I am more of a lip stick than a lip gloss woman but when I saw two tubes of Miss Sporty XX lip gloss on sale in Poundworld for, yes you have guessed it, £1, I couldn't resist giving them a try. There was plenty of twin pack colour combinations to choose from so I bought a few with 2 of my work colleague and we swapped them around until we all had colours that suited us. I ended up with number 212 Pop Fiction - [mid pink colour in the tube], 202 Angel - [frosty peachy pink], and because no one else wanted it - an un-numbered plummy maroon. I am going to review them together to avoid repeating myself! Prices online vary hugely but the average seems to be around £3.99 per 7ml tube once p&p is taken into consideration. Amazon seem to have the widest choice of colours at the time of writing.
Miss Sporty is a range that I presume is intended for teenagers because if the age of the models they use on their website among other places. While I didn't think much of the brand when I was younger, I have found some reasonable quality products recently. This is especially good considering the fact their products are priced cheaply to suit their young buyers. The XX Volume lip gloss doesn't look too immature for want of a better word- the packaging is low key and the tube resembles a mascara one, rather than a little squeezy container. You apply it with the wand in the lid which has a comfortable sponge tip.
As you can tell from the name, the gloss is intended to add the appearance of volume to the lips. It is said to provide a plumping "3D" effect and to be non sticky. I noticed that each tube carries the message that the tube contains "menthol non sticky formula". This explains the slight menthol smell if you actually sniff the opened tube. I hate menthol scents but I can safely say it is mild enough not to bother me at all. I have tasted the gloss only once while it is on my lips and it had more of the taste of cloves which I didn't like either but as that was a one off, I can live with it. If this gloss was flavoured enough for me to taste it all the time, there would be no danger of my wanting to lick it off though.
The applicator wand head is a comfortable and practical size to use and it picks up the gloss well. When you apply it to the lips, you feel a slight cooling and tingling sensation which lasted for about 10 minutes for me. The other volumizing glosses that I have used get to work in the same way, but the Miss Sporty version is by far the most pleasant and gentle feeling. The gloss itself felt rather thick when I first got some out of the tube but it goes on well and doesn't look at all gloopy. The trouble is the colour isn't very intense - Pop Fiction looked almost sheer after a light brush over the lips but there is also a slight shimmery look to the finish. This is true of all the shades I bought but you can build the colour a little. I would still say that you should expect any that you buy based on a online swatch to appear lighter on the lips though. I did like the finish despite not being keen on shimmery gloss in general. The effect is quite subtle but I do think it suits the volumizing nature of the product as it draws your eyes - in a good way.
BIGGER IS BETTER?
I was really surprised to see that my lips did indeed look fuller almost immediately, especially the bottom one. I never could get the top lip to follow suit in the same way but they don't look odd paired together! I am not talking a "trout pout" look thank goodness, but something much more natural.The downside is the plumping effect didn't last more than a couple of hours. This wasn't too much of a problem in a way because the gloss itself wears off at around that time after application so when you apply it again, up plumps the lips. The gloss isn't transfer proof but I didn't really expect it to be as I find few glosses are. I did notice that on a couple of occasions that I ate soon after putting the gloss on, the colour was gone straight away but the plumping effect still lasted an hour or so.
As for the formula being non sticky I would agree to a certain extent. I could bring my lips together without feeling that they won't come apart again, and overall, the gloss does feel lighter than many. However, there is a slight stickiness there - my lips feel a bit like I have used a tiny amount of Vaseline on them. They feel soft at the same time, and I didn't feel that the plumping has had any negative on the condition of my lips overall.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE GLOSS?
I would as it does work but it a shame that maintaining the affect requires constant effort. I would say that if you don't want to apply your gloss every couple of hours even if you haven't ate then this isn't the product for you. Personally it reminded me why I don't wear gloss more often for that very reason, but if I was more unhappy about my lips, perhaps I would feel the effort was worth it. The plumping process is instant though, and doesn't feel unpleasant so I am going to rate this product higher than I would have done. I also would have liked the colour to be more intense but you can wear it over a lip stick and I have found that this doesn't seem to affect the plumping action. I am happy with the gloss that I have as Pop Fiction is more mature looking when on than it could have been being so pink in the tube, and Angel looks great when I have used bronzer. The un-labelled plummy colour is probably more of a winter option for me, as that is when I wear darker shades, but that is just personal taste. All of them make my lips look shiny in a reasonably subtle way despite the slight sparkle so I would actually repurchase the lot if I saw them at the same price again!