Sephora Piiink My Lip Shiiine


Why must we spell Pink with three “i”s, unless we’re working in roman numerals? Why, also, must I discover, upon landing at Sephora’s website that the price point for my bad, bad impulse buy has just been lowered, making at least a third of my original critique totally obsolete?

Why, again, did I buy this lip balm, anyway?

I’m 26, after all, and just because I have a weakness for sparkley things does not justify the purchase of a $7 lip balm (now $4) whose packaging looks like it was made for a tweenager who carries her lip glosses in a hot pink faux leather slingbag and applies it in front of a foggy mirror at the roller-rink which smells of rubber and stale popcorn.

This impulse buy, rationalized by my desire to bring you a diversity of lip balm reviews, was also a near-necessity as I found myself at the mall, lips totally parched, and my handbag totally without lip lubricant. Piddle! What I should have done was seek out the CVS on the first floor of the mall – which I think is such a clever and useful inclusion among the mall’s occupants, and one which I believe was once a staple in malls (because my mother would buy us candy in the mall drugstore and then smuggle it into the mall movie theatre) once upon a time – and there I should have purchased your basic chapstick for $2.99 to get me through my shopping venture. But no! I had to surrender to the love of the sparkle.

And at this point, I love not even the sparkles, let me tell you.

Sephora brand lip shiiine has brought my cosmetic case nothing but a stickly saline-like mess. I’m not sure if I just squeezed this tube incorrectly and capped it too abruptly and am therefore plagued by that Lip Gloss Under Pressure volcanic eruption everytime I uncap, but this stuff is oozey. It spurts out way too rapidly and the tube, which is kind of waxy, is somehow terribly sticky and quite unpleasant to hold. I had placed it in a plastic bag within said cosmetic case, but now, due to glossy diffusion, the entire bag is a mucky, saline-like mess.

The shine that this gloss provides is quite nice, but not worth the effort of mucking up your hands. The smell is not bad, truth be told. I should probably research what kind of artificial colors and flavors are to credit for this nice smell, but I am far from a scientist, merely a lip balm afficionado, sweet dears, and let me conclude that my affections do not run sticky fingers over Sephora Lip Shiiine.

  • Haddy

    Oh my fellow lip balm pundit. I’ll take the clean feel of Burts Bees over a sticky, gooey gloss anyday. But there are times when a girl needs to kick it up a notch and shine.

    I’m not a lipstick wearer. Never will be. Gloss is about the best I can do. It’s shear enough so that it can be applied on the go and as it fades I don’t need to worry about feathering or ring around the mouth. I’ve got work to do, you know?

    One fateful trip in Sephora, I asked for help picking a lip gloss. My criteria: NOT STICKY! The helpful overly made-up beauty technician gave me a tour including several brands. I settled on Fresh Lip Shine. also at

    I am hooked. Been a loyal wearer for about a year maybe. I have it in Belle and Aster. It’s not a bestseller, so I worry that maybe I’m the only lover. I found only one other review (on Amazon) and it was similar to my feelings. One thing that may keep people away is that it does not pack a power punch. Just a hint of shiny color that feels great.

    The price is well, hefty at $20. I justify it because I don’t wear a lot of make-up and these things tend to last me a long time. My original Belle is still with me everyday after a year.

    Lip gloss is an acceptable housewarming gift, no? You like pinks, right?

  • i agree with haddy that burt and & bees can make out with me any time they want. i’m sorry about your lip gloss debacle. my fingers almost feel sticky reading this. i never really understood the point of gloss til this year…because doesn’t it just take just one lick to get to the bottom of the…er, til it gets wiped off? i found me some yummy discontinued bath & body stuff this fall & it’s okay. but may i recommend this — — for the absolute best, cheap, everyday, lipstuff ever? lemon-y, non-sticky, sunblock-y, and available at the mall cvs…home of all things good. any good foundation recommendations?

  • mjboogie

    do women even wear lip gloss these days?

  • Pash

    My newly discovered favorite – Beauty Rush from good ol’ Vickie’s Secret.. it’s a colorless balm but packs a shiny punch. It stays on for a looooong time AND it’s minty (very soothing for parchedness). I think it was 2 for $10, but I’ve been using the first one since February, so it lasts a while.

    Awesome musings! reading your blog after a long while and it made me smile on this yucky day 😀

  • Ashleigh

    Oh, I have so much to say on this topic. Having worked at Sephora during holiday season earlier this year, there were entire days — no, weeks — when I thought continually about make-up, when I forgot that the world was also full of pain and peace and wars and things deeper than the Stila line of really creamy eyeshadow bases.

    That being said, once I stopped working there and was able to have some breathing space between my cosmetics and my life, and not have them be one and the same, I can again happily discuss make-up without gagging.

    Things I love will be presented in two categories — $$$ and $.

    Philosophy cinnamon buns lip gloss. It is RIDICULOUS to spend ten dollars on one gloss, but it lasts FOREV and tastes so lovely and reminds me of a time in my life that was very sweet, just as this gloss is.

    Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Advanced Plumping Serum: as you can imagine, whilst I worked at the big S, I tried every lip plumper out there. This one is pretty nice looking and plumping without tasting ridiculous or hurting TOO terribly. I’m not going to lie — there is a sting — but that’s just so you know it’s working. It was a gift, so I’m not sure how much this runs. I think it’s probably around $18.

    Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm: as referenced by many of you readers, this is one of the best and most affordable quick fixes out there.

    Sally Hansen Lip Inflation in clear: for some reason, this and a colored gloss were paired together for only six bucks in the CVS in Oakland. I bought it on a whim, and though I think they’re totally lying re: the plumping part, it’s just so nice to have a non-gooey, totallY CLEAR gloss to make your morning or evening amazing.

    Because I have lessons to plan and tests to grade, I am not allowed to say anything more about make-up, even though there is LOTS more to say. 🙂

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