Sephora Crystal Gloss Review & Swatches

Sephora Crystal Gloss is a release of four Pantone inspired shades. I’m unsure if these are limited edition or not but I suspect by the time Summer is over they may get the axe and end up on clearance so I’d suggest grabbing them now before missing them completely during some mad grab sale.

Let’s take a peek!

At $14, they aren’t as friendly on the wallet as you’d think for a size of 0.12. They look massive but a MAC Lipglass contains 0.17 oz and is $14.50 AND smaller than these in size but still packing more product. Looks can be deceiving eh?

Golden Embrace, Forbidden Move, Passionate Dance

I purchased them for the shades alone as I’m obsessed with all things peachy, coral, and orange at the moment. All four shades are incredibly pigmented and what you see in the tube is basically what you’ll get on lips. These are vibrant shades that are very pretty.

They don’t have a ton of sparkle but they do have an interesting crystal reflection that plays with light and gives them a nice sheen.

I think the formula leaves a little to be desired as they feel like a L’Oreal Infallible Lipgloss in some ways. This is a very unusual, strange silicone-like texture. On some levels the gloss feels very slick and looks very shiny and in other ways I felt like it was laying unnaturally atop my lips. They aren’t sticky or tacky in the least however they aren’t completely weightless, it’s the type of gloss you know you have on. The wear time is a little short here but you might be able to get around three hours in if you aren’t drinking or eating during that time.

Each gloss has a flat sponge applicator which builds color VERY well. I wish brands would catch on with some of these techy sponge applicators as they are super, they saturated so WELL with color.

The glosses have a strong fruity floral taste going on that I felt was pleasant enough but I typically like fragrance and flavor in my glosses. I did read reviews that people didn’t love it at all so I guess it really depends.

Golden Embrace

Passionate Dance

Forbidden Move

Overall, the colors sold me here and I must say the pigment is incredible. To make the formula a little more comfortable and wearable I simply apply a clear gloss on after application. This thins out the thicker formula and makes them a little less silicone-y in texture. The colors are absolutely stunning and even with a formula that isn’t exactly up to par I’d still indulge since these shades are so pretty and unique. Forbidden Move is a perfect example of this, it’s such a gorgeous golden pinky peach and pairs up lovely with NARS Orgasm.

These are available now at Sephora and

Tried ’em?

Whatcha think?

Do share!


This product was purchased by the Muse for review purposes.
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  • 5/10/12 19:18 paola:

    i love when you do swatches on your self! you are so pretty thanks for the review!


    • 5/11/12 9:49 the Muse:

      you are way too kind paola thank you for the lovely comment!


  • 5/10/12 22:52 Sarah:

    I can’t stop staring at Forbidden Move. Gorgeous color!


    • 5/11/12 9:43 the Muse:

      it really is sarah! ;D


  • 5/11/12 3:23 Eli:

    Lovely! I’ll look for them next time at Sephora, for sure :)


  • 5/11/12 10:54 Majick:

    Forbidden Move looks a lot like NARS O. These look pretty but happily I’ll be able to pass. whew!


  • 5/13/12 18:02 HautePJ:

    Man, these look so pretty! My two concerns from what I’ve read are the smell and the texture. Seems like ppl really hate the smell. You didn’t find it too much? Also, I HATE the texture of the L’oreal Infallible lipgloss. I always see the pretty colors in the L’oreal line and get sucked into buying it, only to hate myself when I put it on and it feels like it sits on top of my lips!


  • 5/15/12 2:37 Allie:

    They all look awesome on you! I particularly like Forbidden Move–I love pink/peach/gold/metallic lipglosses!


    • 5/15/12 9:48 the Muse:

      aw thanks allie!


  • 5/16/12 2:05 Tiffany Martin:

    These look pretty on you but I don’t think any of these shades are exactly right for my coloration so now I know. I always like seeing the makeup on you it helps me get a better idea what it really looks like.


    • 5/16/12 9:08 the Muse:

      aw thanks tiff glad it’s helpful!


  • 7/26/12 21:15 LaTasha:

    Very pretty. I really love Forbidden Move on you


    • 7/27/12 10:16 the Muse:

      aw thanks latasha :)


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