I may have to stop calling myself a “lipstick girl” if I keep finding such excellent glosses. Bare Escentuals has added a new formula to their Buxom line: Big and Healthy Lip Cream. And in an unprecedented rate of success, I think I like four of the seven shades.
Many of Buxom’s regular “Lip Polish” lipglosses are shimmery, frosty, or sparkly, but the Lip Creams are all sheer cream finish. They’re still glossy — not what I would call liquid lipsticks.
Like all the other Buxom lip products I’ve tried, Lip Creams smell like vanilla if you hold the applicator to your nose — but as soon as you apply them to your lips they feel/smell tingly and minty. This is pleasant, refreshing, and slightly dangerous, because it makes me believe my breath is fresher than it may actually be (and no one can smell/feel the mint but me).
Pink Lady is a cool, candy pink. Creamsicle is a “soft neon” coral pink. Berry Blast seemed to be the most pigmented of the group, a cool electric-berry fuchsia. Mudslide is a warm terracotta rose. Purple Haze is sheer orchid pink-purple. White Russian is a pale, warm pink. And Cherry Flip is sheer maraschino-cherry juice.
The colors apply more softly than this photo may lead you to believe; I tried on Cherry Flip and found it to be a sheer gloss (a lovely color, but nothing like the coverage of NARS’ Larger Than Life Norma). And if I may make one small criticism of the packaging: the inner ring (through which the wand slides) fits the applicator so precisely that there’s no room for air to escape. Not a dealbreaker, but I thought I would mention it.
Lip Creams are $18 each, available at Sephora. They’re also preservative- and paraben-free, if you worry about that kind of thing.