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The original pink O-Gloss Intuitive Lip Gloss has now expanded to include a Noir version and a Gold version, each claiming to transform to your lip’s own perfect shade. Hardly an “intuitive” gloss, each version turns nearly the same shade on everyone, with slight differences depending on the natural color of your lips.

The original O-Gloss dispenses clear and turns a sheer shade of pink when applied to your lips. The Noir version dispenses as a dark blackberry color and turns to a sheer berry shade. The Gold version dispenses as a shimmering gold color and turns shimmering peach as you apply.

Each gloss has a smooth but somewhat sticky texture with a high-shine finish. Despite the novelty, there are several ingredients in this gloss that cause irritation (peppermint oil among them), and as such it is not recommended. See More Info to find out why peppermint oil is a problem for your lips or for skin anywhere on your face or body.

  • Smooth texture and high-shine finish.
  • Contains irritating ingredients (see More Info for details).
  • The shades will not work for all skin tones.
  • Doesn’t develop a personalized, unique color as claimed.

More Info:

Peppermint oil 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, whether it’s the skin on your lips or elsewhere (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).

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Smashbox At-A-Glance

Two interesting things about Smashbox are that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeuptheir great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.

Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primerswhether thats a necessary step is up for debatebut nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.

For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder visit www.smashbox.com.

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