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!