Sunday, November 18th, 2012

L'Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss

A Budget-Friendly Sparkling Red Gloss for the Holidays

L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss ($9.99 for 0.21 fl. oz.) is a bright red with gold and ruby red shimmer and sparkle. The underlying color is blue-based, but the addition of fiery gold shimmer makes it appear almost orange-toned at times. Dior Ceremony Red is bluer-based. MAC Ready to Roam is redder. MAC Totally Fab is more orange-toned. YSL Golden Red is similar but more orange-toned.

This is a new and limited edition shade for the holidays, which I grabbed at my local CVS a couple of weeks ago. I have a love/hate relationship with L’Oreal’s Infallible Lipglosses, because initially, I love, love them. They’re delightfully sparkly and pretty on, but they’re thin and have a tendency to feel gritty because of the thinness and high sparkle content. I feel like I fuss with my lips a bit more whenever I test one of these. There’s also this medicinal smell that sometimes reads “something sweet and fruity” or like menthol (honestly, it gives me an Icy/Hot kind of vibe, just more muted).

Sparkle Frenzy is semi-opaque and went on fairly evenly.  The tapered applicator holds a lot of product and allows for precision along the edges of the lip and the cupid’s bow.  This shade wore well for six hours, and it was in need of a touch-up after seven hours.  It can handle some drinking, but it won’t make it through a meal.  I love the way it looks, but I’m not keen on how it feels on: gritty, sticky, and a bit drying. While it wears well compared to the average gloss, L’Oreal advertises these as having eight-hour wear.

The Glossover

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product

Sparkle Frenzy

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I think these look spectacular on; the way the shimmer sparkles and catches the light is really lovely. The wear isn't as long as advertised, but it wears longer than most glosses. The grit of the sparkle, combined with the thin, sticky, and slightly drying texture, make it hard to love.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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L'Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss

L'Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss

L'Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss

L'Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss

L'Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss

L'Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss
L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Dior Ceremony Red is bluer-based. MAC Ready to Roam is redder. MAC Totally Fab is more orange-toned. YSL Golden Red is similar but more orange-toned.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals The Star Treatment Eyeshadow Palette, Buxom Sculpt Mascara, Urban Decay Mainline Eyeliner. On cheeks: (your left) NARS Debbie Harry Blush/Highlighter, (your right), shu uemura G6-1 Glow-On Blush.

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24 thoughts on “L’Oreal Sparkle Frenzy Infallible Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Gorgeous shade! Love the gold shimmer!

  2. Oh too bad about the grittiness and fussy formula–either way though, that shade is just BRILLIANT on your lips! LOVE this–would be so great for a holiday party!

  3. The description of the texture puts me right off, and the smell.

  4. I usually don’t fall for sparkle, but I kinda like how this looks.

  5. Avatar of Cat Cat G

    I think it looks really really pretty and I was totally ready to buy it, until I saw the “slightly drying” part of the review :/

  6. Avatar of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    That is one heck of a color! What a shame about the texture and smell though. If it wasn’t for that I’d go out and buy it today even though I don’t wear red lip colors.

  7. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    Is this one a “plumping” gloss? I have several in both formulas, and while I find the “plumping” ones to have a bit of a “medicinal” scent/tingle, I don’t get that with the others.

  8. I own this and adore it! I give it an A! ;-)

  9. Avatar of Gabriella bella

    oh, I’m totally with you on the medicinal smell! you hit the nail on the head there! :) it’s kinda gross actually, I prefer the vanilla in MACs lip products although I hate, hate the plumping MAC glosses, they taste/smell/feel awful!

  10. It almost looks pinky on… I wonder if this is a red I can wear with my pink hair.

  11. I agree with you about the love hate relationship. I love that color, but will be passing due to the formula.

  12. Monica

    I f****g hate this lipglosses! I have two shades : a gorgeous fucsia and a rosy pearl that is super cute but both leave me with a gross goopy residue in the corners of my mouth I just don’ t get why that happens! And they don’t come cheap you know ….

  13. I might have to pick this one up. I really love the sparkle.

    Even though these glosses are sticky, I don’t mind too much because I know it helps with the wear.

    What I love most is the flat wand. It’s really nice & you can get precise lines.

  14. it’s gorgeous and even more so on your puckers! hope it’ll be released in Singapore soon!

  15. YellowLantern

    Gosh, why does the formula have to suck so much? This color is so gorgeous and I love the noticeable gold sparkle. Even with the negative review a small part of me still wants to search for this gloss in drugstores because the color is pure holiday perfection. I think I’ll resist though, I can’t deal with drying lip glosses in winter. Thank you for the review and swatch.

  16. Courtney

    Huh…that looks a lot like the Wonder Woman gloss I have, but a little pinker. I bet it would be cute with a red eyeliner.

  17. I honestly thought this was a super high end product. It’s getting harder and harder to tell these days. This is a gorgeous color.

  18. Avatar of Lauren Lauren

    That looks beautiful on you. I’m not bold enough to wear such a bright red but it looks so great. I have a similar issue with that formula. I have a few infallible glosses and I find them gritty as well. They are pretty though.

  19. VickyM

    I hate tacky glosses…pass only for that even though it´s a very nice color.

  20. Karen

    Will this product br available in Canada? Thank you!