Saturday, September 29, 2012

Another Natural Lip: Manic Panic High Voltage Lip Gloss

Even though I'm primarily a lipstick girl, I do think there is a time and place for lip gloss - it can make you look polished, but less "done up" than a lipstick. Especially if it comes in a nice, creamy shade that is almost a dead-on match to my natural lip shade. Like this one.
This is Manic Panic's High Voltage Lip Gloss in Naked*; it's an opaque formula described as "medium mauve with gold shimmer and cupcake flavor."
A little milky looking close up, but from a normal distance - looks like even coverage. The gold sparkles aren't really apparent on lips, either, which makes this very wearable.
I know - I was little concerned about the cupcake flavor, too, but as far as I can tell it's just a faint vanilla-esque scent, similar to that of Fyrinnae's lip lustres (and not like MAC's lip products). As far as texture goes, I find it more comfortable than Revlon's glosses and less than Dior's, but that's only natural, I suppose, as at $12.00 (0.24 oz), it also falls appropriately in the middle of the price range scale. It's initially not sticky or tacky, but also not slippery. After a few hours wear and reapplications, it becomes a little tackier, but it's nothing like, say, the original NARS glosses. As far as the product itself goes, thumbs up. It is also vegan and paraben-free!
The mirror can be useful for brief touch-ups on the go.

The downside for me, however, is the packaging. The tube has a mirror on the side, which, if you carry it around, will get scuffed up like nobody's business, and there are LED lights in the cap. I understand the intent, but I find it unnecessary and not really successful in practice.
Doe-foot applicator.

In normal situations, the light is actually a problem. When you apply, the lights do illuminate your lips, but it makes it difficult to see exactly what you're applying because of the way the light falls. At least, that was my problem. I feel packaging gimmicks like this are absolutely unnecessary.
That issue aside, I do think it's a nice gloss and a great shade. It comes in three other colors and can be purchased through Manic Panic's website, blush.com, drugstore.com, thinkgeek, and Hot Topic's website.

Ingredients: Polybutene Mineral Oil (and)Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer (and)Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer Octyldodecanol Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Tocopheryl Acetate Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax Disteardimonium Hectorite Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate Ascorbyl Palmitate Ammonium Glycyrrhizate Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract GlyrrhizaGlabra (Licorice) Root Extract Caprylyl Glycol Phenoxyethanol Flavor, May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Mica , Iron Oxides, D& C Red No. 6 Barium Lake, D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake,Aluminum Lakes of D&C Red No. 27, FD&C Yellow Nos. 5,6, Blue No. 1, D&C Red No. 36.

*Item was received by PR for evaluation.