There are tons of new beauty launches this month and I’m excited to play with all the newness starting with some new lip glosses. There are new MoistureGlow Plumping Lip Colors ($24 each) from Makeup By Mario and I ordered a handful of shades to try.
These are described as a plumping weightless liquid lip gloss with full coverage. They come with a sponge tip applicator and I love that the package color matches the actual lip gloss shade. I did some quick swatches in this video I’ll link below so you can see them in action. After playing with all the shades I have mixed thoughts.
Pros: The colors are phenomenal. I think they developed some beautiful wearable shades in a good range of tones from light and neutral to bold and bright. The pigment is really impressive for a water-infused type gloss. They are one-swipe wonders with great color payoff.
Formula has minimal plumping on my lips with a very slight cooling almost minty sensation (without the minty scent). If you can’t wear glosses with any tingle I think these will still be gentle enough to wear.
Cons: This product does not last on the lips. They seem to fade and disappear very quickly even if I don’t touch my lips to anything. After about 15 minutes the product starts fading – almost like it’s evaporated from my lips.
When applied over a lip pencil the lasting power is drastically improved – it’s actually very good when I mix the lip plumper with a lip brush over the lip pencil. It kind of blends the formulas together to adhere better to the lips.
So with a lip liner I can get a few hours of wear without it fading. Since I love all the colors I don’t mind doing this extra step, but part of me thinks they could have made this better. A lip gloss should be great as is without any extra help. Looking at the reviews so far it seems that a lot of other beauty lovers are disappointed with the lack of lasting power.
In terms of finding a similar look for less, I think the NYX Butter Gloss has a similar feel with slightly better lasting power (this gloss also needs the help of a lip liner for me).
Colors I picked out:
- Soft Nude – neutral light beige
- Barely Pink – neutral pink
- Smokey Pink – cool toned grey-mauve pink
- Cool Pink – cool pink
- Soft Blush – pale pink rose
- Baby Coral – apricot
- Miss Rose – plum rose pink
- Hot Pink – sheerish bright pink
I think all the colors are beautiful. My top three are Hot Pink, Cool Pink and Baby Coral. Based on the feedback from some of you on my video Smokey Pink seems to be the most loved although I think it looks like death on me.
Overall I really like the shades of the Makeup By Mario MoistureGlow Plumping Lip Colors. I don’t love the formula because is finicky by itself but I can make it work with a pencil. I’m also taking points off for them calling this “plumping” when it really doesn’t have much of any plumping effect (at least on me).
All that said I still like these and will wear them. The colors are really flattering and so far I can’t think of any dupes for these shades. They have just the right mix and undertone to be really flattering. Pigment is great, finish looks amazing, these are SO close to being A+ material. I just think the formula could have been a lot better with the lasting power.
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You can find these out now at Sephora. Did you try these? What did you think?
P.S. If you’ve been waiting for the Chanel Les Delices collection it just launched online at Chanel.com. I’m still waiting on one item to arrive before I post my review but wanted to let you know as I think the items will sell out quickly.