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Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (441) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (441) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (441) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (441) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a bold, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a hint of gold shimmer. MAC Ablaze is redder, brighter. MAC Electric Edge is a smidgen darker. MAC Riviera Life is more shimmery. MAC Morange is brighter.

If you were crossing your fingers that some of the shades in the new formula were going to be opaque, you’re in luck–this one is very nearly opaque with just a smidgen of translucency. The gloss has such a thin, non-sticky texture that still spreads really well, so the color still applies evenly and with good color payoff. Tangerine Vlam lasted for five and a half hours on me, which is better than the average gloss (four hours). It never turns sticky, and it’s nicely hydratnig and always leaves my lips feeling better after than they did when I first applied.

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Guerlain Gold Tchlack (400) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Gold Tchlack (400) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain Gold Tchlack (400) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain Gold Tchlack (400) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a pale gold with champagne and gold sparkle. L’Oreal Something Shiny is very similar. MAC Satin Slip has more peach-colored shimmer. Bobbi Brown Canary is a darker gold (more orange, less champagne) and much higher in shimmer content.

The base is virtually colorless (there is a yellowish tinge, but it’s hard to see it, especially once applied to lips) and then a moderate amount of sparkle and shimmer. This shade felt like it had more sparkle with less shimmer, so as the gloss wore away, I could feel a few of the sparkles. It has a thin, non-sticky consistency feels incredibly lightweight on, so it’s comfortable wear and doesn’t slide around. This shade lasted just over two hours on me, which is shorter on wear than I expected and as compared to other shades I’ve tried in the range.

I don’t expect this one to turn heads; anyone who really loves the formula or who has longed for a sheer/clear gloss with some shimmer but not all shimmer may want to consider this, but if you’re thinking about splurging on one or two shades from the range, I’d recommend one of the more unique shades in the range.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir (463) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir (463) Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir (463) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir (463) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine ($30.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a pink-mauve with gold shimmer. MAC Comfort & Joy has more shimmer, so it appears a bit lighter and more mauve. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum is darker, more plum.

The color is very similar to my natural lip color, so when applied to my lips, it brightens, emphasizes the pink tones, and adds shimmer while not altering the overall color too much. If you look at my lip freckle, you’ll notice that it’s actually rather hidden–there’s a hint of it coming through, so I’d classify this as a semi-sheer to semi-opaque gloss.  Guerlain described the pigmentation of the formula to vary from sheer to more opaque, which means it’ll depend on the shade.

The consistency is very lightweight with a gel-like texture that’s non-sticky and doesn’t slide around. La Petite Robe Noir lasted for three and a half hours, which is on the longer end for such a thin gloss, but about average for gloss (in my experience) overall. It was hydrating, though, and it’s definitely one of the more hydrating glosses I’ve tried. The gloss has a light floral scent and comes in a clear, flat tube with a doe-foot applicator.

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Benefit Icebreaker Ultra Plush Lipgloss Quick

Benefit Icebreaker Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit Icebreaker Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Icebreaker Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl oz.) is described as “clear,” and it is exactly that. There is no color or shimmer, just glossiness and shine once applied. It’s lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, non-sticky, and glides on with a gel-like consistency. It has a sweet, fruity scent with a healthy shine that lasts about an hour and a half on me.  If you’re going for a clear gloss, the one thing I like to look out for are the larger-sized tubes of them, like this one, but it ultimately depends on how and how often you’re planning to use it.  I wish Icebreaker lasted longer, though.

Chanel Daydream (174) Glossimer

Chanel Daydream Glossimer
Chanel Daydream Glossimer

Chanel Daydream Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense metallic fuchsia.” It’s a fuchsia-red with fuchsia and silver sparkle. Guerlain Cherry Swing is lighter and has gold shimmer, but they are similar applied. MAC Totally Fab is redder. Lancome Sienne Ultime is slightly redder and less shimmery/glossy.

This spring, Chanel’s refreshed the Glossimer range with a few new shades, and Daydream is one of them. The Glossimer range is intended to vary from “simply sheer … to intense” with “subtle sheen to sparkly metallic [finishes].” Beyond that, the formula is supposed to be conditioning  comfortable to wear, and long-wearing. For those who have lamented over the lack of color in Chanel’s recent limited edition Glossimer releases, you’ll appreciate the semi-opaque color coverage of Daydream. It’s richer in color and still has plenty of sparkle to dance and glimmer in the light, while the color itself isn’t too red or fuchsia, and the result is something slightly muted and balanced between the two. Daydream lasted five hours on me, which was an hour above average. It’s lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, non-sticky, and never gets gritty (and the sparkle doesn’t travel).

Daydream

NARS Paris Follies Large Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Paris Follies Large Than Life Lipgloss
NARS Paris Follies Large Than Life Lipgloss

NARS Paris Follies Large Than Life Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink flamingo.” It’s a bright, creamy coral-red. Guerlain Candy Stripe is more orange and has slight shimmer. MAC Forever Rose is pinker. Revlon Papaya is slightly pinker and has shimmer. Hourglass Nectar is very close in color. MAC Viva Glam Cyndi/a> is lighter, less pink. MAC Exxxhibitionist is lighter. Illamasqua Mistress is more orange.

The Larger Than Life formula is supposed to have “high shine” with “intense color” and be both “long-lasting” and “nourish[ing].” The color is nearly opaque, and what’s really incredible is how it doesn’t settle into lip lines at all–it really just smooths over the entire lip and makes lips look very juicy and glossy. It has a thinner consistency that wasn’t tacky, and it was comfortable to wear for the five hours it lasted on my lips. Paris Follies was moderately hydrating while I wore it.  The only thing I don’t like about NARS’ gloss here is the teeny, tiny applicator–I need five or six pulls just to get enough product to cover my lips. I find that I always end up feeling the edge of the plastic portion of the applicator scraping against my lips, because the brush is so stubby.