I'm normally a high-end makeup buyer, especially with lip products. However I was intrigued by the comparisons to YSL glossy stains and the reviews (not to mention the swatches) looked promising.
I bought the Orange shade, Mandarin and the Nude shade. The glosses come with a phenomenal doe applicator that feels like a baby bunny is nuzzling your lips every time you use it. It's precise, soft and if you flip it over it shapes to your lips as the applicator is very slightly curved. The packaging is sturdy, small enough to fit in a clutch and looks nice. The formula itself is a bit like jelly. I actually adore the feeling!
The Orange colour is moderately pigmented and stays for two hours or so. However in the sun it looks like it settles in fine lines, causing lips to look tiger-striped do I would wear this over a light lipstick during the day. At night though, it looks fine on its own. It gives a light orange-red sheen to naked lips.
The nude colour blows every other drugstore nude lip product out of the water. It is neutral and can be worn by women with light skin as well as women with tan skin. I don't think it comes close to my other favourite nude glosses/lipsticks (Lorac- Vintage, Buxom- White Russian and Ysl- Nude Beige). However it is modestly pigmented and can be worn with lipstick or over naked lips. This one lasts about two hours as well.
I don't think I would but these again, I prefer designer glosses for the quality and pigmentation. However I think the vivid shades in this range (Caviar Couture which is dark purple with sparkles that rivals Dior's similar gloss, Vision in Violet which is a neon blue-based purple and Fuchsia Flourish which is hot pink) are worth buying for those on a budget or women who like to stick to drugstore cosmetics as these are luxurious glosses. I got mine at $8 a piece at Walgreens. They have stand up displays so you may have to search for the display in any given store.
I picked up 6 shades, but I want more. Other shades I have on my list are: 010 Celestial Coral, 065 Caramel Infused, 005 Breathtaking Apricot, and 030 Raspberry Rhapsody.
Out of the six shades I have, I really do like them all except for Petal Plush - which I mentioned at the top of this blog post, and how it's just too light and milky for my taste. It seems like this line has cream and shimmer finishes. Out of the six shades I picked up, four were cream shades and two were shimmer shades. I actually prefer the non-shimmer shades for these glosses.
The most wearable out of the six shades I picked up is Rose Redefined, which I feel is a great everyday color that will go with just about anything.
The packaging is small, but you get a good amount of gloss. Inside the tube the color looks like a lipstick bullet, further playing into the "color of a lipstick" feel.
They are cushiony and feel like a balm going on. They are a thicker gloss, but certainly not sticky and not gloopy. They are very cushiony and emollient feeling, with great gloss/shine to them. They almost make your lips look plumper because of how glossy they make them.
The wear is pretty nice; although I haven't had these long, I have literally been wearing them non-stop since picking them up. Because they are a thicker formula they do stick around on your lips for a longer time than a regular gloss, but of course re-apply as needed.
The pigmentation I find is pretty good, although some seemed more pigmented than others.
They retail for $8.99 (although I have heard people saying they saw these for upwards of $10 to $12 depending where you shop), but Walgreens had them for $8.99 and they were Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off - plus the lady at the cosmetics counter hooked me up with $1 off Maybelline coupons! I think she also only charged me Buy 1, Get 1 Free because I somehow scored all 6 of these for under $25!
I really liked these and would highly recommend you pick up a few - specifically if you can find them on sale! I know the displays only had two of each shade, so I have a feeling it's going to be hard to get your hands on popular shades. Also, they each do have a seal, so hopefully you can find some that have not been opened!
I bought a dark plum shade for fall (I think it was the darkest) and it's a really nice intense color but you probably could not wear it by itself it looks amazing over lipsticks. The lighter shades/red shades I have seen work as a gloss and lipstick in one. All in all it's a great product that I want more shades of!
I was psyched about the release of this gloss as Maybelline lipsticks are my fav from the drugstore and figured this would be more of the same quality. Sad to say, I'm not digging this new product. It's marketed as having "hyper-saturated color" and an "ultra cushiony feel," but I'm not feelin either claim! Bought the shade Amethyst Potion, which appears to be a striking cool plum in the tube, but it applies very sheer and lacks pigmentation. Texture is wayy thick like the glaze on a cake and the fuzzy applicator applies patchy and is hard to blend without a mirror handy to see what you're doing! Color potion is a total color fail for me...going back to my HG butter glosses.
It felt nice for the first minute , then i detected a weird scent . I wore it for about 2 hours but could not take the sent anymore . I took it off a noticed that a pimple was on my lip because of this product . I returned it .
I bought this in Breathtaking Apricot, and I really like it!
The color turns pink on me, with a hint of coral, but it totally brightens my face and makes my lips look fuller and smooth.
It's not too sticky but not too thin either, and it lasts a long time. It stays true to color and leaves a nice stain after the glossy look is gone.
I personally like it more than YSL Glossy Stains, that felt yucky on my lips and barely lasted through half a day without eating or drinking.
I also love the packaging, as the tube is tiny enough to fit in any purse, and I like the applicator, well, it's just a regular applicator, it does its job.
The scent is faint and vanilla-like.
I will probably buy another color.
I was intrigued by the packaging of this product when I saw in Shoppers one day. It was a very sleek, sliver lidded container that had an upside down lipstick sort of look holding the gloss. It was on sale for half price, so I figured, why not buy? I purchased the gloss in Signature Scarlet.
The applicator was pretty meh, in all honesty. It looks like it should be precise, but it's more difficult to use than the regular doe-foot applicator. The applicator also feel wetter and more... squishy than the doe-foot applicators? I'm not completely certain how to describe it, but it's not my favourite.
The gloss however, is excellent. It's very light, not sticky, and has very vibrant colour. There is a very smooth look to it which made my lips look super moisturized. I didn't notice any smell when I put it on, but my nose isn't the best, so it's possible it has a very faint scent. The red colour isn't a deep red, but more of a bright, playful red that made me feel elegant and bold. I really like it.
The gloss doesn't transfer as much as other products I have used (Rimmel's Vinyl Max, Lancome's Juicy Tubes, for some examples), but after a few drinks of water and a sandwich, the gloss didn't last (as most don't).
With a nicer applicator, it would have been perfect, but either way, I will be buying a more neutral colour tomorrow that I can wear it every day. It's a new favourite of mine, and I will definitely repurchase!
So, Maybelline's hat has been tossed into the ring of glossy stains. This product, however, is not advertised as a glossy stain. I am definitely on the fence with how I feel. I have Hibiscus Heaven which is a blue-toned barbie pink. In the tube, it's a very pretty pink which is perfect for the upcoming winter months. The application is pretty flawless as it goes on very smooth and velvety. I liken this feel of the gloss to a high end gloss, for sure. The colour shows as darker than what shows in the tube, which is a bit disappointing, but not a deal breaker for me. The scent is almost a vanilla-y scent and is certainly not an issue for me.
Now, here are my issues:
1) When you swipe off the gloss, you end up wiping away all of the moisture from your lips and your lips become dry like sandpaper (at least, this is my experience). You will need to saturate your lips with vitamin e oil as an overnight treatment to help to replace the lost moisture. I did this and it helped a lot.
2) This will leave a stain that will last for hours! I am not a fan of lip products that stain my lips, so this is definitely a disappointment for me.
If these points are not a problem for you, then this may very well be an amazing buy for you, particularly if you find it on sale. I will not purchase another gloss which is too bad because there are some lovely shades available which I would like to try. I will use up the product by just applying it over my lipsticks. It will look really nice over MAC's Saint Germain or another blue-toned light pink lipstick paired with a magenta or purple lipliner.
So I bought this product after watching a couple of Youtube videos about them. I am a sucker when it comes to lip gloss, so it was only a matter of time before I gave in! I gotta tell ya, I'm not disappointed! I bought 2 colors---petal plush, which is a soft light pink, and nude illusion, a soft light, sort of well, nude! :) The formula is pretty thick, but I prefer lip glosses that way because I feel like they are actually going to stay on my lips rather than slide off and bleed beyond my lip line. It feels velvety smooth when you apply it. There is a faint smell to them, but it's barely noticeable. I also love the applicator! It's really soft and has a nice triangle shape. I would buy these again--I paid $7 at Wal-Mart, and I feel like that is a great price for a lip gloss!
I purchased Glistening Amber, which is a beautiful mid toned peachy nude! I prefer more of a natural look when I do my makeup, but I have warm undertones and look better in peachy or brown tones. This tones down the pink in my lips, isn't too pale or too dark, and isn't remotely sticky but lasts well. The tube is neat, it looks like a lipstick, but unscrews and has a doe foot wand applicator. This is definitely my new everyday gloss and shade!