L’Oreal Infallible 8 HR Le Gloss in Glistening Berry
Now, when a gloss makes a Herculean claim and says that it lasts eight hours, that’s gonna attract some attention, and the first question many people are probably going to have is, “Does it actually last eight hours?”
Let’s find out. The new L’Oreal Infallible 8 HR Le Glosses (about $10 each) are so confident in their stamina that they advertise it right on the tube.
Overlooking the possibility for a moment, however remote, that L’Oreal had something other than wear time in mind when they emblazoned these tubes (like eight home runs, eight happy remoras, or eight hungry rabbits), I tried two of the 20 shades available now at drugstores.
The first thing I noticed about Glistening Berry and Pink Topaz was how the texture changed on my lips over time. Both glosses started out feeling thin and smooth but thickened within the first few minutes into a thick, sticky film.
I took that as a positive sign, since sticky glosses tend to last longer for me than glosses with thin textures and consistencies.
And texture wasn’t the only change I noticed. These glosses also start out with a lot of pigment and high shine, but they settle down to a soft, sheer sheen over the first 15 minutes. Long term, I think it makes them more wearable and less intimidating, which I like.
As for the way I think they taste and smell, it’s a little strange… Like minty grape juice — or a magic, wear-time enhancing potion, perhaps? — but it dissipates after about 10 minutes.
Then there’s the million-dollar question: how long do these actually last on lips?
Glistening Berry on the left and Pink Topaz on the right
Wearing Pink Topaz
On mine, not eight hours, I’m afraid to say. More like three or four. But I don’t mind reapplying these or other glosses throughout the day. I guess it’s just something I’ve just come to expect.
Still, when you stamp 8 HR right on the side of the tubes, you’re setting an expectation, even though, in this case, most of us probably didn’t believe it at all.
I was really hoping these would stick around a little longer than they do. I like that they’re available in a wide variety of colors and think they have a lot of personality. It’s also kinda neat how they transform from high-shine glosses to softer sheens.
PRICE: Varies. Usually around $10.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,