Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Shopping the Stash: Lip Gloss

I'm more of a lip balm girl than anything else when it comes to lip products. Sheer lipsticks like the Revlon Lip Butters come a close second, but lip glosses languish somewhere near the bottom of the list. I've been using my Korres and Revlon lip butters to death recently, so I think a run with glosses is due. Mind you, I only have three. When I said I don't like gloss, I meant it.






Essence Stay With Me gloss in Berry Me! (RRP $3.95)
Napoleon Perdis Luxe Lip Gloss in Perfect Peach (RRP $25)
Napoleon Perdis Luminous Lip Veil in In The Flesh (RRP $27)




Berry Me! is a blue-based raspberry colour which looks vampy and purple in the tube but looks quite nice on the lips- it's definitely something for the cooler months though, I can't imagine it looking quite right in hotter spring/summer months. It's the most opaque out of the three. Perfect Peach is exactly my kind of colour- a creamy peachy coral- and it's definitely the one I'd pick if I could only have one. It's got a tonne of gold and silver flakie-shaped sparkles but the colour is so pretty I can overlook those. I posted about it here when I bought it with a issue of Marie Claire. In The Flesh is a pale pink-nude which has a tinge of lilac when in the tube. It's got iridescent shimmer bits, but no glitter particles at all. I acquired this one in a promotion run by Toowong Village shopping centre and David Jones. I haven't yet ventured into nude lipsticks, so I find this looks a little unusual on me. In terms of texture, the Essence one is the stickiest. The other two aren't as sticky and are more hydrating, in my opinion. The Napoleon ones even succeed in being 'balmy' and comfortable. They're pretty nice to wear, but come one gust of wind, and I'll be sighing regretfully, hating on the gloss in an internal monologue and tying my hair back.

The Essence gloss has a cute foam hourglass-shaped applicator which makes for easy application. The Napoleon glosses have soft brushes, though the Luminous Lip Veil's applicator is smaller. You can really see the contrast in packaging- the Luminous Lip Veil looks so posh and luxe. Lovee. It looks similar to the Revlon Super Lustrous glosses, and I think Chanel's look similar too? Correct me if I'm wrong. 
The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter is on my wishlist because everybody loves it- I'm veering towards the peach one, but it costs something like $26 and I didn't pay more than $5 for any of the glosses above. :) So yeah... I'm keen for the Clarins gloss, but not that keen. :P

I'm determined to start using up some products- I've been in this rut for far too long! For starters, I even used primer today! Anyhow personal achievement aside, take care and God bless! xx

10 comments:

  1. I don't like lip glosses either. I love my lipsticks :)

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    1. Personally, I don't like lipsticks as much as tinted balms- they're a bit too mature for me imo! Especially for Uni. :)

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  2. Hehe good achievement! I felt the same when I hit pan on something yesterday. I'm not really a gloss person either but I too want the Clarins version! xx

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    1. Good job hitting pan on something! I guess we'll be seeing that in the next empties post? :P

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  3. I think I actually might be picking up the essence one, I'm currently in the whole burgundy, wine and plum colours for autumn. Though I'm not sure if I'd be able to stand the stickiness you mentioned. I'm not a fan of lipglosses either for the same reasons. I like lipsticks but even then, I don't use them too often cause I'm just too darn lazy to reapply makeup throughout the day >_<" (I'll never use up much products lol sigh...) The other two lipglosses look like something I'll like too, but too bad I don't have that brand in my area!

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    1. I think this particular shade's been discontinued, as is the way with Essence products, but I'm sure there'll be similar shades where you are seeing as it's seasonal ;) I'm the same when it comes to lipstick! I don't mind touching up throughout the day (ie, once) but I can't stand the high maintenance that proper lipstick requires! I can just about do Revlon lip butters but any more work involved and I don't think it's worth it. :P It's a pity Napoleon's not available in Canada! As a brand it's wayy out of my usual price range but some of their products look sublime.

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  4. I was deeply contemplating a Luminous Lip Veil when Napoleon had their 40% off sale earlier in the year (I bought the contour palette instead). But the texture was so nice ... very reminiscent of Revlon Super Lustrous glosses, except a bit more luxe. Very rich and smooth and moisturising. Super shiny as well, nice neutral colour. And sophisticated packaging. I've heard good things about Essence lip glosses, especially the pigmented cream ones. I have one of them but in some other range. It's not really pigmented (more just glitter rather than colour) and is very sugary sweet in an artificial way to me, which I find offputting. Like you, I'm not really a huge fan of lip gloss. I definitely prefer lip balm or lipstick. Though to be honest, despite the mountain of lip products I have, most of the time I have bare lips, or reach for my menthol Baby Lips or Blistex :p

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    1. I like the Napoleon lip gloss formula- properly hydrating, very rich and quite comfortable to wear. And I'm the same! I find my natural lip colour's fine so I just wear balm most days if I remember. :)

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