Argan Natural Volume Lip Gloss

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$20 
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Category:
Makeup > Lip Glosses > Lip Gloss
Last Updated:
3/20/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This is a standard sheer lip gloss with a brush wand applicator. The color selection is limited, but there are some pretty shades to consider, some of which contain shimmer.

This lip gloss is basic and overpriced for what you get. Given that there are more impressive options for less money, it comes down to being a "why bother?" Check out our Best Lip Glosses list for superior options.

Pros:
  • Some pretty shades are offered, including those with a shimmer finish.
  • Pleasantly smooth glossy texture doesn't feel sticky.
Cons:
  • Contains flavor, which can be irritating for lips, leading to increased risk of dryness or chapping.
  • You will not see a plumping effect on lips as claimed (see More Info for details).
  • Expensive, given this is a really basic lip gloss; you can find better alternatives for a fraction of the cost.

More Info:

Josie Maran line claims, "The active ingredient, Argan Oil, treats your lips to powerful antioxidants to fight aging and environmental damage. To plump the lips there is a naturally occurring tripeptide that has been shown to visually enhance the lips by stimulating lip collagen."

First of all, you're not going to see a plumping effect from this gloss as claimed because the peptide ingredients (1) aren't present in high enough concentrations to offer much benefit and (2) are prone to degradation when exposed to air. Even more significant, there's no research proving that any peptide plumps lips.

All of Josie Maran's products contain argan oil, even the makeup, and the repetition gets tiring. Despite how they market this ingredient, it isn't a cure-all or a must-have for your lips. Argan oil is merely a good, non-fragrant plant oil. Like all non-fragrant plant oils, it is a natural source of beneficial fatty acids (skin-repairing ingredients) and antioxidants.

Argan oil is particularly useless in a makeup product because the oil quickly goes rancid when exposed to air. You can read more about the folklore and genuine benefits behind argan oil here.

The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokeswoman Josie Maran. By almost any definition, Maran is an iconic beauty. Like Cindy Crawford before her, who launched a namesake product line, Maran used her notoriety from modeling to do the same thing.

Anytime a model with celebrity status launches a cosmetic line, the curiosity among consumers is intense. The question lingers: Is Maran so beautiful because of these products? Of course not! She was magnificent long before her products were launched, and being born beautiful is not a sign of skin-care knowledge.

Almost every Josie Maran product is centered around the allegedly miraculous argan oil. This non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin. Argan oil isn't a bad ingredient, as it contains beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants, but it isn't the only oil that has these kinds of properties. Even more to the point, no single ingredient does it all for skin. It's just like your diet: if you eat only one type of food, you'd soon be malnourished. Skin is the body's largest organ, and it requires a variety of useful ingredients to look and function at its best.

It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, it's gimmicky at best to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara, but that's what you'll find in Maran's line. Oil in a mascara and eyeshadow will make those products slip and slide off your face and lashes, but there is barely any in her makeup products so not to worry. Even if argan oil had benefit in makeup, it wouldn't remain stable—it would quickly turn rancid when exposed to air.

Despite some high points, the makeup fails overall because when compared to less expensive options at the drugstore, Maran's color options are more average than exceptional.

Although makeup comprises the bulk of this line's offerings, Maran has several skin-care products, too. None of them are must-haves, although a handful of them have decent formulas. Like most lines that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils present that smell great, but they can irritate your skin and lead to collagen breakdown.

Many of Maran's products are labeled as having a "natural formula," which often is not the case; there are plenty of synthetic ingredients present, including silicones and a synthetic film-forming agent. Those are not bad for skin, but it just shows that you can't trust the company's claims.

For more information about Josie Maran, call (855) 461-6512 or visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.

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