Review: Lancome La Laque Fever Ultimate Lasting Full Color Lipshine

By Voxy  

lancome lip gloss 1… and a partridge in a pear tree.

Lancome La Laque Fever Ultimate Lasting Full Color Lipshine (hereafter referred to as “The Product”) is a densely pigmented opaque lip product with a lot of color, a satin finish, and a tiny bit of shimmer. Although this review is full of little gripes, this product is really one of my new lip color loves. To get a true “shine,” you’ll need a separate gloss, as The Product’s finish is much more like a lipstick than a lip gloss.

The applicator is unusually shaped; instead of the usual cotton-swab-shaped applicator wand that you normally get with glosses in this kind of packaging, the spongy part on the end of The Product’s applicator wand is shaped like a small flat leaf and set at an angle. For some reason I find it odd and I dislike it. This is totally irrational on my part, especially because it performs phenomenally well. It delivers the cleanest, sharpest lip line I have ever gotten from a wand applicator, and also applies a fully opaque coat of color with one swipe, so my strange dislike of it is pretty silly and I think I had just better get over myself.

The texture is just slightly sticky, but not enough to be annoying, and the color is very long-lasting but does not stain, which is a nice combination. You do need to watch out for stray bits of color on your teeth with this one, though. Lancome promises eight hours of color without touchups, but really, I’ve never met a lip product that actually lasted through eight hours of my daily life. I don’t know how they measure these things; is it eight hours of sitting quietly in a chair, not talking, not smiling, not eating or drinking, and not sneezing or coughing? It certainly doesn’t last through eight hours of teaching. However, it is longer-lasting than many other lip products I’ve used, so I’m not going to get all snippy about the exact length of time.

la laque swatch

The thing that could have been a serious problem, but which fortunately turned out not to be, is that the color description and swatch on Lancome’s website are not even within spitting distance of the actual color on my lips. (Spitting: another eight-hour no-touchup no-no.) The color I purchased is called “Techno Brick,” and is listed in the Reds-Corals category. Both the category name and the word “brick” in the product name imply that this is going to be an orangey-reddish color, and the swatch on the Lancome website does indeed appear to have some warmth. Imagine my surprise, then, when I pulled the wand out of the tube (which requires some effort, and which creates a not-very-appealing sucking sound) and found it to be nowhere near coral, red, or brick. It is a rich berry (almost maroon), and definitely much more blue-tinted than orange-tinted, both on the applicator wand and on my lips. The swatch just above, which shows it on the back of my hand, is slightly washed out (although my product photography skills have improved greatly, I still need to work on my swatch photography; the colors never come out quite right). It’s a much richer berry than the photo suggests. Fortunately, the color suits me, but if you can stop by a Lancome counter to see the shades before you buy, that would probably be a good idea, so that you don’t get any unpleasant surprises.

So, in spite of my irrationally pissy fault-finding, in the end I have to say that Lancome La Laque Fever Ultimate Lasting Full Color Lipshine is nothing short of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. (The adjective is 14 syllables, and the product name still wins by two. Day-um.)

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Lancome La Laque Fever Ultimate Lasting Full Color Lipshine: $26

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Excellent. Of course I wish it were $6 instead of $26, but the product has great staying power and is sophisticated and well-designed, so it definitely delivers value.

Purchase again? Yep.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a shout-out in the comments!)

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