I’m a lover of lip gloss. I’ll take it any day over a matte lipstick mostly because I like simple application and find glossy lips to be much sexier than drawn on painted pouts. With my love comes disapointment, as I’m always seeking out a new variety often to find a sticky formula that looks great, or a beautiful color that tastes terrible. Finding a gloss that looks pretty, tastes nice and packs a great shine can be quite the hunt.
For a long time I’ve considered Bare Escentuals Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Polish to fit the tall order for my glossy needs. Minty taste? Check. Plumping action? Got it. Jumbo tube with easy applicator tip? Thank you much. Price? Umm, $18.
Price aside, I’m also a sucker for marketing and Buxom adds a new spin to lipcolor by naming each formula a girly name. Feeling frisky? How about testing out Trixie. Playful? How about Candy? Be a Debbie and don coral pink or call the shots Dolly in a soft muted plum. You get my drift, Buxom is all about unleashing your alter-ego and sometimes a gal just has to try on a new hat.
I personally adore Bambi, and I wear it pretty frequently. So much that my wallet was ready to take a hit when I so casually stumbled upon a Buxom DUPE at none other than the Walmart cosmetics aisle.
Does anyone remember the brand Hard Candy? When I first spied Hard Candy cosmetics at Walmart I likened their arrival to a bad 1980’s “Where Are They Now” story. What once owned the nail polish market with their flirty and daring fashion forward colors sadly ended up on a shelf mixed with false eyelashes, gooey glitter and tattoo printed packaging. Blah. That’s what happened.
And then, I spied it. From the corner of my eye, a chunky tube of lipgloss resembling my Holy Grail. Hard Candy’s Plumping Serum Fat Pout Lip Gloss was after my heart.
The test went as follows:Minty taste? Check. Plumping action? Got it. Jumbo tube with easy applicator tip? Thank you much. Price? Ahem, $6.
Now, I’m not saying that I won’t ever go back to Buxom gloss after finding Hard Candy after over a decade of disapearance. I’m just saying, Bambi may not be my thing anymore. And I’m not certain I want to be a Samantha.
With names like Uptown Girl, Girl Next Door and Nude Beach, I’ll happily be Hard Candy’s latest All American Girl. At least until something better comes along.
P.S. Dear Bare Escentuals Artistic Director, perhaps if you name a Buxom lipgloss after Yours Truly, I’ll be back?
P.P.S. It’s spelled with an “ie”.
P.P.P.S. Make it pink, please.
P.P.P.P.S. Welcome to Walmart, Hard Candy!