I’ve discussed with you before how much I hate lipgloss, and during that time, I also said that I would be reviewing a boatload of lipglosses soon. I never did! Well, let’s recap: I hate lipgloss because it’s sticky, heavy, takes off my lipstick underneath, and isn’t opaque enough to wear on its own. In spite of this, I have somehow have collected about a dozen lipglosses.
Who keeps around a dozen things they hate? Well, there are some gems in that pile of rubbish, and the gem shines brightly.
So how good is this gem? So good the anti-gloss gal was so drawn to the display of bareMinerals’ Marvelous Movie Buttercream Lipgloss that she had to get one tube, and loved that tube so much she ran back and got another a few weeks later.
What’s so great about this particular gloss? Well for one, it’s delicious. I’m not even joking, I could eat it plain. It’s described as having a light vanilla scent, but I don’t think of it as vanilla… kind of buttercream icing/light dairy scent/taste? For those of you sensitive, that could be a detractor, but it was personally a selling point.
The big thing, though, is that it’s everything I could want in a gloss. It’s opaque without being overly heavy, but has a definite moisturizing weight to it, so it’s not watery and drying like a lip stain, and instead just feels like I’ve lightly dabbed and massaged some face cream into my lips. It isn’t sticky at all, but instead feels very soft. I hate to put it like this, but my lips feel very soft and sensual when I wear it! And believe me, that is not a feature I’d throw out at all carelessly. It is also glossy, and while I love gloss, this isn’t going to make your lips reflect every light in the room. It has a sheen and some enticing highlights. To me, this is the exact epitome of what lipgloss should be. And I haven’t even started on the colours yet.
Forbidden Nude is an almost garish pastel nudey pink when first applied, but if you give it a little bit, it quickly fades down into a gorgeous MLBB (my lips but better) shade, with all the subtlety, colour, and appeal you could ever hope for from a nude lipstick, much less a lip gloss. Even as someone who never really wears nude makeup (I’m actually getting into it slowly, Hell froze over), I still frequently reach for this shade because… it’s flattering. As in, I-just-exercised-in-80-percent-humidity-and-haven’t-been-able-to-sleep-but-damn-I-look-ready-for-the-ball flattering.
What’s better, because even though this is a light nude shade, it’s a thick enough consistency that it smooths out the appearance of your lips, rather than exaggerate fine lines and dryness. Although this does seem to thin a bit the longer you wear it, I noticed that they actually made my lips feel hydrated and smooth, and when I checked a mirror, it reflected that.
Moody Berry might intimidate you because it’s a dark cranberry lip gloss. Dark lip glosses are not easy to pull off, and are often patchy if not applied over lipstick, liner, or a stain first. I was hesitant about this shade, but it swatched so beautiful I took a dive, and I’m glad I did.
The genius of this formula is that it’s thick going on, but then thins down as it dries, so you can actually build it up in layers to a degree. It glides on smoothly, with absolutely no patchiness, and gives you a bright cherry colour on the first swipe; you can actually take your doe-foot applicator and go over it multiple times and it still won’t become patchy or streaky, it’ll only smooth it out and blend it further. After my first layer has dried (it doesn’t take very long, just a few minutes, you can actually feel it thinning so you know when it’s time for the next layer if you want it), I can add on another one, and bring it a bit closer to the dark cranberry the gloss actually is. I did notice that three layers seems to be the limit, as it starts to look a bit uneven by then. As it is, two layers is my favourite, and results in a deep berry perfect for Fall and Winter, yet colourful enough for Summer.
While these are glosses, and won’t last through any sort of meal, I find that they fade gracefully throughout the day. I’m honestly not sure how long these last total, as I constantly reapply when I see them begin to fade, but I can definitely say that they last longer than the vast majority of my glosses. Maybe three hours. They do leave a subtle stain behind!
Now, let’s talk about the hard part: the price tag. They’re $18 a pop. That’s not great, but it’s not awful, either. Honestly, for once, this is a price tag I’m willing to swallow for the quality I’m getting. What’s better, they’re cruelty free and contain shea, avocado, and murumuru butters.
Even Scrooge McDuck advocates these lipglosses. That’s serious.
What about you? Have you ever tried any of these? Considering them?