Despite being a matte girl at heart, the recent glorious weather and reduced wind speed have made lipgloss-wearing conditions a lot more favourable. I woke up one morning and decided I need a pale pink, pornstar worthy glossy lipgloss so off to Superdrug I trotted. After much rummaging, I found MUA Sheer Finish Lipgloss in Happy Days which appeared to be exactly what I was looking for. And at a heart attack-inducing £1 I simply had to try it.The lipgloss comes in a squeezy tube (no fancy applicator here) which is never going to give you precise application but for a neutral gloss I feel this doesn’t matter. The colour ‘Happy Days’ is a pale pink with a peachy undertone and looks quite opaque in the tube. However, once on the lips, it’s more translucent, giving the tiniest hint of colour but huge levels of glossiness. I like to go over my upper lip slightly to make it look bigger, and I really do think it makes my lips look super full.At just £1 I fully expected this gloss to be gloopy and sticky, but it’s not! If you’re familiar with Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lipglosses, you’ll know what sticky means. It’s smooth, moisturising and comfortable to wear. It beautifully fills in the fine lines in my lips as you can see from the close-up, giving a great plumpy effect. Wear time is standard for a gloss, so quite short but it’s pretty fuss-free to reapply.All in all, I am loving this gloss, both on its own or over a pink or nude lipstick (the first photo shows me wearing it alone on the left and over Revlon Pink Pout (review here) on the left).
MUA Sheer Finish Lipgloss is available in 7 shades and costs £1 from Superdrug.
Soap & Glory is one of those brands that I love with a fiery passion. There’s something about literally everything they bring out that gets me all hot under the collar, a bit like a black labrador on a warm summer’s day. I must say I tend to dabble in their skin and body care more than their makeup but I was sent their Sexy Mother Pucker to review in the shade Riot*. My first ever S&G product many moons ago was actually one of these cheekily named lip glosses but I had no idea they’d brought them out in the lacquer editions – I must have slept through the memo.
Anyway, Riot is a proper, wham-bam-thank-you-mam kind of red. The kind of blue-toned red that makes teeth look a little whiter and makes you feel awfully glam even when you’re in a hoody covered in cat hair. Personally, unless the mood takes me, I’m usually not a gloss kind of gal. The finish of this is SUPER glossy, my lips looked like Britney Spears’ bum cheeks in her catsuit, which I can only assume is a good thing. Colour pay off is insane, it’s opaque and by far the most pigmented lipgloss I own. The texture is quite sticky but show me any opaque and glossy liquid lipstick that isn’t and I’ll eat my hat. Scent-wise, it’s classic S&G so if you like chocolate (never trust anyone who says they don’t like chocolate. Or potatoes) you’ll be all over this like a limpet on a rock.
Sexy Mother Pucker’s application method is with a standard doe foot applicator however, as you can probably see from the photo, it’s not tapered which some of you more cack-handed beauty lovers may find somewhat awkward to use. I found the best way to apply this was to use the applicator to cover the bulk of my lips and finish off the edges with a small brush, but this is what I tend to do with any bold lipstick. In my photos, I have applied merely ONE coat, and I think you’ll agree, friends, that is all you need. I’m always a bit wary of such colours as there’s nowhere to hide, plus my mouth is weirdly small for my already pea-sized head. I don’t know how much this lipgloss made my mouth look less deformed, and I didn’t even use any lip liner to cheat.
To really put Sexy Mother Pucker under crippling pressure, I guzzled down a bottle of water, and judging by the amount of transfer, I expected to have nothing left on my lips but lo and behold, it still looked as good as it did on application – I don’t know how they do it but I am impressed. A couple of hours later I ate dinner and the lipgloss and this is what did the most damage. It had definitely worn away by this point but it hadn’t disappeared completely. Instead it had left a nice sheer colour on my lips without any tacky outline. It looked and felt like a tinted lip balm and my lips felt moist and juicy well into the bedtime.
To be honest I didn’t think this would be for me but I was pleasantly surprised, and I like what it did to my face. The colour seems to work nicely with my skin tone and the finish is undoubtedly glamorous – perfect for pulling your face together when you haven’t bothered with much other makeup. If you’re not into lipglosses you might find Sexy Mother Pucker lip lacquers a bit of a handful but otherwise these are amazing in terms of pigmentation, opacity and gloss factor.
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Lacquer in Riot is available for £7 at Boots.
Is anyone else really struggling with life at the mo? The festive period was a month ago and I still feel like I’m recovering from the relentless food, drink and forced socialising.
I spent 90% of December sporting a smokey eye so I wanted something neutral yet festive for my lips. I was looking for some inspiration from the gods and saw a photo of Kim Kardashian from a few years ago (before she messed up her face and appeared to feed her arse with Miracle-Gro). She looked flawless but I was bowled over by her lipgloss, a kind of pale pink with gold shimmer…and that’s when I knew.
I didn’t want to spend money on the MAC or Chantecaille versions so I hurled myself down to Boots and made a bee-line towards the Revlon stand as their lip product releases are never ending. For once, I found what I was looking for in mere seconds. So I took it to the till, paid my £6.99 and left. I WISH. I spent an hour in there and left with a light wallet and a heavy heart.
Anyway the chosen lipgloss was Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink (a pale nude/pink with gold shimmer), and I can confirm, as far as lipglosses go, it is quite delightful. Nice, inoffensive packaging and a sufficient amount of sparkle. It comes with a doe-foot applicator, making it pretty fool-proof to apply. The neutral colour also means you can do this on a wobbly bus with no mirror and not end up looking like a clown (tried and tested).
In terms of staying power, whoever said it lasts a good few hours is a downright liar. When does lipgloss ever last that long? I got maybe 30 minutes’ wear. I didn’t mind reapplying this though as it requires minimal concentration and effort. I didn’t find it to be too sticky either (that accolade goes to Soap & Glory Sexy Motherpucker) but do be prepared for a hair-stuck-to-lips moment if you experience windy conditions.
I’m going to be honest and say that although I do like Snow Pink, I think it would look better on fairer complexions. Darker skin means darker lips and certain products just don’t pack as much punch. I’ll be layering this on top of a pink lipstick next time as that could be the answer to all my lipgloss dreams.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink is available at Boots and Superdrug and costs £6.99.