The Sunday Riley Crème Gloss Sheer Impact Lip Gloss formula offers a dewy glossy finish with and without shimmer, but not with any stickiness whatsoever (it's the antithesis of the sticky MAC Lipglass formula). This lip gloss formula is remarkably hydrating, and provides a fairly long-lasting wear time (provided that you aren't rubbing your lips together because it feels so good, or eating and drinking). It has the moisturizing properties of a lip balm, but with the elegant finish of a high-end luxury lip gloss. 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. Click here to see my overview of this formula with links to more reviews.
This super conditioning lip gloss was specifically formulated to be non-tacky, long wearing, and conditioning 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 lip liners. I have found that all of the shades tend to be far more sheer than opaque, and the intensity of the color in the tube does not translate to the same level of intensity on the lips. Therefore, if you are looking for a lip gloss that is truly opaque you may be disappointed in the coverage. That said, you will not be disappointed with this phenomenal formula!
The color that I am reviewing today is Vacay, which is described as a light sheer hot pink- which is an accurate description though the emphasis on sheer cannot be overstated. In fact the swatches above are built up to a very thick impasto in order for you to see the pigmentation. However, if you run your eyes along the edges of the swatches you will note that where the gloss is applied with greater economy that it sheers out to the point of imparting little to no color at all. Vacay also is free of sparkle- making it a lovely sheer gloss that gives the lips a gorgeous sheen without any shiny pearl particles. While I find all of the Crème Gloss Sheer Impact Lip Glosses to be sheer, Vacay is among the sheerest of them. This does not bother me in the least bit because I am really madly in love this lip gloss formula, but I must reiterate that those seeking an opaque lip gloss will be disappointed with the coverage that Vacay provides.
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).Overall assessment: I am a huge fan of this formula. However people who prefer opaque lip glosses will be very disappointed because Vacay is a very sheer color and it imparts little to no color on my lips. It does offer a gorgeous shine, and for anyone who loves Chanel's Glaze Glossimer you might find this to be an excellent comparable product in terms of quality and price.
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As I have said before: I love these lip glosses! They are the most comfortable and moisturizing lip glosses that I have ever worn. I can even wear these lip glosses when my lips are very chapped, and frankly they heal my lips faster than most of my lip balms do. I love the formula, I love that the shades tend to be more sheer, and I love how well it layers over other lip products. I also find that it is so emollient and moisturizing that it keeps my lips supple and soft even when I wear more drying lipstick formulas. I view Crème Gloss Sheer Impact Lip Color as a beautiful treatment product that doubles as a lip gloss. Merrady & Suzi aptly said that it is like Juno Oil for the lips, and that sums it up perfectly!
$28.00 0.23 oz. at Barneys New York and Dermstore