February 14, 2011

Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gloss Review, Swatches, Photos

I’m not a fond fan of the Sephora Makeup Collection in all honesty but occasionally something pops up that stops me in my tracks and so is the case with the new Sephora Ultra Shine Lipgloss.

Part of the appeal here was the $14 price tag since, on occasion, Sephora pricing is surprisingly high. I was impressed with the larger size and $14 buck price tag.

Let’s take a look because really it could be for free but with a bad formula who would want it right?


A maximum-shine, moisturizing gloss starring a new generation of “multi-holographic” shimmers, for perfect light reflection.

Props to Sephora for creating a really nice gloss. They tote this as having a long term moisturizing effect and claim anyone who uses it will experience lasting hydration effects, sadly I didn’t experience that but I have nothing bad to say about the formula.

From the pigmentation to the formula, price and texture of each gloss I was pretty happy overall. I tried out two shades, Orange Juice (shimmery neon orange) and Fresh Peach (golden peachy pink) both of which had really nice color payoff. I liked both shades very much and both stand out as interesting ones to add to your collection particularly Orange Juice if you’re embracing the orange trend for Spring.

Formula has a nice hydrating finish and builds up easily thanks to a smallish hourglass style sponge applicator. The applicator is interesting and works quite well at disturbing color and picking it up from the bottle to build up easily on lips. The product has a smooth finish with a bit of shimmer and excellent color pay off however it doesn’t have a crazy shiny, glossy look but more of a subtle hint of shine.

The wear time is a tad disappointing and will only get you through a three hour period before melting away. However, I did notice it leaves behind a bit of a stain this happened particularly with Orange Juice as it left my lips stained orange, this is great if you’re not one for touch up as you’re at the very least not completely bared lipped.

  • Those seeking a budget friendly gloss with a good formula ($14 and a generous size makes them an affordable option).
  • Those seeking a glossy with a shimmery finish with good pigmentation and a variety of colors (Sephora has quite a nice range of shades available in shimmery finishes that aren’t overly done).
  • Those who dislike Sephora Cosmetics (These might just surprise you!).

  • Those wanting a long wearing gloss (if you’re looking for four or more hours of wear, look elsewhere).

Overall, Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gloss proves an interesting little gloss that I will indulge in more shades of. Although not nearly as shiny in finish as I prefer my glosses, I still liked these none the less and thought they performed pretty well particularly because I’m a tad bias when it comes to Sephora’s makeup selection.

Not too bad at all and a game changer for me.

Anyone try ’em?


Bad or good, share ’em here!

Available from www.Sephora.com

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Regina

    Yet another lip gloss to try….I must have a 100 at least, lol. Muse, I’ve heard the “Reflex” formula of these glosses, like “03 Reflex She Sparkles” have more shine than the non-reflex glosses. But haven’t tried either.

    • the Muse

      interesting regina. I have to go see which these shades are ;-D regilar versus reflex hehe oi vey so much makeup formulas so little time ;D! these are actually winners for me, quite cheap too!

  • LorraineER

    I kind of prefer glosses that aren’t all super- glossy -shiny. I like shiny ones too but they have their place and it’s not first thing in the morning when I’m going to be downing coffee or tea by the giant mugful. 🙂 I like my glosses pigmented and with average shine, thank you. I’ll have to check these out- thanks for the post!

  • crissy k

    Do these have a smell or taste? I’ve tried Sephora lip products in the past but the smell/taste was revolting. I hope they fixed this. Lately Sephora has been stepping up their makeup. Yay!

  • Cherish

    I want to know what lip gloss your talking about that stays on more than 3 hrs?????? Girl if this lip gloss stays put for over 1 hour it’s a miracle. Maybe my body chemistry is just weird but lip gloss is one of those things I have to constantly reapply if I want to keep the look fresh.