My Sephora and Nordstrom haul featured some recently released goodies, including the new Makeup Forever Artist Plexi Glosses. Inspired by the high vinyl finish of plexi glass makeup case, the plexi-glosses promise to “impart vivid color and stunning shine” with an innovative, non-sticky gloss formula that goes on smoothly. I’m not the biggest lip gloss fan but was interested in testing the formula, so I settled on single gloss in the shade Nude Pink (200). It’s definitely not one of the more interesting colours in the range but I’d been wanting a versatile neutral, barely there pink gloss that I could pair with a wide range of pink lipsticks.
The Plexi-Glosses are offered in both pearly (indicated with a “P” following the product number) and non-pearly finishes. I have to say that the colour selection is fantastic, offering 35 shades in everything from neutrals, pinks, corals, red and purples, and to more daring shades of blue and black.
The glosses feature a flat and wide sponge tip applicator described as an “exclusive, artist-designed superflex…lip-hugging shape that allows for precision and control with a super-loaded split-tip that has a unique contour to sweep on the ideal amount of lip lacquer”. In my opinion, the large, flexible flap does allow one to apply more of the product in a single swipe but its wideness can make it difficult to be precise. I could see it being especially problematic for those with smaller, thinner lips.
According to the company, the glosses contain “pigments that are packed with Plexi Color Technology to deliver up to five hours of color impact while 360-degree, reflective shine beads maximize shine”. Nude Pink is a pale, neutral toned pink with cream finish that is definitely more sheer than some of the darker shades in the range. However, it does deliver the promised glossy, highly reflective finish.
Though touted as non-sticky, the Plexi Glosses are actually very similar to MAC’s lip glasses. They are almost identical in texture. As such, there is a thickness and stickiness to them that might not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you prefer light-weight, balm-like glosses, for example, the plexi-glosses aren’t for you. Personally, I don’t mind thicker glosses on occasion as they offer longer wear. In the case of the Plexi-Gloss, I got about four hours. On its own, Nude Pink can tend to settle in fine lines but works much better over a lipstick.
Overall, I’m happy with my choice, but I not blown away with the formula. That being said, I may consider one of the darker shades at some point. The Makeup Forever Artist Plexi Glosses are permanent and retail for $19.00 USD. You can find them on the company’s website or Sephora.
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