Friday, February 6, 2015

A perfect pout with LUSH The Kiss Lip Scrub and Lip Gloss

LUSH The Kiss Lip Scrub and The Kiss Lip Gloss review
I figure with T-minus 8 days to go until Valentine's Day, now is about the right time to post my thoughts on LUSH The Kiss Lip Scrub and The Kiss Lip Gloss. I wish LUSH offered the two in a little kit together, because they work together so perfectly to give you the smoothest, softest lips!

LUSH The Kiss Lip Scrub review
First up is The Kiss Lip Scrub: a bright pink that uses caster (superfine) sugar and fine sea salt to exfoliate dry, flaky lips, as well as cocoa butter, glycerin, and safflower oil to hydrate. Although LUSH has a few lip scrubs in its permanent line-up, only The Kiss has this particular combination of exfoliating and moisturizing ingredients (aside from Popcorn, the other scrubs are sugar-based only). What also makes this scrub extra-appropriate for Valentine's Day is the addition of deep red, edible hearts and sprinkles. They don't add anything special to its performance as a scrub, but it wouldn't be LUSH if it wasn't a bit playful and whimsical!

LUSH The Kiss Lip Scrub review
The product is absolutely packed to the top of the glass jar, which can make the first few uses a little awkward; it needs a little bit of "kicking up" with your finger or a toothpick to be able to grab some product on your finger. This is just a minor quibble because I definitely prefer having a jar full of as much product as possible.

LUSH The Kiss Lip Scrub review
Apply to the lips (try a pea-sized amount) and work it in gently with your fingers. The Kiss is totally edible and LUSH encourages your to lick off the excess. The combination of sugar and salt isn't palatable for me, so I prefer to just rinse off. This scrub is advertised as having a sweet mandarin flavour, but the scent is super bubblegum-y for me.

LUSH The Kiss Lip Scrub review
Excuse the giant close-up of my mouth but guys, just look at how smooth and soft my lips look! My lips chronically dry and flaky and I was genuinely amazed at how smooth The Kiss Lip Scrub left them. I used to just get by with a gentle scrub down with a wet cloth but now I can never go back. The bright pink of the scrub also leaves behind a slight tint, which is a nice bonus for discoloured lips like mine.

LUSH The Kiss Lip Gloss review and swatches
Next up is The Kiss Lip Gloss, a hydrating gloss with a shimmery, soft pink tint. It's full of moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter, castor oil, and cupaçu butter. With such a high proportion of shea butter, it is quite solid in the tin at room temp and needs a bit of warming up with your finger in order to pick up enough product. Once warmed, it has an almost whipped texture and spreads easily over the lips.

LUSH The Kiss Lip Gloss review and swatches
Bare lips / The Kiss Lip Gloss
I applied really generously in the swatch photo above so you can get an idea of how deep the tint gets. For everyday use, I've been applying much less but still get a very pretty tint and lots of shine. I love that The Kiss gives a great shine like a conventional gloss, but doesn't feel sticky like one (in fact, it feels quite comforting on the lips!) I do wish that this came as a tube instead so that I don't have to use my fingers, but I know that LUSH tries to make their packaging as environmentally-friendly and recyclable as possible, hence the metal tins.

LUSH The Kiss Lip Gloss review and swatches
I really felt a difference in the texture of my lips after using both The Kiss Lip Scrub and Lip Gloss. I had never paid much attention to LUSH lip products in the past because I already had a lot of balms, and who needs to buy a scrub when I can just use a wet washcloth anyway? Testing both of these products made me do a total 180 and now I'll be sure to pick up other lip products from the permanent range. Yes, you can muck around and make your own scrub with sugar and oil, but $9.95 is pretty reasonable for the amount you get, and then you have more time to scrub up and give a kiss to your significant other/grandmother/cat. I highly recommend checking out these LE products before they disappear again for another year!

The Kiss Lip Scrub ingredients: caster sugar, safflower oil (Carthamus tinctorius), fine sea salt, sugar sprinkles (sugar, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, glucose, corn starch, soy lecithin, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, carnuba wax), fair trade organic cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao), red edible hearts (hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, glycerine, gum arabic, sodium carboxy methyl cellulose, Red 40), Sicilian mandarin oil (Citrus reticulata), almond essential oil (Prunus amygdalus amara), cornflour (Zea mays), geraniol, limonene, flavour, Red 7 Lake, soft pink lustre (potassium aluminum silicate, calcium sodium borosilicate, titanium dioxide, tin oxide, Red 28, Red 30)

Available at LUSH: $9.95 CAD / 25 g

The Kiss Lip Gloss ingredients: fair trade shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii), organic castor oil (Ricinus communis), organic agave syrup (Agave tequilana), cupacu butter (Theobroma grandiflorum), glycerine, flavour, Sicilian mandarin oil (Citrus reticulata), almond essential oil (Prunus amygdalus amara), guarana seed powder (Paullinia cupana), geraniol, limonene, Red 7, Red 28 Lake, red lustre; gold lustre; sparkling silver lustre; spring gold lustre (synthetic fluorphlogopite, titanium dioxide, tin oxide, iron oxide)

Available at LUSH: $7.95 CAD / 10 g

Bonus shot of The Kiss Lip Scrub because guess who got a macro lens?? :D

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