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Fans of LANEIGE would be familiar with the brand’s love for gradient products – they were the first to introduce gradient (two tone) lipsticks, followed by eyeshadow, colour correctors and contouring products!

This time, the K-beauty brand has taken things up a notch by releasing a lipstick that features not just two tones, but SIX in a gradated lip bullet! The Layering Lip Bar aims to help every person effortlessly achieve the ‘just-bitten’, ombré gradient lip look that is a staple in Korean beauty looks.

Laneige Layering Lip Bar Review

The Layering Lip bar comes in two beautiful finishes — Cream for a burst of hydrated, intense colour, and Matte for a smooth matte finish that firmly adheres to the lips.

For some of us who have used their previous editions of gradient lip bars, how did this Layering Lip Bar compare to the predecessors, and did it really manage to achieve the desired ombre lip look that it promises to give? In order to find out, the Daily Vanity team put LANEIGE’s Layering Lip Bar to the test.

Laneige Layering Lip Bar Swatches

LANEIGE Layering Lip Bar Swatches

We swatched and reviewed the four star shades in this range – read on to see what we thought of these innovative new lippies!

Layering Lip Bar (Cream) Review

Kristen Juliet, Shade #6 (Alluring Red)

Laneige Layering Lip Bar Vs Two Tone Tint Lip Bar Review

Kristen Juliet compares Two Tone Tint Lip Bar and Layering Lip Bar

I have tried all previous versions of the LANEIGE Lip Bar, and all of them are designed to create the signature Korean gradient lip look effortlessly.

I found the very first version and the third version (the Two Tone Matte Lip Bar) too drying for my parched lips, and they always make my lips look flaky and dry. I stopped using them because they simply don’t work for me.

My favourite of the previous versions was the LANEIGE Two Tone Tint Lip Bar. I loved how it gave my lips a dewy look and how hydrating it was. In fact, I loved it so much it is one of the lipsticks I always reach out for. Considering that I own more than 50 lipsticks, it tells you a lot about how much I enjoyed it.

The new LANEIGE Layering Lip Bar has a gorgeous packaging (in rose gold!) that really caught my eyes. Its six-tone design also grabbed my attention; I expected it to offer an even more seamless gradient compared to the two-tone ones, and it didn’t disappoint.

I find that the LANEIGE Layering Lip Bar was able to help me create a beautiful gradient without needing to do any blending or smudging – something that I had to do with the previous LANEIGE Lip Bars.

I like that I could use a lighter hand to get a barely-there look and if I wanted something more outstanding, I simply had to apply it with a stronger hand.

My shade (#6) is a beautiful coral that I really love. It helps brighten up my complexion instantly and I even use it as a blush sometimes if I really want to go for that “fruity, juicy” look.

The Layering Lip Bar has certainly taken over the #1 spot in my heart as my favourite LANEIGE Lip Bar currently. I’m sorry, Two Tone Tint Lip Bar, it looks like I’ll be picking up this newest version more regularly from now on.

Vivian, Shade #14 (Candid Brick)

Laneige Layering Lip Bar Review Two Tone Lip Bar

Vivian compares Two Tone Tint Lip Bar and Layering Lip Bar

One of the first few lipsticks I ever bought was LANEIGE’s Two Tone Lip Bar – I wanted to try creating the Korean gradient lips look, and was floored by the idea that a lipstick could actually achieve that effect by having two shades in one product.

While the first edition didn’t work so well for me (the colour gradient I hoped to achieve never quite materialised), I never gave up hope and bought the Two Tone Tint Lip Bar when it was introduced. This came in a much more hydrating formula, and I loved the pop of colour that came with the lip balm.

Just when I thought I had met my favourite lip gradient product, LANEIGE released the ultimate game-changer: a lip product that has SIX tones! While the previous editions of the lip bars had difficulty achieving a seamless colour gradient (not an easy feat, really, when you only have two colours), this brand-new Layering Lip Bar can easily create your desired colour gradient!

The Layering Lip Bar glides on the lips very smoothly, which is a huge plus. It also gives a nice, moisturising sheen to your lips, which the Two Tone Lip Bar isn’t capable of (see comparison photos). If I really had to nitpick, I would say that the cream lipstick is not meant for long-wear: it is not transfer-proof, and you will have to touch up after about three to four hours, or after a meal.

I tried #14 Candid Brick, which is a lovely, warm shade of rose that is flattering on all skin tones. It is so easy to wear that it is not just work appropriate, but also something you can pull off on any other casual day. If you are not keen on bold shades, I highly recommend that you opt for this wearable MLBB colour.

LANEIGE Layering Lip Bar (Matte) Review

Karin, Shade #17 (No Doubt Coral)

Laneige Layering Lip Bar Review 14 No Doubt Coral

Karin wearing Layering Lip Bar #14 (No Doubt Coral)

Despite being a matte lipstick, the Layering Lip Bar feels comfortable and does not dry out my lips at all.

I would give this new lipstick from LANEIGE plus points for the stylish and convenient packaging! I like the colours and gradients and the softness of the shades! The pop of colour on my lips instantly brightened my complexion.

My only gripe about the Layering Lip Bar is that is not very long-lasting, and is not transfer-proof, so you will have to reapply this lipstick after every meal.

While it is not obvious that there are six different shades, I can still tell there are different layers of colours on my lips. The application is very smooth and glides easily on my lip, which is great!

Natalie, Shade #19 (Genie Red)

Laneige Layering Lip Bar 19 Genie Red Review

Natalie wearing Layering Lip Bar #19 (Genie Red)

Mine is in the shade No. 19, Genie Red, and has a matte finish. It is officially described the brand as a true, deep red; however, I found that the colour was closer to a vivid pink when worn on my lips, which is consistent with the images and swatches found online.

This isn’t a shade that I typically gravitate to because I prefer wearing MLBB colours, but I’m glad I gave it a try because it actually doesn’t look half bad on me. The Layering Lip Bar is very buildable – it looks natural with one to two swipes, but if you apply a few more times, it appears as a hot, bright pink!

However, I found that the application wasn’t a complete breeze: I’ve never used any lip bars before prior to this product, so I was puzzled as to how I should be wearing it.

What I understand is that it isn’t meant to apply evenly per se because it is supposed to appear as a natural, gradual gradient. While that takes some getting used to, I appreciate the versatility of the product. It also goes on smoothly and is less drying than other Korean lip products that I’ve tried.

All in all, I would say this product is worth a try, especially for fans of the Korean gradient lip look!

LANEIGE Layering Lip Bar Review: Conclusion

Based on the experiences of the reviewers in the DV team who have tried previous lip bars, this looks like it could be the best lip bars that LANEIGE has launched so far. All reviewers appreciated the gorgeous, flattering colours, and liked how it was easier to get a seamless gradient with the new LANEIGE Layering Lip Bar. However, take note that this is not a long-lasting product, but we’re sure you wouldn’t mind whipping out the gorgeous product for touch-ups throughout the day. Here’s a bonus: the product also has a pleasant scent that makes the application experience even sweeter!

Can’t wait to get your hands on the newest Layering Lip Bar from LANEIGE?

The LANEIGE Layering Lip Bar will be available in 20 beautiful shades, and retail at SGD39 each. It is exclusively pre-launched on Lazada from 12 July 2019, and will be made available from 19 July 2019 at all LANEIGE boutiques and counters.

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