Wednesday, June 20, 2012

{Review} Lavera Trend Sensitive Lipgloss in No. 3 Berry

Lavera Trend Sensitive Lip Gloss in No. 3 Berry

Lavera is a natural skin care and cosmetics brand sold in Target (though I don't think Target carries it any more). I bought this gloss a few months back and just never got around to reviewing it. The brand is designed for people with sensitive skin looking for natural, paraben and cruelty free products with beneficial ingredients.  The gloss is made with minerals and is fragrance free, meaning no artificial scents or dyes. Personally, I'm not really into natural/organic makeup and skin care, but I thought I'd give this gloss a try because the shade was pretty and it was on clearance.

Lavera Trend Sensitive Lip Gloss in No. 3 Berry

This gloss is designed to be very moisturizing as it's made with organic johoba oil.

Lavera Trend Sensitive Lip Gloss in No. 3 Berry

The gloss comes packaged in a slim tube with  silver accents. The packaging itself, while it's not bad, doesn't really apeal much to me either. It seems plain and honestly, a bit dated. It seems similar to the packaging of many other mineral brands out there. Not bad, but nothing special either. It holds 0.22 fl oz (6.5 ml) of product, a very good amount.

Lavera Trend Sensitive Lip Gloss in No. 3 Berry (Applicator)

The applicator is a standard doe foot applicator that works well with the thin formula of the product.

Lavera Trend Sensitive Lip Gloss in No. 3 Berry (Swatch)

Isn't the shade pretty? It's a very pretty peachy golden shimmery shade. Actually, its called Berry but it's the farthest thing from a berry shade I can think of. I think purples and reds when I think berry, not a peachy pink gloss.

This shade is actually not available anymore because when they changed up the packaging they redid some of the shades as well. On their website they say that one of the newer shades, No. 4 Almond Kiss is similar to this one if you're interested.

Lavera Trend Sensitive Lip Gloss in No. 3 Berry (Lip Swatch)

I was a little disapointed when I first put this on my lips. The texture of this gloss is very thin and the gorgous swatch on my hand and in the tube didn't translate to my lips. On my lips it looks like a clear gloss with golden shimmer in it. Not bad, but I was hoping it would look like the first swatch.

The texture of this gloss is different from most other glosses I've tried, which tend to be thick and tacky. The formula of this one is very thin and slick, most likely due to the oils in it. Because it's thinner, it doesn't last long, about 2 hours without eating or drinking. On the plus side, it's one of the most moisturizing glosses I've ever tried. My lips feel soooo soft after I wear this stuff, never dry and flaky. It's like wearing a balm and gloss at the same time. The gloss contains a whole host of oils including coconut, jojoba, argan oil and cocoa butter. I sometime wear it in place of a balm, it's that moisturizing.

My only real complaint, other than the lack of pigmentation, is the smell. I don't know how to describe the smell, kind of like if you mixed an herbal scent with a plasticky scent. It's not absolutely unbearable, but it tends to linger on the lips.

For the full price, around $17, it's not the best gloss I've tried. That being said, I know how difficult it can be to find good quality natural paraben and cruelty free cosmetics out there, which is why I can forgive this gloss the scent and lack of pigmentation, especially given how moisturizing it is.  I got this gloss for about $7 on clearance, so I'm happy with it for the price. If you are looking for more natural makeup, Lavera may be a good brand to try out.

Tried it? Loved it? Hated it? Let me know in comments!


Price: $16.80

Ingredients: Castor Seed Oil*, Olive Fruit Oil*, Lanolin Alcohol, Sheabutter*, Hydrogenated Rapeseed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Lanolin, Beeswax*, Coconut Oil*, Cocoa Butter*, Jojoba Seed Oil*, Argan Oil*, Alcohol*, Vitamin E, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sea Buckthorn*, Sunflower Seed Oil, Mallow Flower Extract*, Linden Flower Extract*, Rose Flower Extract*, Camelina Oil, Vegetable Oil, Water, Vitamin C, Hydrogenated Lecithin. Essential Oils. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Ferry Ferrocyanide. (*denotes certified organic agriculture.

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