Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Make Up For Ever Diamond Lab Shine Lipglosses

Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Lipglosses: Diamond Finish

For spring (although, these have been available at Make Up For Ever boutiques since last June), Make Up For Ever launches new Lab Sine Lip Gloss ($18.00 for 0.09 oz.) in three finishes with 35 shades in total.

I reviewed the Metal Lab Shines several months ago, when I first purchased the Lab Shines. My intention was always to review all of the ones I purchased (which is all except for three, which they did not have in-stock at the time), but I was never able to get through lip swatches for all of the new glosses. I do still hope to do lip swatches for them in the future, but for now, please enjoy swatches and photos.

The Diamond Collection includes 12 shades and contains Make Up For Ever’s Diamond Powder. This finish is supposed to be transparent and natural-looking with a shimmering shine. All of the lip glosses have both hyaluronic acid and Camelina oil for help moisturize lips and improve elasticity. It is a non-sticky gloss with a slight, tropical fruit kind of scent. The scent is not overwhelming, and it doesn’t smell synthetically sweet. They are packaged in thick, clear tubes with a black cap and a brush-type applicator.

The shades included in this finish are: D0 (shimmering diamond), D2 (shimmering amethyst), D4 (shimmering grenadine), D6 (shimmering magenta), D8 (shimmering baby pink), D10 (shimmering fresh pink), D12 (shimmering quartz rose), D14 (shimmering Indian pink), D16 (shimmering beige), D18 (shimmering copper), D20 (shimmering tangerine), and D22 (shimmering papaya). Below are my descriptions of the shades, with the exception of D2, which was not available for me to purchase at the time.

  • D0 is a clear gloss with white-silver shimmer.
  • D4 is a sheer, pink-plum with soft pink shimmer.
  • D6 is a sheer, fuchsia pink with magenta shimmer.
  • D8 is a sheer, pale pink with silver and pink shimmer.
  • D10 is a sheer soft yellow-based pink with light pink shimmer.
  • D12 is a sheer milky pink with gold shimmer.
  • D14 is a sheer neutral pink with champagne shimmer.
  • D16 is a sheer, peach-beige with copper shimmer.
  • D18 is a semi-sheer, peach base with a heavy dose of light an dark copper shimmer.
  • D20 is a sheer, juicy tangerine orange with soft gold shimmer.
  • D22 is a milky rose pink with pale pink shimmer.

Diamond Lab Shines have a very smooth texture; they’re thick without being goopy, but they are very comfortable to wear. They’re some of the more moisturizing glosses I have tried, and with these lighter shades, I get about two to three hours of wear. With some of the darker shades, I have gotten up to four hours of wear. I’d love ’em more if they wore longer (three to four is average for me, two is below), but I do love that they have a huge shade range (that’s permanent!).

My big complaint is that these only have 0.09 oz. in them–the average lip gloss has about 0.20 oz., and even Make Up For Ever’s Fascinating Lipgloss contained that much, but they halved the size and kept the price. I understand these are a completely different formula and contain their various powders (Diamond, Star, and Metal), but whether that really merits what is in essence over a 50% price increase is up for debate.  With the thicker nature of the gloss, I could see these being used up more quickly than other glosses, too.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: These are very nice gloss basics; they’re non-sticky, comfortable to wear, and there are lots of shades to choose from. The Diamond finish is a very sheer range, and if you are looking for something more pigmented, you are better off looking at the Star or Metal finish (the latter being the most pigmented/opaque).


See more photos & swatches!

Make Up For Ever Diamond Lab Shine Lipglosses

Make Up For Ever Diamond Lab Shine Lipglosses

Make Up For Ever Diamond Lab Shine Lipglosses

Make Up For Ever Diamond Lab Shine Lipglosses

Make Up For Ever Diamond Lab Shine Lipglosses

Make Up For Ever Diamond Lab Shine Lipglosses

D0, D4, D6, D8

D6, D8, D10, D12, D14

D14, D16, D18, D20, D22

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Where can I purchase Lab Shine Lip Gloss? How much is it?, $18 each.

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Why aren't there lip swatches?

As much as I would love to do lip swatches, I just haven't been able to get to these. Since they're now available for purchase through Sephora, I wanted to at least show you some swatches on skin than nothing at all. I hope to provide lip swatches in the future but could not give you a timeframe and thus would not tell you to rely on me for those at this time.

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15 thoughts on “Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Lipglosses – Diamond Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Kathylulu

    lol Talking about sheerness, why bother making so many colors if many of them come out looking the same.

    • Holta78

      Thank you, my thoughts exactly!! These look more like topcoats to me. And for the price I expect better color payoff, otherwise the drugstores have a lot to offer for under $10.

  2. Trish

    Meh. I’ll stick with my MAC Dazzleglasses.

  3. slick

    no cream finish? :/ i guess they are lab ‘shines’. would be all over a cream finish version! love the packaging on these.

  4. courtney

    christine, your pics are so great! i just got a d90 and my pics aren’t even as close as yours! is there a special lens you are using? can you give me a couple pointers?

    • Photography is way more about good lighting than the equipment you’re using – I would play around with lighting and make sure that the lighting you have is even and the same (e.g. the same type of bulb) :)

  5. Alyssa

    Definitely not feeling these.

  6. Vanessa S

    These shades are a lot more wearable than the last set BUT for $18.00 i don’t see anything special honstly.

  7. Nella

    $18 for that? have they lost their mind? they look like 99cent glosses to me. and they all look the same color too…
    they seem liquid, too sheer and coverage seems 0 to me. i would not recommend this to anyone. can’t believe that this is product of MUFE company. what a shame!

    • They’re actually pretty thick – not at all liquid-y. I wouldn’t say they’re at all like 99 cent glosses having tried them, though, but that’s just my take :)

  8. Maya C

    Out of all the sets (metal, star, diamond), which ones do you think are the most pigmented?

  9. AnGeLwInGz

    The sheer ones look a lot like Glossimers.