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This is a review of a lipgloss I received in a beauty box recently from the brand anatomicals in the flavour strawberry milkshake. I am a fan of lip gloss but have found I am using it less and less as I prefer a lip balm in the winter to try and condition dry lips.
The anatomicals packaging goes out of its way to be funny with 'what a complete and utter glosser' and I never fake strawberry milkshake fruity lip gloss tube. It promises to add shimmer, shine and sex appeal to your lips. Inside the box is a pink clear tube with screw top lid and a dome shaped applicator that you squeeze the product through.
A little squeeze is all you need to get this product going. The strawberry scent is overwhelming yet it has no taste to it whatsoever. The gloss itself is rather thick and goes on to the lips in a very shiny manner. I find it doesn't last long before I need to reapply this gloss.
I don't find this very conditioning for lips and find it better as a top coat for lipstick if you want to give it a glossy finish. The downside to this is that the tube gets messy quite easily and has to be cleaned up regularly. My tube will last me ages at this rate as I don't wear lipstick very often! As I am in my 30s now I do question whether I should be wearing strawberry milkshake flavoured lipgloss or is this more suited to teenagers and little girls? The wording on the packaging is a little bit racy for a younger audience.
A 10ml tube of this strawberry milkshake lip gloss costs just £2.29 on Amazon with free P&P (how do they do that?!). I have also seen the brand in the past being sold in supermarkets so it might still be available that way. I note a four pack of different flavoured lip glosses from this range are priced £10 and reduced to £5 on ASOS (but currently out of stock) so this is in no way an expensive item!
For the price I think this is a reasonable fun product and I can't knock it too much as it is a lip gloss and not something which pretends to nourish lips which is what I need most at the moment. I think it makes a funny present, a great secret Santa item and is a nice little stocking filler. I won't be repurchasing a tube but will make use of the one I have until it runs out.
Anatomicals products make for perfect gifts due to their quirky packaging, affordable price tags and out of this world names. I guess that is why my mum chose to get me this fruity lip gloss tube as part of my 'moving back to uni' present. Prior to receiving the gift I had never heard of anatomicals before and believe it to be a relatively new brand of products but since receiving the lipgloss I'll be on the look out for more!
My lipgloss came in a bright pink box with 'anatomicals', 'what a complete and utter glosser', 'I never fake strawberry milkshake' and 'fruity lip gloss tube' in different colours printed on it. The fun names and girly packaging really caught my attention and I instantly felt positive towards the product. Inside was my 100ml lip gloss tube. Again this was pink with a transparent screw top lid and has the same text written on the tube. Again it is very girly and eyecatching.
On top of the lipgloss is a small hole where the lipgloss comes out of which stops you from applying too much and making a sticky mess. The lipgloss is shiny and pink but the colour is subtle but the shine is not. The smell of strawberry was quite prominent which I liked and the smell lingered whilst I was wearing it. On the lips it is very, very shiny and there is not a lot of colour to it.
I do like wearing it purely because of the smell but it does wear off very easily because it is so wet and shiny so you do need to keep it topped up! This is the only negative aspect to the product itself. If you are interested Anatomicals products are not tested on animals.
I didn't buy this lipgloss so I don't know how much was paid for the product but I've just searched for the product and it retails for anything between £2-£4 which is pretty decent but I wouldn't pay for it for myself as im not the biggest fan of the high shine!
I had never heard of this brand until last week, while shopping in Morrisons, I noticed a half price promotion. Always one for a bargain, a closer inspection revealed a small range of unique and quirky looking bath and body care products. From the range, which included hand and foot cream, shower gels, herbal bath remedies and shampoo, I chose a lip gloss and eye cream.
Usually retailing at £3, I got them for £1.50 each. I am reviewing The Fruity Lip gloss today, the strawberry milkshake variety to be exact.
~ The Packaging ~
Ok, packaging is usually just that, and not really worth reviewing. However it was the packaging which really drew me and convinced me to give it a go.
All Anatomicals products are packaged in bright colours with humorous names and quotes adorning it. I must say some are funnier than others, some are just outright bizarre! They do have a very unique and designer look to them, although most seem to retail at between £3 and £5, which doesn't seem bad to me.
The Strawberry Fruity Lip Gloss Tube comes in a hot pink cardboard box, and across the front states:
"What a complete and utter glosser
I never fake strawberry milkshake"
(See where I nicked my review title from, sadly I couldn't come up with anything half as funny or clever.)
on the back of the box the quote goes:
" Add shimmer, shine and sex appeal to your lips with this tube. Any man who isn't then begging to kiss them is a....well, replace the GL (which in your case also stands for good looking) of glosser with a T and we think you know what he is."
Well, it appealed to my simple sense of humour and made me giggle!
There's not a great deal of other information on the box, excepting the ingredients (which look reassuringly small and uncomplicated and contains natural sweet almond oil, strawberry and vitamin E), a symbol advising the product has a shelf life of 24 months, a website address and an offer to join Anatomicals on facebook and Myspace. This is clearly a brand targeting a younger market, probably late teens-twenty some things.
~ The Lip Gloss ~
Well, indeed, what a glosser!
The 10 ml lip gloss tube is translucent pink with a clear liquid inside. Most of the quotes and information found on the box are also replicated on the tube.
I could smell the strawberries before even removing the twist cap, it's delicious smelling.
When the cap is removed, I was confronted by a plastic lip stick shaped nossel, with a small hole in it. Applying the gloss was easy, just a little squeeze from the tube and apply direct to your lips as you would with lip stick.
As soon as I began applying this I knew it was quality. It felt instantly luxurious an my lips. It feels like thick satin, and has none of that horrible tackiness found with lots of lip gloss.
Like I mentioned earlier the lip gloss smell is gorgeous strawberries, but it doesn't taste of strawberries. In fact it just doesn't taste of anything.
Going to a mirror to check out it's affect I was very impressed. This doesn't give your lips that high sheen gloss or greasy looking effect, but rather gives it a subtle shimmer...something I much appreciated.
The lip gloss lasts really well too. I have applied it before eating, drinking and smoking, and a couple of hours later, my lips still feel incredibly moisturised.
I absolutely love this lip gloss and use it a few times a day. However it's quite thick and a little goes a long way, so even after 7 days the tube is 75% full. At £1.50 it was a bargain, even at full price of £3 it's still a great buy.
~ www.Anatomicals.net ~
Anatomicals products can be bought at supermarkets, Boots and from the online store at the above website.
Stockists of Anatomicals are listed on the website, so I would recommend checking this out, as the postage costs from the site are a not very cheap £4.50, the only discount being if you spend over £60.
The site is definitely worth checking out. It's fun, has great music and is very tongue in cheek. Anatomicals is definitely aimed at the 'Party/ Festival' generation.
I couldn't find any information about animal testing either on the product, or on the website, in fact there is no serious information to be found on anything!
I emailed the contact address to ask about testing and got this response within 2 hours:
"Our products aren't tested on animals. My family pet dog wouldn't be happy if they were. We don't put it because we kind of assume that people know that most toiletries products aren't tested on animals these days. Our apologies for this."
While happy to have it confirmed quickly, I'm not sure any of us should 'assume' anything, as the dangers of doing so are obvious.
I also appreciate that Anatomicals are attempting to be funny and unique. However, a little seriousness would be nice. For that reason I probably wouldn't order on-line.
~ Conclusion ~
I really do rate this lip gloss very highly. I like the quirky marketing (although wonder at the necessity of the outer cardboard packaging, it's not really environmentally concious is it? that lack of seriousness niggle creeps back in again.)
The performance of the gloss suits me to a tee, it looks and feels like a designer product without the price tag to match.
Some people will possibly find Anatomicals packaging less amusing than me, and there is a chance some fragile sorts may even be offended. I think this (and some other products) would make a great gift though to any party girl out there.
I give this 4 stars. It is almost perfect, and if I could give it .5 more I would. Because of the lack of seriousness on important issues I can't quite stretch to 5.