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I love science and lip products, so there’s little about Physicians Formula pH Powered Lip Gloss that didn’t attract me.
According to the description on the website, this lip gloss comes
- with pH Power Complex transforms into your perfectly personalized hue.
- Fluorescein Based Dye-senses the pH level of your skin & adjusts within 60 seconds to create your perfect lip color.
- Photochronic Powders-light adjusting pigments adapt to your environment so color looks the same indoors & outside.
Well, that’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?
It’s also confusing because the lip gloss comes in three different shades: light pink, natural and pink. I picked mine up in light pink but, to be honest, it’s nearly clear when applied to my skin as a swatch. This makes it exceptional as a top coat if you’d like to add some shine to your matte lipstick or stain. I expect that the pink shade would be more vibrant if you were looking for that, however.
While I like the glossy effect, it’s not something I’d want all the time. It obviously enhances my natural pink with just a bit of shimmer, but sometimes I want a more velvety look or something that’s more of a red hue.
The light pigment means there’s not much color to transfer while you’re drinking or kissing.
Because it’s a gloss, it is sticky, but it feels nice on my lips. It’s not drying.
There are also a few elements about this product that might be selling points; although, you might also find them to be gimmicky. The wand actually has a button at the end, which activates a light that shines down the length of the wand. A small mirror on the side of the tube itself reflects that light, enabling you to (re)apply your color even in the dark. I haven’t had a need to do so, but I can see where it would come in handy.
However, not everything is perfect. The brush itself, which has bristles rather than a wand, is quite short. I would like for it to be just a bit longer for easier application.
If you’re okay with the fact that this Physicians Formula pH Powered Lip Gloss might just look like clear gloss, then it’s not much of a risk to try this product. The light and mirror are also useful. However, your shade selection is certainly limited.
The second post in Lip Week is another product that was new to me, but you all will probably think I am really behind the times when I admit that I’d never used a matte lip color before this. I know, I know. But y’all should see my lip gloss collection. It’s out of control! LOL
The reason I opted for a matte lip color than a gloss one was specific: I wanted a vampy red to wear for Halloween, and vampires don’t tend to look glossy.
I wound up picking up the shade Devotion, which is a lovely dark red in the tube. There was a moment of panic when it went on a lighter cherry, but once it dries, it dries slightly darker. I even dabbed it around my mouth and on my neck for a bloody effect, which worked well.
In natural light, it still retains some of the cherry effect, however, as you can see in my photos.
If you want to use Milani’s matte lip colors, I would suggest using a lip liner because they do feather a bit. I like a clear lip liner such as Luv2Kiss Invisible Lip Liner because I can use it with any lip color. Even with lip liner, it still feathers a bit.
In fact, I find this formula is pretty hard to work with. It dries to matte so quickly and doesn’t easily remove from your skin. It was pretty frustrating. Even in my photos, you can see how imperfect it is.. and I’d already spent 10 minutes on it! I feel like the wand would be more helpful if it were slanted instead of being flat with rounded corners.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first matte lip color. I liked the look, but I didn’t like the feel. It was so drying, and I found myself picking at my lips as I wore it, which wasn’t pretty.
The color also quickly faded where my lips meant, which left me with an unflattering “outline” of color. You can reapply, of course, but I wish this Milani lip color had a bit more staying power.
However, the Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme doesn’t transfer much once it’s dry, its level of dryness is a concern. Hopefully, the next matte lip color I try will be more moisturizing.
This is the last post in my Lip Week feature. Did you miss the other posts? Click here to read them all.
Let’s start the last post of Lip Week by talking about nail polish, shall we? It doesn’t take long to realize that I like shimmery and glittery polishes. I like holo shades and multichromes, which happen to be my favorite. A while back I was in a store (probably CVS) and saw that Maybelline makes a lip gloss that offers some of that color shifty goodness to your lips. What? I had to have it!
So I bought it.
The product is the Shine Shot Prismatic Topcoat, and it’s one of two products in the Shine Shot line. The other is a clear gloss, useful but definitely the less interesting of the two!
The Prismatic Topcoat is clear but it contains violet microglitter that catches the light beautifully (and cannot be felt at all on your lips). In fact, the product photos you’ll find on Maybelline’s site or at any other retailers don’t really show this selling feature at all. At first, I thought this was odd, but it turns out that it’s incredibly difficult to photograph this product.
Anyway, the result is a clear gloss that’s incredibly reflective. It catches light, indoors or sunlight, and is really noticeable. For this reason, I prefer not to use it as part of a daytime look. It’s not what I’d call “bold,” but it is definitely not natural.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t catch the glitter in photos when I was wearing it, and it was even hard to photograph the tube. However, the effect is unmistakable in person.
You can wear it by itself despite the name, but I prefer to layer it on top of another color. The purple-blue tint works well over many pink hues and lends a cooler sheen to reds. Although I’ve yet to wear it over a blue or purple, it takes no imagine to realize it would look great. If I had any black lip color in my collection, I’m sure this would create an iridescent vinyl effect that would be to die for.
This tube is the type with the slanted tip for applying without a wand or brush. I find that it works well. However, it might become a bit messy as you use it, and it’s a bit difficult to control the exact amount of product that you use. I also took a shortcut and used it directly from the tube over some red, and some of the colored got inside the tiny hole. Ugh!
Because it’s a gloss, the texture is quite sticky. It’s also not going to last forever. But if you’re a gloss lover like myself, this is certainly a “con” you’re willing to take along with the benefits. And Maybelline’s Shine Shot Prismatic Lip Topcoat is one of a kind, so I definitely recommend giving it a try if you think it’s a lip gloss you might like.
I’d like to thank everyone who has tuned in for all of the Lip Week posts. I hope to provide you with niche features like this in the future.
Feel free to leave comments on this or any of the other posts in this feature. I’d love to hear what you have to say?
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In my pursuit of the perfect dusty rose lip color, I tried MegaLast Liquid Lip Color. Normally, I am not a big fan of Wet n Wild. The prices are low.. but so is the quality. I figured spending a few bucks wouldn’t hurt, especially because I had a ton of coupons to use when I bought this from CVS, which meant I got a few things for free.
I choose Pocketful of Roses, a shimmery, desaturated pink, which is closest to what I want color-wise — at least, indoors. Although inside photos really minimize the appearance (you can barely tell I’m wearing anything on my lips in the collage above), the colors shifts outside. It looks like a pleasant pink most of the time, but takes on a blueish fuschia hue in other lighting. Huh.
Although, I could do without the shimmer. The quality and texture definitely leave something to be desired, however.
The color goes on a bit patchy, and the texture doesn’t seem to help. I’m not entirely sure how to describe it. It’s definitely not glossy, but neither is it quite matte. It feels dryer than it looks despite containing Vitamin E, which might be my biggest problem with it. Several other reviewers have noted how odd the texture is, so it’s not just me.
I often wear it with gloss over the top, which makes it shinier. Although, you might opt for a less shiny lip balm. It would probably feel better if I moisturized first, and that’s a good routine to get into whenever you apply lip color.
The texture isn’t really as sticky as some lip color, but it’s definitely not dry. It’ll transfer or smudge a bit. It also seems like some of the more vibrant colors will be obviously feathery, as you can tell from the product reviews on the Wet n Wild website.
I think that gloss makes it wear for a shorter period of time. On its own, once it dries, the Megalst lip color is quite resilient. In fact, I have both used a makeup remover wipe and washed my hands several times since swatching, and the color won’t budge. Although it looks more like a stain now. Keep some makeup remover at the ready to remove this color from your lips once your day is done.
Of all the items I’ve written about during Lip Week, MegaLast Liquid Lip Color smells the least pleasant. It’s not scented, and it’s easy to smell the chemical scent that’s similar to paint. However, I could get over this if I otherwise liked the texture and color.
I’d be a bigger fan of this liquid lip color if it wasn’t shimmery. I should have paid more attention when I was picking out the shade, but finding non-shimmery colors has proven oddly difficult for me in this hunt. Alas, the hunt continues.
Welcome to Lip Week — a week full of lip product reviews! These posts are partly inspired by my quest for the perfect dusty rose lip color. I’d prefer it to be creamy or velvety, but not matte nor glossy. I prefer a liquid lipstick without shimmer or glimmer. It’s a pretty basic request, but it’s harder than you might think.
So you might be surprised that I wound up buying a shade called “Garnet” in this quest, but I assure you that it looked rather dusty — both in the tube and on the wand — in store. I even double-checked with a friend. I was hopeful.
Sadly, I am not longer hopeful. I worried that this shade would be too bold, too bright and too pink.. and it is. I wouldn’t quite call it a hot pink (that’s more the shade Pink Amethyst), but it’s a deeply-saturated pink that anyone who came to age in the 80s would likely love. LOL
In fact, it looks nothing at all on my lips like it does in the tube. Although, your mileage may vary. That’s how lip colors work, right?
With that said, the color is bold and super glossy. Although, it’s definitely not an all-day color or transfer-proof. It is, sadly, a bit sticky.
It’s also worth mentioning that it uses a brush rather than a wand. I think I get a more precise application with a wand; although, I know not everyone agrees. One thing I’ve noticed is that the brush picks up a lot of product, even if you try to scrape some off, so you wind up with a glob on your lips that you need to spread around.. Yea, it’s as fun as it sounds.
If you want a lip color that’s vibrant and shiny, then Revlon Ulta HD Lip Lacquer might be up your alley. I don’t think I’ll be picking up any of the other shades in the collection due to some of the cons. But if I did, I’d probably look at one of the red shades. Strawberry Topaz looks quite desirable!