Oh good goddess

Sorry it’s been a month since my last review, but today I bring you a review of Almay’s holographic lip gloss called “Goddess Gloss.” It comes in 8 colors.

Until Almay recently released 4 new colors that I think are Ulta exclusives because I don’t see those colors on the Almay website. I’m reviewing the color “Ethereal.”

Almay, Ethereal 02

Glossing just the bottom lip for comparison.

It’s a dark blue color and it was $9.99 for a 0.10 oz bottle.

The thing I have found with very dark colored holographic lip glosses is that the dark color can make it hard to see the color-shift and this is no exception. It looks more shimmery than color-shifty but I still really like the color. I’m a bit of a Goth so dark colors are my jam.

However, when it’s layered over a dark lipstick color, than you even lose the shimmeryness.

Almay, Ethereal 01

Now it just looks like I’m just wearing a shiny lipstick.

I think this lip gloss works best alone. Though Almay’s marketing photos also say you can wear two colors together so maybe I’ll try that. Almay’s photos look really cool but who knows how much Photoshooping that took.

The bottle is very standard looking but I do like the holographic cap!

Almay, Ethereal bottle 01

This is also using my new lightbox!

The applicator is a doe-foot style. I didn’t really like this style of applicator at first because I felt like, since a lot of these holo lip glosses are meant to be worn as a topcoat, that a non-brush style applicator would smudge and blend the lipstick and gloss too much to get the color shift effect. However, I have found that isn’t the case and I’ve been pleasantly surprised!

Almay, Ethereal bottle 02

I also thought I’d try something a little different and reserved the order that I usually organize my photos. I’m just experimenting!

Just like I am with my new toys! I got a selfie light (not used in this review, but probably future ones) and a small light box! I have no aspirations to be a professional photographer, but I did want my photos to look better.

…but you want to know about the lip gloss. So final verdict, I think it’s best worn alone, but I’ll experiment with wearing two colors at once.

Viscosity: A nice formula. Doesn’t feel sticky or oily. (I feel like with this metric, I have the least criticisms because I have yet to experience a formula that was a complete mess. But I might find one…)

Taste/Smell: On Almay’s website, it says it’s fragrance-free, but it does have a smell. It’s like a very sweet and artificial vanilla scent. I don’t think it’s unpleasant, but for folks that are scent-sensitive, there is a smell.

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Such a tart

The reviews I’ve done lately have been about cheaper, more reasonably priced, “drug-store” brand holo lip products. Today, I bring you my first prestige brand of lip gloss. Tarte’s “tarteist” Holographic Lip Gloss. It only comes in one color and it’s named “Mermaid.” And side note, when did we collectively decide that mermaids were holographic? Unicorns I understand because they’re magical and rainbows and color-changing. But mermaids? I notice a lot of mermaid themed stuff is also iridescent, shimmery, and glittery. I feel like a lot of that would be hard to see under the sea. But anyway, here’s the packaging.

Tarte, Mermaid bottle 01

I kept the box because it’s so pretty!

It’s $20 for a 0.20 fl oz bottle, which actually isn’t too bad since I notice a lot of drug-store brands are about $10 for a 0.10 fl oz bottle. The applicator is rectangular shaped, broad on one side, and flat on the other. I’m going to call this a spatula.

And the lid is sparkly!

But how does it look on?

Tarte, Mermaid 01

I did a full face of makeup just for this!

It’s like an icy blue but there are some pink flecks. Before their “Rainforest of the Sea” collection, this was Tarte’s first holographic lip gloss and I think it’s meant to be a universal shade. I thought it was look best paired with a lighter, pastel color so I layered it over a lavender colored lipstick though I don’t know if it’s meant to be layered. The color is very shear and got a little lost.

Tarte, Mermaid 02

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The lipstick is a matte (just to note, I usually do try to use a matte formula for these pictures) but the lip gloss doesn’t really pop or add a shimmery, light-changing effect the the lavender color.

Overall, I think this gloss is best worn alone or maybe a nude lip color. I think the effect is pretty subtle but maybe some people don’t want a super-obvious holo effect. However, I do so if you’re like me, I can’t say I recommend this color.

Viscosity: I do like to formula! Feels great on my lips. Not oily and not sticky.

Taste/Smell: This is my favorite part- it smells like cake batter! While I do wish it was more holo-y, I do enjoy putting it on because it smells so good! Tastes a little like cake batter too!

Now in stick form

Wow, it’s been another few weeks since I posted! Life was busy for a bit and it’s sometimes a challenge for me to do a post, but I do enjoy making them! Plus I now have so many holo lip products I want to share my thoughts on them with y’all.

You know something is trendy when it’s at H&M because I have a holographic lipstick by them. That’s right, a lipstick! Hennes & Mauritz did also make holo lip glosses (and they will be reviewed), but they wanted to be even trendier and made it in solid form.

H&M, Holographic lipstick packaging

Better as a stick?

It only comes in one shade and the shade doesn’t have a name. It’s a pinky, champagne color and great for people who wear their makeup more natural.

H&M, Holographic lipstick 01

For comparison, I’m only wearing the lipstick on my bottom lip.

I tried to take a video of me moving my head around to show the color-shift, but my hand isn’t very steady and I might look into getting a tripod. Also, a really simple video editing software. I kept having to look at the camera to make sure I was hitting the “Stop Recording” button and I thought I looked dumb whenever I had to so I’d like to edit that bit out. I guess this is sort of a “look behind the curtain” into my process… which isn’t really a process.

But I hope what you can see is that it’s very iridescent. I didn’t layer it over another lipstick color because it’s I think it’s meant to be worn on it’s own. The coverage is also a little shear even after going over my lower lip several times.

I normally would include a link for the product, but this is no longer offered on H&M’s website.

I would like to layer a holographic lip topper over it to see what it looks like and I’ll share pictures then!

Viscosity: It’s a lipstick so…self-explanatory? It feels fine on the lips. It has a creamy consistency so it came off easily. Wouldn’t say it’s a long-lasting formula (but what lip product really is?)

Taste/Smell: No taste and there’s a very slight woodsy smell.

Celestial song

Today, I’m reviewing a gloss from a new makeup collection from Revlon. It’s called “Shoot the Moon” and currently, it’s only available online and in stores at Walgreens. I really like the collection and I really want to check out some of the lipstick, but sadly at the Walgreens I’ve checked out, the whole collection is almost sold out. I felt lucky enough to get 2 of the 4 lip gloss colors but I was reading a Hypebae article that the collection will be released at other retails outlets in September and I can hardly wait!

I’m not sure if the lip glosses are supposed to holographic, but they do have a light-shifting effect in the bottle. I have noticed a lot of holographic glosses are marketed as space/celestial/mystical things. The gloss I’ll be reviewing will be the color “Cosmic Queen.” It was $8.49 for a 0.13 oz bottle.

Revlon, Cosmic Queen bottle 01

I love the packaging design!

I like how bright the color is!

Even better, it has a brush applicator!

Revlon, Cosmic Queen bottle 02

My favorite kind of applicator.

As you can see, some of the hairs on this applicators are fly-aways. I’ve tried smoothing them down but they keep separating from the rest of the brush.

The color is also bright and vibrant and the lip gloss glides on smoothly and stays put. It’s almost like a liquid lipstick. But not transfer-proof as I was wearing it while hanging out with a friend and she let me know that I got some on my teeth.

Revlon, Cosmic Queen 01

Only the bottom lip glossed.

I want to try incorporating short videos in my reviews to show the light shifting effects of the glosses because Cosmic Queen has a blue highlight which is a really neat contrast with the hot pink.

Revlon, Cosmic Queen 02

Layered over a hot pink lipstick, bottom lip only glossed.

I also have the “Dark Mercury” gloss color that I will review in the future, but I so want the other 2 colors! Also the metallic lipstick shades look really pretty! I can’t wait for it to hit other stores. Or Walgreens to get a restock.

Taste: It has no taste, but there is a smell that kind of sweet like vanilla but also a chemically smell that’s like a sharpness to the nose. It’s not unpleasant.

Viscosity: Goes on smoothly and feels great on the lips. Not sticky and doesn’t budge, sans eating and drinking.

Halo for your lips

I always have trouble writing an intro. There are only so many ways to say “new blog post” or “today I’m talking about” or “I’m reviewing [X] today. Well, today I’m reviewing a holographic lip gloss from Pacifica in the color Halo.

Pacifica, Halo bottle 01

I like the hexagon bottle interior.

The actual product name is “Crystal Punk Holographic Mineral Lip Gloss” and it sells $10 for a 0.14 oz bottle. I bought all three colors from Target (and the other 2 colors will get their own review someday). The color Halo is like a nude-pink-gold, if that makes any sense. Also, the bottle had these really cool gem and crystal print decals all over it but it has rubbed off, probably due to the way I’m storing it.

Just like last week’s J. Cat lip gloss review, I’m skeptical because once again in the bottle, I don’t see the light-shifting of the pigments. It looks metallic. After opening it up, I do have to say I do really like the applicator.

It’s actually flat and I like how the wand flexes on the lips. It feels easy to control when putting it on. But once again, once applied, I moved my head around and didn’t see the holographic effect.

Pacifica, Halo 01

As with all my other reviews, no other lip products are on with only the bottom lip glossed with Pacifica’s Crystal Punk.

But let’s see how it looks layered.

Pacifica, Halo 02

Just the bottom lip layered over a nude-pink lipstick.

Once again, it just looks metallic either alone or layered over a lipstick. I’ve worn it a few times since purchasing it and it does tend to stay put throughout the day (of course, with the exception of eating or drinking).

I also didn’t know anything about Pacifica before purchasing this lip gloss and it’s vegan and cruelty free! And they’re headquartered in Portland, OR! And environmentally friendly!

Taste: I really like the taste and smell! It tastes sweet and a little fruity. It reminds me of a passion fruit flavored lip balm that I had when I was a child. I don’t know if that’s intentional, but that’s what it reminds me of.

Viscosity: Seems to be a good consistency. Feels good on the lips. I did noticed that in the storage container I’m keeping all my holo lip glosses in, the pigments did settle in the bottle. I threw away the packaging (this was before I had decided to review holographic lip glosses) so I don’t know what the ingredients are but they are listed on the website.

Here kitty, kitty

It’s been 2 weeks! Sorry I skipped last week.

Today, we have a lip gloss by J. Cat beauty in the color, Cinnamonster. On Ulta.com, it’s $6.99 for a 0.6 oz bottle.

J.cat, Cinnamonster bottle 01

Really leaning into that holographic thing…

I really like the packaging, maybe because it’s one of the few holographic glosses that come in external packaging, which is kinda unnecessary (but maybe J. Cat did that to be different). However, I’m noticing a problem because all the info is on the box, not the tube so if the tube is separated from the box, you’ll have a tube of mystery gloss floating about. What you see on the bottle is about all there is, except on the very top it says “3D.” Usually, I might recycle the box, but I want to know what the ingredients are, the ounce, the color, etc.

If you forget what the color name is, it does say in small letters on the back above the bar code.

J.cat, Cinnamonster bottle 02

You can also read the ingredients and where it’s made.

When I store it, I just put the tube in the box. At least there’s a cool star-shaped cutout window on the front to show off that bottle.

The applicator is pretty typical. I guess better beauty gurus call it a “doe foot,” (but then I imagine all these poor footless deer limping around). I personally don’t like this design of applicator because if this is used as a lip-topper and layered over lipstick, I feel like this applicator would just smudge the colors together and for that holographic effect, you want the gloss to sit on top of the lipstick for ultimate dimension!

J.cat, Cinnamonster bottle 03

Also has a little slant at the edge. Maybe to contour to the shape of lips better?

Another thing I noticed that out of the box, the pigments didn’t really shift or change in the tube. But let’s see what it looks like on!

J.cat, Cinnamonster 01

UGH! Sorry about the glare!

Once again, just glossing my bottom lip for comparison. A nice color but I would say more metallic. When I moved my head around, once again, didn’t see a dimensional or color-shifting effect. So let’s layer it over some lipstick.

J.cat, Cinnamonster 02

My hair looks so 80s.

I put on a nude pink lipstick because I thought it would match the copper color the best. I was worried if I picked too bold or bright of a color, it would out-bold the gloss, but it might go good layered over a gold lipstick. Once again, moving my head around, didn’t see a color-shifting, effect.

I would say J. Cat’s Cinnamonster is definitely more a metallic gloss than holographic. I see a slight color change in light, but that could also be my eyes playing tricks on me because I so very much want to see that color shift!

P.S. ANOTHER THING I FORGOT TO SAY IN MY SIGMA REVIEW!

I also want to talk about product viscosity and taste! Or smell! I’ll edit my Sigma review later, but for the J. Cat gloss-

Taste: No taste, but smells a very small bit like sharpened pencils. That could be the mineral oil (but I’m no chemist so I’m just guessing).

Viscosity: Has a good consistency. Felt fine going on. Not sticky or slick and felt fine on my lips.

Sigma to Noise

My first holographic lip gloss review!

But first, a note about terminology. I’ve watched and read my share of videos, comments, reviews, etc. about the holographic makeup trend in the last year and there’s always that one person that says “THAT’S NOT HOLO!!!!!1111” Okay, chill. Don’t try to be the Royal Smart Person and think you’re dropping some major truth bomb by calling attention to the fact that something isn’t holographic. It’s a marketing term. True holographic requires laser, mirrors, and optical trickery to create a 3-dimensional image. That’s obviously not happening in lip gloss. A more accurate term would be iridescent (…or duo-chrome or light-shifting…) but holographic just sounds more futuristic, fun, and marketable. And WHAT!? Companies, marketers, and advertisers using inaccurate words and terms to sell things? I’ve NEVER heard of that! So let’s just get over semantics and pedantics. Also, I don’t like the word “holosexual.”

ON WITH THE REVIEW!

I thought I would start with the gloss that started the trend and talk about Sigma’s Lip Switch in the color “Transcend.” It cost $14 for a 0.11 oz/3g bottle. I wish I could link the lip gloss, but it’s sadly not available anymore.

Holo- Sigma, Transcend bottle 01

Looks pretty cool in the bottle

It also has a brush applicator! Which I really like because it’s easier to control the application and not mix it with your lip color since it’s meant as a lip topper.

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Like painting your face

And it tastes a little vanilla-ey.

When I first got the Sigma glosses, I was a little disappointed because I felt the holographic effect was too subtle. Pictures and videos I saw made the holographic color look much more extreme. But these folks also had the benefit of better lighting and Photoshop. I felt like I had to really glob it on for as extreme of an effect. Over time, I have figured out how best to wear it and I think it looks best alone. Here’s what it looks like alone. I’ve just glossed my bottom lip so you can see a comparison.

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Just taken in sunlight

I’m not sure how true-to-life my phone camera is, but these photos are taken on a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus and I’ve used the highest resolution setting and I haven’t done any touch-ups or editing. I think it makes my lips look neon purple!

Then I put on some purple lipstick and layered on Sigma’s Transcend. Once again, just on the bottom lip.

Holo- Sigma, Transcend 02

Oh, you’re over there now

I think it looks cool, but maybe purple-on-purple isn’t the best combination because I think the effect is too subtle and maybe the color just overpowers the holographic effect. If I have time, I’ll experiment with different colors and do an update.

***EDIT***

Taste: There isn’t a distinct taste or smell. It tastes a little like vanilla, but it’s very subtle. I kinda like the smell because once again, there’s not a specific smell, but it’s pleasant. Once again, kind of like vanilla.

Viscosity: I think it’s a little oily. It glides onto the lips very easily but it’s easy to rub off. Expect to reapply a few times throughout the day. It also had kind of a warming effect on my lips. Maybe they just felt very insulated.