May 25, 2011

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Lip Nectar Lipgloss Review, Swatches, Photos

Javabeans and Girlfriday have pics of Lee Min-Ho’s nekkid back in the shower…ya know, if you need to kick start your day. I haven’t been this excited about a shower scene since Rain did a few in Full House.

I’d sit here and make a list of Asian boys who need their own shower scenes but I’d probably bore you to tears but feel free to make your own list and shout it at me.

On to the makeup!

I’m currently in lust with the new Body Shop Honey Bronze Lip Nectar and guess what no gross honey taste either!

Let’s peek it!

A sheer tint and a sparkling shine a honey-enriched lipgloss formula!

I wasn’t particularly keen on The Body Shop’s Summer 2011 Collection since I’m not a really big bronzing person and the theme surrounding the collection is in fact tanned, sunny skin however I did fall hard for the Honey Bronze Lip Nectars which are available in two shades.

At the moment The Body Shop has a buy three, get two free or buy two, get one free on all skincare and makeup. I picked up the two glosses and let a friend pick up one too as our free item.

I thought the formula varied in the two shades and I ended up loving one’s texture but disliking the other. Weird I know but it’s true…..tell you more in a second.

I was surprised that they didn’t taste like honey. In fact, both glosses are pretty much flavorless and hey, I’m fine with that as I really do not like the flavor of honey anyway.

The shades are Sand which is a golden brown shimmer and Coral which is a bright orange-y coral. I thought I would love Coral as I’m really into warm peachy shades for the Summer but the formula kinda put me off and Sand ended up having the better formula of the two.

Sand’s formula is a smooth gloss that applies easy and leaves behind a natural hint of bronze-y golden brown on lips. It’s a beautiful shade that goes on sheer but has enough of a tint to give lips a natural, nude finish that’s very flattering. The formula lacks any real stickiness or tack so it does have a shorter wear time but the glossy finish and lovely color makes up for this down fall a bit. It applies well as I said and glides easily onto lips however Coral….

Didn’t apply as well for some reason. Coral’s color is considerably more pigmented than Sand and comes across as a heavy orange coral. The shade is really pretty and can be toned down easily with a little clear gloss on top but turns out clear gloss is actually essential as the application and wear on this has a strange formula which applies patchy and dry. I’m not sure if the pigment is the problem here or what’s going on but the gloss has a slightly gritty texture and applies very patchy on my lips. The aid of a clear gloss seems to allow the product to work and wear way better but I am curious what happened here. Maybe it’s just a fluke…!

  • Those want a sunkissed pout for Summer (Sand is particularly a nice shade that will flatter tans and look fabulous with a bronzed eye look).
  • Those wanting a hint of tint and tons of glossy shine in a lipgloss!

  • Those who aren’t keen on warmer shades of lipgloss.

Overall, The Body Shop Honey Bronze Lip Nectars were a mixed bag but I don’t regret the purchase in the least. I’m very partial to Sand at the moment and I do believe it might warrant a back up purchase. Coral was disappointing but a little clear gloss does help and the color is quite lovely! The shorter wear time does take some points away from the glosses performance overall but I’m not too put off by it because the lighter formula is nice for the warmer weather when I’m really not wanting ooey, gooey gloss on my lips in the Summer. I’d like to give them a Muse Approval for purchase but the iffy formula was a little disappointing but I do think they deserve a check out your next trip to The Body Shop.

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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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  • M

    Wooo…… I attended manimal Rain’s concert last Sunday and saw 1000 litres of water cascade on him on stage as he ahem, ripped his tanktop off to show tantalizing peeks of muscle and skin…. I swear at that point, I forgot what my name was. LOL.

    I don’t know if you watched Slave Hunter, but there was one scene where the inn owner was perving at Han Jeong Soo and Kim Ji Sook, who were bathing starkers……. *speechless*

    ANYWAY, was kinda disappointed to hear that the Coral shade applied patchy on you. It looks gorgeous, though. I had high hopes for it since I am not big on bronzers.

    • the Muse

      omg..PICS m! PICS! Ha…he takes the rain thing seriously ;-D! oh I never watched Slave Hunters…It’s actually a TBW’ed pile (to be watched) bathing starkers sounds good lol!

      It was weird formula, dunno wth happened with it..a little clear gloss helps though ;D!

  • M

    I wanted to take pics but I forgot my camera!! Argh! I was also too distracted by his erm, everything that he put on display. Good God Almighty.

    • the Muse

      m stop making me jealous….!!!!!!!!! How did you survive? I’d have wanted to jump on the stage ;-D!

      • M

        I survived by remembering that after the concert, I still need to work and go to Seoul again! LOL. He was less than 25metres away from me and the thought of launching myself at him was GREAT.

        • the Muse

          M no possibly you can quit work and maybe tour with him? Am I dreaming too much? LOL! close yet so far ;-D! I would kill to see him in concert!

  • Noelle

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I ended up with ‘Sand’,and I’m quite happy ( considering it was my free item) =o)

  • Jen

    Patchy and dry? Hm… Doesn’t sound lipglossy! Which is too bad because that coral is sooo up my alley. I’d like them to taste like honey though, that sounds yummy to me!

    • the Muse

      hey jen yeah…sadness…a little clear gloss helps it along!

  • jen

    what a great sight to start a day Muse!
    Lee Min Ho FTW!!

    • the Muse

      ^5 Jen! There’s just something about a wet Asian boy to get a girl going in the morning! ;-D It’s like coffee, only way better!

  • kat

    I loved Coral over Sand. I was just a little turned off by the brown color of sand on my lips since my lips are a bright pink and turn muddy with such a dark color. Coral on the other hand is beautiful! I agree it does need to be layered over lip balm because the texture isn’t great but the color is soooooo on trend. LOVES

    • the Muse

      hey kat…was coral kinda disappointing? but agreed right on trend a little clear gloss helps!

  • Nicky Bromow

    Hi Muse, hey, great post as always! I’d like if you could include the price in your reviews more often though… Thanks for a great beauty blog that I religiously read everyday! I have to say you’re the most prolific blogger in my blogroll!

    • the Muse

      hi nicky def will try…! I always link the the product though so a simple click brings up the price ;-D! aw thank you so so so much that means the world to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • abby

    Yuhno and Changmin (DBSK) really need to make shower scenes.. like right now…. hawt! <3