Hey everyone! After almost a month hiatus I am back. After the nail madness of Halloween and Nailmas, I guess I was feeling fairly burned out. It takes more time than you think to do all those manis, make and edit the videos and write the blog posts! It’s a labour of love, but I did enjoy doing other things this month. I’ve gotten back into knitting, and I’ve been getting back into bird watching and photography as well. Plus, I’m getting busier and busier at school. It really does make me happy though to be sitting here writing a blog post again.
Today I have a review of the cream formula Fenty Gloss Bombs. These were an immediate purchase for me as soon as they released. I had intended to review them right away but… here we are. Anyways, if you know me at all you will know that I have been obsessed with the original Fenty Gloss Bombs and they have been my number one gloss for years. I’ve gone through at least four tubes of various shades by now, so trying the cream formula was a no brainer. So let’s get into it.
Packaging and First Impressions
This lip gloss comes in nearly identical packaging to the original Fenty Gloss Bombs, with the exception of “cream” written across the front. The scent of this formula isn’t quite as strong as the original formula, and does smell slightly of peaches.
This formula comes in five shades, covering warm, cool and neutral pink/brown shades plus a few deeper red/browns. I purchased three shades, “Fenty Glow”, described as a “rose nude”, “Honey Waffles”, described as a “honey butter brown” and “Mauve Wive$”, a “rosy mauve”.
“A cult-fave lip gloss, with pure, creamy color and incredible shine, that instantly leaves lips looking smoother and more voluminous.
This feel-good, look-great lip gloss now comes in medium- to full-coverage color and zero shimmer. It’s buildable with full-intensity pigment and brilliant shine. The XXL wand applies in just one swipe with a non-sticky feel. It has an addictive peach-vanilla scent plus vitamin A to nourish lips.”
Price and Quantity
This gloss is priced at $25 CAD ($19 USD) and has 0.3 oz of product. Although Fenty’s glosses have increased by $2 CAD over the years, they are still great value because of the amount of product you get.
For price comparisons I chose higher end glosses that come in a cream finish. Note that the below listed products aren’t necessarily going to have the same opacity.
Here are the comparisons listed from best value to worst value:
|Rank||Product|| Cost |
|Quantity (oz)||Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product|
|1||Fenty Gloss Bomb Cream||$25||0.3||$83/oz|
|2||Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss||$22||0.16||$138/oz|
|2||Tower 28 ShineOn Milky Lip Jelly Gloss||$18||0.13||$138/oz|
|3||Buxom Full On Lip Cream||$24||0.14||$171/oz|
|4||Tarte SEA H2O Lip Gloss||$26||0.14||$186/oz|
|4||Dior Addict Stellar Lip Gloss||$39||0.21||$186/oz|
|5||BareMinerals GEN NUDE™ Buttercream Lipgloss||$25||0.13||$192/oz|
|6||Hourglass Unreal™ High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss||$40||0.2||$200/oz|
|7||Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre Lip Gloss||$28||0.12||$233/oz|
|8||Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss||$38||0.16||$238/oz|
|9||Pat McGrath Lust Lip Gloss||$37||0.15||$247/oz|
Unsurprisingly, the Fenty gloss wins by a landslide! And I’m glad to see it! I know taking quantity into account doesn’t make sense for a lot of people, but like I said earlier, I have gone through multiple tubes of the original Fenty glosses, plus other glosses. So because gloss is a product I often completely finish, I think assessing value is very important!
Pigmentation and Performance
This is going to be a short review, because I think these are great glosses!
The pigmentation is indeed medium to near full coverage with layering. One layer will give you semi-sheer medium coverage, and I like that a lot. But you can actually build it up to be really intense. Of the shades, Fenty Glow and Mauve Wive$ are my favourites. I can see Honey Waffles being really awesome with super warm or bronze-y eye looks in the Summer and Fall, but right now it just looks bizarre on me, especially with my purple hair! I think it will look better when/if I go back to being brunette or more red-toned. But it is VERY butterscotchy as a shade, haha. Maybe too intense for most people.
The formula feels very similar to the original, but it is perhaps a touch thicker. This is unsurprising since it has more pigmentation to it. The feel on the lips is just as comfortable and hydrating as the original glosses. I would say these are still the best glosses I have ever tried in terms of hydration and comfortability. They also wear like all other glosses. Of course they aren’t going to last on the lips, but you may notice slower fading than you would with the original, more sheer formula.
Here’s the only caveat, and it’s super minor. When I was taking up-close photos of these shades on the lips, they looked kind of awful! As you will see, there is some minor to major pigment creasing/pooling in the lines of my lips. But I promise you, no matter how close I looked in the mirror I couldn’t see it in person. So if it takes up close camera pictures to show the creasing, I really wouldn’t worry too much. As you can see in the full face photos, they look great! But for full disclosure, I’ve still included the up close-photos. Also note that in the up-close swatches I have applied them quite lightly to try to reduce that pigment pooling look as much as possible, but you can see them generously applied in the full-face photos.
Below are swatches of the shades I purchased, as well as a comparison to the original Fenty Gloss Bomb in “Fenty Glow”, lip swatches, and full face photos.
Overall, these are some more great glosses from Fenty! Perhaps the shade “Honey Waffles” should have been a pass, but I’ll hopefully get some use out of it in the future months. However, “Fenty Glow” and “Mauve Wive$” are both really awesome. Definitely no regrets here.