This fragranced lip gloss with a brush applicator is offered in three different finishes (though all are glossy): Diamond has a sparkling shine and the colors tend to be quite sheer; Star provides a pearlized, less sparkling finish and the shades have more depth; and Metal has a metallic, chrome-like sheen and its shades have heavier coverage, almost approaching a standard lipstick.
Regardless of which finish and level of coverage you prefer, each Lab Shine gloss has a thick, slightly syrupy texture with a slight sticky finish that’s tolerable. The look is high gloss and, as usual with Make Up For Ever, the shades are excellent, whether you want soft or bold color.
Although this is a very good gloss, its slight stickiness and lingering fragrance prevent it from earning our top rating. You may want to check out our Best Lip Gloss list for even better options.
- Excellent brush applicator.
- High-gloss shine in your choice of finishes.
- Beautiful range of shades, from soft to bold.
- Noticeable fragrance and slightly sticky finish.
This Paris-based makeup collection traces its roots to theatrical and fashion makeup, building on the concept that a professional makeup artist not only desires, but also needs, every conceivable color and texture to create the broadest range of looks. Since 1984, Make Up For Ever creators Dany Sanz and Jacques Waneph have been doing their best to meet these criteria. Through the years, this line has gone from offering a tremendous array of colors in their own European boutiques to a more streamlined, "everyday" collection of products in selected department stores and (primarily) Sephora, whose parent company, LVMH, has owned Make Up For Ever since 1999.
The color line presents an intriguing blend of classic, workable shades positioned next to some truly unique hues and finishes that only those involved with theater or the most flamboyant "anything goes" makeup artist (or diva) would covet. A major plus for this line is that the majority of colors are densely pigmented and work beautifully on medium to deep skin tones. The drawback is that fair and lighter skin tones may be left feeling that most of the color choices are too intense for them, especially if their goal is a soft, natural makeup application—though the choices in that regard are becoming more plentiful. For those who literally want it all when it comes to possible shades, this line more than delivers what it takes to please.
An interesting aspect of this line is that, category to category, there's often a similar pattern: one or two extraordinary to very good products, followed by mediocrity. It is the average products (and a correspondingly fewer number of poor ones) that tarnish this line and make its prices seem too inflated. However, if you pay attention (and purchase) the products Make Up For Ever does best, you will undoubtedly be pleased.
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Note: The product assortment below is typical of what you will find at Sephora boutiques across the country. If you wish to view the complete collection of Make Up For Ever, the only place to do that is at their freestanding stores in New York City or Los Angeles (or their European stores).