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If you have read my other reviews, by now you will know how much I like and the use this brand's products. I first saw this a few years ago and wanted to try it, then I found a kit on QVC that was at a 'try me' price, so I ordered it.
When it came through I was very impressed at how big the tube was. Don't get me wrong it's not too big to carry around but it a generous 14.2g, most glosses I have tried are a lot smaller than this.
The packaging is very plain but, Philosophy do that with their all their products. I like it when companies do that because it makes me think that they are putting more more and effort into the product than the packagaing. The tube is just a plain clear tube, very basic, but it does tell you about the product.
The most striking thing about this lipgloss has to be the fragrance. It just smells exactley like a raspberry sorbet would. It is very sweet and when I put it on, I wanted to eat it. I can;t believe how good the smell was. I wouldn't want to wear it in the summer though, with wasps around!
This product looks like it is going to have a lot of colour to it when it's in the tube, but when it was on my lips I found that it only gave a slight hint of a colour. It's quite a natural colour and just makes your lips look a bit pinker. It's a great look for the day, but I prefer a gloss with more colour for nights out.
My gloss had lasted for ages and is still going strong now. I since tried other varieties in the brand such as spiced pear, mimosa and cinnamon buns. They all have good fragrances that smell exactley as they are described.
My only negative comment about this product is that I did find it was a bit sticky if I put a little too much on. Other than that, a great little product that's different to the other products out there.
Philosophy is a brand I have wanted to try for ages, and I especially wanted to test out their Hope in a Jar moisturiser. The main thing stopping me was the price, Philosophy products are not particularly cheap and the moisturiser is particularly expensive at £35. I was then watching QVC one night when I couldn't sleep and they were selling a pack of products for around £25 which contained a half size of the moisturiser plus four other products, so I ordered one straight away.
One of the products included was the Raspberry Sorbet Lip Shine. Although described on the Philosophy website as a lip balm, I suspected it would be more like a flavoured gloss, and as I'm not a huge fan of lip gloss I wasn't sure if I would keep this or give it away at first, but in the end I decided to try it out.
The full name of the product is actually 'very emollient lip shine' and states that it will smooth and soften the lips. As you can probably guess from the name, the lip shine is Raspberry flavoured. Philosophy say 'You need this product if you are looking for a calorie-free way to satisfy your sweet tooth.' Uhm....are they suggesting we eat it?!
The lip shine comes in a clear tube with a black screw top lid. It has the name of the product written in big letters along one side. Each Philosophy product has a little philosophy printed on the packaging, and the philosophy of this product is 'Great taste is acquired, not bought.' On taking the lid off, you will see that there is a slanted tip which has a small hole in it through which the gloss comes out when you squeeze the sides of the tube.
The instructions on the tube state that you should 'melt this into lips twice daily'. Applying this is easy, and although the gloss is quite thick it glides onto the lips smoothly. I have found that less is more with this product, the first time I put it on, I overdid it and the thick layer of gloss felt very strange on my lips and looked a bit over the top too! Since this, I just apply the tiniest dot and use the tip of the tube to spread it easily across my lips, and this looks a lot better, so my advice would be to apply sparingly.
The product does have a slight raspberry smell, but has sugary taste to it, which is nice, but as for satisfying my sweet tooth? Let's just say it's no substitute for a bar of chocolate or slice of cake!
When I first saw this gloss I was a bit dubious about the colour. It is quite a dark pink and is a lot darker than most shades I would consider. It also contains very small particles of irridescent glitter, so I was a little bit worried about what the overall effect would be. I was pleasantly surprised, that once on the lips this actually looks quite natural. It does give a hint of colour, but it's not dark or overly pink, it just seems to enhance my natural lip colour and makes my lips incredibly shiny. As for the glitter, it was very subtle - in natural light I can barely see it, however in artificial I can see it if I look close, but it just makes the lips look shiny, they're in no way over the top.
It feels smooth on the lips too, not sticky at all, which is a plus point as I hate the sticky feeling you get with some of these type of products.
One of my favourite things about this product is its staying power. One of the reasons I'm not usually a fan of these sorts of products, is that they come off so easily. With this I am amazed every time I use it! I'll admit it does disappear as soon as you eat something, but I've found that when drinking it doesn't come off at all - none of it even transfers to the glass! I would say that it lasts a good few hours before requiring re-application - that is if you haven't licked it off by then!
Now I mentioned at the beginning of the review that Philosophy products are not too cheap, and this is no exception at £10 for a 14.2g tube. I would never normally pay that for this type of product, but it is one of the best I've used, so may consider buying it again. You can purchase it from www.hqhair.com
If raspberry's not for you, they sell this in a variety of flavours, including mimosa, frozen lemon custard (sounds interesting!), melon daiquiri, vanilla birthday cake and powdered sugar cookie. If I do buy this again, I think I may go for one of those.
So, overall, considering I didn't think I'd like this, I've actually been left very impressed. Like I said, Philosophy describe it as a lip balm, but I would say it's closer to a gloss. It's got a nice sugary taste, looks great and has brilliant staying power. The only downside is its high price, but I will definitely consider buying another tube once this one's run out!
Curb your appetite with philosophy's raspberry sorbet lip shine / inspired by our luscious and delicious raspberry sorbet 3-in-1 shower gel, this high gloss lip shine formula smoothes and softens lips while indulging your senses with the scent and flavor of raspberry sorbet /