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Lorac
Lotsa Lip Plumping Lip Gloss (Discontinued)
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$18.50
Category:Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Plumpers
Last Updated:10.06.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Overview

Lotsa Lip Plumping Lip Gloss has much more pigment than the Lotsa Lip Plumping Lipstick, as well as a smooth, non-sticky texture and sexy gloss finish. The problem is it contains capsicum extract. This ingredient, typically extracted from peppers, is a counterirritant when used in topically applied arthritis treatments. It works by confusing the pain receptors (creating inflammation on the skin, which “tricks” the nerves around the joints), but in a lip gloss it’s just a potent irritant (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). While it can temporarily swell lips, the long-term results are not pretty (irritation is bad for skin).

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Lorac At-A-Glance

Strengths: Mostly great foundations in a neutral shade range; beautiful pressed powder and bronzing powder; several super blush and lipstick options; one superior lip gloss; awesome collection of shimmer products.

Weaknesses: Limited, average skin-care options; average to problematic concealers; unimpressive eyelining and brow-enhancing options; the Lotsa Lip products; the mascaras are a mixed bag with mostly disappointing results; no brushes.

This Los Angeles–based independent cosmetics company launched in 1990 and is the brainchild of makeup artist Carol Shaw (Lorac is "Carol" spelled backwards). It is well-publicized that Shaw has a long list of celebrity clients, but then so do all of the other makeup artists who have their own products lines—there are a lot of famous faces that need attention—so that boast is hardly unique. Compared to competitors Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, or Stila, Lorac doesn't offer the same caliber of foundation colors or the array of products, yet most of what's available is impressive. The company holds its own when it comes to blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick. You will find that, for the most part, the older, established products perform better and are more attractive than many of Shaw's latest inventions. In particular, the latest lipstick, lip gloss, concealer, and waterproof mascara are true disappointments. Lorac hasn't done a great job on the innovation and performance side of the business since the last edition of this book, while her competition (particularly Stila and Laura Mercier) continues to consistently impress. There are still plenty of reasons to shop this line, but focus on the long-standing products rather than on what's new.

For more information about Lorac, call (800) 845-0705 or visit www.loraccosmetics.com.

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