While we are waiting for the warm weather to reappear and for it FINALLY to stop raining (!), I’ve been looking for lip products which will care for my lips whilst giving a hint of colour and I've recently gone back to and old favourite.
Last year, I fell in love with the easy-to-wear formulation of the Carmex Moisture Plus Sheer Lip Shines, as they provided the perfect mix of a hint of colour combined with an excellent moisture-quenching formula. They were a staple of my holiday makeup last year, being easy to just slick on and go, so when I discovered a couple of additional shades were available in the US, I was determined to make them mine!
Sheer Berry is exactly as it sounds, a sheer, moisturising colour with a hint of red. Like the other Lip Shines available in the UK which I reviewed here, this doesn’t impart an awful lot of colour on the lips, so if you are after an opaque look, this would not be for you. What it is useful for is providing a hint of colour, making for a more informal look, perfect for lazy days or casual weekends.
The swatch looks very shiny, and on the lips, it maintains the same glossy formula. Due to this formula, it doesn’t stick around for long – one and a half hours tops – meaning you do need to reapply often. For me, this isn’t a big issue though, as it is so easy to apply by just whipping out the tube and slicking it on.
|Not sure why my watermark came out so large here!
I have to mention a couple of things about packaging and availability of this product in the UK. I contacted Carmex when I found out these shades had been released, and enquired as to when they would be launched in the UK. They responded by saying that they currently had no plans to release them in Europe (although I’m sure I have seen them on some Irish blogs). A search on eBay should be able to locate them, and even with postage, they are still very reasonably priced.
As the Moisture Plus range contained some of my staple products last year, I was always going to love this new shade and it didn’t disappoint. Although there are so many balm / lipstick hybrids being launched at the moment, this is the only one I have tried to date which genuinely has moisturising properties and also includes a SPF. I feel this product would suit those who are shy about wearing brighter lip colours and want to dip their toe (or lips!) in the water. It would also suit those who tend to have a signature style of bright or red lips, but who want to try something lighter and fresher for Summer. I would certainly recommend this product, or indeed any of the other Moisture Plus Sheer Lip Shines, and I would urge you to put this on your shopping list if you are heading over to the US this Summer.
Price – around £4-6 with shipping from US
Where to Buy – US eBay
I am also having a giveaway shortly at 100 followers, where you will have the chance to win one of these, as I picked up an extra one with my eBay order!