This week I give closer inspection to one of the colour products (yes, I said one - hint, hint!) from the June box - StreetStar Cosmetics StreetGloss Lip Gloss. Here's the lowdown...
Packaging: The pretty StreetStar Glosses come in a luxe looking case with a gold tip, but we'd expect nothing less from former European model and StreetStar founder Katrin Wallis. Being shot for campaigns including the likes of Ralph Lauren, Estée Lauder and Chanel (!!!), Katrin knows quality and understands the importance of a little luxe factor, reflected in her range. The fine tipped brush for application is soft and picks up a good amount of gloss for application. No 'pumping' of the wand necessary to grab onto the desired amount of gloss, like some sponge applicators can require.
Texture/Pigment & Smell: Despite its highly pigemented look (and wear, but more on that later), StreetStar gloss doesn't have a 'thick' consistency. The pigment is softly distributed throughout the a medium coverage gloss.
I'm sorry if that sounds a little confusing! Even to me it does! But this is because I've been trained to believe the trade-off of a highly pigmented gloss is that the product ends up very thick (sometimes to the point of being goopey and glue-like). But just like the new generation of hydrating lip tints (like the Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butters for example) StreetStar Gloss is a great example of innovation when it comes to lip colour; a light texture can hold a bright, bold or deep colour too. Can I get a Hallelujah?! Because while I love a bold lipstick, it is refreshing to find another lip product that can deliver when it comes to colour. Smell-wise, all of the glosses in the range have a very faint, sweet scent. Not too overpowering, but certainly a plus for ladies who like a little feminity to their beauty prods, especially fitting when them come in such glam packaging.
Hearting the perfect nude - Natural Brown (204)
Application/Wear: The silky texture of the gloss applies smoothly and precisely with the fine tipped brush. Once on, the gloss feels more moisturising than 'tacky' or sticky. Upon further investigation, the formula includes Vitamin E - tick! After 30mins of wear the gloss still feels the same on lips. After my morning coffee, I do need to reapply, but I really can't think of a lip product that doesn't require a touch up after a caffine hit, or lunch break. The only excpetion is perhaps a super long-wearing lip tint (which often requires a gloss or balm on top to avoid dry lips anyway).
Verdict: To be honest, I thought my days of gloss wearing were over. The 'stick' factor was just too prevalent in the world of glosses, in my opinion. However, (and this is a big however) the StreetStar proved me wrong. And the feeling's mutual for other post-gloss deserters. The long weekend saw myself, my sister (yes, she stole my gloss - ahhhh gotta love sisters!), Brand Manager Vanessa and bb MD Sarah all take these glosses for a spin.
Vanessa and I (and the sis) chose Natural Brown (204). I wore mine casually during the day with minimal makeup. My sis chose/stole 204 to compliment a bold brown smokey eye for a night event, and Vanessa layered her gloss over a nude lipstick for even more oomph to a lunch with friends. Three ticks of approval for 204! Sarah grabbed Perfect Red (210) for a pre-weekend meeting on Friday afternoon. Just the right hit of colour without being NSFW. Suffice to say we are all converted. With a range of 12 colours - from pale pinks, to neutral browns and rosy reds - all shades are flattering rather than OTT and a match for your skin tone is made easy...
In short - we like it! So of course, we had to include it in a box! So, a gloss valued at $17.95 in every June box and still not a member? You can join now over here. I'd love to hear what you think. Especially those of you who'd kissed goodbye to glosses, like I had in the past; got to love a beauty product that shakes up your routine, right?
Do you like the StreetStar Glosses to? Have you got a gloss you love already? Any other fave lip products you simply HAVE to share with me? Please do! - Lauren