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The 17 range
This lipstick is part of the 17 range of cosmetics that is exclusive to Boots stores. I generally like the brand as it produces fun and affordable cosmetics. This lipstick is £4.59, with which you will also get 16 Advantage Card points. The range is often on special offer, or comes with a free gift, so do look out for these deals if you are interested in trying any products in the range.
There are a range of shades in the Mirror Shine lipstick family, taking in all hues of pink and even purple. The shade I have is called Beehive and is described as "a sweet as candy shade with a sinfully slick finish". The range combines pigment and micro-pearls to reflect the light to create the illusion of fuller lips, as well as giving a wet-look finish.
How does it look?
Firstly, I love the packaging of this lipstick. It is a bright metallic blue and it's really pretty and eye-catching. It has a cool, shiny finish and it really stands out.
Using the product
But it's what's inside that counts, and this lipstick is a very neutral shade at first glance - a muted pinky-beige colour. You apply it as you would any lipstick, and this does go on very smoothly. It actually feels like a creamy balm as you glide it onto the lips, so it does feel quite moisturising as you apply it. It's certainly very pleasant to put on!
My opinion of the lipstick
The colour is perfect for me - I don't really wear lipstick and I prefer my balms and glosses to have a very subtle hint of colour if any at all, so this neutral shade is ideal. You can certainly tell there is colour on my lips but it's a really sheer sweep and it's nice and subtle, which I like.
The only downside I would say is that this isn't really as glossy as I had expected from the name and the description. Although it does add a bit of shine, I wouldn't say this gives a wet-look or mirror finish. As it happens I don't actually mind this as I do really like the colour and the hint of gloss this gives, but it is a bit misleading if you are expecting something that really glosses the lips a great deal.
In summary ...
Overall I really like this product and would buy it again. However I am going to deduct one star as it isn't as glossy as it makes out to be!
Despite owning a few lipglosses, I've had quite a hard time finding a good lipstick. I've tried different ones but have just found the formulations to be extremely drying and unflattering. This is despite putting on a good lipbalm before using the lipstick. When I heard about this 17 lipstick, specifically in Beehive, I thought I'd give it a try. The biggest selling point for me was the smooth, moisturising feel of the lipstick that made it a dream to apply. I figured that with it being a low-end lipstick I wouldn't be losing out on too much if it proved to be disappointing. Happily, I'm far from being disappointed and it has been one of my best beauty purchases to date!
(Boots.com - extract taken) Get ultra glam, slick colour that creates the illusion of fuller, luscious lips. Containing the perfect combination of pigment and micro pearls, it cleverly reflects the light to create the optical illusion of fuller lips and gives a super sheer, wet-look finish. 17 make-up artist, Vanesa Guallar, said: "...The formula has the same effect of juiciness that lip-gloss does, but without the stickiness, plus the high moisturation effect for your lips."
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I bought mine for £4.59 from Boots, but since 17 products are often 3 for 2, I would definitely recommend that you try these out if you're struggling to find a third item to add to your basket! There are several shades available. For Beehive, the description is "a sweet as candy shade with a sinfully slick finish". I've not tried any of the other shades.
The packaging is not very impressive but eye-catching enough for you to find it quickly in your makeup bag. All the lipsticks in this range come in a shiny metallic pale-ish blue colour with '17' repeated around the edge of the lid. Other than that there are 2 stickers on mine - one at the bottom with the line and colour and another on the side of the lipstick with the barcode and colour name. I have to say that the packaging is pretty flimsy - the grooves that are meant to keep the lid on aren't well designed and there are only a few points on my tube where the grooves actually hold the lid close i.e. you can't just slap your lid on and forget about it. This is pretty minor and expected for the price paid so it's not a very big negative at all as long as you're careful.
I don't really like trying on lipsticks in shops so, rather impulsively (!), I put this in my basket and tried it on straight after I arrived home. Beehive seems to be the overwhelming most popular shade according to various blogs and youtubers which was the reason I picked it to try. I was initially not very impressed with this lipstick - the swatch on my hand left me feeling that it was creamy, yes, but not very pigmented and wouldn't show up much on my lips. After trying it on my lips in dimmer lighting I pretty much shrugged and thought that i'd made a mistake with this one. Fortunately, a little later that day I tried it again and gave it a better look... I'm not sure why I dismissed it so quickly the first time because my lips looked moisturised but with this lovely nude shade that was clearly noticeable and flattering!!
What I like most is how smoothly this lipstick applies on. I was so impressed with the formulation that I tried taking a lipstick, which I'd really wanted to wear and like but found to be too drying, and put this 17 shade on top - it worked really well and I felt like I had found a winning formula. Like I mentioned before, the 17 lipstick isn't highly pigmented so it means that it didn't drown out the shade from my other lipstick.
The staying power is ok (without food and drink) which is to be expected. As for smell, there is something there but it's weak and not very noticeable on the lips.
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With the claims that it makes lips look fuller, they do look a little fuller but I wouldn't use it as a major selling point. I definitely do think that the lipstick is super glossy which is probably what they mean by 'wet-look finish'! The lipstick is also indeed completely non-sticky after application which I love!
I really love this lipstick! I've converted some of my friends to it and now really wish that all lipsticks had such a beautiful formulation. I will definitely look into buying more shades from this range and have been pleasantly surprised! A very cheap and cheerful product that I've been enjoying a lot recently :)
I'm always on the lookout for new products and I was attracted to this by its bright blue packaging. I purchased the colour named "Peace" in Boots one afternoon when I needed a bit of a pick me up.
As I've said the lipstick comes in bright blue packaging which is very attractive. It caught my eye and looks lovely in a make up bag or handbag.
I bought mine for a little under £5 which is a little expensive but as you get Boots points on your Advantage card you will eventually make it up again. I have used this product a lot and do think it's worth the five pounds I spent on it.
As I said, I bought the shade named "Peace" which is a sort of pinky peach colour. It really suits my skin tone. There are also a variety of different shades which could be good for changing your look or for people with different skin tones and hair colours. The lipstick is very shiny and glossy but isn't sticky like a lipgloss. Obviously as it isn't a gloss it still has a slightly matte tone and looks really classy.
I use this product a lot and would definitely buy it again. It might be a little pricey for some people but I think that it's worth the money I paid for it. 9/10
I'm much more a fan of lipstick than I am of lip gloss. Whilst I love the glossy sheen that lip glosses achieve, I hate the stickiness of glosses and the fact that they tend to disappear after about five minutes on the lips. I bought 17's mirror shine lipstick in the hope that it would give my lips a glossy shine, without the stickiness I get from gloss.
I have been using this lipstick for quite some time now (I was quite surprised to realise I hadn't already reviewed it actually!), and of all the lipsticks I own it has to be one of my favourites.
The lipstick comes in an incredibly shiny metallic blue case with the 17 logo printed in pink around the lid. It certainly stands out from the majority of the lipsticks I own in their comparatively dull grey and navy blue cases. 17 is a brand aimed at the younger end of the market and I think that shows in the packaging. It's not exactly sophisticated, I'd say it was more vibrant and funky than anything else, but it's functional and I think it will appeal to the market it's aimed at.
There are ten colours in the range, and the shade I own is called 'Nudist Peach' which I'm sure you can guess from the name is a peachy nude shade. The range of colours is quite diverse, with a selection of pinks, reds and plums.
As you twist the lipstick up in its case, I think you can tell just by looking at the product that the lipstick has a very glossy look to it, in comparison to the majority of lipsticks which look rather waxy.
On applying the lipstick I find that it glides across the lips very smoothly. It doesn't feel thick or heavy when it's on (one of my little bugbears) and it doesn't really have a taste to it either.
The look that the lipstick gives is fantastic, and by far my favourite thing about it. The colour is solid and pigmented, and the finish is like a dewy gloss. It's not the same intense shine you would expect to get from a lip gloss, however it is still shiny and gives an almost wet look finish to the lips.
The staying power of the lipstick is OK, but not great. Saying that, I've never found a lipstick yet that lasts all day. I reckon that I get around 3-4 hours wear maximum from this, which is not too bad. I do find, however, that as soon as I eat or drink something it disappears completely and needs to be re-applied.
I've had a few bad reactions recently with products that have made my lips feel like they are cracking, so I should also mention that this lipstick is not at all drying to the lips at all.
This lipstick costs £4.59 from Boots which I think is a very reasonable price, as it's such excellent quality.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, this is one of my favourite lipsticks and one that I wear fairly regularly. If you're like me and want a glossy finish, without the stickiness that inevitably comes from wearing a lip gloss, then I would thoroughly recommend giving 17's Mirror Shine lippy a try.
I've always preferred lip gloss to lip stick, just for the fact that I'm not brave enough for a full matte lip colour and I like my lips to look glossy for an everyday look.
However, when I was in Boots, the Mirror Shine Lipstick was just above the lip glosses and the packaging caught my eye straight away; a lovely metallic blue with girly pink lettering. I read the description on the shelving and had a look at a tester. The stick looked glossy and the majority of the colours looked very wearable. As there was a three for two promotion on the 17 brand, I thought why not give it a go. I chose the colour Belle, which is a very pretty rosy pink.
When I applied the lipstick later on, I found it to be very sheer on the lips and not very pigmented, although my lips did look shiny. I applied another layer and found this did the trick and you could really see the colour. I found that the Mirror Shine really moisturised my lips as well, and they even felt soft the next day after wearing it. The lipstick comes in 10 shades, and comes in a range of shades from pinks to browns so there will be a colour for everyone.
There are only 2 issues I have with the lipstick. Firstly, the colour lasted a fair few hours, but after a drink, the colour came off and it definitely needed to be reapplied again, which I don't usually find with other popular brand lipsticks. The second issue is that the stick is not as big as usual lipsticks, and as it does require a lot of reapplication, it will run out quite quickly.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this lipstick for those that prefer a more glossy lip, but want the intensity of a lip stick. The product retails at £4.59, which I believe is reasonable and cheaper than a lot of other popular brands.
I've never tried out any of the 17 range before but a couple of weeks ago Boots were doing a promotion on the 17 products which was 3 for 2 so I tried out 3 of their products which include one of their lipsticks in Beehive.
I love the case for these Moisture Shine Products as they have a blue metallic case with 17 written around the edge of the lipstick. These lipsticks are pretty small compared to usual lipsticks, if you are familar with the Barry M products then they are are same size. This lipstick is in the Moisture Shine range and just by looking at the photo you can tell it's going to be a moisture shine lipstick which is always good as you don't want your lips to be cracked.
I normally go for the pinky nudes so I thought this would be a perfect colour to try as Beehive is a pinky nude which I love. At first when I applied it to my lips I didn't really see the pigments of the lipstick so I layered it with the Barry M 101 to give it more of a pigmented colour which worked, but as soon as I used it more frequently the colour came out and gave a lovely colour!
I recommend two layers of the lipstick to give a great shine and layer to your lips! I don't find these lipsticks that bad for the price, £4.99. I normally re apply it perhaps every hour or two so compared to some lipsticks that I have tried out that isn't bad and it left my lips nice and soft!
Thanks for reading! :)
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I love Boots 17 range. The prices are so cheap, there are always special offers on and free gifts and the colours are young and funky. I have tried a lot of their lipsticks, and when I saw a display advertising this new one I just had to try it. The lipstick cost £4.49, but it was actually three for two at the time, so as long as you need more make up then it actually works out cheaper than that.
For the first time I can say I wasn't too attracted to the packaging of the lipstick. The normal ones come in matt / mildy shiney black plastic, but this is in bright completely shiney blue packaging. I guess it is to reinforce the name, mirror lipstick and remind you how shiney it is meant to make your lips.
I chose the shade flirtini, a light, bright shiney pink. Some people might think this shade is a bit tarty and WAG like, but it is a nice fun shade which suits my skin tones.
The lipstick has a lift off lid and underneath is a silver stick which you twist to get the stick out. It has a slanted edge to make it easier to apply. It is quite thick so I find the edges of my mouth a bit harder and often have to correct them, but that is probably more about my abilities than the lipstick.
I was desperate to see if the lipstick lived up to it's name, and I have to say it really did. Normally when I put lipstick on it just accentuates the dry bits of my lips (I always have dry lips) and makes them look all shrivelled up and old. This lipstick gave a glossy effect, but was not as sticky as lip gloss.
To keep the shine fresh, I had to reapply every hour, but that wasn't too much of a problem. It didn't make my lips moisturised after I used it, but it certainly didn't make them any drier anyway.
This lipstick looks good on, but not so much in the package.
Boots 17 Mirror Shine On Lipstick......
I am not a big fan of lipsticks as they always seem to turn a different colour on my lips and also add to the dryness of my already dry lips. However I do find myself buying more lipstick than ever wearing which means I have a rather large collection of nearly new lipsticks.
However this has probably been one of the first lipsticks that I have actually worn more than a few times. It hasn't turned a revolting colour on my lips and has seemed to make mu lips softer and not just cling in to all the cracks.
For the price I paid I am very pleased with the product I have. I wouldn't naturally think of Boots 17 of being a particularly good make but it seems I am wrong in this instance. The price of the lipstick on its own would be £4.49 pence but there was (and still is) a special offer on whereby if you spend £6 or over you get a free gift (with full size lip gloss, nail varnish and mini mascara inside) so I picked up a concealer from this range (which is also very good) and seemed to walk away with rather a lot of things for my money!
The lipsticks outer case does indeed look good too and has a very shiny and slightly metallic blue colouring to the tube which opens and is used as any standard lipstick would be.
I have chosen the "Nudest Peach" shade of lipstick which is more or less the colour I try to get in what ever range I buy. Even on opening up the tester in the shop I could see the high gloss of the product and knew instantly that it would be a far better bet at moisturising my lips than others I had tried in the past.
The lipstick itself is shaped well to give an easy application and literally with a sweep across top and bottom lips, you are done. The lipstick glided on without any dragging and felt very nice to use. There was no real smell to talk of only the slightest hint of the usual lipstick aroma which I always rather like.
The colour I had chosen did work very well with my skin tones and looked good against my new summer tan (real). The colour didn't alter at all which surprised me as most of the lipsticks I have tried end up turning a rather orange/peach type of colour which I am not too fond of.
The feel of the lipstick on my lips was really nice and I just kept wanting to rub my lips together to get that smooth silky feeling it was giving me.
The lipstick stayed put for a few hours but had no real staying power (not sure if I was enjoying the smoothness too much and rubbing it all off) and the general affect it had on the quality of my dry lips was very pleasing. It has a super glossy shine so not only did it give my lips colour and moisture, but also made them look all shiny and kissable (that what Himself said).
So with all that in mind, I would have to say this is probably the best lipstick that I have ever purchased. I find it really difficult to find ones that work well for me but this seems to be one of the good ones and at a brilliant price too! What more could I want!
I think a 5 out of 5 star rating and a very high recommendation for this lipstick!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
I don't know any woman who doesn't like a lipstick or gloss on her lips, but most of us have to apply a lipstick and a lip gloss over the top, or one or the other. Not anymore ladies, I have found the answer.
A Boots own brand Number 17, has come up with the answer with their new lipstick called Mirror Shine Lipstick. Boots say this lipstick is an ultra glam lipstick colour that creates the illusion of fuller and luscious lips. A moisturising lipstick with a mirror shine finish. It reflects the light to create fuller looking lips.
Mirror Shine comes in 10 shades ranging from nudes to reds so there will be a shade to suit everyone and every skin tone, shades include: Nudist Peach, Flirtini, Belle, Hollywood, Cookie, Sugar Daddy, Plum Perfection, Beehive, Purple Haze and last but not least Peach, the best thing of all it only costs £4.49 each.
The packaging is something that is very striking to the eye; the casing is a hard, very shiny plastic, which is blue with a green tinge in colour. Around the opening of the top you can see the number 17 in pink writing going all around the lid, the pink and shiny blue go very well together. The casing inside where your lipstick stands is shiny chrome.
The lid pulls off effortlessly, and closes securely with no effort required.
I had to purchase two colours from this fantastic range, Beehive, which is a lovely nude with pink undertones, if you have a lipstick from MAC called Hue it looks like that but a lot more shiny, and Nudist Peach, which looks dark brown in the casing but comes out beautifully sheer on the lips. This colour on the lips looks peach with pink/light red undertones.
If you are after a full pigmented, full coverage lipstick then you will not like these, these lipsticks are with colour but look sheer once applied, and they are also very glossy when on the lips.
When you take off the lid and have a look at your chosen lipstick colour, all ready you can see just how glossy and creamy they are and it's not even on my lips yet, you just know you're lips aren't going to be screaming for a lip balm when you have this on. As soon as I applied it, I have to say it is the smoothest lipstick I have tried in a very long time, it doesn't feel like a lipstick, it feels like a gloss with a built in lip balm with wonderful colour. It glides on so smoothly while coating your lips in colour and gloss.
Because of the sheer colour and gloss this lipstick reminds me a lot of other lipsticks called YSL Rouge Pur Shine and Shu Uemura, which will both set you back £15 plus for one, so you are getting a very good deal with 17 Mirror Shine.
These lipsticks are a very smooth formula, defiantly none drying on the lips, none sticky and lasts for an hour or so, which is fantastic to say it's not just a lipstick but a gloss as well. It will come off quicker while drinking but magically stays on while eating.
Because of the added gloss on your lips you have the added benefit of your lips looking fuller, plumper and healthier looking and of course more kissable.
The thing I also noticed there is hardly any smell with these lipsticks, which is a good thing.
They are great to wear with any kind of makeup, you can have no makeup day wit just mascara, concealer and this, or full makeup, smokey eyes for a night out and it will always look great. There are some lipsticks you can only wear with full eye makeup or a full made up face; these are not it they look great with anything you want to do that day.
I have to say I am seriously impressed with these; all my other lipsticks and glosses have taken a backseat. I can see me using them up quickly as I can't seem to put them down, I think I may need to re-stock!
A fantastic lipstick that you won't be disappointed in.