Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Avon Glazewear Lip Glosses - Swatches and Review

The lovely and wonderful Jenny from Mommin It Up passed along some Avon samples to me the other day that she didn't have time to review herself. When she asked if I would be willing to review them of course I took the opportunity! I am very thankful to Jenny - I have never before tried Avon Products that I can remember. So here goes nothing...

About the Avon Glazewear Lip Glosses
Avon Glazewear Lip Glosses sell for $6 a piece. They seem to be separated into four categories:
  • Clear - There is only one gloss in this category, and guess what it is. It's Clear! Apparently it has SPF 15 included, though, so if you're looking for really glossy sun protection, this might be a good option for you. I did not include it in my lip swatches because, well, it's clear.
  • Sparkle - Includes Dazzling Diamond, Mirage, Apple Cinnamon, Rave, and Mocha Latte. These glosses have the most offering in terms of sparkle and glitter. The particles tend to be smaller than other glosses (like MAC, or Milani Glitz Glosses) and don't offer quite as much shimmer. They don't "sparkle" like their name suggests, in my opinion. They do not make your lips look like a disco ball. They reminded me a little of something a mom would give their daughter as their first glosses. These colors were not very pigmented.
  • Shine - Includes Island Glow, Iced Pink, Tickled Pink, Darling Pink, and Mauve Movement. These glosses were middle of the road in terms of glitter particles, not much. In Some cases they sparkled more than the Sparkles. More of an emphasis on pigment and glossiness with this set. Your standard glosses basically.
  • Intense - Includes Sweet Maple, Brown Sugar, Intense Plum, Cherry Liqueur, and Crimson. By far the most pigmented lip glosses of the bunch. There is still shimmer to these as well. I had to work a little more to try to get these to go on evenly, partly because of the pigment. But if you want color payoff, this is your set of glosses to choose from.
Nothing special. Clear tube with a doe-foot applicator. The color label was really small and hard to read.
    Everyone's favorite part, right?

    Left to Right: Crimson, Cherry Liqueur, Intense Plum, Brown Sugar, Sweet Maple, Mauve Movement, Darling Pink, Tickled Pink, Iced Pink, Island Glow, Mocha Latte, Rave, Apple Cinnamon, Mirage, Dazzling Diamond, Clear

    I am so not KarlaSugar, but I hope that arm did a good job. I will say this - several of the "Intense" shades stained my arm for the rest of the evening, so you know there's some good pigment there.

    A Note About My Lip Swatches
    I took these pictures all in my bathroom lighting with flash. I applied the product in the same manner, and removed it using MAC wipes. My lips are pigmented naturally, so you may have a different outcome on color than I did. Such is the nature of lipsticks and skin tone! Also, lip swatches can be a little scary, just to warn you. My lips are no exception - scary I tell you!

    The Sparkle Shades
    In general, I would recommend these on top of other lip colors rather than alone. Here, they are pictured alone.

    Dazzling Diamond
    The least pigmented next to Clear. Looks white in the tube. The color you give your little girl when she's learning to wear makeup. That turns me off instantly.

    Looks tan in the tube, but still not much pigmentation

    Apple Cinnamon
    My favorite of the Sparkles

    More pink sparkles than the others. My second favorite sparkles.

    Mocha Latte
    I suspect this would look great on other skintones.

    The Shines Shades
    These I think could enhance a lip color as well as stand alone if you're looking for something light to throw on. I would call these your "workhorse" colors.

    Island Glow
    Oddly, I thought this had more shimmer than some of the Sparkles.

    Iced Pink
    Love! A great pale pink shade.

    Tickled Pink
    Probably my favorite Shine Shade. Medium Pink

    Darling Pink
    Creamier than the other Shine shades, also my second favorite.

    Mauve Movement
    Also very creamy. A good standard color.
    You probably have something like this already.

    The Intense Shade
    While you could wear these over other lip colors, they can also definately stand alone. I found it hard to get these to apply evenly, though. You will see that in the pictures.

    Sweet Maple
    Not pigmented enough to be strange on my lips. I liked it, surprisingly.

    Brown Sugar
    Holy Pigmentation Batman! Now that's what I'm talking about!
    This shade was so not made for me. I'm not sure which skin tone this shade would be best on, but if this color is your thing, go for it. It's a great pigmented gloss. But it reminds me of Pumpkin which translates to "YUCK!". You know I'm determined to find some look I can wear this with, right?

    Intense Plum
    Love the shade, hate the uneven application.

    Cherry Liqueur
    Not "Cherry" enough for me.
    I was very surprised at how this color turned out in comparison to the arm swatch.

    Great color, again could not get even application. I want to try it over a lipstick.

    How do they feel on the Lips?
    It does not have the tackiness of a MAC gloss. They feel very nice on the lips, sort of buttery in texture. My husband would say it's too gooey (he doesn't like kissing me when I wear glosses). Not gritty in the slightest, any of them.

    Wear Test - Average Results
    I took Darling Pink out for a test drive. As a gloss, I don't expect it to last forever. By the time I finished my morning cup of green tea, my tea mug-cup-thing was wearing most of my gloss.

    What's Worth Getting?
    Honestly, I wouldn't go out of my way to get any of these lip glosses. There isn't a "special" color in the bunch. I suspect you could find dupes for most of these at your local drugstore for a comparable price. However, the value is really good at $6 a pop. If you're looking for a quick pick-me-up these might be for you. If anything from the Intense subsection or the Shine subsection strike your fancy, you might want to consider a purchase, because they are nice. But for the Sparkle subsection, I think you can do better if you're looking for pigmentation as well as glitter.

    Bottom Line
    Good glosses (particularly the Shine and Intense glosses), but the range of colors is underwhelming and safe (Brown Sugar being the exception). For many people, that's probably a good thing. For me, I want to see something new.

    Full Disclosure
    The products in this review were furnished to me by a third party for review consideration. I was not paid to provide this review, and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I don't sell Avon, nor am I affiliated with Avon in any way (that I know of).