I'm a huge doe-foot applicator fan, and I usually steer clear of anything else. The Twist-up packaging isn't my favorite, but the actual gloss inside is a great product.
Swatches from left to right: Joy, Vixen, Bubblegum, and Fairy
Joy is an iridescent mauve with golden shimmer. Vixen, my favorite, is a bright cherry red. Bubblegum is a creamy, almost opaque peach. Fairy is an iridescent light pink with champagne shimmer. There are nine shades available on Elf's website.
Packaging: These glosses come in a twist-up plastic tube. The lipgloss gets pushed up through the brush applicator. The first time you use these, you will have to twist them a couple times to get the product to actually come out. After that, one twist will be enough for each use.
Pigmentation: The pigmentation is sheer, but can be built to medium easily.
Finish/Texture: The finish is super glossy, while the texture is a bit sticky, yet smooth.
Scent: They all have a sweet vanilla frosting smell. It's a bit strong and does linger. I like vanilla, so this doesn't bother me. If you hate sweet scents, you might not enjoy these.
Lasting Power: Since these do have a bit of stickyness, they last a while. I had about two hours of wear. Maybe even longer if you don't eat or drink.
Price/Availability: I paid 50 cents each during a sale on eyeslipsface.com
- Low price
- Good pigmentation (sheer to medium)
- Variety of colors and finishes
- Good staying power
- They feel a bit sticky
- The twist up packaging wastes product
These are some of the best affordable lipglosses at the drugstore! I bought mine at fifty cents a piece on sale, but even for a dollar these are totally worth it. Hypershine is the perfect name, because these really do provide a "glass-like" shine. The color selection is great, Vixen is the prettiest cherry red that I've ever seen for a dollar. The packaging isn't my favorite, but for the price I can tolerate it. The texture is a bit sticky, but not irritating, and it does give the gloss good staying power. I hope that Elf will release new colors soon, I'm hooked!