Rant & Rave: 2-in-1 Lip and Cheek Products

This Week’s Topic: Lip and Cheek Products!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about 2-in-1 lip and cheek products. What drives you bananas? What makes them necessary?

my answer: The problem is that rarely is a multi-tasking product as good as the individuals products would be. So while it’s technically convenient, you might be sacrificing quality for both purposes!

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I have a cream blush that can also be used as a lipstick, but I never use it on my lips. It just doesn’t work. It’s gorgeous as a blush though, and I use it on my cheeks all the time. So I guess 2-in-1 products often end up being good at just one of the 2 things they claim to do 🙂

Personally, I find that these products are mostly only good for cheeks. I think this is partially to do with the fact that my lips tend to be dry, so I need something creamier/more hydrating than the usual 2 in ones.

I don’t think I’ve ever actually used a lip/cheek product for both lip and cheek. I always buy them with one use in mind, so I don’t even try them out for the other haha

The only one I recall using was by Max Factor, over 20 years ago, but it was amazing. I also don’t remember the exact name, but it was a universally flattering red liquid reminiscent of food coloring, so it was great in hotter weather. Apart from that, I haven’t found anything that seems exciting enough to try, and I have a ton of lip products, and rarely wear color on my cheeks, so it’s not something I even bother to look for. That said, NARS has a few Multiples that look interesting, though I wouldn’t wear them on the lips.

I have a sample of benefit posietint and I absolutely love it as a cheek color, but I don’t really like it on the lips much. It’s a texture problem, and it tends to get patchy and settles into areas on the lips. I just don’t like it as a lipstain. But I might buy the full-size just as a blush because I love the color on me.

Yes, and what hurts is the price of some of these products. I fell like a sucker for a Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink. Well, it is ok (although nothing special) as a blusher, but as a lipstick it sucks (colorwise, and it is too dry), and it is too brown, not like the nice blush pink it looked like when shown to me in the store.

I only have one from MAC and I wish I had the color as an individual lipstick and an individual pressed powder 🙁

I have heard that some are spectacular like Le Metier De Beaute’s lip/cheek duos.

I like the idea and concept as a whole but for me they don’t work. They either look great as a lip product or look great as a blush but not both. It’s ashame because it would save me some time in the mornings.

I find most of the colours look good either on the lips or cheeks, but not both, so I don’t even bother with them. They’re like the multi-tasking 3-in-1 pencils from Pur Minerals…most colours are good for eyes, but I wouldn’t put them on my lips!!

I have two shades from Bobbi Brown. I like the color, consistency and wear. The only downside is they come in a pot. Very hard to apply to lips, if product is worn down. I would prefer a tube – like AVON Be Blushed and NYX blush. I think cream lips/cheek combos give mature skin a healthy glow.

I’m considering trying tarte or Stila’s convertible lip/cheek combos, but I generally try to avoid them. My lips dry easily, so I hesitate to subject them to a product that isn’t specifically designed for the mouth.

I really like Stila’s convertible color lip/cheek duos, but I only ever wear them as blush. In my experience, every 2-for-1 I’ve tried has had terrible wear time on the lips.

Beaute- Cosmetics. Liqui-gel stains= awesome. I especially like flouron and harlot. they last all day and are so incredibly pigmented. the only issue is is that it is hard to find unless you live in LA or NYC and if you order online canadian shipping takes 3 weeks =/

I have Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge in Raspberry pink and I love it! It is great both as a lipstick as well as blush. I use a concealer brush to apply it both on the cheeks and lips, but one should never forget to use lip balm under it on the lips or it can be too drying. Love this shade!

I think the recently released mac ones are pretty good. Not drying but could be alittle sticky on cheeks but all you need to do is apply powder on top and it will set and last for a long time!

I don’t normally use them because a) i don’t like potted lip products and b) my lips dry out really, really easily, so something that will feel comfortable on my lips is undoubtedly going to be too greasy for my cheeks. I keep looking at stuff like the Bobbi Brown pot rouge, or whatever, but I think I’d rather do separate products overall.

From my experience, products that are marketed as a 2-in-1 but push towards a singular purpose work better for that purpose. For instance, Stila’s Convertible Lip & Cheek Creams and MAC Cremeblend (at least intiially, the description has changed on the website) are both marketed as 2-in-1s but I find they work better for the lips. The Stila works ok on the lips but the cremeblend was mega drying, and that’s over a lip balm and topped with gloss. The korres lip butter’s (potted) descriptions also mentioned that the product could be used on the cheeks, but I find they have too slick a finish and look much too dewy/oily and feel unpleasantly heavy as blush. :/

Ugh- No no no no no! I really cannot stand the idea, it seems so unsanitary any way you splice it and inevitably I find these multi use products subpar in all categories. See Nars Multiple, various MAC conceptions, Stila convertible color, some Tarte product that slips my holey brain. I know some folks have lovely, convenient results but I am waaaay the hell on the other side of the spectrum. Wow- I feel really Ranty about this!

I tend to steer clear of 2-in-1 lip/cheek products, because as you said, it’s rare to find a product that performs well on both the lips and the cheeks, but I do LOVE the Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh lip/cheek colors! I bought Ginger Lily after seeing your review, and I really do use it just as often on lips as on cheeks! It’s a great product to take on a weekend trip!

WARNING: long rant ahead.
Here’s a product category I don’t understand. 2in1 cheek+lip color is usually a waste in my life. The manufacturers just keep selling these, offering NEW ONES, without fixing the problems. The colors are seldom intense enough to use for either pupose, often they are creamy or liquidy without any grip and won’t stay put on my face. OR they settle into the lines and blemishes. And who told them I would be fond of applying these with my fingers? I wear gloves to apply foundation, for heaven’s sake. And these outdated, unimaginative things fade to invisible in short order, thanks to universal absence of setting power and anemic pigmentation to begin with. If we really must buy 2in1 products like this, I want one with the spreading, smoothing, flaw hiding ability of a good eyelid primer, and JUST AS LONG LASTING. I want intense reliable pigmentation to the point where a little goes a long way, in a range of colors and textures to keep me interested. If someone is really on the ball I’d be able to find my 2in1 pigment cream in a compact or palette with complementary powder blush or bronzer/luminizer, with the brushes (no more fingers!) and maybe a lip liner or sealing gloss. Now that is something I’d pay for.

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