NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl Review & Swatches

After the mess that was Sephora's Rouge Infusion Lip Stain, let's talk about a red lip product that has quickly become one of my favorites: NARS' Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl ($31CDN). I've actually had this product since July and just never got around to reviewing it (I'm a bad blogger, I know), but since Christmas is getting so close I thought now would be a good time to do so. There's not much I have to say about packaging before we move onto the actual product.. NARS' simple yet sleek packaging is hands down one of my favorites overall, and the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are no exception.

My only small gripe is that you have to sharpen it rather then twist it up like most other chubby lip pencils, but you'll get a more precise point in return so it's not a big deal. Let's move onto what the Sephora website has to say about this product:

"Combining the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in jumbo-sized crayon design, these pigment-rich sticks provide a matte, creamy finish that will not dry the lips. Enriched with emollients, vitamin E, and silicone, each gorgeous shade glides on and stays put."

Dragon Girl is described simply as a 'siren red', but as you can see it's an absolutely beautiful pinky red that I can't get enough of.. It makes me feel super confident and like I could take over the world, haha! It has a lovely soft matte finish, and is nice and pigmented in just one swipe. The consistency isn't the creamiest but it's not at all stiff either; it applies quite easily, especially on lips that have been moisturized prior.

Here it is on the lips! You can get pretty precise application with it on its own, but a lip liner beforehand would definitely help along the top lip. While it does transfer very slightly (on a water bottle for example), it leaves a stain and lasts until you decide to take it off so the wear is fantastic. It's also comfortable to wear and non-drying just as it claims which is awesome in a matte, especially for someone like me who always has dry lips. In short, I love this product, and whether it's Dragon Girl or not, if you like matte lips you have to give the Velvet Mattes a try at least once!

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Red Essence Review & Swatches

I apologize for yet another small hiatus from the blogging world, but I'm back today with a review on this Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Red Essence ($18CDN) from Sephora. I have a few red lip products I'd like to try (keyword is try) and review before Christmas, so let's get this one out of the way first.. Sephora claims that this lip stain "delivers intense color with no sticky residue" and that it "provides buildable coverage". They also claim that the "weightless formula leaves lips stained, soft, hydrated, and refreshed upon application". Well, okay then. Before we get to the actual review let's quickly talk packaging.. I just have a deluxe sample size which is packaged the same as the full size, just smaller. I'm sure the full size would look fine, but let's be real.. The sample size looks like a tampon.

The applicator is a doe-foot which is a plus. I don't really have anything else to say here.. I just wanted to use this picture because I liked how it came out, haha. Okay, let's get to the swatches:

Red Essence is a red (obviously), that leans sort of ox-bloody.. It looks like a nice shade and the swatch seemed fine, but then I put it on my lips..

It's not quite as noticeable here as it is in person, but this stuff clings to dry spots. If you don't have perfectly smooth lips it's just gonna look like a mess. It is somewhat buildable.. but only on my dry spots. No matter how many times I went over the lower bit of my bottom lip (where you can see it's sheer and uneven) it just wouldn't build up and would basically wipe away. Not cool. Upon first application it feels.. wet.. in a weird way. It kind of dries after a few seconds, but I can still tell I have something on my lips and my brain just goes "What is this? Please get it off!". And so I did.. I don't think I even had it on for an hour, but it just felt so unpleasant. It does leave a stain like it claims, though, but only on the dry parts of my lips. After removal I was left with mostly bare lips and then patches of this stuff that would not come off.. I can only imagine how it would look if you let it wear off on its own. On top of all of this, it also has a super sweet, artificial fruity scent and slight taste. No, thank you. In conclusion: I'm not a fan.

Makeup by One Direction Rock Me Nail Varnish Kit Review & Swatches

I'm back with another Makeup by One Direction review! This time it's on the limited edition Rock Me Nail Varnish Kit, which should be available now in stores such as Macy's and Dillards along with the Liquilights Glow Gloss Kit I previously reviewed. If you're looking for more info or updates on the line, check out and like the official Facebook page here. Before we continue, here's the description for this set from the back of the box:
"Rock Me Nail Kit, featuring UV-reactive nail varnish and UV-reactive glitter nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night. Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle!"
The kit contains three nail polishes and three jars of glitter, but I'll only be reviewing the polishes today (sorry!).. The loose glitters just aren't my thing; but if you're more into nail art then I am then it's a nice little addition.
The three polishes included in the kit are, from left to right, Happily, Moments, and Diana. Like the glosses, they're each named after One Direction songs. The bottles are square with a brick pattern on the caps, and contain 8.0ml of product. The brushes are on the wider side which I personally prefer, but the hairs themselves are slightly thick and cheap looking.. This didn't seem to affect the application though because I didn't experience any problems.
Here we have some swatches in the same order as above. I'm going to run though each shade quickly, so let's start with Happily, which is described as an 'iced blue'. It's a really nice shade, but for some reason the polish refused to stay on the center of the nail (even with four coats which is what I used above) and kept pooling to the sides. Bummer. Next up is Moments, which is described as a 'neon pink'. The formula on this one was fine, and was opaque in just two coats. The color is super fun and bright which makes me really miss summer, haha. And last but not least we have Diana, which is just described as a '3D holographic'.. I'm not usually a fan of bar glitters but I actually like the way this one looks! I used two coats in the above swatch, and the glitter dispersed nice and evenly which was nice. Okay, time for a verdict.. If you're like me and won't use the loose glitters you could probably pass on this kit since one of the polishes is a bit of a dud, and it might not be worth it for just two shades.. If you have a One Direction fan in your life who's really into nails however, it could make a great gift. So, what's your opinion? Yay or nay?
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Makeup by One Direction Liquilights Glow Gloss Kit Review & Swatches

Today I'm really excited to be reviewing this new, limited edition Liquilights Glow Gloss Kit by Makeup by One Direction for you! This kit along with two others (one of which I'll also be reviewing) launched on November 15th and should be available in stores such as Macy's and Dillards. For more updates and info be sure to like the official Facebook page here. Okay, let's get to the makeup..! Here's the description from the back of the box:

"Liquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and Vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night. Gloss can be worn alone for a pop of sparkle and color, or paired with One Direction Crème Lipstick for a bolder look."

The kit comes with three glosses that are named after One Direction songs, which I find really cute. From left to right is Kiss You, Taken (one of my favorite songs off the Up All Night album!), and Through The Dark. As for packaging, they come in square tubes with a brick pattern on the caps and have paddle-style sponge applicators (like a doe-foot applicator but.. paddle shaped). Onto the swatches..!

Here's a wrist swatch in the same order as above.. I wasn't expecting them to be as bright as they are but I was pleasantly surprised! Kiss You is described as an "orange glitter rush that glows to neon yellow under UV light"; Taken is described as a "powerhouse glitter pink that glows to neon pink-orange under UV light"; and Through The Dark is described as an "electric glitter poppy that glows to neon red-orange under UV light". Unfortunately I didn't test the glowing part as it didn't interest me personally, so I apologize if you were curious!

'Kiss You' Applied
'Taken' Applied
'Through The Dark' Applied
I thought they might sheer out once applied to the lips, but they actually have pretty great color pay-off! While I like all three shades, Through The Dark would have to be my favorite as it's the most subtle in terms of glitter. As for the formula, it's super smooth and slick, is comfy on the lips, and isn't sticky or tacky at all. The applicator is nice and soft, easy to use, and has enough product on it so that you don't need to go back for more which is nice. These glosses do have a slight generic lip-gloss taste and scent to them which I usually hate, but I find that I'm able to tolerate it which is great . Last of all is the wear.. Since the formula is more slick and is non-sticky it only wore for about two hours on me during a five hour shift. This is fine with me though, as I would rather have a shorter wear time then sticky lips, haha. I'll admit that I was a little skeptical of this makeup line at first despite being a One Direction fan, but I'm actually quite impressed with these glosses! If you have a 1D fan in your life this kit would make a perfect gift for the holidays!
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theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer Review & Swatches

When theBalm first came out with Cindy-Lou Manizer I wasn't all that interested because I felt like it wouldn't flatter my skin-tone all that well.. When they were last up on Hautelook though, I wasn't able to resist and ended up getting it to complete my trio since I already own Mary-Lou Manizer and Betty-Lou Manizer (my justification was that if it looked bad on me I could just add it to my kit, haha). Before we get to the review and swatch let's talk packaging.. Like her sisters, Cindy-Lou comes in a round compact with a snap closure. While Mary-Lou had a mug-shot and Betty-Lou had a wanted poster, Cindy-Lou sports an escaped poster. I don't think I have to tell you again how much I love theBalm's packaging, so let's get into their description of this product:

"An all-in-one essential, this smart shadow, beautiful blush, and subtle highlighter is tucked inside a go-anywhere compact. The light-reflecting peachy pink hue adds a splash of color to your cheeks and a hint of shimmer to your lids, while illuminating your finest features."
It looks a bit more like a tanned, peachy shade in the pan but when swatched it shows up as a pale, peachy pink like theBalm describes. I was concerned it might look strange used as a highlight on me because of this, but once you blend it out it becomes more subtle and gives a beautiful glow.. I ended up really liking it as a highlight, and have even found myself using it more then my beloved Mary-Lou Manizer lately!
Heavy Swatch
Like her sisters (and theBalm's powder products in general), Cindy-Lou Manizer is super soft and finely milled. A little goes a long way and it blends almost effortlessly. As for wear, I find that I'm able to get through a whole day with only some faint fading. I've said it before, but I'm still convinced that theBalm adds magic to their products, haha. I'm digging Cindy-Lou, and next time it's up on Hautelook I'm going to have to get another to add to my kit!

Hautelook Heads Up! Stila Cosmetics

Just popping in quickly to let you know that Stila is currently up on Hautelook until Thursday, November 6 at at 8AM Pacific! They have a bunch of eyeshadows, convertible colors, concealers, and eyeliners on sale along with a few lip colors, bronzers, and palettes. I won't be getting anything personally, but if you are then I would love to know what you got in the comments!

QUICK REVIEW: SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Arroyo Review & Swatch

Hi, everyone! Before I get to today's review I just want to quickly apologize for my absence in the blogging world (my last post was back on October 8th!). Not only is my new job taking up a good amount of my time, but my grandmother sadly passed away on October 19th so between working, the wake and funeral, and just taking some time for myself and family, beauty blogging was put on the back burner.. Today I finally have a new post for you, though! Say hello to Arroyo from SpaRitual's new Wander collection; a dull, mauve-y pink with golden shimmer. It quickly dries to a matte/suede-like finish which I love (pictured above), but it also looks really beautiful with a topcoat over it (see Vampy Varnish's swatch). Application was a breeze as I found the brush easy to work with, and the formula was just right.. I only needed two coats for complete coverage. I may not own many SpaRitual polishes (this is my third), but when they come out with a shade that I just can't resist I'm always left impressed!

LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints in Blushing, Daring, and Tempt Review & Swatches

I've been patiently waiting for the LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints to arrive here in Canada and I've finally gotten my hands on them! I have three of the eighteen shades which from bottom to top are Blushing, Daring, and Tempt. They come in cute, squeeze tubes that match the color of each shade and have a slanted, plastic applicator. Because of the packaging and shade selection they've been compared to the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks (which I haven't tried personally) but they're actually a lot more like the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' Lip Tars!

Swatch time! From left to right is Blushing, Daring, and Tempt. Each shade is super pigmented with one swipe, and the formula is nice and creamy.. As you can see, Tempt is a bit runny and definitely thinner then the other two but it's still workable. In the below lip swatches I applied each shade straight from the tube but I think you would be better off using a lip brush like with Lip Tars.

As you can see, I picked similar shades going from light to dark.. Blushing is a pink with a hint of mauve, Daring is similar to a Barney purple but turns a bit more berry on the lips, and Tempt is deep berry that's nearly identical to OCC's Black Dahlia. They all have a minty scent and taste and are pretty comfortable on the lips, though they tend to stick to dry spots which you can see best with Tempt. As for wear, I would say they last anywhere from four to seven hours depending on what you're doing.. They do leave a stain though, so you don't have to worry as much about touching up. Like I said earlier, I find them very similar to Lip Tars and to be honest I might actually like these better which is awesome when you compare prices, haha. I purchased mine for about $4 which is a total steal, while the Lip Tars go for $22.. I'm definitely going to be picking up more shades for both myself and for my kit!

QUICK REVIEW: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Buying makeup removing wipes can add up when you're purchasing them every month and they're also more wasteful, so after finishing up my last pack I decided to try out this Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm ($35CDN) which I'll be reviewing quickly for you today. Basically, this stuff is awesome and I can't see myself ever going back to wipes. All you do is take some of the balm and gently massage it over your face.. It's easy to get out and you only need a small amount for your whole face so one jar should last you quite a while. Once you start to massage it in it turns into what Clinique calls a 'silky oil' and dissolves all of your makeup.. even mascara! Not only does it do a great job at removing everything, but it works really quickly as well; all you have to do afterwards is just rinse your face (I usually just use a warm, damp cloth). Some of the makeup removing wipes I've used in the past could leave behind a bit of a residue or greasy feeling but this stuff rinses off completely and leaves my skin super soft.. Like, a baby's butt kind of soft. The first time I used it I just stood there feeling my face for a bit, haha. Overall, I would give it two thumbs up.. I definitely recommend it!

QUICK REVIEW: EOS Visibily Soft Lip Balm Sphere in Coconut Milk

Today I have a super quick review on the new EOS Visibly Soft Lip Balm Spheres for you. The original EOS spheres aren't the best lip balms in my opinion (I prefer to use them as a primer before my lipstick), so I was excited when they came out with these new ones that claim to soften, hydrate, and nourish. I picked up the Coconut Milk flavor which is pink, but they also have Vanilla Mint which comes in blue. The packaging is pretty much the same as the original lip balms but they have slightly raised swirls going around the sphere which adds to the cuteness, haha. The Visibly Soft Lip Balm is less waxy and much slicker then the originals, and it definitely does a better job at moisturizing. My lips are always dry and chapped so I can be pretty picky about lip balms, but this one does a pretty good job at softening, hydrating, and nourishing just as EOS claims. I love to put it on before bed because when I wake up I find that I'm able to wipe away any dry spots and be left with nicer, softer lips. Overall, I'm quite happy and I can see myself repurchasing.. If you have dry lips or just weren't impressed with the original EOS balms I would totally recommend checking these ones out!

Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel Review & Swatches

I'm kicking myself for not getting Benefit's Gimme Brow ($26CDN) earlier because it just makes life so much easier! I originally got a tube of it for my mom who has light, sparse brows and was really surprised by the results it gave her (in a good way!) so I told myself I would have to get myself a tube sometime. I've had my tube for about a week now and I'm completely and utterly in love.. I really wish I had gotten it sooner!

The packaging is cute and quirky (like all Benefit products), and quite small. It's about the length of my palm and the width of my index finger.. I was a bit shocked at first to see just how tiny it was but my mom has had her tube for about five months now and it's still going strong. As you can see, the brush is really tiny as well but it's actually the perfect size to run through the brows!

Gimme Brow comes in just two shades: Light/Medium (left) which my mom uses, and Medium/Deep (right) which is the shade that I use. Both are slightly cooler toned shades which are perfect for the brows.. Medium/Deep is probably the best match for me out of any brow products I've ever tried!

As for the performance, Gimme Brow is super easy and quick to apply - it's perfect if you're short on time or just don't like spending time on your brows because all you have to do is brush it through and voila! It fills in gaps and defines really well all while looking natural, and it sets the hairs in place without making them feel stiff or crunchy like other brow gels can do. It also wears well all day and won't come off until you want it to. It's all I've been using to do my brows since I got it, and I think it's already reached holy grail status for me.. it's that good!

Hautelook Heads Up! theBalm Cosmetics

Hey, everyone! I'm just dropping in to let you know that theBalm Cosmetics is currently on Hautelook (sale ends on Tuesday at 8AM Pacific)! theBalm is one of my favorite brands and I would totally recommend the following products: NUDE'tude Eyeshadow Palette, Bahama Mama Bronzer, Mary-Lou Manizer, ANY of the blushes (I love Swiss Dot and Cabana Boy), and their Sexy Mama Translucent Powder (my favorite setting powder!). If you like, you can find all of my theBalm reviews through this link. Happy shopping, and let me know if you get anything! I finally grabbed the Cindy-Lou Manizer so you can expect a review of that in the future!

NARS Lip Gloss in Priscilla Review & Swatches

Today's post will be on this NARS Lip Gloss in the shade Priscilla, which I got as a mini with my last Sephora order. I've been curious about these glosses for years, but since I'm not much of a lip gloss person the $29CDN price tag kept me away. I was really excited to finally try one and I have to say that I'm quite impressed! Before continuing, here's the product description from the Sephora website:

"A moisturizing lip gloss that supports anti-aging and imparts long-wearing, sophisticated shine and stunning color for subtle, everyday glamour."
Priscilla is described simply as a 'shocking pink', and doesn't pull either too warm or cool toned so everyone should be able to rock it. It sheers out on the lips upon first application, but you're able to add a bit more intensity to it by layering it. I'm wearing just one coat in the lip swatch below.
Isn't it pretty? I like that I have the option of wearing it more sheer like this or building the color up. Application was easy as pie, and the formula is so nice and smooth. It feels slightly cushiony and is comfortable to wear, isn't sticky at all, and really does feel moisturizing. It also has no scent or taste to it which is nice. It does seem to wear off rather quickly if you're doing things like eating and drinking, but it leaves a really pretty stain behind so you shouldn't have to worry too much about reapplying. To be honest, I think that this is the best lip gloss I've tried thus far! I give it two thumbs up!

New Blog Design!

Hi, everyone! You may have noticed recently that my blog has a slightly different look, and I would like to thank Designs by Krystal for that! I wanted to keep the new design very simple, so she gave me a new header and updated my sidebar a little. The changes aren't huge, but I'm very happy with the look of my blog now! Krystal is really sweet, and she was always quick to respond to me or make any changes that I wanted. She also does her designs for free because she knows that most people don't have the $60 or $70 to spend on one which is incredibly kind of her. If you're looking for a new design I would definitely contact her or check out her website!

Avon Ultra Color Bold Lipsticks Review & Swatches

Today I have three of Avon's new Ultra Color Bold Lipsticks to share with you! These lipsticks are supposed to have 50% more pigment then Avon's regular Ultra Color Lipstick line, and claim to be their boldest lipstick yet with their intense, saturated color. The three shades that I have here are Pink Punch, Hi-Def Plum, and Bold Bordeaux, but there are also five more to choose from.

Here's some swatches in the same order as above with just one swipe each. As you can see, each shade is super opaque and bold! They look about the same on the lips as they do in swatches which is awesome. They're nice and creamy (but not too creamy), and feel comfortable on the lips.

Lip swatch time! First up is Pink Punch, a bright, yellow-toned pink. This is a great spring and summer shade, which makes me sad to think that summer is coming to an end soon! Anyway, application was easy and I had no problems with it once on the lips.

Next up is Hi-Def Plum, which is more of a Barney purple then an actual plum. Regardless, I really like it and I think that it's my favorite shade out of the three. Like Pink Punch, it applied easily with no additional problems on the lips.

Last up is Bold Bordeaux, a deep red with a hint of wine to it that will be perfect for fall and winter. I found this one less forgiving when it came to application since it is so bold, so I would suggest using a lip-liner with it or applying it with a lip brush. It also tends to settle into lines and cling to dry spots on the lips, so it would be best to prep with a lip scrub or balm beforehand.

Overall, these lipsticks are awesome (though Bold Bordeaux requires some extra effort). They wear quite well and although they transfer if you're eating or kissing cats, each shade leaves behind a stain so you don't have to worry too much about reapplying. I definitely recommend trying out at least one!

Avon Big & Daring Volume Mascara Review

Ready for yet another mascara post? This is Avon's new Big & Daring Volume Mascara (currently $6.99CDN, but will be $9.99CDN) which claims to give 5x the volume without clumping, smudging, or flaking. I got it in the shade Blackest Black, but it's also available in Black and Brown Black.

This mascara has a "dynamite wire brush"; a "curved brush with multi-level patented bristles" to "capture every lash while sculpting and filling in gaps". It's definitely on the larger side, and because of that I find that I'm unable to get nice and close to the roots of my lashes. I also end up getting product all over my lash-line or under-eyes if I'm not careful which is kind of annoying. As for the formula, it's not too wet or dry but between the two I would say it leans more wet. It gave me pretty good length and separation, but for a mascara that claims to give you 5x the volume I found it a bit lacking (I don't have photos of it on my lashes this time so I apologize!). It gave an okay amount of volume but not nearly as much as I would like, and you all know I love my volume, haha! When it comes to the wear it gets two thumbs up, though. I experienced no smudging or flaking throughout the day, and when it came to the end of the day I found that it was actually quite difficult to remove. So what's my verdict? Although it didn't really impress me that much, it's still a nice mascara depending on what you're looking for. As far as Avon mascaras go though, AeroVolume is still my favorite!

Sephora 2014 MAKE UP FOR EVER Birthday Set Review & Swatches

My birthday was back on August 3rd, but I'm just now getting around to posting on this years Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift.. I'm a bad blogger, haha. Anyway, this years gift is from MAKE UP FOR EVER and includes deluxe samples of their Smoky Extravagant Mascara ($28CDN) and Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in the shade N9 ($23CDN). I've been wanting to try this particular mascara and I already love their lipstick so I was excited!

Let's take a look at the mascara first.. It claims to be "a precision mascara that adds volume, length, and curl". The formula is definitely on the dry side, and while I usually like drier mascaras I found that this one was a bit too dry for my liking. Here's what 2-3 coats looks like on my lashes:

With the first coat of this mascara I felt like it didn't really do anything at all (probably because I found it so dry), so I needed to apply at least two coats before I noticed any difference in my lashes. I think it could definitely add more curl and volume, but it did a good job at lengthening and separating. I wasn't super impressed personally, but I actually got comments on my lashes when I wore this so that earns a thumbs up!

Next up is the lipstick, which claims to be "ultra-creamy" with "a translucent soft, shiny finish". I already reviewed and raved about another shade of the Rouge Artist Natural back here, so check that out if you like! Anyway, N9 is described as a "copper pink". Here's some swatches:

Swatched on wrist
Applied on lips
On me, N9 is a pretty good my-lips-but-better shade. When I first looked at it in the tube I was unsure about it, but I actually like it a lot! As for the formula and such, my thoughts are pretty much the same as the other shade of Rouge Artist Natural I've tried.. It's creamy and easy to apply, comfortable to wear, nicely pigmented, and it leaves behind a slight stain so it wears well for several hours. All in all, it's a great lipstick and I'll definitely be getting a lot of wear out of this shade! If you're a Beauty Insider let me know if you got this birthday gift yet, and if you did then let me know what you thought of it!

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly Review & Swatches

I got this deluxe sample of Buxom's Full-On Lip Polish ($23CDN) in the shade Dolly with my last Sephora order, and today I'll be sharing my thoughts and swatches on it with you. Here's how it's described on the Sephora website:

"For kisses that'll keep them coming back for more, try this sheer, high-shine lip polish. It creates the look of fuller, more voluptuous lips with a refreshing tingling sensation and gentle plumping effect. Vitamins A and E help keep lips soft, supple, and protected, ensuring your smoothest moves ever."
Dolly is described as a "shimmering, sultry mauve", and apparently is a cult favorite. The pigmentation is actually pretty good when swatched, but once applied to the lips it sheers out and becomes a great my-lips-but-better shade. Here it is on my lips:
This gloss easily smooths over the lips, and feels moisturizing and somewhat cushiony. It's a bit tackier then I would like (don't kiss any cats with this on, okay?)  but still tolerable and pretty comfortable. Since it's supposed to plump the lips I just assumed it would have a minty scent, but it actually smells more like brown sugar or something. Let's talk more about the plumping aspect, though.. Upon application I felt a cool, tingling sensation which was kind of pleasant, but not even a minute later it turned into a hot, burning feeling which wasn't as pleasant and got a verbal reaction from me. I actually wanted to wipe it off but for the sake of this post I pressed on, and after about 15-30 minutes the burning feeling had subsided. In the end I did notice that my lips looked plumper (as did some family members) so at least it wasn't for nothing! It only seemed to be the very first time I tried it that I felt the burning though, and any other time I've used it I just felt the more pleasant tingle which I'm grateful for, haha. Anyway, this gloss also wears quite well and my lips are left feeling more soft and supple afterwards which is nice. Overall, if you're looking for a good plumping gloss then I think that these are worth a look!