Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment (Lipgloss) Review, Photos, Swatches

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment
Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment ($18.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a clear gloss with a very, very fine shimmer. The shimmer wasn’t visible on the lips, though, and what was visible was a glossy shine (medium in shine; not ultra, ulta glossy but definitely shiny). It has the same lemon-y scent as the original balm. It’s supposed to deliver high-shine will still giving lips hydration and “preserving moisture for up to six hours.”

While Fresh’s original Sugar Lip Treatments are not my personal go-to, they were moisturizing and hydrating when I tried it (my major issue was they didn’t last very long on lips and required frequent reapplication to maintain hydration), but the claim of “up to six hours” made me curious about this one. The consistency is thin, lightly tacky, and fairly smooth initially, but it does get increasingly tacky as it wears on the lips. Reapplying over the tackiness does mean the next application isn’t as smooth on.

I was able to get about two and a half hours of wear, which is decent (particularly for a virtually clear gloss). I can’t say that my lips feel nicely hydrated even after this is gone; even after wearing it back-to-back over an entire day, if I don’t reapply within an hour or so of it fading away, my lips feel a little dry. I think the original lip balm is more effective and much more comfortable to wear, too.

The packaging/applicator could be slightly improved, as unless you have thinner lips, you’ll need three or so pulls of the gloss to get enough for coverage. Every time I pulled the wand out, there was hardly any product on the doe-foot applicator! I doubt this is going to be a deal-breaker for anyone, but it was enough that it was something that I actually noticed while using this for the past few weeks.

All in all, this just felt like a regular, somewhat hydrating lipgloss. The price tag isn’t as killer as some of the higher-end, hydrating glosses on the market, but I’d probably stick with the lip balm for your hydration needs if you’re a big fan of Fresh.

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Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment
Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment
Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment
Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment
Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment
Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I find Fresh Sugar products to be a little overhyped. For instance, I like their lip treatments, I find them to be okay, but the quality doesn’t justify the pricetag. It just seems like at the end of the day, all their products are okay in my book but not great.

The only thing I probably like about this is the packaging. But no way am I spending $18 for clear lip gloss. I agree with you they’re a little over hyped, especially for their prices.

I think I can pass on this – BUT there’s a new shade of the lip balm out (Cherry) that I need to pick up! I really need to put mine back in the fridge for summer; my Honey balm is somewhat squashed due to having gone melty on me.

I agree that the Fresh Sugar lip products melt easily in the heat. Mine were semi melted on delivery. I can’t comment on the tube of gloss, I do like the Fresh lip balms and normally wear them at home at night. I find them soothing. They are expensive so I look for specials. Some balms seem so drying. I will have to watch ingredients.

Fresh products are so overrated, especially that body scrub. Please, I can find an all natural version of this in the drug store for under $5. What a rip off!

As a natural-look kind of girl, I absolutely love the Fresh lip balm (original–have repurchased several times!) and now this lip gloss. I will often layer the gloss over my Korres Mango Butter lipstick in ‘natural pink’. I don’t buy much in the way of makeup and I take a ‘quality over quantity’ stance, so spending $22.50 is not a big deal.

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