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Smashbox Cosmetics is a cosmetics and facial skin care company which has a pretty impressive background. The creators of the brand are the great grandsons of make up expert Max Factor so they were always going to be successful! They strive to produce products that stand out from the crowd, using natural ingredients wherever possible and ensure that their creations are always of a high quality. After buying and loving O-PLUMP, I wanted to try 0-GLOSS and so when I saw it on offer, I snapped it up quickly.
What does the product do?
0-GLOSS is a lip gloss with a difference. Despite the gloss going on clear, the formula then reacts with your skin to produce your very own personal shade of pink. It also promises to nourish your lips, keep them looking younger for longer and to coat them with a gorgeous shine.
How does it work?
Many of the ingredients are very similar to that of 0-PLUMP. It contains Ginkgo Biloba which increases the blood circulation in the lips and this results in the appearance of that lovely colour. The substance also encourages the cells in the lips to produce more collagen which leaves them plumped up and fuller. Marine Botanicals also help to stimulate the production of collagen, smoothing out the skin on the lips and banishing the fine lines.
Also included is the super fruit called Goji Berries which are antioxidants and so remove free radicals from the lips meaning that the skin won't age prematurely. It is also packed full of vitamins and minerals and so nourish the lips deeply leaving them in a better condition. Pomegranate Seed Oil is included for the same reason. Safflower Oil is present in order to hydrate the lips in order to prevent them from becoming dry while Avocado coats the lips with a gorgeous natural gloss. Peppermint Oil is included to soothe and cool the lips.
How do you use the product?
The gloss is to be used in the same way any other product of its type. You simply smooth the edge of the tube across your lips and gently squeeze it in order to dispense the gloss onto your lips. The product can be worn alone or over the top of a lip stick and it can be reapplied as often as necessary. I personally wear it alone because if you use it over the top of another product, it can't react with your lips as well and you don't get the lovely pinkness.
Packaging and Price
This lip gloss comes contained within an icy pink tube which has shades of different pink throughout. The lid is a frosty pink colour and the packaging is really eye catching and feminine. As with all good lip products, the edge of the plastic tube is moulded and this allows you to use the product with precision easily so you don't need to worry about getting in a sticky mess. The hole in the tip of the tube is small so you can easily control how much of the product you are using. The tube is little which makes it easy to carry around with you for reapplication.
You will need to spend around £20 of your money in order to purchase this product and for that money you will receive 10ml of the lip gloss. The product can be bought from many large department stores including Boots and it can also be bought from a variety of online website so if you shop around, you may find it for a bit cheaper.
Even before I purchased O-GLOSS, I knew it would be a very similar product to O-PLUMP which I already own. However, there are some situations where I don't want plumped up lips and I didn't want the discomfort that the other product gave me first thing in the morning before I went to work. I really liked the pinkness that the product gave my lips and the glossy sheen that it left me with so I decided that I needed this product too.
The packaging of the product is cute and it is easy to use the gloss on the lips precisely, without getting in a mess. The consistency of the gloss is thick and you can feel it moisturising your lips really well. It has a fairly greasy texture but this is universal with products of this type so you just need to grin and bare it. That said, it doesn't come with the stickiness of the average lip gloss. The Peppermint Oil gives this product a minty aroma that is refreshing and pleasant.
The product gives the lips a really pretty shine and even though the gloss is completely clear on application, the pinkness comes through almost immediately. I've tried this product on my friends as well and their lips do go a different shade of pink so the colour really is universal to you. The colour is long lasting and if you don't like the glossiness of the product, you can wipe it away after half an hour and the pinkness stays. The natural ingredients within the product are highly moisturising and even after use my lips still feel soft and smooth and there is no dry or flaky skin left on my lips.
All in all, this is a lovely product that coats your lips with a lovely glossy finish and turns them a gorgeous shade of pink. The natural ingredients condition and nourish your lips so they look healthier, even after the product is removed. It does come with a steep price tag and so perhaps I didn't really need both the plumping product and this one so it would be wiser to decide if you prefer plumped up lips or the normal glossy look. The product is long lasting and I don't regret the purchase at all.
I asked for this product last Christmas and I was not disappointed. I tend to only use one gloss at a time, therefore I end up feeling bored and discarding a half used tube of the product but this is different.
Just like the other products in the O-Range, the product claims
"This innovative formula goes on clear and then reacts with your personal skin chemistry to instantly transform into your own custom shade of pink"
I cannot vouch for the claim that you get your own "custom shade" because I am the only person I know who uses the product but I do love the shade that I get. It is that lovely area between the natural colour of your lips and an awful barbie shade.
It also claims to be filled full of vitamins:
"O-GLOSS is packed with our exclusive microcirculating Goji Berry-C ComplexTM and ginkgo biloba, pomegranate seed antioxidants, revitalizing marine botanicals and moisturizing avocado oil for lustrous shine. "
While I cannot say whether it is all of these fruit extracts that do it, but the lip gloss is quite moisturising. Not a replacement for your trusty lipbalm, but the product does not dry your lips like many lipglosses and lipsticks (I am prone to dry skin, so this is a huge plus point for me).
The texture of this product is perfect in my opinion, it is sleek enough to make your lips feel smooth when you rub them together, but not too much so that you feel greasy. It also gradually wears off as opposed to drying on like many pigmented lipglosses that I have tried, which results in clumps of colour (the dalmatian lip as I like to call it) but it does have pretty good staying power. I refresh every couple of hours.
This product retails for around £17 to £20 so it is quite pricey for a gloss, so while I do really like this product I think I will keep it on my birthday and Christmas list rather than indulging in it myself. However, if you are interested in the other O-Products then QVC tends to offer good deals if you buy this with the O-Plump and O-Glow, so feel free to check out my reviews on those products.
Get a shiny pink pout all your own! The first intuitive lip gloss, this innovative formula goes on clear and then reacts with your personal skin chemistry to instantly transform into your own custom shade of pink / How it works:O-Gloss is packed with our exclusive microcirculating Goji Berry-C ComplexTM and ginkgo biloba, pomegranate seed antioxidants, revitalizing marine botanicals and moisturizing avocado oil for lustrous shine / How to use:Generously apply to bare lips for a gorgeously glossy pink pout all your own! For bolder color, line and fill in lips with Doubletake Lip Color, then apply O-Gloss / Winner of Allure Magazine Reader's Choice Award for Most InnovativeProduct, and two-time Best of Sephora Award Nominee for Best Lip Glossand Best Beauty Innovation / Also try our best-selling, award-winningO-Glow that turns cheeks the shade you blush naturally!