Ok, I know I've been a little lip product heavy on my blog this month, but this Phyto-Pigments Sheer Lip Gloss form Juice Beauty really caught my eye. Little known fact - I used to be set on becoming a biological oceanographer until university killed my soul and nearly killed me (true story), so I'm kinda a dork when it comes to phyto anything, even if it's land plants and not phytoplankton. This lipgloss is formulated with plant phyto pigments instead of artificial dyes got my nerd-sense tingling. This company is run by Gwenyth Paltrow, meaning that it is super organic and fair trade and all those other rich hippie things.
In addition to phyto pigments, this thing has fruit stem cells, moisturizing cold-pressd oils, and an organic base of botanical juices, waxes, and powders instead of petroleum byproducts. It's also lacking things like silicones, talc, gluten, acrylates, parabens, glycols, PEGs, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Like I said, rich hippie things. Honestly, as I'm getting older I'm starting to look for more quality in my products so I was hoping that this super healthy lip gloss was gonna blow me away. Wrong.
While the technology and brand behind this product sound super rad, the texture is very slippery. There's zero stickiness to this gloss, which is good, but it feels kind of like cooking spray was applied directly to the lips while somehow being gritty at the same time. It also tastes (and smells) like you stuck the pointy end of a freshly sharpened pencil in your mouth, which brings be back to my days as a pencil chewer in elementary school. The gloss states that it's sheer, so I'm not gonna knock it for it's barely there pigment, but that oily, gritty feel really gets to me. The appearance of it honestly just looks like you've applied a lip salve since it loses it's glossy shine rather quickly and dulls down to a freshly moisturized appearance. Because of that, and it's thin consistency, this gloss needs to be reapplied a lot more often than other glosses I've used.
Size: 0.7 fl oz/2.2 mL
- Formulated without a bunch of junk
- Smells/tastes like pencil shavings
- Oily, yet gritty texture
- Very short wearing
Cruelty free: Naturally. Ha. Pun. Because the brand is so natural? Ha.
Final Verdict: I'd say skip this. It's really expensive, feels uncomfortable, and needs almost constant reapplication.