I am a Glossaholic...need proof? Look above - that's one drawer full of lip glosses. This isn't included the numerous glosses strewn throughout the 3-5 randomly placed purses in my house, car and office. Yes, I am a Glossaholic and I know it.
Saying that, it was only appropriate that I picked up two of the Hard Candy Glossaholic Sequin Saturated Shine Lip Glosses at Walmart about a week ago. From the Hard Candy website:
"SUPER HUGE MEGA WATT LIPS One dip covers your lips! Ginormous applicator with gloss cup deposits gloss to your whole mouth in one swipe! These super lustrous lip glosses are infused with prisms of color that make lips appear fuller and plumper. Out of this world hyper-reflective prisms of pearl make lips sparkle like crazy! Feeling tired or wired? Two Glossaholic sparkling clear top coats are infused with mood altering elixirs to help you Chill Out or Rise & Shine! – You can wear alone or as a top coat. "
(this is with the flash - see all the foilies in it?)
These are called Sequin Saturated because of the foiled effect of the gloss. I love this type of glitter in my nail polishes (think Sally Hansen "Hidden Treasure"), and thought it might be a neat effect in a lipgloss as well. The pictures of the applicators below give you a good idea as to the amount of the foil in the actual product - sometimes looking at the full tube (above) can be a bit intimidating. Don't let it fool you - these are very, very wearable.
Swatches on the skin and lips below. The swatches on the skin are pretty generous, so you get more of a feel for the color against skintone. On the lips it is one swipe. You'll notice on the lips you don't get a lot of color. Obviously, adding a little more will give you somewhat of a *pop* of color in the Fireball, but it's not over-the-top. I was actually surprised to find that it was as sheer as it was. To be honest, this would look nice on top of a lipstick - not only is the gloss very shiny, but I think the foils would stand out better against more of an opaque background of a lipstick, versus my actual lips.
Now, onto the little surprise. If you remember above, the description online mentioned a "Ginormous applicator". Yes, ginormous is a word, but we'll address that at another time. The applicator...is...HUGE. Look at it below compared to a "normal" sized doe-foot applicator! Isn't that unbelievable? This is why I was apply to apply just one coat above. At first, this was very intimidating to me, but really it just takes a bit of getting used to. On a side note, for those of you Avon lovers out there, the new Avon SuperSHOCK Liquid Lipshines have the same, enormous, applicator. I need to post about the colors I picked up, but that's for a later date.
Well, what do you think? Are you going to pick up these lip glosses? Retail price is $5 a piece, so really not bad considering the size and amount of product. Of course, you do have to deal with the dreaded Walmart, but sometimes you just have to, right?