Saturday, March 3, 2012

Sunday Riley Crème Gloss Sheer Impact Lip Gloss in Beach Front- Review & Swatches

I received my full-sized Sunday Riley Crème Gloss Sheer Impact Lip Gloss in Beach Front in the Barneys Gift Bag during their famous Bag Event in February (click here to see the bag!), and have been in love with it ever since. There are ten different shades in a rainbow of colors ranging from warm to cool tones, among them is the cool-toned Sangria that I have been wearing and loving since last November (reviewed here).
Like Sangria, Beach Front is among the most sheer of Sunday Riley's Crème Gloss Sheer Impact Lip Glosses. Therefore, if you are looking for an opaque lip gloss- this isn't the one you are seeking. Beach Front is best described as a peachy nude beige that imparts very little color to the lips, but it does offer a lovely shimmery sheen.

The Crème Gloss formula offers a dewy glossy finish with shimmer, but without any stickiness whatsoever (it's the antithesis of the sticky MAC Lipglass formula). This lip gloss is remarkably hydrating, and provides a fairly long-lasting wear time. It has the moisturizing properties of a lip balm, but with the elegant finish of a high-end luxury lipgloss. The consistency is much thinner than Chanel's Glossimers- which are thicker and stickier, but lack the moisturizing properties that one finds in the Crème Gloss Sheer Impact Lip Gloss formula.

This super conditioning lip gloss was specifically formulated to be non-tacky, long wearing, and conditioning all while maintaining a high gloss sheen. Sunday Riley wanted to create universally flattering colors that ranged from semi-translucent to shimmery to intense pops of color. They can be worn alone or layered over lipsticks and /or lipliners.

The key ingredients that make this a magically moisturizing lip gloss are:

Sunflower Seed Oil which provides high levels of hydration for the treatment (and prevention) of chapped lips- it conditions and nourishes very effectively.

Vitamin E also works wonders to nourish and condition even the driest of lips.

Stable Vitamin C is used because it effectively increases collagen levels to plump up the lips naturally. It also brightens skin, reduces melanin production (which can lead to hyperpigmentation), and is a powerhouse vitamin for its ability to repair the damaging effects of UV exposure.

Polybutene 100 is the magical ingredient that creates the intensely glossy shine without any of the tackiness that one usually finds in high shine lip glosses (making this ingredient one of the most coveted in Sunday Riley's Crème Glosses).

The formula is sheer enough that all of the shades will work beautifully across all skin tones (whether you have warm or cool undertones).

All swatches are taken outside in varying degrees of sunlight.
 Crème Gloss Sheer Impact Lip Glosses are Paraben Free!
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Overall assessment: I really like this lip gloss a great deal. It is intensely moisturizing and has a gorgeous sheen. I reach for it all of the time, However, if you are seeking an opaque finish be warned that Beach Front is intentionally very sheer.

$28.00 at Barneys New York

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