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The Body Shop Colourglide Lip Colour
Member Name: LRWade
The Body Shop Colourglide Lip Colour
Date: 12/02/10, updated on 02/09/10 (212 review reads)
Advantages: Amazing staying power. Good range of regular shades. Good to my lips.
Disadvantages: No "daring" or unique shades.
I've never been a big lipstick wearer, I am very aware of my tendency to chew and lick and bite my lips, so I've always been too worried about smudging to try them seriously. A while back I got a sample of a couple of the body shop colour glide shades (this is not a review on those) and wore them on an outing to the cinema-it's a dark room, even if I do smudge it, who's going to see? When I got out of the movie I found that my lips were in the same flawlessly colourful state they were in on entry. That (combined with much smooching enthusiasm of the girlfriend) persuaded me to jump on the lipstick wagon.
So I bought my first lipstick. It was logical to me to try the same product that had impressed me so I went to the body shop to pick a shade. The sample had been berry shimmer, an attractive shade but a bit muted for my skin tone. I decided to start with a classic shade-red-but with a modern twist. I picked shade no. 60, cherry sparkle, a pinkish red with gold shimmer shot through. Since then I've added quite a few lipstick to my collection, from various brands, but I keep coming back to this one. It's probably part nostalgia of it being my first lipstick, but it's also because in trying several brands I've noticed that higher end branded lipstick is on no way superior to this one. There are some products where quality increases proportionally to price, but lipstick isn't one of them.
This lipstick is supposed to "moisturise and smooth the appearance of lips", has a "butter like texture" and "glides effortlessly". It has "high colour pigments depending on the shade" for "intense coverage", and it "lasts for hours...leaving lips feeling soft and smooth".
WHAT I FOUND:
For once, the advertising blurb is spot on. I find this lipstick range intensely moisturising, I can wear this all day and they don't dry out or get "gunky"-you know when there's a line of stuff on the inner lip edge or the corners. The lipstick goes on the lips smoothly and leaves an intense and even coverage. The texture is indeed butter-like, though a butter that doesn't melt at room temperature...
I've been very impressed with the longevity of the lipsticks, it doesn't claim "10 hour staying power" or to survive through eating and kissing and "the collar test" but with the exception of a white shirt it lasts very well. I'll apply in the morning, then reapply at lunch time then evening. It doesn't smudge easily, it just stays in place on the lips.
I am also impressed with the pigmentation in all of the shades I have tried and bought. A word of warning though, if you try this on the back of your hand in store, some of the shades seem sheer. Don't be put off by this, when applied to the lips they have a darker base, and in my opinion it is this sheerness that makes them so uniquely moisturising, not drying and long lasting. They are still give an intense colour on the lips. This shows a unique understanding of lip colour on TBS part.
It contains various interesting ingredients, notable are lanolin oil, rose hip and jojoba, and community trade marula oil, beeswax and sesame oil. If you're not aware, community trade aims to provide well paying jobs to women in poor areas.
SHADES & PRICE:
There are a wide range of shades available, my particular favourites are cherry sparkle, dawn fizz, coral splash and magenta glow. I only wish they made a black. One feature I found particularly useful is on the website there is a shade guide for different skin tones and hair colours
I costs about £8 for 4g, which is an average lipstick amount. More than Rimmel but less than Chanel, and better than both of them.
© L Wade 2009
Summary: A unique lipstick, comparable and superior to higher end lipsticks without the pricetag.