unnatural position to hold your lipstick in. 

Regarding the formula, I'm gonna have to agree with the claims of it being moisturizing. It also goes on smoothly on the lips. And as you can see in the swatch above, the formula is not heavy at all. The shade I got is also pigmented enough for my liking. I'm good to go with just about two full swipes, but I add more of the darker shade in the center for a more prominent ombre effect.

The wear is average, I'd say. It's not that long-lasting on me, which I expected. Because the finish is on the moisturizing side, it has a tendency to transfer throughout the day, especially when you eat. What I like about it though is how it leaves an even, soft pink stain when it fades. Still, I always bring this in case I would need to retouch.

Here's an example of how it wears throughout the day.
L: Right after application
M: After 2 hours and eating light lunch
R: After 6.5 hrs total and dessert buffet-ing

Over-all, I do like this lipstick because it really helps in creating a gradient lip look more easily! I want to try other shades, but most of them have orange in them, and I don't really like orange lipsticks. But I think Dolly Grape and Magenta Muse look good!

Have you tried this or any other two-tone lipsticks? What do you use to achieve Korean-inspired gradient lips? Share below! :)

Disclaimer: Credits used to shop for the item were provided by the store for free, but the views and opinions expressed in this post are purely mine and based on my own experience with the product.