Saturday, 24 September 2011

Jane Iredale: PureGloss For Lips Review


Our tingly mint and ginger flavor plumps without chemicals. In a base of organic vegetable oils, we've added botanicals including extracts of green tea, grape seed and pomegranate, all powerful antioxidants. No petroleum-based ingredients to dry out your lips.

• Only the highest quality natural ingredients used to provide staying power, moisture and nourishment to the lips


~ According to Jane Iredale (excerpts)



I would rank this Jane Iredale PureGloss quite high on the sticky scale. It's a hair magnet.

Wait! I'm not saying I hate this lipgloss.

First of all, here's the list of ingredients:

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Grape Seed Extract, Jojoba Esters, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Ginger Root Oil, Pomegranate Extract, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Soybean Oil, Flavor, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Bisabolol.

May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Red 30 Lake, Red 7 Lake.

The very first ingredient, that unpronounceable, intimidating-sounding name, is really just a skin-conditioning agent. The rest on the list look pretty good, no? The Skin Deep Cosmetics Database has given the Jane Iredale PureGloss a low score of 2 (for those unfamiliar with this - the lower the score, the better/safer). Sure, there are others with even lower scores of 0 and 1, but 2 isn't that bad - there are lipglosses from other brands with scores of 8 and 9.

Secondly, like most lipglosses, this one keeps lips from drying out. More than that, it's a moisturising lipgloss and it stays on the lips for many hours (I repeat, it's sticky). Of course, there is some transfer with eating and drinking but in my experience, with a good application, it is possible to go almost the whole day without re-applying.

Thirdly, I like the practical packaging - I don't foresee a problem getting the last bits of the lipgloss out later on. Just squeeze, minimal wastage.


I am ambivalent about the following four aspects though:

• Scent
The lips do feel tingly and minty cool for the first 15 minutes after application. It smells of mint gone dull, if that makes sense. It's like chewing gum-minty minus the sugary sweetness. I feel like it's missing something. Perhaps it's the influence of the ginger root oil in the mix.

• Texture
The lipgloss is very thick and (have I mentioned it already?) it's sticky. Not much is needed to get that juicy gloss effect, so it's possible to avoid the heavy feel.

• Plumping
Thin lips? Try PureGloss. I know my lips aren't exactly screaming for a lip plumper but this PureGloss does plump the lips up a bit.

• Pricey
Price: USD20. Net wt. 5ml / 0.17 fl oz. It's quite pricey for a lipgloss but I try to see the good side - quality and organic ingredients (I'd like to think that I can trust Jane Iredale on this), does not contain petrolatum (some cheap lipglosses do), paraben-free and it's moisturising and longlasting.



These lipglosses are available in around 20 shades. Mine is in the shade Hazelnut, a sheer caramel-coloured gloss densely packed with specks of golden shimmers. It's good for a juicy nude-look, if you're into that. I prefer using it on top of a matte lipstick shade. I'm wearing it here with NARS Morocco.

NARS Morocco


The shimmers of Jane Iredale PureGloss upclose


NARS Morocco + Jane Iredale PureGloss Hazelnut


I don't think Hazelnut is the most attractive colour in the PureGloss range. I'll have to get a better shade next time. You might want to check out the other prettier shades.


More information:
My posts on Brand: Jane Iredale
Jane Iredale website

6 comments:

sugar sugar said...

too bad it's sticky. it nonetheless looks great on your lips and alone dear. :)

Zuzu's Petals said...

I was wondering about these! Thanks for the great review. I just took a look and am loving the appearance of Iced Mocha, Cosmo, Cherry Sparkle, and Raspberry (no shimmer).

Anonymous said...

Great review. I Love this color with specks of shimmer on top of the Nars lipstick.

Take care and have a nice week ahead, Nicole x

Witoxicity said...

@sugar sugar
Thank you! :)

@Zuzu's Petals
My pleasure, Zuzu. Oh, I like those shades that you mentioned! I'll have to see about getting one or two of these the next time I go Jane Iredale shopping. :)

@Nicole
Thanks, Nicole! You too, have a fab week, my dear. :D

Anonymous said...

Beautiful lips, gorgeous color......sexy! ;)

Tnx for the review hun, "KTee"xx

Witoxicity said...

@KTee
Thank you, KTee! :D