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I was first introduced to Lancome's Color Fever Lip Gloss by xKatieeex, who recommended it to me after reading my review of Boots 17 Supreme Shine Lipstick in Pink Posey. I am very grateful to her, because after taking a look at this lip gloss, and at the colours available, I fell in love with Mauve Fiesta - which looked like a very soft mauve, my absolute favourite lip colour. I was initially reluctant to spend a whopping £20 on a lip gloss, but I've used a lot of Lancome products in the past, both make-up and skincare, and I have always been exceptionally pleased with them. As I'd been having a bit of a rotten time, my lovely husband suggested that I should treat myself, and I needed no further urging.
I had taken a look at the MakeupAlley review website (I often check there before buying cosmetics), and I saw that this lip gloss was featured, in the colour Dangerously Pink (number 321). It scored a brilliant 5 out of 5, with 90% of eleven reviewers saying they would repurchase. Having bought my own now, so would I!
I placed my order with feelunique.com, where I was able to find a code for a small discount, and I bought via TopCashBack - which helped reduce the premium price just a bit. I have to confess that I was a bit nervous about spending so much on a lip gloss. The colours of cosmetics can be difficult to reproduce accurately, and because my lips have their own naturally rosy pigment, any colour - whether it's a lipstick or a lip gloss - needs to be able to hold its own. If Mauve Fiesta hadn't suited me, I would have been really upset at the waste of money. Happily, all was well - in fact it was superb.
When the lip gloss arrived, it was presented in a small silver cardboard box, which featured the Lancome name and rose logo on the front. At the bottom of the front of the box is the description, Color Fever Gloss, and the words 'Sensual Vibrant Lipshine'. You are also given the number of the colour (in this case 308), and the information that there is 6ml of product. The back of the box repeats the colour number, as well as its name.
The packaging of this lip gloss is truly gorgeous,. It's encased in a stylish clear container, with a silver band around the top and with a silver-coloured lid. The colour of the gloss can be clearly seen through the case. It feels nice and heavy, and has the 'heft' of a premium product. The Lancome rose is also featured in silver on the front of the case. After unscrewing the silver top and pulling out the wand, you are presented with a heart-shaped application wand which is nicely covered with just the right amount of gloss. I haven't had any occasions where too much gloss has been brought out. My first experience of this type of wand was when I bought L'Oreal's Glam Shine Reflexion last year, and at first I wasn't too sure about it. I'm a convert now, perhaps because this time I'm using it with a much paler colour. The tip of the wand has a good point, which means that you can apply the gloss carefully into the corners of your lips.
The gloss itself has a high shine, feels very moisturising, has a slight but pleasant fruity fragrance, and gives an excellent coverage - which you can layer for a greater depth of colour. For myself, I find that either one or two coats is just perfect. Mauve Fiesta is a really elegant colour, a soft, dusky mauve that is my absolute Holy Grail of lip colours. Although I can definitely feel that I'm wearing lip gloss, I don't find it at all sticky - but then I don't have the long tresses that might find their way towards my lips in a high wind. The gloss doesn't cling too badly to the rim of my drinking glass, and I am really pleased with how long it stays on my lips.
I think that Mauve Fiesta is a subtle yet sophisticated colour, with a beautiful shine (and just the slightest hint of sparkly shimmer), and the packaging of this lip gloss is beautiful. It reminds me a bit of the time I bought a bottle of Yves St Laurent nail polish, which I thought looked like a little piece of artwork. I'm more than happy using budget and mid-ranges of cosmetics, but when I do splash out on a premium product, I want it to look premium too. Lancome's Color Fever Gloss most certainly does, and it's a pleasure to handle and use. I am thrilled with my treat, and with the fact that the colour suits me so well.
I've taken a look at various online and high street retailers, such as Boots, Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis, feelunique etc, as well as Lancome's own website, and there seems to be a wide range of shades available - although this varies between retailers. Checking around, I have been able to find the following colours:
021 Sparkling Light
026 Pure Gold
108 Red Hysteria
200 Beige Paradise
206 Precious Beige
208 Honey I Love You
254 Fairly Beige
306 Charming Pink (which I think is the colour shown above)
308 Mauve Fiesta
321 Dangerously Pink
328 Blushing Pink
Most shops appear to sell this product for about £20, but there are a few sellers on eBay, where prices currently start from £6.50 plus postage. Feelunique.com (as of 18th/19th February) have a few offers (free gifts) when you purchase two or more Lancome products. It's on Amazon too, but their prices are even higher.
Lancome's product page gives the following description: 'Magnify your lips with dazzling radiant shine Color Fever Gloss, an ultra-shiny and luxurious gloss that redefines the lip contours with its Plump Applicator for sensual, full curves and adjustable shine and coverage. Precise and sophisticated application and a result with personalised coverage'. This page also offers some 'Expertise & Tips' as to how best to use the heart-shaped applicator: 'Place the applicator at the centre of the upper lip and glide towards one corner of the mouth and then the other. Turn the applicator and apply to entire lower lip, until reaching the other corner of the mouth. Layer several coats of texture, as they do not bleed into each other or mix together'. This may all sound just a bit pretentious, and a bit bloomin' obvious, but I'm fairly new to this type of wand, and I found myself glad of the tips.
This product is so perfect for me that I would really like to buy myself another one straight away, just in case Lancome stop making 'my' colour. However, at £20 (or a bit less with the discount I found), that's not going to happen. Unless I win the lottery, that is, in which case I'm buying at least a dozen. It's the most perfect colour for my skin tone, and has both a good depth of colour and the subtlety I love.
I have an enormous collection of lip glosses (and quite a few lipsticks too), and I think that this lip gloss - and this particular colour - has to be one of the best I've ever owned. It's absolutely gorgeous, and it really is luxurious. I'm very attracted by some of the other colours available, especially Beige Paradise, Precious Beige and Fairly Beige (I think I'm detecting a bit of a trend here). However, I know that I've struck gold with Mauve Fiesta, so if I was going to make another purchase, I would buy the same colour again.
I think that Lancome Color Fever Gloss fully deserves five stars, and because it's so good I'm not going to deduct a star because of the price. When I'm wearing this, I'm in Lip Gloss Heaven.
Thanks again to xKatieeex for the recommendation.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)