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Miliani Brilliant Shine Lipglosses in Bare Secret, Mai Tai, Red My Lips, Berry Tempting, Mauve Fetish
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We Search For the Best in Lip Products! Every month LipMonthly's experts travel across the country to find the best products in retail stores, so you don't have to. We will bring you the best deals on the market, in our beautifully designed packaged boxes. All that's left for you to do is try them on! We've partnered with brands all around the world. For only $10/month, you'll get a unique box with a variety of 2-3 full sized products, and 2-3 sample products.
LipMonthly reached out to me to see if I wanted to review one of their subscription boxes, and since I love accumulating lipglosses like they're never going to be made again, and LipMonthly has been in Cosmo, Self and Glamour magazines, I couldn't wait for my first box to arrive.
We’re thrilled to share that this March, Laura Mercier will launch 13 new bright and bold Lip Glacé shades. Our Lip Glacé is famous in the beauty industry (not to mention a fan favorite) for its non-sticky formula that glides on evenly while creating the appearance of fuller lips.
$25.00 for 0.159 oz
13 New Shades. 26 Shades Total. A high-shine, perfectly pigmented lip gloss with rich, long-lasting colour and brilliant shine that creates the appearance of fuller lips. Any skin tone is virtually enhanced by creating a subtle contrast in texture.
While this isn't a strictly seasonal or limited edition launch, I'm SUPER EXCITED that Laura Mercier is doubling the number of shades available for their Lip Glace! I love that these smell like vanilla, more so than previous ones I've tried. Cosmic is a clear gloss with shimmer, Garnet is a brick red in the tube, but looks different on your lips depending on how much you apply! They're both really great shades to have in your makeup stash. I was actually surprised by how much I loved Garnet--it's a really good basic shade, a nice but not too bold step up from "my lips but better." Both shades have a lovely glossy shine to them. While they are a little bit more expensive at $25 a pop, these are good quality lipglosses that hydrate a little, aren't too sticky, aren't too thin, don't smell too strong, and have nice substantial packaging. As with previous Lip Glaces, these come with a standard doe foot applicator.
Let's take a look at this month's BeautyBox5!
The foot buffer is basically am oversized nail buffer. I have zero interest in buffing my feet--when you're a runner, those callouses are there for a reason! Besides, it's the middle of winter--I've been wearing and will continue to wear boots for months :p The good news is that I will totally use to buff my fingernails. Smoothing out the ridges in my nails really makes my mani look a thousand times better! Yes, I'll use it; no, I don't think it's worth $5; no, I'm not using it the way it was intended. It's a tissue.
This lotion smells great, absorbs quickly and does a great job moisturizing. But I feel like the price is a bit high for the amount of product. If I'm paying that, I would expect fancier packaging. In any case, you can never have too many travel sized lotions for your purse or actual travel! This is definitely one BB5 item that's going to get used!
The lip stain is interesting. It does slightly stain my lips but I didn't feel that it's plumping at all. Also, the formula is thick to a fault--I love tacky glosses but this is actually hard to squeeze out of the tube. The color is alright and the length of wear is alright... it's just not worth the effort. And for $13 I feel like I could get a much better product.
The NYX Love in Rio palette looks pretty and fun in the case. But it kind of looked like a train wreck on my lids. I'm usually pretty adventurous with my eye shadow but this looked bad enough that I covered it up with other eyeshadow after taking photos. The shadows are really sheer and powdery/chalky, even with a good primer. While this does come in other color combos, I've tested some of them and was also pretty underwhelmed. Unfortunately, I don't think it's even worth the couple of bucks, and I definitely won't be using it.
This Clean & Clear moisturizer was the total dark horse of this box! I don't always use moisturizer because my skin is really oily and acne-prone, so I'm pretty picky. But after using a cleanser that made my face extremely dry and tender after one use, I was so happy that this gel moisturizer soothed my skin without turning my face into a shiny mess. It's affordable and gentle but effective. Definitely a winner!
So, out of this month's five product: 1 amazing product that will probably become repurchased, 2 good products that I'll get some use out of, and 2 items that were duds. Three outta five ain't bad.
Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?
$15.50 for full-sized (0.25 oz)
$6.50 for purse-sized (0.125 oz)
Introducing BostonMints™-- a long-lasting sheer lipgloss in 12 shades. Developed by a Boston-area make-up artist, BostonMints offers a burst of lush color loaded with moisture and shine to complete everyday looks. The secret is its vitamin C and E, aloe vera and its refreshing spearmint flavor that gives the affect of a plumper lip. BostonMints offers the perfect texture to stay on longer, yet it is not sticky or tacky. Each shade is warmly named after a special landmark or location that is close to Bostonians’ hearts like T Party and Swan Boat. BostonMints are available in Full and Purse sizes. They are perfect for gift giving.
Product description: Scarlet Letter is a reddish-orange with a bit of coral shimmer. Newberry St. is a very sheer plum. P-Town Pink is a shimmery fuschia. Go Sox! is a cool blue based sheer red. Bean Towne is a shimmery copper/taupe. All of the glosses have a nice spearmint scent.
Pigmentation: The pigmentation varies, as you can see in the swatches. Also, they can be sheered out or built up for more color.
Texture: These are nice and smooth, but not sticky. They have a nice bit of thickness/viscosity to them though.
Application: Easy to apply, with the doe foot applicator.
Length of Wear: Decent length of wear. My lips felt great and moisturized while the product was on, but as soon as it wore off, my lips felt more dry than they had prior to application. As long as you keep some product on your lips by reapplying regularly, it's not a problem.
Packaging: Simple but I appreciate that it's not bulky.
Value: You get a decent amount of product for the price. The minis are actually a better value than the full sized ones!
Love it or leave it? Love them... but wish my lips weren't so dry when the product completely wore off!
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover
$24.00 for 0.09 oz
This innovative lip pencil coats lips in stunning, glossy color with moisturizing ingredients vitamin E, hyaluronic spheres, and phytosterol esthers. Ultra rich color in a creamy formula that perfectly defines the lips while preventing lipstick from bleeding and feathering. Available in color-coordinated shades that correspond with NARS lipstick hues. Richly pigmented. Smooth application.
A few months ago, I received a deluxe sized sample of NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover as a 100 point Sephora Beauty Insider perk. Although I dislike the scent and texture of NARS lipglosses, I have been interested in trying other NARS lip products, especially when it's a freebie!
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils come in ten shades. New Lover is described as a "gold infused strawberry pink." It's a gorgeous semi-sheer color with medium pigmentation, shimmer, and a nice shine to it. It's the next step up from my lips but better--it's an easy to wear shade that isn't too subtle, but not too tween-sparkle-overly glossy either. The texture is nice and smooth, even with the sparkles. The Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil felt nice on my lips--not too heavy, not too slick, not sticky. If I were Goldilocks, I would say that it's JUUUUST RIIIIGHT. I found it to be decently moisturizing and it wore for about 3 hours on me, which is good. Unlike NARS lipglosses, there wasn't any plasticky scent or taste (thank goodness). I didn't notice any scent or flavor at all, which I liked.
I'm a huge fan of this product, and I like everything about it...except the price and packaging. While the black matte pencil looks really nice and sharpens easily, I would prefer an automatic/twist up crayon. Compared to other NARS lip products, you're getting much less product for the same price, especially since you'll lose some product during sharpening (a lipstick is 0.12 oz, a lipgloss is 0.19-0.28 oz, and a lip lacquer is 0.14 oz). While I know that those are different product types, the Velvet Gloss lip pencils could have kept the same fabulous formula, but shaped into twist up crayons (like Tarte's Lip Tints and Lip Lustres, $24 for 0.1 oz, or Clinique's Chubby Sticks, only $16.00 for 0.1 oz!!). Or, they could have packaged it in a lipstick or lip balm tube. Still, I'm really fond of this product and might actually see myself shelling out the money to replace it when my deluxe sample is gone.
I'm loving this new limited edition collection from Laura Mercier!
Laura's inspiration for 2012 draws from her background as a fine art painter and focuses on the mood and attitude of women through different art periods. For the holiday season, Laura was inspired by the decorative architecture, style and mood of the Art Deco period in Paris in the mid-1920's, most notably the beautiful paintings of the artist Tamara de Lempicka... Laura created rich makeup shades of gold, red and black to beautifully contrast each other and add sharp definition that is geometrical, powerful and beautifully ornamental.
For the holiday season, Laura was inspired by the decorative architecture, style and mood of the Art Deco period in Paris in the mid-1920’s, most notably the beautiful paintings of the artist Tamara de Lempicka.
Laura created rich makeup shades of gilded golds, glamorous reds and striking blacks to beautifully contrast each other to achieve a beautifully ornamental look. Play up eyes with Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Moonlight, as seen on Marchesa’s Fall/Winter 2012 runway; Makeup artist Talia Shobrook used this eye colour to create glamorous gold-rimmed eyes. Golds and bronzes are paired with high-shine reds and deep blacks. Eyes are sharply designed and defined – lined in black, with gilded shimmer eye colours as a beautiful golden background. Lips wear super-shiny red lacquer.