Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review - Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss vs It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss

Well everyone, please accept my apologies for such a lag in blog posts - but 2015 is a new year and we're back at again!

Today I want to give you a review of both the Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss and the It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss. The reason they're being reviewed together is to also compare them because some of their characteristics are quite similar. You'll see which one I prefer below. And links for purchasing them through Amazon are provided at the end for your convenience.

Let's start with the Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss (pronounced "shan-tuh-kigh"). Description from the company: Brilliant Gloss is made from a hydrating and enriching formula that imparts long-lasting color and brilliant shine. Safely plump lips for a perfect pout. This slick gloss also includes Green Tea extract to protect delicate skin. A hydrating wand lip gloss for soft, supple, shiny lips. Innovative jellified system creates long-lasting wear. Exceptionally soft brush will never clump.

This product in the shade "Love" received attention when it was noted that Angelina Jolie was applying it at the Golden Globes in 2011.
And on many blogs it has received very high marks for its balm-like, moisturizing properties. And I agree, it is quite moisturizing, not at all sticky, which is certainly a plus. The applicator is a brush style. However, it is advertized as also being "plumping" and I did not notice any plumping effect at all. And unfortunately in my opinion, it doesn't have very long staying power and all of the colors I've tried were quite sheer.  I have tried the following shades shown below: Mirth, Modern, Crystalline, and Charm. Keep in mind, the swatch photos may be a bit misleading because they seem to be pigmented - but when I apply them to my already pigmented lips there is very little difference between the shades - they all just look like clear gloss on me. So at anywhere between $30 and $45 per tube (3ml/0.1oz), I just can't justify the price (fortunately I found them in sample sizes on eBay to try without paying that price). It should be noted that on someone whose lips are pale and not very pigmented they would probably be wonderful. 

So for the Chantecaille Brilliant glosses, based on price, sheerness, and lack of longevity, I can only give them 2 Cheers.

Chantecaille Applicator

Top to Bottom: Mirth, Modern, Crystalline, Charm
T to B: Mirth, Modern, Crystalline, Charm

Now let's talk about the It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss.  The description from the company reads: Vitality Lip Flush Butter Glosses are the crème-de-la-crème of lip glosses! The formulation delivers high shine and rich pigment that glides on like a lightweight serum that instantly hydrates, repairs and protects lips. This truly innovative formula drenches your lips in butters and oils that work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips, minimizing the appearance of lip lines! Plus Vitality Lip Flush Butter Glosses are packed with anti-aging peptides, hyaluronic acid, collagen, and anti-oxidants including vitamins A, C, E, acai, green tea and white tea to protect and ward off free-radicals all day long.

These glosses most certainly are a balm-like consistency and moisturizing just like the Chantecaille gloss, and they are not sticky. The applicators are doe-foot style. They do have much better "staying power" and are more pigmented. Because of their price at $24 (3ml/0.1oz) they are also considered a "high end" gloss. Both of the shades I tried are true-to-color on my pigmented lips which was quite wonderful. The two shades I tried were Naturally Pretty and Perfect Nude. Both shades are beautiful on and are now my favorite gloss of the moment!  So for the It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Butter Glosses,  price is the only reason they get 4.5 Cheers - otherwise they are the perfect gloss in my opinion!

L to R: Naturally Pretty, Perfect Nude

T to B: Naturally Pretty, Perfect Nude

T to B: Naturally Pretty, Perfect Nude

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