One of the best brands that I have encountered that have released these hybrid products is NYX. First it was the Soft Matte Lipcreams and Xtreme Lipcreams (review here) and now we have the Mega Shine Lip Glosses (and hopefully I will get my grubby hands on the Butter Glosses as well).
With over 60 shades in the Mega Shine Lip Gloss collection there is certainly a colour for everyone. If this doesn't win you over, you'll fall in love with the sleek, clear long tubes that make it quick and easy to spot which shade you're looking for. Oh and not to mention the adorable bow on the applicator wand! The NYX Mega Shine Lip Glosses have a doe foot applicator which is (in my opinion) the best applicator for lip products. You will rarely have a mishap when using a doe applicator.
Although these are no way near as opaque as the likes of their counterparts, Soft Matte Lip Creams and Xtreme Lip Creams, they are still very pigmented when compared to other lip glosses on the market. The last lipgloss I tried (I won't blacklist any names) was supposed to be red, however after layering what felt like 5/6 only the slightest tint of colour appeared.
On the other hand the Mega Shine glosses only need 1-2 coats to achieve visible colour payoff. Unlike other lip glosses they don't feel insanely tacky on the lips, they actually feel silky smooth like a balm, and certainly does not sticky tape your hair to your mouth with any sudden movements. Consistency wise the Mega Shine glosses are thicker than your average gloss but in a good way. Being a thicker consistency means the product itself doesn't slide around the lips and contributes to longer lasting wear. For example I can get away with wearing Tea Rose (the darker shade) for up to 3 hours and Beige (the lighter shade) up to around the 2 hour mark before I have to reapply.
The only negative comment I will say about these is the initial smell. I was quite overwhelmed with the head numbing scent of artificial cherries when I first tested out the glosses, however since becoming a staple in life I have grown accustomed to the smell. I will admit though it did take me a while to lighten up to the smell (as I prefer vanilla scented lip products), and I'm sure some of you will never get use to it. But if you're able to put aside the scent these are liquid-glossy-gold.
So the two colours I purchased (pretty sure I will be adding more to my collection) are Beige and Tea Rose.
Beige is not beige at all, it actually a very natural mid-toned pink shade that's almost a barbie pink but more subdued. I find that the colour to be quite universal and flattering on all skin tones.
Tea Rose is a medium pink that sways slightly towards the mauve side. I find this colour to be one of the easiest shades to wear as it looks very natural - definitely a 'your lips but better (and shinier/glossier)' shade.
One thing you do have to keep in mind when purchasing the Mega Shine Lip Glosses is that not all the glosses will come in the same consistency, meaning you may end up with a complete and utter dud. Before actually jumping on the bandwagon of these glosses I read tonnes of reviews and a lot of people have loved them whereas some have despised them.
Luckily for us Aussies, NYX have finally arrived in selected Target stores so these Mega Shine Lip Glosses ($12) are very accessible. You can also grab these online on Cherry Culture, Ebay ($5 + shipping) etc.
Have you tried these lip glosses before?