Monday, March 31, 2008

Product Review: The Body Shop Lip Bloom



At a Glance:
Price: RM49.90 / US$15.50
Website: Thebodyshop.com
Weight: 10ml 0.33 fl oz.
Ingredients: Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dextrin Palmitate, Polyethylene, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil, Lanolin Oil, Beeswax, Ozokerite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Silica, Flavor, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Citral. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Red 6 Lake.


Product Description:

New! Two high gloss, high pearl sheer lip colors that provide a subtle wash of sensual summer color. Use alone for a sheer hint of color, or over other Lip Colors or Lip & Cheek Stain for added intensity.


Actual Product Pic:



My $0.02:

Pigmentation & Color (Plus Swatches! :D):
These Lip Blooms come in two colors: 01 Tulip Peach, which is a beige-gy peach and 02 Soft Rose, which is a mid red with slight orange tones. Both Lip Blooms have slight shimmers that are not obvious. These Lip Blooms go on quite sheer (not very pigmented). Unfortunately, they do not seem to flatter my skin tone (NC20 / 25) when used alone.

Swatches:



On my rather pigmented lips:




Side by Side Comparison:




The Applicator & Packaging:

The applicator SUCKS big time! It is a rubbery slant tip with a hole in the middle to dispense the gloss. Most of the time the tip just scrapes off whatever gloss / lipstick you’ve applied, and deposits a huge blob at the end. I suggest using a lip brush when applying this – it makes life so much easier :P These glosses come in a see through squeeze tube which requires some practice before getting a hang of how hard you should squeeze to get the right amount of gloss on your lips.

Texture & Taste:
UPDATE: i tried wearing this over lipstick and it doesn't dry my lips out anymore! :)

This gloss is runnier than your usual gloss, and is not sticky at all. Downside is that it is VERY DRYING! Within 2 hours of wearing my lips were flaking and crying out for me to remove it :P I’ll remember to wear some lipbalm beneath this the next time! It has a rather strong (but pleasant) passionfruit fragrance, but no taste.

Time Test:
These Lip Blooms lasted about 2 hours on me before I need to reapply, which is slightly shorter than most other lipglosses.

Price & Availability:
These glosses are priced at RM49.90 each for a tube which is slightly over 5 inches long, which I consider to be quite expensive for TBS standards though the amount of gloss given is generous. They’re available at all TBS stores, Thebodyshop.com, and through TBS home consultants. These are Limited Edition.

Usage:
Since these glosses don’t really flatter my skin tone when worn alone, I’ll probably pair them over some matching lipstick :)


In a Nutshell:

UPDATE: I wore this over a lipstick and it doesn't dry out my lips anymore! Up-ed rating from 2 stars to 2.5 stars :)

I regret getting these glosses! For that price, they don’t deliver :(

Likes: Hygienic squeeze tube, no yucky taste, not sticky
Gripes: VERY DRYING, lousy applicator, needs frequent touch ups, expensive
Repurchase: No

Rating:
2 2.5 Stars Pass but pretty mediocre!

Credits: Product Photo from Thebodyshop.com

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Product Review: MAC N-Collection Tinted Lipglass in 2N



At a Glance:
Price: RM60 / US$14
Website: Maccosmetics.com
Weight: 4.8 g 0.18 oz
Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Buxus Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Octyldodecanol, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocoperyl Acetate, Propylene Carbonate, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Silica, Flavour (Aroma), Isopropylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, May Contain; MICA, Titamium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Blue 1 Lake, Carmine, Red 6, Red 7 Lake, Red 30 Lake, Yellow 10 Lake


Product Description:

A unique lip gloss available in a wide variety of colours that can create a high gloss, glass-like finish or a subtle sheen. Designed to be worn on its own, over Lip Pencil or Lipstick, Tinted Lipglass is the perfect product for creating shine that lasts. It's pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic colour. It contains Jojoba Oil to help soften and condition the lips. Tinted Lipglass is packaged in a convenient bottle with a sponge tip applicator that provides a quick, smooth, even application.


Actual Product Pic:



My $0.02:

Pigmentation & Color (Plus Swatches! :D):
The color is described as a creamy neutral yellow pink on the website. I would say that this color description is accurate. It has delicate gold shimmers that are hardly noticable - i didn't even notice them until I saw the pictures taken with Flash. As with all MAC Lipglasses, the shine is incredible! :) This Lipglass is rather pigmented!

Swatch from the Mac Website:

Not accurate at all!!

Actual Color:


On my rather pigmented lips:



The Applicator & Packaging:

The applicator is a sponge-tip one for fuss free application. I personally prefer sponge tips because they apply like a dream!! lol! The packaging is simple, a black cap and a clear vial so that you can see how much product you have left :)

Texture & Taste:
It goes on smooth and spreads nicely across your lips. It is kinda sticky, but bearable. Another bonus is that it's not drying at all! Not sure if i'm dreaming or what, but my lips actually felt moisturized and comfortable after applying this! The downside is there's a nasty plasticky taste when just applied, but it disappears after a minute or so, so i guess it's not that bad :D

Time Test:
This baby lasted about 4-5 hours on my lips! One of the best i've tried!

Price & Availability:
This product is priced at RM60 / US$14 for a 4.8 g 0.18 oz tube, which i think is alright for what it offers. This is LE though, so grab one while you can! Available at all MAC counters / Pro Stores / Maccosmetics.com

Usage:
I wear this alone most of the time as i'm sooo not a lipstick person. This goes with everything, really! Whether worn with a pair of Smokey Eyes, or to tone down bright lippies, this'll work beautifully! :)


In a Nutshell:

It's my MLBB, absolutely favourite lip gloss and it lasts! :D

Likes: Perfect nude color for my lips, long lasting, fool-proof sponge applicator
Gripes: The initial plasticky taste
Repurchase: In a heartbeat!

Rating:
5 Stars ! HG Stuff!!


Credits: Product photo & Swatch from Maccosmetics.com
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