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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nude Review- Lip Gloss Edition

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The other day, while looking for a particular lip gloss, I couldn't help but notice a trend among my collection : nude. In one quick look I found five nude-y pink glosses and that isn't even including the multitudes that are hidden around the house or in my bags/purses. Don't you love when you pull out a bag and find a favourite gloss you thought was long gone? Anyway, I thought I could do a bit of a comparison of a few of my faves (starting from the left) and one dud.

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Hard Candy Sweet Spot in Flower Child
I got my first tube of this gloss from a close friend, and was super into it. It quickly became my go to gloss for wear on its own or for on top of lipstick. This gloss is a semi sheer nude with minimal shimmer. It is slightly sticky but nothing terrible or uncomfortable. I bought a second tube of this from the Sephora clearance section, and it seems like it is no longer available (bummer!) but I have heard that Hard Candy is coming to Wal-Mart in Canada soon, so I will be sure to try whatever line replaced this one.

Cake Beauty Winter Wonderlips in Gingerbread
First off this lip gloss smells delish! It smells just like freshly baked gingerbread. Mmmm. Anyway, this is a recent addition to my collection and I quite like it. It is a tad more shimmery than I would have liked, but it isn't so shimmery that I wouldn't wear it. The colour in the tube looks very brown, but once you get it on, it is a nice neutral nude (hey look an alliteration!) The gloss is a bit thick too, but that does add to it's staying power so I guess I can deal.

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect #127
I will say this this is the most expensive lip gloss I have ever bought (at $35) but I have been really happy with it. I was drawn to this colour in particular because it is a creme with not even a hint of shimmer. The colour is a perfect nude with a slight pink undertone. My only wish is that it could have been a bit more opaque. Most nude glosses I have tried run rather sheer, but I was hoping this one would have more coverage. It does show nude when worn alone on lips, but it is even better as a compliment to a nude or neutral lipstick.

DuWop Venom Gloss in Buttercup
The version of this product that I have is a mini, and unfortunately they did not print the name of the colour on the tube. When I compared it to the Sephora listing, the colour looks like it is Buttercup. I really love the clour of this gloss when it is in the tube and when you first put it on, but as soon as the "venom" activates you loose the nude tones because the natural red in your lips darkens. Once the plumping takes effect you completely loose the colour of the gloss. Also, I found the plumping properties to be way too aggressive. It was really painful to wear, and I have a relatively high pain threshold. Overall a bit too "ouchie!" and not enough plumping for it to be worth it.

Avon Smooth Minerals in Natural Glow
Like the Dior gloss, I was drawn to this colour because it was shimmer free. I like a shimmer-less gloss, can you tell? I while I went with natural glow, which has a pink undertone, they also have nude glaze which is a more true nude. This product is a new addition to Avon's smooth minerals line, and having tried the lipsticks I figured I might as well try the gloss too. I am sooo happy I did. This gloss is almost a complete dupe of the Dior gloss. The colour looks a bit darker in my swatch, but on the lip it is pretty much the same. I actually like the wearability of the Avon gloss better, as it doens't get gunky on your lips as you wear it, while the Dior gloss has a tendancy to get gluely over the course of a few hours. For $5 I am very pleased with this and it has quickly become my favourite gloss. I am thinking of picking up rose garnet and pink quartz as they too have no shimmer.

What's your fave nude gloss? I am now on the look out to find the perfect nude lipstick. Every time I go searching for one they seem to be too brown for my paler skin tone, I did pickup a pinky-nude Rimmel lipstick though... Any suggestions?


  1. Good review!:D

    I like C-Thru by MAC.:D
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  2. I shall try the AVON lipglosses!

  3. @Marie
    Thanks! oh good suggestion, I have heard a lot about c-thru.

    You should, I just ordered two more different colours!

    Thnaks! That is a great article. I may have to try my hands at that :D

  4. Woah, I'd love to try out the Cake Beauty and Avon glosses. They look wonderful! <33

  5. I LOVE lip gloss and I always gravitate towards nude colors. So I must say this was a fabulous review. Thanks!!

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