Friday, July 10, 2015

[Review] - THEBODYSHOP SPECIAL EDITION LIP & CHEEK DOLL

It's been half a lifetime since my last make-up review but today I'm back with a new one for y'all! Woop woop!!

Today's review is going to be on one of the presents that I received  when I graduated last month - the SPECIAL EDITION LIP & CHEEK DOLL from THE BODY SHOP.
*Please note that this doll version was a limited edition packaging that came out during Christmas 2014 and has probably sold out online already on many websites. However, you might still be able to find it in a local store - just like my friends did even though it's summer here.

In case you are unable to find this version you can always get their LIP AND CHEEK STAIN instead which, according to THE BODY SHOP, is very similar and gives the same effect. I have yet to try that product but from what I have observed, the only difference would be the packaging and that the normal version seems to have a more watery texture (and perhaps lack the sparkles).

Packaging & Size
The container is about 4,5 cm wide and 6,5-7 cm tall and contains 28 ml product (0.9 US fl oz). I am completely in love with the packaging and it seems that THE BODY SHOP was not just inspired by the idea of gradient lips but also by the way many Asian cosmetic brands appeal to their customers with cute packaging. I see why others could find the size a bit troublesome given that you cannot put it in your wallet and bring with you everywhere but for me it's not a problem - I have it in my shoulder bag and there's still leftover space.

〜Colour & Durability
The colour is a beautiful blood red that looks looks good even on pale skin. The tint also has tiny gold sparkles as seen in the picture below. These are only visible close up though and don't add any significant shine or sparkle to the overall look. I feel like it looks more and more pink as it wears off but my lips are naturally very pigmented and the effect could very well be different on you.
It's pigmented but in order for me to get the desired gradient look I'll have to apply 2-3 layers. It takes 2-3 layers as well to show up properly on my cheeks.

Compared to other tints I've tried, this one does not stay on as long. It gradually wears off throughout the day and I will often have to reapply after having eaten - especially if I have something to drink with my food since since it seems to wear off quicker once your lips get wet.

〜Texture
The texture of this product is as thick as your average lip gloss and compared to the other tint that I reviewed, the Love Fairy Tint Glow Lipstick from Peripera, I feel like this could just as well be a lipgloss with a tinting effect.

〜Application
The fuzzy applicator

Lips:
THE BODY SHOP writes that when applying the tint you should put some on the center of your lips and dab it outwards with one of your fingers. When applying it this way I feel like too much of the product is getting on my fingertip rather than my lips so, in case of a gradient look, I apply the tint on the center of my lips and press them together a few times to avoid waste. If I want a full lip look I apply the tint as if it was a lipgloss. However, because of the texture, you'd have to be careful doing it this way since it's a bit harder to make a precise outline. Also, if you apply too much your lips can get sticky.

 Natural lips
 Gradient (only applied to the center of lips)
Fully covered

Cheeks:
In case of a clean, make-up free face, dab the tint on your cheeks 1-3 times using the applicator and use a finger to spread it out; whether you dab it out or move the finger in circular motions is up to you, though I prefer the latter.
If you want to wear make-up, use the tint AFTER BB creme/foundation and BEFORE powder. Applying it like before would easily get other make-up products on the applicator and make it super gross - especially when you're going to use it on the lips again. Instead, put the tint on the back of your hand and use your finger to dab it onto your cheeks.
Make-up free                                                                   3 layers

〜Ingredients
Aqua, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Methylparaben, Mica, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tin Oxide, CI 172000/Red 33, CI 19140/Yellow 5, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491/Iron Oxides.



Pros: 
Multiple uses
• Looks fine on dry lips (neither dries nor moisturizes them)
• Adorable packaging
• Good for building up intensity
• Looks good on pale skin too (red can often be a problem for us)

Cons: 
• Packaging might be impractical (it's round)
• Wears off gradually when eating/drinking
• Too much product will cause lips to become sticky temporarily



Would I recommend it?
Yea definitely! The size doesn't bother me and several friends have commented on it and asked if they could try it. I have to say that I prefer tints with a thinner texture though but seeing as it's also meant for the cheeks, I'm okay with it being like this. I especially like using this tint all over my lips because it's not as POW-in-your-face as an actual lipstick, meaning I could wear this to school and for outings without being accused of 'being too pretty for the occasion'.

Have you tried this? Or perhaps the normal, non-special edition version?
Would you get it?


〜~
Thank you, ladies (Monika, Karoline, Mette, and Maria) for the present!

2 comments:

  1. I saw this at my local shop a few weeks back! I wonder if it's still there but i highly doubt it haha!
    I like the packaging~ it's really cute! I wanna try it :)

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  2. whata cute packaging :)
    nice riview bytheway

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