Average Rating 4.1/5
Review by Lady_Polaris
Water In Lip is a lip treatment line from Shiseido Fine Toiletry, the drugstore branch of Shiseido. You can find it in lip balm and lip gloss forms. My review is about two of the Water In Lip 3D lip glosses - Sweet Cassis and Peach.
Initially I thought they were dirt cheap, but upon receiving them in the mail I found out the squeeze tube is really small. It fits in the palm of your hand. If they're not exactly the best bang for the buck, at least they look cute and fit inside a small pocket. Another flaw, IMO, is the rounded applicator tip (like a baby version of the MAC Tasti applicator), a slanted applicator gives much more control. The positive side is the tube is made of a rather sturdy plastic - unlike the Kanebo Super Essence Gloss tubes, which look like they're going to crack and spill in your bag.
The gloss itself has a very good texture. It's somewhere between thin and thick, and has a little bit of tack to make sure it won't migrate everywhere. Even so, it's not longwearing, and it doesn't deliver high glossiness, unless you really pile it on (not recommended given the small size of the tube). It feels more like a treatment than like a lip gloss. However, the shimmer on the shades I've bought so far is a bit uncomfortable, a little grittier than usual.
Sweet Cassis is a very very sheer cool toned red with some blue/purple shimmer in the tube. On the lips the shimmer is barely there (just a little bit of gritty feeling), but if you layer it on it shows as a healthy reddish flush. Peach is absolutely LOADED with orange/green glitter, so I don't wear it much. You don't need to layer it on for the glitter to show (in fact I always have to blot it to tone it down). The gloss itself is a very very sheer pale peach with pearlescence - beautiful if only it would show more. Instead, all I get is a pale glaze and a truckload of glitter.
Overall these are cute and cheap, but I'm not impressed. I don't think I will repurchase them, even in other shades. I can get much better glosses out there that moisturize and treat the lips, have more comfortable shimmer and actually show up, for just a little bit more money. It's a pity, I really wanted to love these since they are so cute and inexpensive...