Hey everyone. It has been a while since I have done a lip product review! I have been pretty set in my ways with using basically only glosses, and within that, basically only Fenty glosses. Lol. When you find something you love, it is hard to let it go. But, when I saw Bobbi Brown was releasing what seemed like a follow up to their Crushed Liquid Lipsticks, which I love, I knew I had to try these oil glosses! The idea of an oil gloss sounds like something that would be very shiny, hydrating, perhaps thinner in texture, with a natural tint. So does this live up?
Packaging and First Impressions
This lip gloss comes in a typical rectangular clear component. The doefoot is also a typical rectangular paddle that holds product on both sides. This gloss has an interesting citrus scent that quickly dissipates after application.
This product actually has a surprisingly good shade range for something that is meant to be a sheer gloss. The range is from brown and pink nudes to reds, corals and berries. The shade I purchased was “Force of Nature” which is described as a “medium pink brown”.
“A non-sticky, moisturizing lip gloss infused with a blend of nutrient-rich botanical oils in 12 sheer shades from bare to berry to bold. This ultra-shiny lip gloss glides on providing a burst of color while a blend of nutrient-rich botanical oils offers a cushiony, comfortable feel.”
Paraben-free; phthalate-free; sulfate-free; sulfite-free; gluten-free
Price and Quantity
This lip gloss is priced at $36 CAD ($27 USD) and has 0.2 oz of product. This is pretty middle of the road when it comes to amount of product included in a typical gloss.
For price comparisons I chose higher end glosses that come in a cream finish (no shimmer or glitter) and are meant to be sheer. There are also a few out there right now with oil in the name as well. This is certainly the beginning of a new trend.
Here are the comparisons listed from best value to worst value:
|Quantity (oz)||Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product|
|1||NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tint||$34||0.28||$121/oz|
|2||Buxom Full On Lip Cream||$24||0.14||$171/oz|
|3||Bobbi Brown Crushed Oil-Infused Gloss||$36||0.2||$180/oz|
|4||Dior Addict Stellar Lip Gloss||$39||0.21||$186/oz|
|5||BareMinerals GEN NUDE™ Buttercream Lipgloss||$25||0.13||$192/oz|
|6||Tarte SEA H2O Lip Gloss||$26||0.14||$193/oz|
|7||Hourglass Unreal™ High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss||$40||0.2||$200/oz|
|8||Dior Lip Glow Oil||$45||0.2||$225/oz|
|9||Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre Lip Gloss||$28||0.12||$233/oz|
|10||Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss||$38||0.16||$238/oz|
|11||Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss||$36||0.15||$240/oz|
|12||Pat McGrath Lust Lip Gloss||$37||0.15||$247/oz|
|13||Lilah B. Lovingly Lip™ Tinted Lip Oil||$40||0.1||$400/oz|
I am actually surprised how well this ranks. I do think these price comparisons are relevant for lip glosses especially because I do actually go through lip products. For example, I have gone through multiple tubes of ABH, Becca and Fenty lip glosses. So, to see that this one actually isn’t too bad in terms of value is great! But it has to have a great formula to justify that kind of use, that is for sure.
Pigmentation and Performance
Unfortunately, this is perhaps one of my least favourite glosses I have tried in a long time.
When first applied, it seems like a nice gloss. There is light pigmentation that gives a “my lips but better” kind of look. I bet some of the brighter or richer colours would look really beautiful on, but I was especially attracted to this cooler brown shade, in the tube at least. In the swatch it looks quite pigmented, but honestly it kind of looks like a clear gloss on my lips. As you can see in the swatches below, it does have a nice shine to it at least!
The formula on the other hand, is just not good. It is quite viscous and sticky. No matter how much of this gloss I apply, whenever I part my lips the product likes to cling to itself, creating disgusting little strings as I open my mouth. It just looks gross. I haven’t seen anything like this before. I have a picture of it happening, but I can’t bear to publish it on the internet because it is just not pretty lol. And even if I apply a very small amount of product, it happens. If I applied any less, you would get no colour and no comfort. As the product wears off, it also just feels thicker and thicker and so overall, it is not a very comfortable product.
Below are swatches and pictures of me wearing it. Honestly, I can’t stand to wear it anymore though now that I have done this review. This is a definite return, when life goes back to normal.
Well, I think I’ve said it all. This gloss is a definite pass. I am so confused by the fact that it is touted as an “oil-infused” gloss when it is one of the thickest glosses I have ever tried. I absolutely thought it would be a bit on the thinner side. Oh well! I tried it so you don’t have to now.
Do you have any good recommendations for oil-type glosses? I’ve heard great things about the Dior and Clarins ones.