Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss

I do not switch around makeup all that often. Particularly with eyeshadows and blushes, the ones I’m currently using have been in my makeup bag for months. When I decide to reorganize my stash, that’s when I remember to go “shopping” for cosmetics to rotate. That’s how this tube of Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Autumn Haze (PHP 700  ; USD 9) slipped into the cracks until I rediscovered just how awesome it is.

Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Autumn Haze

Quick Specs: 0.2 fl oz / 6 ml ; made in the USA

Ingredients: ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), aroma (flavor)*, silica, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, jojoba esters, ammonium glycyrrhizate, tocopherol, glycine soja (soybean) oil. +/- (May contain): CI 77163 (bismuth oxychloride), CI 77861 (tin oxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides), CI 77019 (mica), CI 75470 (carmine), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77947 (zinc oxide). *natural flavor Continue reading

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Bobbi Brown Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette

This may not be much of a secret to my shopping buddies, but my Christmas wishlists in the last couple of years have always included at least one holiday palette from Bobbi Brown. It is my definition of great value for a high-end brand. From their year-round offerings, you can already find powerfully flattering colors that their well-trained makeup artists recommend to tailor-fit your features and skintone. Now add to that the sensation of the amped up holiday season in the Philippines and the release of a carefully curated palette featuring Bobbi’s Famous Neutrals. Perhaps now you’ll understand why I decided to treat myself to Bobbi Brown Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette.

Bobbi Brown Bellini Lip and Eye Palette

So sleek, it reflects the sky

Quick Specs: Regular Eye Shadows at 0.7 g / 0.025 oz each (x3) ; Metallic and Sparkle Eye Shadows at 1.4 g / 0.05 oz each ; Lip Gloss at 4 ml / 0.13 fl. oz. ; shadows made in the USA ; gloss made in Canada ; palette assembled in the USA

Ingredients

Ingredients Part 2

Ingredients Part 3

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Benefit Dandelion Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

Despite my growing collection of lipsticks, I don’t think I’d survive without at least one lip gloss in my beauty kit. There are times that call for light color or simple shine, so the gloss is a must-have for anyone who’s building a solid stash. Try something peachy-pink and ultra-flattering like Benefit Dandelion Ultra Plush Lip Gloss (PHP 900 for the regular size tube).

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Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bellini

You won’t see that many lip gloss reviews on this blog. At least, not until this year. I fell in and out of love with gloss, but now I’m falling back in. The time is right and I’ve received a lot of gloss as gifts, so they’ve piqued my interest once more. (Sheer gloss is a safe gift option, I get it.) More so, since the formulas are extremely different from what I’ve tried in the past. A sample size of Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bellini was the first to get me believing in glosses once more.

Bobbi Brown Bellini High Shimmer Lip Gloss

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Bench Paint Box Lip Gloss in Icy Peach

My latest obsession is the nude lip. I’ve always been okay with a light, shimmery pink to go with a smoky eye, but all that has changed. It’s mainly the Kardashians’ fault for launching their Khroma Beauty line, which I haven’t stopped obsessing over since I first saw the products on their show. My wish list includes Kourtney’s Kardazzle Palette (excuse the “korny” name) and the Au Naturel Nude Lip Set (lip liner, lipstick, and lip gloss included). Coupled with the sad fact that the cosmetic brand has not yet reached Philippine shores, I’ve been on the lookout for good alternatives.

Clockwise from top: Khroma Au Naturel Nude Lip Set, Kourtney’s Kardazzle Palette, Nyx Xtreme Lip Creme in Natural

I’ve had Nyx Extreme Lip Cream in Natural (PHP 240 – 280 at Digital Traincase) on my “Nude List,” but I’ve decided to hold out a little longer because I saw Bench’s Paint Box lip gloss in Icy Peach (PHP 148). Hey, it was almost PHP 100 cheaper, so I just had to try it out. Here are the other reasons I was drawn to it:

First, they’ve changed the packaging, thank goodness! From their tacky-looking transparent, round tube and lid to a more sophisticated shiny opaque black lid, there looks to be an improvement in the presentation department. Second, the color selection wasn’t half bad. There were grown-up reds and browns, a fun-looking plum, and some pretty pinks. Third, I was immediately won over by the scent. The tube I bought smelled of vanilla and marshmallows, which is what I love about MAC lipsticks and Bloom vanilla lip balm.

Life’s a Peach: Paint Box Lip Gloss in Icy Peach

Ingredients; Fun Fact: Made in Italy

Come to think of it, the shades brought to mind Givenchy’s Gloss Interdit (yes, the colors look kinda fancy that way), while the packaging looked like MeMeMe’s Light Me Up Lipgloss (but without the light). The main difference is in the applicator. Bench and MeMeMe have sponge tips, while Givenchy has a small lip brush.

“Sosy” like Givenchy

Like an unlit tube of MeMeMe

For the record, don’t ever mistake Paint Box for anything that resembles liquid lip color. Coverage-wise, it comes on really sheer and light. It’s gloss, after all. Definitely a far cry from the pigmentation of Nyx Xtreme Lip Creme, a liquid lipstick with some sheen. The shade I got, Icy Peach, is a Peach Beige with fine shimmer.

Because the formula is light, the gloss isn’t icky sticky. It doesn’t have much staying power, but lips won’t look weird if touch-ups aren’t done immediately. I did notice that the formula causes dryness, so lip balm underneath is a must.

Testing, testing

Nyx still remains on my Wish List, because it’s both lipstick and gloss rolled into one. And that’s exactly what I need. However, If you already have a nude lipstick and would like to finish it off with a nice, natural sheen, or maybe you don’t like heavy glosses, then Paint Box is a-okay.

Total Rating: 4/5 – Looks pretty, smells pretty, not sticky. Unfortunately, drying.

*Photos: Givenchy taken from Sephora site. MeMeMe and Khroma taken from their respective official sites.