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Review: Mirror Shine & Girls Dig Pearls

Hey everyone!  Sorry about yesterday!  There will be no Hump Day post this week.

I finished my finals yesterday, and I got all my new computer parts in… and it took a good full DAY to get it working.  For awhile we were thinking that we were going to have to RMA the motherboard ( a lengthy process), but a friend came over and helped fix it so it’s all working now. 🙂 I’m going to do a fresh install here in a few, but I thought I’d get this review done first to make up for my silence.

So as I said in a previous post,  I was at Nordstrom Rack the other day.  And while I didn’t find much interesting regarding clothes, I found a discounted makeup section!  With stuff from Too Faced!  And some other companies like Smashbox.  I’ll probably check it out in the future, it’s right on my way home from school.

I won’t be able to comment on customer service, as I picked it up at a retailer.

Anyways, this is what I got:

Mirror Shine Lipgloss: I Love Myself

Girls Dig Pearls: Tropical Pink

Girls Dig Pearls: Tropical Pink

The Claim: “Heaven knows that no lady worth her country club membership would be caught dead without her trusty strand of pearls! Now you too can be perfectly pretty and glossy to boot with Girls Dig Pearls a lustrous lip gloss created using real crushed sea pearls, and peppermint extract to soothe, soften, and freshen your lovely lips.”

The Ingredients: Polyisobutene,Vegetable Oil (Olus), Polybutene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Ozokerite, Benzophenone-3, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Myristyl Lactate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Trihydroxystearin, Silica, Pearl Powder, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba, Saccharin, Myristyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)

The Price:  $16.20.  Although, I got it at Nordstrom Rack on sale for like 6 bucks.  I probably normally wouldn’t buy it for 16 bucks.  But I’m cheap, LOL.

Packaging: 5/5

No complaints here.  It does its job, and that’s all I require!  I think I like it better than the design for the other lip gloss, as it is made of hard plastic (almost looks like glass).  It has a pretty standard doefoot applicator.  Too Faced has always had pretty cute packaging, and this is no exception.

Formula: 5/5

Flash.

Daylight! Some of the sparkles almost look golden in the sunlight.

I love it!  It’s super sparkly!  It has a sheer pink tint with oodles of pink sparkles that actually glint a little golden in the light depending on the angle.  Very gorgeous.  I personally like to layer it atop another lip gloss or lipstick, as it adds an extra oomph. But it holds up for sure on it’s own.  (I wonder what it would look like on this?)  I actually enjoyed layering this one on the Mirror Shine gloss.   I don’t really have any complaints.  It isn’t sticky, it feels, nice, and has a fair amount of sparkle.

Even though the list is super long, I don’t really see anything bad in it as far as I can spy.  The only thing that differs from the ‘claim’ in my opinion is that even though I DO see peppermint oil in the ingredients list, I don’t think there was enough in the formulation to really get that ‘peppermint tingle’.

Mirror Shine Lip Gloss: I Love Myself

 The Claim: “Its YOU darling when your lips are slicked and shined with Too Faceds mirror finish lip gloss. Drenched with super shine and loaded with natural Goji Berry extract one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature! So protect and nourish your lips with the glassiest gloss this side of the Magic Mirror.”

The Ingredients: Polybutene, Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Silica Silylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Isopropylparaben, Limonene, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Flavor (Aroma), Benzyl Benzoate, BHT, Sodium Saccharin. (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200)

The Price: $14.40.  Once again, I picked it up for like 5 or 6 dollars.  I don’t remember.  This one is a little more reasonably priced.

Packaging: 5/5

Once again, no complaints.  This one isn’t made of hard plastic, but it is still sturdy.  I actually like the applicator a bit better on this one, it’s a bit easier to spread out on your lips evenly.

Formula: 3.8/5

Flash.

Daylight.

This lip gloss is a very, very sheer light red/pink.  It would look great on it’s own for a very natural look, or you can layer it over another lip gloss or lipstick for a glossy finish  As far as the actual FEEL and LOOK of the product, I would give this a 5/5.  As you can see by the swatch above, it’s quite shiny and lives up to it’s claim.  It’s not sticky or gross, and hold up fairly well.   Both of these lip glosses last a few hours before I re-app them.  Unfortunately, I do have one major complaint.  THE SMELL.  It’s a scented lip gloss, and Chantel helped me deduce that it is probably dragon fruit.  Now, this smell may appeal to some people… but I don’t really care for it.  It goes away in about 5-10 minutes, but I literally despise the smell so much that I don’t really like applying it.  Blech.

Also, the ingredients list… so many parabens.  I honestly don’t know too much about parabens so I can’t really comment too much on this (NOT A DOCTOR), but I heard they mimic the hormone estrogen and it can lead to breast cancers and stuff.  But I don’t know if this is proven.  It also has BHT, and I read some stuff about BHT here.  And honestly, from what I’ve read, it all still seems to be up in the air scientifically, but I’d rather just not take my chances.

Final Thoughts

Mirror Shine + Girls Dig Pearls

Overall, I’m happy with my purchase.  They look nice.  I do think it is a little pricey for what you get, however.  If I ran out and found it on sale at Nordstrom Rack again, I would probably re-buy Girls Dig Pearls.  I don’t think I would re-buy the Mirror Shine lip gloss because of the smell.  However, I would try a different color of the same brand to see if the smell thing is bad in all of them (if it was on sale).

I probably wouldn’t buy either at full price.  MAYBE Girls Dig Pearls, as I didn’t have any complaints with this one.  I think it would have to be a SRSLY or HG product for me to re-buy a lip gloss that is more than 15 dollars.

Have you tried these lip glosses?  What do you think?

I have a lot of reviews/posts that I want to do, and I’m not sure where to start.  This is what I have planned, what would you be most interested in seeing? (top 3)

  • Too Faced: Amazing Face Liquid Foundation – Review
  • Too Faced: Primed and Poreless Face Primer – Review
  • Too Faced: Lip Insurance – Review
  • Sinful Colors Nail Polish – Review
  • GLIST! (Top 25 Glee songs)
  • 3DS with Ocarina of Time – Review
  • Adele (21) – Review
  • Yes! to Cucumbers Face Wipes – Review

Game of Thrones also has two episodes left, and the week after it is done, Trueblood starts.  I plan on doing synopsis’ of it like GoT, just wanted to make sure people are interested.  I’ve read all the books, and I am halfway through re-reading the 4th book in preparation for the 4th season (to do a compare/contrast).

I am also getting my domain very soon, as I got paid recently.  Which means I will be moving everything to a hosted wordpress.org site so I can finally put up my google friend connect and FB gadgets and what not.

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