What’s in your (makeup) bag? Vol. 2

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Face of Australia's Sheer Gloss Lip Crayon - swatches and review

Dupey, Dupey, Dupe. Something tells me Face of Australia might reconsider selling these babies as a limited edition release.  I first spotted FOA's Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons (set of three) at my local Priceline last week; I was really there to check out Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, alas, they haven't been shipped to Australia yet.  However, I had stars in my eyes when I fixed my gaze on these.  And the price isn't too shabby either.

Always on the pursuit for the next best thing while maintaining some sort of grasp on my purse strings, dupes are definitely a good thing in my book.  Imitation is considered to be the sincerest form of flattery - for lip crayons it started with Clinique's Chubby Stick, then Tarte came a'knocking with Lipsurgence lip tint and now Revlon's coming to the party too.  The four of these options are wind up, goof-proof and super easy to use - but, there's always a but, they vary in price. Chubby Sticks sell for a whopping $35 AUS / $16 USD, Tarte sells their version for $24 USD (I'm guessing they'd hover around the same price as Clinique's if they were to be sold here in Aus.) and Revlon's latest release goes for $8ish USD.

How did Face of Australia's stack up?  While I can only compare based on my personal experience and after reading plenty of other bloggers' reviews for the rest - pretty darn well.  The only thing I didn't enjoy was the sickly sweet scent of vanilla they gave off; the scent is superficial, as it faded away after a minute or so.

FOA Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons

FOA Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons

The label
Sundae, Cupcake and Macaron

Sundae, Cupcake and Macaron

Swatches
  • Sundae is a warm caramel brown, but makes me think of raisins too.  I'm getting hungry!
  • Cupcake is a light, warm-hued pink; the colour resembles that of Bazooka bubble gum.
  • Macaron reminds me of maraschino cherry juice; drats, your brother left the empty jar in the fridge again!
Wearing Cupcake

Wearing Cupcake

Wearing Macaron

Wearing Macaron

Wearing Sundae

Wearing Sundae

Face of Australia's Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons last for about two hours or so; when the sheen disappeared I was left with a wash of colour.  You don't need a mirror and they can even be applied on the go (which I've been known to do).  

Last, I can't stress this enough, apply chapstick first - my lips have resembled the Arctic Tundra as of late, not v. cute. Hey, it's "winter".

The Bagful breakdown:

Total amount for Face of Australia's Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons:

  • $14.95 AUS for the set

Value for money spent (performance and quality):

  • 9.5 out of 10 bags – I had to take off a little for the scent.  They're now a staple in my purse.

Likelihood to purchase again:

Revlon's ColorBurst Lip Butters satiate my appetite

Sugary sweet without the weight gain. At least that's what I would like to think.

Revlon shipped these lovely lollies to Aussie land last week and they are selling like hotcakes. I perused the local shops in order to add to my collection - as luck would have it, they were buy one get one free over at Priceline and Myer for that matter.  $21.95 per pop can add up pretty quickly.  Yes, they too, are pretty pricey down under.

Color Burst Lip Butters

Color Burst Lip Butters

View from the top

View from the top

Labels
Raspberry Pie close up

Raspberry Pie close up

Lollipop close up

Lollipop close up

Sweet Tart close up

Sweet Tart close up

Creme Brulee close up

Creme Brulee close up

Sugar Frosting close up

Sugar Frosting close up

Gumdrop close up

Gumdrop close up

Swatches in direct sunlight

Swatches in direct sunlight

Swatches captured indoors

Swatches captured indoors

Creme Brûlée, Sugar Frosting and Gumdrop are super-sheer colours and work well for those low-maintenance makeup mornings. They each contain the subtlest hint of shimmer and shine, which sticks around for about an hour or two. If you're looking to maintain glossiness, it's best if you carry your chosen shade in your purse for future applications. The thing I'm most looking forward to is layering these over my existing lipstick collection in order to enhance what I already own.

Raspberry Pie, Lollipop and Sweet Tart are far more pigmented and come with a bit of shimmer as well; thankfully the shimmer doesn't cast that 80's frost we all know and loathe. As I swatched these, I was amazed by how well each colour initially appeared; however, I was put off by Sweet Tart and its ability to crumble and melt upon contact. Definitely another reason why you should carry these in your purse rather than your pocket. Raspberry Pie dwindled down to a berry stain, which stuck around for four hours. Whereas Lollipop required several applications between dinner and drinks last night.

The ColorBurst line smells of vanilla, but the scent isn't as striking as MAC's lip range.  They claim to be moisturising, although, I haven't worn them alone because my lips tend to be dry no matter what time of the year it is.

Revlon is presently selling the below elements on their site:

-"Hydrating mango, shea and coconut butter formula boosts lip moisture by 156% - Pampering gel formula provides super charged hydration and glides on lips buttery smooth - Sheer to medium colour with buttery shine - Available in 20 luscious shades."

Side note: I didn't notice improved lip moisture.

Raspberry Pie 010

Raspberry Pie 010

Lollipop 075

Lollipop 075

Sweet Tart 090

Sweet Tart 090

Creme Brulee 095

Creme Brulee 095

Sugar Frosting 005

Sugar Frosting 005

Gumdrop 060

Gumdrop 060

Here are a few other observations:

  • The surface area of applicator is on the large side.  With the darker shades I lined my lips with the edge of the lipstick and then lightly patted my lips in order to build up the colour.
  • Cheaper than a tube of Dior Addict.  They go for $49 AUS.
  • Buy them on sale (preferably), now.

The Bagful breakdown:

Total amount for Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters:

  • $21.95 AUS - I paid approximately $13.00 per tube thanks to several sales.

Value for money spent (performance and quality):

  • 8 out of 10 bags - I wouldn't mind paying less for these, but it's definitely good value for money in this part of the world.

Likelihood to purchase:

  • I'm looking to add cotton candy, strawberry shortcake, berry smoothie and cherry tart to my artillery.  Any takers?

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter

Ahoy! On one of my random offshoot ventures on the way home from work I zipped by Priceline.  And wouldn't you know, they now carry the much sought after Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters.  I swooped in like a vulture targeting it's next meal.  I played, I smelled (sugary sweet vanilla) and even got a little on my hand - silly shopper smushed the lippie into the cap.

Lucky for me, I got there just before they closed and it just so happened their 20% off sale on cosmetics was wrapping up for the day.  Colour me happy!

Review and swatches to follow later this week.