Stila’s Pearl Shimmer Gloss ($22) — out now at Sephora and online at www.sephora.com and www.stilacosmetics.com — features actual pearl powder in the formulation. The product is said to enhance the natural lip color in four sorbet-like shades that glide on effortlessly.
Upon inspecting the product’s ingredient list — craftily packaged with a black-and-white sketch of a strand of pearls — it shows that mineral oil, polybutene, octyldodecanol and isocetyl sterate are the main ingredients; followed by a butylenes/ethylene/styrene copolymer, flavor/aroma and pearl powder. To the average eye – it will shine, stick and taste like something.
Ocean Currant – a deep, sheer berry with pink and red shimmer - looks like its description, as seen through the clear plastic tubing. The slim brush applicator (I’m more of a sponge-tip fan but the brush seems popular this year with glosses) leaves a light layer of gloss, which does have a red/pink sparkle in the light. The taste is a delicious fruit-y berry and is pleasantly subtle.
The next shade, Pearlescent Pink – a mid-tone pink with shimmer — looks almost bubblegum, with a 1980s fleck of silver-y pink. Same sweet taste as the Ocean Currant. The shimmer is a bit brighter on this one.
Overall: A very wearable, non-sticky gloss. Might work nicely layered over a glitter lip pencil or lipstick for true shimmer depth.
More info: www.stilacosmetics.com