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Lancome Juicy Tube
Member Name: Tarapea
Lancome Juicy Tube
Advantages: Gorgeous shine, not too sticky, good staying power.
Disadvantages: The price!
There are many copycats out there, but despite being around for ages, Lancome's Juicy Tubes are still a firm favourite and arguably one of the best known lipglosses around.
I have tried quite a few 'flavours' of Juicy Tube over the years but my favourite is #17 Fraise and this will be the particular shade I'm reviewing here.
~~~Lets Start with The Basics~~~
Lancome is a high end cosmetics brand which has been around since the 1930s, it has been owned by Loreal for the last 48 years.
Whenever you think of Lancome, most people immediately picture Juicy Tubes. These have become one of Lancome's most well known products over the years, and are a staple in many people's make up bags.
But what is a Juicy Tube, and why does it sound a bit like an ice lolly? Basically Juicy Tubes are lipglosses, well known for their incredible shine and gorgeous aromas. Each colour/fragrance of lipgloss is named (often in French) after the fruit it's meant to smell like, and its corresponding number. Here's where we see if my GCSE in French holds up as I try to describe the flavours here, try and forgive me if they're all very wrongly translated! The most widely available varieties of Juicy Tubes are #14 Sorbet de Framboise (Raspberry Sorbet), #15 Sorbet de Cerise (Cherry Sorbet), #17 Fraise (Strawberry), #19 Lychee (Lychee, I assume!), #22 Melon, #31 Peche (Peach), #33 Pamplemousse (pretty sure this one's grapefruit, but don't bet your life on it), #94 Caramel Gospel and #95 Marshmallow Electro. There are many other shades in circulation, but these are the most commonly found ones. Some shades are completely transparent while others have a very gentle shimmering sheen to them, so there's something to suit everyone.
The standard size of Juicy Tube is 15ml but Lancome do have tiny sample sized versions that they sometimes give out with purchases. The full sized lipgloss can be bought in many different places, but I usually buy mine from Boots where it retails at £14.50. Alternatively if you'd prefer to shop from Lancome direct, their website have Juicy Tubes for sale at £15.50. Obviously this is a very high price for what is essentially just another lipgloss, but I find the quality to be well worth the cost - it far exceeds any cheaper gloss I've used and I do find one tube lasts me a good few months whereas a less expensive lipgloss would run out on me much quicker.
Juicy Tubes have come in quite a few different colour packages over the years, some in minimalist silver all the way up to slightly more outrageous colours. I still have one of the limited edition Cherie Juicy Tubes which arrived in a little pink cardboard box with lots of pink, silver and blue flowers and the minutest shiny silver stars. So there are many different colours and lots of pretty designs, but all Juicy Tubes have their standard little cardboard box with Lancome's signature rose icon emblazoned on the front. The boxes are very easy to get into, simply lift the lid and slide the tube right on out.
~~~How to Spot a Fake~~~
Perhaps this is a strange one to add to a review, but almost everyone I know (including myself) has fallen foul of the odd fake make up product, particularly when buying online. Fake Juicy Tubes are big business and while there's nothing wrong with the odd spot of fakery, copycats of branded products are rarely put through the scrupulous safety testing the real stuff faces. For this reason, here's a couple of tips I've picked up a long the way:
A genuine Juicy Tube always has a serial number stamped on the crimped edge of the tube, even the tiny sample ones. If this is missing, you've found yourself with a fake!
Another sure sign is the tube itself - Lancome package Juicy Tubes in a very hard shell, the plastic is very firm and puts up quite a bit of resistance when touched. Give yours a squish and if it bends to your every whim (like all good men ;)) then this too could be a fake.
Real Juicy Tubes have a number as well as the name of the shade printed on the tube. Fakes usually only have a number, and more often than not only on a sticker rather than printed on to the plastic itself.
Finally, if your tube looks like Lancome have been a bit stingy with the contents, you have in your hands the genuine article. Fake tubes tend to be full up with product, whereas the real deal always has quite a big empty area inside.
~~~My Favourite Shade~~~
I've tried quite a few shades of Juicy Tube, but the flavour I keep coming back to is #17 Fraise.
This flavour is very true to its strawberry name. The colour in the bottle is a very strong and fresh red, closer in shade to strawberry jam rather than an actual strawberry I'd say, but still pretty close.
When you squeeze the lipgloss out onto the applicator you can see the colour is still very rich, and you instantly get the heady aroma of strawberry. It doesn't even smell particularly artificial, you can tell straight away what it's supposed to smell like and it's a much nicer scent than I've ever experienced with other lipglosses.
This particular flavour doesn't have the shimmering qualities that some of the others do, it's a simple sheer red. When you see how strong the colour is on the applicator, it can be a bit of a worry because that would be much too bright for a lipgloss I think, and the first time I used it I was concerned it may look a bit tacky. I had sudden flashbacks to being 13 with lurid red lipgloss and orange hair mascara everywhere. However, once you've applied the gloss it's nowhere near as rich in colour, strangely! It gives the slightest hint of strawberry colour and a whole lot of shine, rather than a fierce block of colour. I find it a really flattering colour, my skin tone is very pale but olivey and I think it's a perfect match for me. But at the same time, I cant really see that it'd not suit anyone, this is quite a gentle and classy colour all round in my opinion.
~~~Application and Staying Power~~~
Juicy Tubes are really easy to apply. The lids are simple twist off caps and they have those built in plastic applicators where you squeeze the gloss out on to it to apply.
Personally, my experiences in the past with these type of applicators has been quite poor. I find that the lipglosses inside tend to be very gloopy in order to hold themselves onto the applicator, and when you apply it tends to all go on in a thick wedge which you then have to smear across helplessly with your finger. I'd always prefer the old standard sponge tipped wand style of lipgloss before finding the Juicy Tubes, and I'll admit I had plenty of reservations about using them due to their applicator. However, I was greatly surprised! The hard outer shell of the tube made it very easy to squeeze just a tiny bit to get the perfect amount of gloss out, rather than the usual haphazard squidge and resulting gloop everywhere. The texture of the gloss was indeed very thick in appearance, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. I'm glad I did because it was much easier to put on than I'd imagined; you can even squeeze gently while applying to get more out so it's not a case of chasing one big lump of gloss around your lips with the applicator like a dung-beetle with a poo ball. In fact, it gives great overall coverage in seconds, and I've always been very pleased with it.
Once on, you can tell the gloss is a thick one, as I said. But in a good way! You can definitely feel it on your lips, but unlike with some of the thinner glosses it doesn't feel like my lips are soaking wet and about to drip at any moment (always a pleasant experience). Neither does it feel particularly sticky. Okay, if your press your lips together there's a little element of stickiness, it's lipgloss after all. But it's tiny in comparison to other lipglosses I've found and I never notice it throughout the day. Of course, as with all lipglosses if you have long hair a swift breeze can encourage strands of hair onto your lips and result in sticky hair. But with Juicy Tubes, I find this problem to be a lot less, and when it does happen I don't have to prize my hair off my lips either.
I love the subtle colour Juicy Tubes give, but it's nothing to the intense shine. It feels quite matte on your lips but it's lovely and glossy to look at, without being too much. You're not going to be having people check their reflections in your top lip or anything like that, I think it's the perfect amount of shine to look classy.
As for staying power, I find them to be very good. Lipglosses are never going to stay on as long as a lipstick but in my experience Juicy Tubes will last you a good few hours before you need to reapply which for me is great.
Juicy Tubes are gorgeous lipglosses, offering a little colour and an immense amount of shine without being overly sticky. They're easy to apply, last a good while and a little will go a long way. However you cant get away from the fact these are very expensive, so it depends how much you like them as to whether you think they're worth it. Personally I do :)
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A brilliant lip gloss which gives you a lot of quality for your money, but is undeniably expensive.