Today, I will be doing a quick review of one of Sephora’s current promoted items, the Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip plumper. The shade that I received as a sample from Sephora is Sugar, which is described to be a rose beige colour.
The description on Sephora says:
Naturally creates the look of fuller, more voluptuous lips. This mineral-infused polish imparts a luminous high shine with no sticky or tacky feeling. A deep infusion of antioxidant vitamins A and E help keep lips soft, smooth, and protected, while the tingly and cooling sensation reminds you that your lips are getting an immediate increase in fullness.
When I first chose this colour from the online swatch that they provided, I thought it was going to be sheer, but that is actually not the case. It is semi-pigmented, with lots of shimmer.
When I first opened the tube, it smelled amazing, like caramel/mocha coffee. It was good enough to eat. The consistency is quite thick, so I had to dip the applicator into the tube twice to get a good fill. After the application, I quickly noticed a tingly feeling on my lips, I am guessing from the minty substance that is supposed to make your lips look more plump. I love the smell, but that is pretty much all I love.
This product is $18 USD or $23 CAD. For the amount that you pay, it is definitely not worth it. The colour selection isn’t very original (when I saw the actual colour of the gloss, it didn’t wow me in any way), so for those of you looking for a variety of colours, I would go for MAC. Speaking of MAC, the plumping effect on this gloss is about the same as a MAC lipglass, but priced at 50% more than MAC lipglass. Oh, and it is stickier than MAC lip glosses.
Also, the minty effect is starting to get really annoying. Other glosses with the mint, such as Dior Lip Maximizer (no, this time I am not just favouring Dior) lasts maybe a few seconds, a few minutes max, but I applied this gloss over 2 hours ago, it is still minty. I read that menthol or any type of mint will slowly burn away the top layer of your skin on the lip, so I try to avoid lip products with minty sensations. With this one, the mint just doesn’t go away.
I think the only other pro is that it has no parabens, sulfates or phthalates in it, so at least you’re not ingesting a ton of chemical preservatives. Other than that, on a scale of 1-10 I would give this gloss a 3, maybe 4 max.
If you’re someone who really values a comparatively natural lip product, if you like minty lip glosses, or if you really like scented lip glosses in general, this is probably a product for you.
Update: It is now 4, almost 5 hours later. It is still minty…