5 Mini Lippies: Did Samples Convince Me to Buy it or Skip it?

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss, Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss, Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss, Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain, Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer

Miniature Lippies are the cutest!

I love anything miniature. I couldn’t resist a post about these cute little mini lippie samples that have piled up. The best thing about getting samples of a product is you can decide for free whether its something you’d like to buy or something you’d rather skip. Here’s what I decided about these five samples.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle

Baby Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle ($30.00 CAD): The first thing I didn’t like about this lip gloss was the very strong minty scent and taste. I know some people like that, but I’m not a fan. Its also super sticky! Again, some folks don’t mind a sticky lip gloss but this is another thing I’m not a fan of. It did look really pretty applied and reminded me of my favourite Rimmel Stay Glossy in Non-Stop Glamour. If you don’t mind the stickiness and the mint flavour, its a shimmery nude that you could pop over any lip liner or lipstick. But be warned – this lip gloss is nearly impossible to remove and leaves a lot of glitter behind. Plus you could pick up the Rimmel for much less. Verdict: Skip it.

Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

Baby Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss ($21.00 CAD): I liked the concept of the Ultra Plush glosses matching the Benefit best-selling boxed powders. I feel like the packaging was a bit disappointing though. The plastic squeeze-tube feels more drugstore than a $20+ lip product should. I don’t like applying coloured glosses out of these because I find it trickier to get a precise and even application. I also found this gloss very sheer. Maybe its the shade, but it didn’t show up on me very well. Finally, the scent of this was odd too. Instead of having a matching scent as the Coralista blush, this just had that slightly chemical, medicated lip balm smell. Verdict: Skip it.

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss  in 202 Sweet Pink

Baby Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss #202 Sweet Pink

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss #202 Sweet Pink ($23.00 CAD): This gloss is seriously shiny! I liked that it doesn’t have any scent and is really long-wearing. Even the sample packaging feels high-end and is real glass vs plastic. The only downside is that its a little on the sticky side. But if you like a shiny lip gloss look, the Make Up For Ever has 35 shades, super cute packaging and is more reasonably priced than the Bobbi Brown. Verdict: Buy it.

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain #10 Red Essence

Baby Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain #10 Red Essence

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain #10 Red Essence ($18.00 CAD): This may literally be the worst lip product I’ve ever tried! First there’s the awful chemically-raspberry smell. Then, this stain was impossible to apply! It was so uneven, patchy and awful. It also felt really dry and uncomfortable. Just the worst. Verdict: Skip it.

Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Coral

Baby Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Coral

Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Coral
($28.00 CAD): This is a really neat product described as a “long-wear, lip-hybrid formula with high-impact staining pigments for color that goes on as a lacquer and then adjusts to a stain for eight hours of color.” Its more a liquid lipstick than a gloss. Its really easy to apply and goes on smoothly and evenly. Its long-wearing, wears off really pretty and leaves behind a serious stain. The lip lacquer has a slight scent of coconut and no taste. The shade, Coral, is not a great shade for me, but I would love to try some of the others, like Keepsake, a cool mauve pink or Off Duty, a nude pink brown. Verdict: Buy it.

Here are swatches of all five:

swatches Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Bare Sparkle, Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss, Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss 202 Sweet Pink, Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain Red Essence, Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer Coral

L-R: Bobbi Brown, Benefit, Make Up For Ever, Sephora, Smashbox

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❀

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22 responses to “5 Mini Lippies: Did Samples Convince Me to Buy it or Skip it?

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  3. Great review, thank you! I want to try MUFE, it seems very beautiful. And i used to try Smashbox and… I cant understand how can you wear it:) It has a terrible scent! How?? No-no..

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    • lol! Was it the Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer? Its a new formulation (and hopefully a new scent?). Their older, now discontinued gloss was the Lip Enhancing Gloss, and the Be Legendary Lip Gloss is also different. Although I find scent is a very individual preference type of thing πŸ™‚

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  4. The Rouge Infusion is honestly one of the worst lip things I have ever bought and I’m happy to see I’m not alone in thinking that! That Smashbox gloss though… That looks mighty tempting πŸ™‚ Oh and btw, I nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award! Details here: https://swatchbible.wordpress.com/2015/08/02/sisterhood-of-the-world-blogger-award-xoxo/

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  5. Sticky glosses are the worst. Great reviews though! πŸ™‚

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  6. Samples are the bomb! It’s great that you can try things before dropping serious cash on them and finding out later that you hate them. haha!

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  7. great post! personally i hate minty scent/taste but i actually quite liked my bobbi brown high shimmer lip glosses… i actually cant smell anything in them! i love getting minis of makeup too!! πŸ˜€

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  8. I’m with you, I don’t like minty scented lip products unless it’s a soft sweet mint. I’ve heard good things about the MUFE gloss but the deal breaker for me is the stickiness. πŸ˜• I like how you call each of them “baby” lol πŸ‘Ά

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  9. Mini lipsticks are my FAVORITE samples to get πŸ™‚ Sounds like a lot of misses though, but I’ve been wondering about the Smashbox one myself so I’m glad to hear it’s more of a liquid lipstick than a gloss. You should totally go for Keepsake!!!

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  10. rasilla

    I wasn’t too impressed with the coralista as well. Unfortunate since I thought it looked like it could have potential~ I know the MUFE would have been my lippie BFF if I was in my teens. I loved the slick look of glosses xD

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  11. Love this style of posting! I really like the coral by smashbox. It is so pretty!

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  12. Nice reviews! I have been eyeing the MUFE gloss; think I’ll pick it up in my next Sephora order.

    I have a really old Smashbox gloss (pre-Be Legendary) that I adore to bits. If this formula is anything like it, I should try it!

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