As you know by now, lipsticks with sheer coverage are huge for SS2011, you can get one pretty much from every high end brand: Chanel, Dior, Lancome, Yves Saint Laurent and others. But what if you can’t afford getting all those lipsticks but want to get a balm/gel like lipstick, too?!
I’ve found a great variant – Max Factor Xperience Boutique Sheer Gloss Balm( £7.99). Which are described as “sheer colour of a gloss, combined with the soft feel of a balm.”
These come in 3 shades: Coral, Pink Oys Shell and Pink Opal. And I was given 2 shades to try and, as I liked them a lot – I want to share with you.
First of all I have to say that I like the design and the fact that it’s a slim lipstick as I love slim lipsticks, they always look chic and elegant to me. It is easy to apply the product as it glides on and leaves the lips moisturized and shiny.
I love both shades which I have, 02 Coral is a light shimmering pink which is just my kind of colour, it gives a sheer coverage and you can apply it on the go without a mirror as it is very subtle.
As for the 07 Pink Oys Shell, it is a warm reddish rosewood. It gives a bright but not opaque colour, which is for those who love more definition.
In general, I think that these are a great alternative to those more expensive lip products and you can get all 3 for £24 only, while the high-end lipsticks are around £22 each.
Pink Oyster looks more pigmented in real life, it is a bit washed out on the photo. Both lipsticks are applied straight from the bullet but I guess you can use a lip brush for the darker shade and the liner if you wish. But I like it this way, after all these are sheer lipsticks.
After I’ve tried these two and liked them a lot, I wanted to get a third shade which is 08 Pink Opal but I couldn’t find it at any Max Factor counter near me. I hope I will find it the future.