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NARS Coeur Sucre Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Coeur Sucre Larger Than Life Lipgloss
NARS Coeur Sucre Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Coeur Sucre Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Coeur Sucre Larger Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering vibrant pink.” It’s a medium cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a silver-white micro-glitter/shimmer. I couldn’t think of too many shades that came close to this. MAC Vanity Fair is much lighter and has no shimmer (more like a liquid lipstick formula). NARS Angelika would be much closer, except it’s not as opaque and applies fairly streaky. MAC Sassy Lassy is darker and brighter.

The Larger Than Life formula is designed to give “intense color” with “brilliant shine” while being long-wearing. It also has moisturizing ingredients and “natural lip enhancers” that will plump lips. The consistency of Coeur Sucre isn’t too thick or too thin, and it’s not a gloss I’d call lightweight, but it doesn’t feel thick and goopy either. It has a gel-like texture initially, which is non-sticky, but after a half hour or so, it delivers a tackiness that gets rather sticky after an hour and a half (much as I experienced with Giorgio Armani Gloss d’Armani). It delivers semi-opaque color and applies surprisingly evenly for a gloss in this color–there is some minor settling into lip lines that is barely noticeable because of the high-shine finish.

Coeur Sucre wore for five and a half hours, which is longer than the average gloss wears (three to four hours; as little as two for lighter shades).  I found the formula to be hydrating–sometimes when you wear just gloss all day long, your lips can easily show signs of dehydration, but even after twelve hours of wearing the Larger Than Life formula, my lips felt lush and lovely.  I don’t see (or feel!) any plumping effect; the glossy shine does give lips a larger, more luminous appearance.

Here is what I loathe about this product–and I don’t use the word lightly–the applicator. It is like applying lipgloss with a toothpick, or nearly so. It’s just absolutely miniscule, and if you have very thin lips, I think this may be the applicator you’ve been looking for, but even you may find it takes several pumps of gloss to get enough product to cover your lips. I get that NARS is hoping this applicator will give you the precision you want, but it’s unnecessarily small. You can maneuver around the lip lines with something double the size. In order to cover my lips, I had to go back five times for color.

NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Coeur Sucre

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MAC Reel Sexy Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Cinestyle Cremesheen Glass
MAC Cinestyle Cremesheen Glass

MAC Reel Sexy Cremesheen Glasses

MAC Reel Sexy Cremesheen Glasses ($19.50 for 0.09 fl. oz.) include these four shades: Cinestyle (mid-tone blue grey violet), Color Saturation (dark cool wine), Private Screening (mid-tone peach), and Star Quality (bright orange coral).

  • Cinestyle is a milky lilac that really settles into lip lines. The color is semi-sheer, and it’s definitely noticeable, but it just seeps into lip lines in a way I don’t see that often. MAC Vacant is a bit pinker and all shimmer. MAC Viva Glam is pinker but similar in creaminess. MAC Going Casual is pinker.  MAC Japanese Spring is just a little lighter.
  • Color Saturation is a rich berry red with purple tones. It’s surprisingly opaque–the color coverage is semi-opaque but covers well and fairly evenly without settling too much into lip lines. MAC Real Posh is more muted and has shimmer. NARS Bougainville is much redder. MAC Indigo Pink is redder and shimmery. MAC Orange Tempera is peachier. MAC Bait is lighter, shimmery. MAC Fresh Air is very similar but has shimmer. MAC It’s a Wow is similar but has shimmer.
  • Private Screening is a pinky beige with a milky finish that does settle into lip lines a bit.
  • Star Quality is a pink-red coral with semi-opaque color coverage but it settles into lip lines a lot. MAC Mango Sheen is much redder. Revlon Strawberry is redder.

The Cremesheen Glass formula is lightweight, comfortable on, creamy, and non-sticky.  The colors typically have no shimmer and deliver sheerer color, though Color Saturation and Star Quality yield quite a bit of color.  With the exception of Color Saturation, these really seemed to slither into the lines on the lips and stay there.  Cinestyle and Star Quality were the worst offenders for that.  These would be better layered over a more opaque lip color, so that you could minimize that problem.  Cremesheen Glasses only wear two hours or less on me, which is below average for a gloss.  I feel like you go through a tube rather quickly, especially since it only contains 0.09 fl. oz.  They are vanilla-scented but taste-free.

MAC Reel Sexy Cremesheen Glasses

C
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
2.5
Application
74%
Total

Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss
Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss

Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced Sheer Brilliance Lipgloss ($32.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a medium tangerine with gold shimmer. On my lips, it gives them an orange-tint–it looks slightly darker and more like a tint than a colored gloss. There’s also a fine golden shimmer that catches light really well. Oddly enough, I couldn’t think of a perfect dupe for this. It’s sheer yet tinted enough that it adds color and hue to my lips that reads as natural as it could ever be. Do you have any suggestions for a dupe? Perhaps I am being extra forgetful!

The formula of the Sheer Brilliance Lipglosses is lightweight, non-sticky, moisturizing, and for such a sheer gloss, rather longer-wearing. When I wore Orange Juiced, it hung on for three and a half hours and didn’t get sticky over time (which is something I’ve noticed happens with some of the longer-wearing lipglosses out there). This is also a nicely moisturizing formula that leaves lips feeling softer after it wears away than when it was initially applied!  The texture is wonderfully lightweight without being terribly thin; it’s comfortable to wear and gives off a healthy shine.  There was no scent or taste that I could detect.

Le Metier de Beaute Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss Orange Juiced
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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Burberry Nude Rose Lip Glow Natural Lipgloss

Burberry Nude Rose Lip Glow Natural Lipgloss
Burberry Nude Rose Lip Glow Natural Lipgloss

Burberry Nude Rose Lip Glow Natural Lipgloss

Burberry Nude Rose Lip Glow Natural Lipgloss< ($27.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a pink-beige that goes on mostly colorless. It looks like any number of sheer lipglosses that have nearly no perceptible shimmer. At best, it adds very subtle warmth to my natural lip color. At worst, it just adds a healthy dose of glossy shine and makes my natural lip color look more even.  We’re at that line I find hard to rate at:  when is “sheer” too sheer? When does sheer become colorless?

The gloss itself does have sheer color pigmentation, but the color matches my natural lip color so that it does not do much.  For those with more pigmented lips, I suspect it’s going to do as little for you as it did for me.  While I can appreciate that the formula is supposed to have sheerer color coverage, this is the kind of color that one doesn’t need a drawer full of, you know?  If you don’t have a gloss that adds a little shine and warmth, and you’re on the lookout for a non-sticky, hydrating (at least, somewhat), and comfortable gloss, this could work.  It only wore for two and a half hours on me, though, which is below average.  Like other Burberry lip products, it is floral-scented.

Burberry Lip Glow Nude Rose
Nude Rose
Nude Rose
9
Product
7
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total

Bobbi Brown Pink Cocoa Rich Color Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Cocoa Rich Color Gloss
Bobbi Brown Pink Cocoa Rich Color Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Cocoa Rich Color Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Cocoa Rich Color Gloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “heather beige.” It’s a medium-dark reddish-orange brown with rose pink and gold shimmer. MAC Join the Party came the closest, but it is lighter and doesn’t have the same colored shimmer. I was surprised that I couldn’t think of more potential dupes for this shade!

The formula yields mostly opaque color coverage that doesn’t settle much and covers evenly. Pink Cocoa wore for around four hours when I trialed it. It’s supposed to be moisturizing, and while it’s not drying, I didn’t feel like my lips were hydrated post-wear. The texture is non-sticky, not too thick or too thin, and comfortable to wear. It is also mint-scented.

Bobbi Brown Rich Color Gloss Pink Cocoa

Burberry Hibiscus Lip Glow Natural Lipgloss

Burberry Hibiscus Lip Glow Natural Lipgloss
Burberry Hibiscus Lip Glow Natural Lipgloss

Burberry Hibiscus Lip Glow Natural Lipgloss< ($27.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with just the faintest hint of white micro-shimmer (you really have to look hard to physically see the shimmer!). Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant is richer, pinker, more opaque. MAC Indigo Pink is darker, more opaque. MAC Real Posh is plummier. NARS Bougainville is redder, more opaque, and darker. MAC Radiant Jewels has more shimmer and appears brighter.

Hibiscus has semi-opaque color coverage–it changed my natural lip color significantly, but there was still a lot of my natural lip peeking through. It has a lovely glossy shine that gives lips a fuller look. Burberry’s Lip Glow formula is supposed to be comfortable, reflective, hydrating, and yields sheerer color. The formula is non-sticky, medium in thickness, and feels a little gel-like on the lips (that’s a compliment!). It feels comfortable to wear, and it’s somewhat hydrating. My lips feel good post-wear, but I do need lip balm after an hour or two. It is floral-scented, though, and it’s not subtle–not unpleasant generally speaking, but if you’re sensitive to scents, this may be too much. Hibiscus wore for three and a half hours.

Burberry Lip Glow Hibiscus
Hibiscus
Hibiscus
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

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