Make Up For Ever has recently replaced their Lab Shine Lipgloss with the new version called Artist Plexi-Gloss. The new formula is supposed to deliver up to five hours of wear time and provide a 360-degree maximized shine. I’ve put it to the test and today I’m going to let you know whether it lives up to the claim!
Shown here is a mini sample of the Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 202 Sweet Pink. The color is described as a sheer sweet pink. It looks milky pink in the tube but once applied on the lips, it basically shows up as just a clear gloss on me, even with multiple layers. I guess they take the word “sheer” literally!
The gloss comes in a traditional lip gloss tube but the funny thing (to me) is the shape of the doe-foot applicator! Look below, doesn’t it look like an oven mitt? :D
But the brand has a fancy name for it which is Superflex Applicator! And boy, is it super flex(ible)! It’s very soft and bends generously to fit the contour of your lips with precision and control. I suppose the tiny “slit” on one side is for “collecting” the gloss so that you can pick up an ideal amount of product in one dip.
Here’s a swatch of 202 Sweet Pink layered (L) and sheered out (R):
It’s a pretty basic shade that you can use alone to enhance your natural lip color or layer over a lipstick to add high shine. I appreciate a simple color like this but I’m still not sold on the “innovative” formula. I find it mediocre at best. Here’s why:
- The texture is rather thick. It’s not heavy but it’s not lightweight, either. I always feel it on my lips but not in an uncomfortable way. It becomes more weightless as it wears on, though.
- The high shine is yummy, almost lacquer-like! And I love it! But it doesn’t last very long. About 2-3 hours at most.
- It is one sticky gloss. The hair-stuck-on-your-lips type of sticky, although it’s not the stickiest I’ve used. The stickiness of a lipgloss generally tends to help extend the longevity of the product but for this particular shade, I don’t find it to be any longer-lasting than my other glosses of similar color. It leaves a light tackiness on the lips once it wears off, too.
But good things about it also do exist! I find 202 to apply very evenly without settling into lines (common for milky glosses) or catching on flakes. When it dries out, it doesn’t leave that white line between the top and upper lips. It’s also fairly moisturizing as my lips don’t feel dehydrated after wear.
I have a feeling that the other more pigmented shades in the line-up will do better in terms of staying power. I don’t think I’ll purchase any to find out, though, since I’m not fond of the sticky formula. I used to be able to tolerate sticky glosses but lately I wear them less and less. Everyone has different taste and I’m not saying this is a poorly-executed product by any means, it’s just not what I current prefer.
If you don’t mind the texture, there is a whopping 35 colors in the line-up for you to choose from! From clear, to nudes/beiges, to pinks, to corals, to reds, and even to opaque blacks (check out Pearly Beetle shade in particular, it’s such a stunning color!). Additionally, there are solid and shimmery colors to accommodate your preference and/or skin tone. The price point is very reasonable, too, at US$19 a pop!
Do you mind sticky glosses? Would you trade comfort for longevity?
US$19 at Sephora
฿900 at Sephora Thailand
I mind sticky glosses a lot and wouldn’t want to wear this one at all, as it has everything I dislike: not lightweight, sticky and sheer.
Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking
Yeah, I wish the formula was a little less sticky! It might just be only this color that’s sheer, though. They have bolder colors in the line-up that I think are much more pigmented!
i’m loving this detailed review jaa! lovely gloss but i really can’t stand my hair sticking to my lips whenever the wind blows. haha
Haha I totally know what you mean! I wear sticky glosses less and less now. Living in such a hot and humid climate, the last thing I want to do is picking my hair off my sticky lips! Ewww LOL
It’s not really something I would buy but the oven mit is right on.
LOL glad I’m not alone!
One of the main reasons I don’t like glosses is that they can be sticky / tacky. I hate those! I don’t mind reapplying so longevity isn’t a problem. However, if I want something glossier, I prefer balmy lipsticks compared to glosses anyway. So far, the only gloss I’d buy willingly is from Dior. LOL! Then again, I don’t wear glosses enough to be curious about other brands.
For some reason I knew you were about to mention Dior glosses and you did. LOL! Yep! I’m a fan of Dior glosses as well! They are not long-wearing but they are so much more comfortable to wear! :D Maybelline Color Elixirs are really good, too! :)
Despite the bad I think I might actually want to try it. But in a different shade. I’m digging the applicator. It looks so pillowy soft.
It does feel soft! And super bendy! LOL. I think 202 is probably one of the least interesting shades in the line-up. Only for those who like a super nude glossy lip look or a clear layering gloss.
LOL! An Oven mitt indeed! Very Ove Glove! Thanks for the head’s up on this. I will probably pass because I don’t typically reach for sticky glosses, even though I know they last longer. Hair in the gloss is not fun! Sometimes I don’t mind moderately sticky glosses (Tarte LipSurgences never bother me even though they are tacky) but on the whole, I prefer smooth ones. Pretty color, though – it would go with everything since it’s so sheer!
Yep! Hair in the gloss is so totally uncool! Have not tried those Tarte LipSurgences. Come to think of it, I haven’t tried any new Tarte makeup at all lately! Have you tried anything new and fun? I’m so out of loop!
Tarte has a wonderful blush called Peaceful that’s a peachy-toned pink and pigmented! You know how most of their Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes are sheer and need to be built? Not Peaceful! It’s so stunning. I bought it after seeing the swatch and mini review Julie of Collective Beauty posted last month and it’s become my new favorite! http://www.collectivebeautyblog.com/2015/06/12/makeup-and-beauty-favorites-june-2015/ Definitely one for the wish list! ;)
Dang, that’s one pretty blush! Thanks for recommending it, Kristen! Oh it’s definitely ON my wish list now! ;)