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Anastasia Beverly Hills High Shine Lip Gloss “Vintage” | Review

Hello friends!

I went from reviewing nothing but liquid lipsticks to luck of the draw giving me tons of lip glosses! Lip gloss isn’t my favorite type of lip product, so I’m very ready to go back to a nice, matte lipstick. However, I hope that all of you gloss people are loving these reviews!

Color: Vintage is described on the ABH website as a “victorian rose”. This sounds like a pretty accurate description to me! The color is a neutral pink. In the tube there is pretty obvious gold glitters, but I couldn’t find any hint of it in the swatch or when I had it on my lips. They only became apparent after the majority of the gloss had worn off, and all that was left was a little pigment and all the glitter.

Finish: This finish is akin to a liquified lipstick more than a gloss in my opinion. It’s very thick and creamy looking, with some decent shine.

Packaging: The packaging of this gloss is pretty simple. It’s an acrylic tube with the product information and brand name printed on the side. The bottom has a sticker with the color name. The lid is a shiny black.

Applicator: The applicator is a pretty standard one for these thick glosses. It’s a large, flat paddle as opposed to a traditional shaped doefoot.

Application: Application for this product was pretty simple, since the applicator is the large paddle. I was easily able to apply product across both lips just by swiping it along and flipping the paddle as needed. I used the edge to get into the corners of my lips. Unsurprisingly, there was still the need to clean up edges just a bit, but mostly in the corners where I got sloppy.

I do recall a sweet scent upon application previously, but I think my gloss has gone off a bit and no longer has that scent.

Transfer: Immediately when I started eating, this gloss transferred all over my food and silverware. I pressed my lips to the back of my hand to see if the top layer being taken off reduced transfer, but there was still a lot of gloss coming off on my hand and it was pretty sticky feeling.

Fading: Despite the huge amount of transfer, I’m impressed with the fact that my lips still looked shiny and pink after eating some messy foods. It does help that the color is very close to my lip shade, but the vibrant shine isn’t something that my lip color can compensate for.

Comfort: While I wouldn’t say this is an uncomfortable formula, it also just doesn’t feel super nice. It’s thick and feels kind of heavy, and as it wears away it gets sticky. It’s one that I could always feel on my lips, and when I was dreading knowing I needed to put it on a second time to get my full thoughts together, that said everything it needed to.

I think part of the problem with this specific gloss is that it’s starting to go off, and as such is feeling pretty drying after wearing for a while. This could also be due to the layer of gloss being thinner after wearing off the top layer.

Overall: After having tested a number of different glosses in the past few months, I have learned that I really don’t care for the thick, opaque gloss formula. If I’m reaching for a lip gloss, it’s going to be transparent and light. I’ll still review the lacquer’s and the thick glosses as they pop up, but they will almost guaranteed be leaving my collection after.

This isn’t a terrible formula by any means; it’s just no longer something I can wear comfortably. I’ve also shared my thoughts on the shade Kristen if you want to read more – this review is from a few years ago at this point and I reviewed it more favorably!

Price Point: This lip gloss can be purchased on the ABH website for $16. It can be purchased at Sephora and Ulta for $16 as well. This is a very reasonable price point for a high end gloss, so if this formula is something you love to wear, go for it! Especially because there are always sales, which means you can get it for even cheaper. I have also seen these at TJMaxx/Marshalls, so browse there too!

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NYX Cosmetics Slip Tease Full Color Lip Lacquer “Strawberry Whip” | Review

Hello friends!

This product is extra special for me, as it was won in a giveaway from a small creator who does not seem to be around anymore. Now I see it and I think of her!

Color: Strawberry Whip is a cool toned pink that almost looks purple; kind of like a very subtle magenta.

Finish: Being a lip lacquer, this product has a very shiny and creamy finish! It also smoothed the look of my lips, creating a plump effect.

Packaging: The packaging of this product is quite unique and I like it! It’s hexagonal, so it doesn’t roll around when set to the side. The tube is a clear acrylic, and the cap is a shiny deep charcoal color. Two of the six sides have the brand name and product information printed on it in matte black, and there is a matte black stripe along the top of the tube. The bottom has a sticker with the color name on it.

Applicator: This is the first time (that I remember) seeing an applicator shaped like this! It’s a doefoot, but is shaped like an hourglass. The end has a round tip to it, which tapers in and back out again at the base. The part that tapers in seems to hold a lot of product.

Application: I thought that the shape of the wand was pretty cool and made application easy! The downside to it was that there was too much product on it, which resulted in me getting messy lip lines on the bottom lip. The rounded tip did make it easy to get into the corners of my mouth without a big mess of product in that area.

Right at application, this was very prone to moving and got on my teeth. It was hard to wipe off easily when I got outside of my lip lines a little. There is also a minty scent that dissipates after application.

Read more: NYX Cosmetics Slip Tease Full Color Lip Lacquer “Strawberry Whip” | Review

Transfer: This product transferred like crazy, which while not surprising, got a little frustrating. It wasn’t necessarily that it was transferring, but the frustration came from it constantly moving. I would wrap my lips around my finger to get off the excess product that moved into the inner rim of my lips, and I’d have to keep doing that over and over. It got all over my straw while drinking coffee, and when I ate cereal my spoon was covered in makeup.

Fading: Despite the amount of transfer, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the color still remained bold and shiny after eating. The thick look I had upon application was gone, and in it’s place was a still bright but more comfortable lacquer.

Comfort: Unlike other lacquers I’ve tried in the past, this one feels extremely comfortable on the lips upon first application! It’s very soft, and isn’t sticky at all. As it wears down, it does add a little stick, but not anything like other products. As it continues to wear, however, I noticed that it began to feel more and more heavy and obvious on my lips. After eating, I did realize that a lot of the excess product being taken off did make it feel more comfortable and less heavy again.

Overall: I was really excited applying this product because it didn’t feel sticky like other lip lacquers, but the excitement wore away quickly as it still has that thickness that a lacquer is known for. The color, while pretty, isn’t something I typically wear, and it’s too bold of a color for me to comfortably wear in a formula like this. It was really messy and just impractical for every day wear.

Price Point: Unfortunately it looks like this is a discontinued product, as I could only find one shade on the NYX website which was completely sold out. It seems like Walmart has it on their website but through the third party sellers that they allow. The price seemed to vary between $5.48 and $9.99; I personally wouldn’t recommend purchasing through third parties, so this might be one to seek out a dupe for if you really love it!

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Vintage By Jessica Liebeskind Sparkling Lipgloss “Pink Sequin” | Review

Hello friends!

Switching gears from my TJMaxx shopping addiction to a previous subscription addiction, I got this gloss in a Boxycharm a while ago! Actually, I got it in an Ipsy even further back in the day, but then Boxycharm also sent me one in a full size this time. The timing was great, because the gloss from Ipsy had gone bad at that point.

This one is fresh and unopened until testing, which is an exciting experience for me!

Color: Pink Sequin is described on the Vintage Cosmetics website as a “light, sparkly icy-pink lilac”. I personally don’t see much of the lilac, but it definitely is a very soft, nearly clear gloss with a pink tint, and silvery looking glitter throughout.

Finish: The finish is a standard shiny gloss; there really wasn’t much for color payoff so it looked clear. Of course there is glitter particles throughout, which added a shimmery finish on top of the glossy look.

Packaging: The packaging of this product is quite lovely! The tube is a square shape and acrylic with the brand information printed on it. The cap is a metallic gold that matches the color of the information on the tube.

Applicator: The applicator for this gloss is a brush and not a doefoot. The brush is fine, but pretty small, and I did already have one hair that was frayed and sticking out. While this definitely didn’t impact application, I do want to note it for anyone who might be picky about their gloss brushes!

Application: I unfortunately had a difficult time with application for this product! The brush is really small and doesn’t hold a lot of gloss, so I had to dip it back in three or four times to get enough to evenly coat both of my lips. It was also pretty thick and sticky, so that combined with the small brush made for a frustrating experience.

Read more: Vintage By Jessica Liebeskind Sparkling Lipgloss “Pink Sequin” | Review

Transfer: This is a gloss, AKA a product that will never stay on your lips if you do anything more than exist. I’m certainly not holding that against this product, but providing context when I say that it transferred onto my straw while drinking, and disappeared pretty quickly as soon as I ate some food.

Fading: After eating a meal, this gloss was completely gone; well, almost completely. The shiny gloss and base color had disappeared, but the glitter remained. I was left with bare lips with glitter throughout, so I looked like I applied a frosty finish lipstick instead of the shiny gloss it was previously.

Comfort: I don’t find this formula to be very comfortable. It felt thick immediately upon application, and sticky. Even when the product wore off completely minus the glitter my lips still felt sticky. While it wasn’t nearly as bad as the Bareminerals gloss I tried, it was still noticeable enough to feel uncomfortable for me.

Overall: This really just feels like a standard lip gloss to me, which is not a knock to the gloss or company, but when I compare it to everything else in my collection (of which there are LOTS of things), it just doesn’t stand out as something I need to keep. I’ll be passing it to a family member who will be much more appreciative of it!

Price Point: If you’re interested in picking up this gloss, you can find it on the Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind website for $25. It looks like this product is still circulating the Ipsy and Boxycharm websites as well, so you can pick one up from there likely at a discount if you’re really hankering to give this a try!

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Colourpop x Kathleen Lights Ultra Glossy Lip “Moon Child” | Review

Hello friends!

During the height of my need to own everything Colourpop, I got myself the KathleenLights lip bundle along with lots of others – well, I’m finally getting around to sharing what I think about it!

I also want to start this review off with a note that this gloss is very old  – probably close to 2 years.  This means that my experience with this formula may not be the norm.  I recommend checking your own glosses for any signs of being expired prior to using!

Color: Moon Child is a peach with gold flecks.  The formula of the gloss is pretty thick and opaque, but it can be sheered out – you can see how that looks in the swatches below!  It is a bit pale for my usual preference when fully opaque, so I prefer the look of it sheered.

Finish: With this being a gloss, of course the finish is quite shiny!  Due to the formula itself being thick, I’d say it looks more creamy than glossy, with some shine coming from the flecks of glitter throughout.

Packaging: The packaging is super pretty, as it normally is with Colourpop’s collaborations!  The tube is the typical acrylic, with the lid being a light rose gold.  The wording on the tube as well as the pattern, which looks a bit like half suns, is also in a bronzey rose gold color.

Applicator: Colourpop doefoots are always a hit or miss for me. I find that they’re either a perfectly normal doefoot like most, or it looks like this one – a bit frayed and messy.  I’m not sure if that’s because of the texture of the gloss or what, but it does make getting a perfect application a bit difficult.

I’d also like to point out that it seems that some of the Colourpop glosses come with a brush applicator, and some come with a doefoot. I don’t know if there’s a reason why it’s different between colors – if you do, please share!

Application: Since my doefoot is a bit frayed, getting a perfectly straight line on the edge of my lips was difficult to get.  Fortunately, the color of this gloss is very forgiving for going outside of lip lines, plus because I prefer a less opaque look, I opted to lightly swipe it across both lips and rub them together to disperse product.

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