High Shimmer Lip Gloss
If there’s one thing Bobbi Brown got right with High Shimmer Lip Gloss, it’s the name. This lip gloss does indeed contain an astronomical amount of shimmer with an ultra-glittery, reflective finish. In fact, it’s so glittery that you can feel the grainy, unpleasant finish the glitter leaves behind as the gloss wears off.
What’s more problematic is the amount of peppermint, which causes a stinging sensation on application. That tingling means this gloss is irritating your lips (see our More Info section to learn why). It’s bad enough that this lip gloss is overpriced and has a grainy unpleasant feel, but add to that the irritation it causes and you are far better off choosing a lip gloss from our Best Products list.
- Doesn’t leave lips feeling too sticky, as many other glosses do.
- Wide variety of shades (online at least; department stores may not carry all shades).
- Unpleasant, grainy texture from the high amount of glitter.
- Ultra-glittery finish looks unsophisticated and is distracting rather than flattering.
- Stings on application, which means significant irritation is taking place, and that’s a problem for your lips.
The stinging/tingling sensation from this lip gloss is caused by peppermint. Peppermint is a significant skin irritant, and irritation of any kind can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance
Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; mostly excellent brushes.
Weaknesses: Multiple moisturizers in jar packaging, otherwise great products hindered with irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components.
It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.
Today, Bobbi Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations, true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to anyone's makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.
Turning to the skincare collection, there are a few excellent formulas, but unfortunately, many are packaged in a jar, which means their beneficial ingredients are rendered useless due to air exposure (and bacterial contamination from spatulas or fingers). In addition, some suffer from the inclusion of potent fragrant essential oils. Those that should be avoided are noted in their respective reviews. That aside, color is without a doubt Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of skincare products.
For more information about Bobbi Brown, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
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