I was starting to think I am allergic to lip gloss. I like the look, but one product after another would start the area around my mouth to tingling, itching, or burning within 5 to 30 minutes after application. So far, this gloss is different. The color is nice alone or as a layer. The shine is not overthetop. The gloss is not super thick, vinyl-y or kumquat-flavored (none of the aforementioned is bad in and of itself, but I suspect that I am sensitive to one or more ingredients that account for flavoring or texture or plumping or something). The gloss is/does just what I want: it acts as a moisturizing layer underneath or on top of my dark lipsticks, which tend to dry out and off over time. I agree that it doesn't last long, but it does seem to extend the life of lipstick I'm wearing just a bit. Haven't noticed the smell mentioned by other reviewers. I first tried this in the Black Honey, which I bought along with the Chubby Stick thing. Chubby Stick fell by wayside, figuratively speaking. I still like the BH, but find the slightly paler and slightly pinker Currant more versatile. Would that I could score a teensy tube like the sample of Grapefruit Sephora distributed some weeks back, I'd be totally content. As it is, this is a new favorite.