Monday, 28 November 2016

Gerard Cosmetics Lip Gloss Review - Are they Worth The Hype?

Gerard Cosmetics Lip Glosses

The internet imploded when Gerard Cosmetics hit the scene a few years ago. Initially supported by Jaclyn Hill amongst others, the lip glosses were the original stars of the show. Promising rich pigment, long wear time, and (usually) at a knockdown price, beauty addicts went craaaazzzyyyy for the brand. Are they really worth the hype?

You'll know from my previous worth the hype-type posts on Morphe, Colourpop, and Anastasia, that I'll give things a good road-test before deciding yay or nay - I'm not a first-impressions lover, personally. I've tried these on and off for 8 months or so - you can see above, one of my glosses is in the old packaging!

Packaging - a bit gimmicky, if I'm honest. Perhaps vaguely useful to have a light in your gloss in the back of a taxi. But honestly? I'm so likely to poke myself in the eye with lip gloss after a gin or two that I shouldn't be trusted with makeup in a moving car. They are pretty solid, however, and there's no leaking of product from the top.

Colours - great. Huge colour range, mega-super-duper-pigmented on the whole, and vinyl-shiny. These are not half-hearted glosses - they pack a punch in the colour department. The red gloss below, Candy Apple, is really beautiful and smoothing on the lips - a fantastic Christmas colour!

Texture - thick. Thick and icky. In that respect, it's an old-school formulation. Once they're on, they are on - not necessarily in a pleasant way. The wear time is pretty long - at least 4 hours most of the time, but they are by no means comfortable in my experience. Your hair will stick to Color Your Smile Glosses like it's 1999. If you're a NYX Butter Gloss fan - stick with NYX. The texture is far superior. You won't like these. Trust me.

Gerard Cosmetics Lip Gloss Swatches
Swatches - Candy Apple, Nude, Plum Crazy, Pouty Princess
You can see in the swatches above how thick they are - they sit like oil paint on canvas. This is double-edged - in the darker colours, this almost fills in lip lines and gives a really full-lip appearance. In the lighter pink and nude shades, however, this means the pigment settles in to my lip lines and looks gross after about half an hour. Not ok.

So - a mixed bag. If you can trade off thick and sticky for vinyl-shine and mega-colour, you'll love 'em. If you aren't in to thick textures, you'll hate them. Me? I love the red so much I'm willing to deal with the texture, but otherwise, I just can't wear these.

Have you tried Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses? What did you think?

Some links above are affiliate links. All products mentioned bought with my own money.

1 comment

  1. I remember when they used to be sooo popular with youtubers! Then there was some sort of scandal and the hype died down and I haven't heard much about them since. These lip glosses sound too thick for my liking but at least the colors are pretty :)

    Mili | Sharmtoaster


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