I want to start with a disclaimer that I am not a lipgloss expert. When I review other products on this blog, I am usually pretty au fait with the strengths and pitfalls of the product type and similar products on the market. With lipgloss I am most definitely an amateur, so take this review as that of a lipgloss rookie.
A while ago I bought two Nudy Glow Rouge lipglosses in shades 01 (Rose Macaroon) and 02 (Strawberry Whip). As I’ve said before, I am not a lipgloss person: usually I find them sticky and a little too high maintenance for daily wear. I bought the Canmake Nudy Glow Rouge glosses because when I swatched them they actually seemed very creamy and hardly sticky at all.
The Nudy Glow Rouge glosses come in a pretty standard bottle, much like the MAC dazzleglass packaging. This is good because you don’t have to squeeze for ages to get the gloss out but it does mean that the top can end up being kind of goopy. The gloss is applied with a brush applicator. The bristles of one of these applicators are already starting to splay out so that’s irritating, but I’m not sure if there’s a way to prevent that…?
The glosses have no detectable scent. I say this with some trepidation because sometimes my brain fools me into thinking a scent is natural/coming from somewhere else, but I think in this case I’m right.
These lipglosses – while they are ‘nudy’ – are not sheer. In fact they are very pigmented and when I use them I just apply a little bit in the middle of my lips and then blend out with my finger. If you used the applicator all the way round your lips would end up with a thick, shiny-plastic finish.
As for how they look on lips, I’m still undecided on whether I like it or not. Some days they look great: shiny but not in-your-face-oh-my-god-I’m-wearing-pvc-pants-covered-in-glitter shiny. Other days I feel they highlight every single thing wrong with my lips. Despite exfoliating my lips before hand, it still seems luck of the draw as to how they’ll behave. They seem to highlight imperfections in my lips that I didn’t even know were there. This happens more often with the paler shade (Strawberry Whip) than Rose Macaroon.
Here are close-ups of both glosses. As you can see with Strawberry Whip, it makes my lips look kind of bad, and they’re actually fine to begin with.
In general: the lasting power is really good if you’re not doing anything mouthy (don’t be crude). I wore Rose Macaroon for a while without drinking or eating and 4 hours after applying my lips looked the same: shiny and tinted. After this I had to eat. But I think the effect would have lasted longer, and even when this lipgloss starts rubbing off/fading it still gives a pleasant sheen for a long while.
After food: these glosses stand up to food surprisingly well. After a meal a lot of the gloss had been rubbed off but I could still feel it on my lips and a tint (with a slight sheen) still remained.
After drink: they didn’t fare so well against liquids. I could still feel the creamy texture on my lips but hardly any visible trace remained.
Some people have said the glosses tend to settle into the tiny vertical lines on your lips. I have noticed this once and haven’t noticed it since. It seems these lipglosses are unreliable in terms of daily performance: one day there’s no trouble at all but the next the lipgloss is all stringy when you put it on.
Here are full-face pictures of both glosses because I find posting disembodied mouths a little creepy, and also unhelpful in the whole context of how the gloss looks.
I like Rose Macaroon much more than Strawberry Whip because I am not too enamoured with skin-like gloss colours. I’d guess colours like Rose Macaroon, Brownie Chocolate and Sugar Milk Tea would make nice MLBB colours, and the others (Peach Milk, Honey Latte and Strawberry Whip) would be better if you’re looking for a pale lip.
I’m not sure I would buy any more of these, but not because there’s anything wrong with them per se, just because they haven’t managed to convert me over to wearing lipglosses daily. In general though, I think they are quite nice as lipglosses go: they have good lasting power and they’re not sticky. The colour range is pretty limited, but wearable.
So: Lasting power is good and when the gloss does wear off it does so without leaving any marks or lines. On rare occasions the lipgloss settles into lines so 16/20 in all.
Application can be tricky depending on how the lipgloss is feeling that day, so that’s about a 10/20.
While the glosses don’t hydrate, they also don’t dry out my lips, but like I said before: if you have any lip issues to begin with (dry-ness, flakiness etc) these glosses should probably be avoided.
So altogether that averages to 13/20.
I’d say that’s a fair score, but I am a little biased against glosses I think. It seems I’ll have to stick with my illamasqua sheer lipglosses as they are more like a gloss/balm hybrid.