11.28.2014
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Lab Shine Lip Gloss
Rating
$19
Category:Makeup > Lip Glosses
Last Updated:11.28.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

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.

Pros:
  • Excellent brush applicator.
  • High-gloss shine in your choice of finishes.
  • Beautiful range of shades, from soft to bold.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • Noticeable fragrance and slightly sticky finish.
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Brand Overview

Make Up For Ever At-A-Glance

Strengths: Wonderful foundations; impressive options (and shade ranges) for powders, powder blush, and powder eyeshadow; some extraordinary lip glosses and lipstick/lip color options (and again, the shade ranges are remarkable); a few formidable mascaras; good shimmer options.

Weaknesses:Can be expensive; a few formulas contain needlessly high amounts of fragrance.

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 select 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 many of the colors are densely pigmented, working beautifully on medium to deep skin tones. The drawback is that fair and lighter skin tones may find their choices more limited in a few areas of the brands’ ranges. However, for those who 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 are mostly exceptional choices, with products that we found to be average—certainly falling short of what we know Make Up For Ever to be capable of. However, if you are cautious of those few pitfalls (fortunately, there are an abundance of testers to experiment with at Sephora or the brand’s standalone boutiques) you will undoubtedly be pleased with those products that Make Up For Ever does best.

For more information on Make Up For Ever, call (877) 757-5175 or visit www.makeupforever.com.

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