Review: Three Custom Color Lip Gloss Wand in Candy Apple

By Voxy  

Say hello to my new favorite red lipgloss.

With the upcoming demise of Bing cashback (alas! sob! cue the Puccini!), I’ve been on a bit of a bender taking shameless advantage of their cashback savings, which are often considerably larger than cashback refunds offered by other rebate sites. (Cause, meet effect, I suppose.) So as I’ve been placing orders for refills of skincare and cosmetic items I regularly purchase, I’ve been throwing one or two other things from lines I’ve never tried before into the basket, because hey, if Bing cashback is on its way out, I’m going to milk it for all it’s worth before it goes. Any operatic soprano worth her salt never dies without singing an aria, after all.

Three Custom Color is probably best known for its discontinued product matching, in which you send them a sample of a lipstick or other product that has been discontinued and they recreate the color as closely as possible (hence the “custom color” part of the name). But they also have their own line of cosmetic products as well as brushes, accessories, and pigments. I saw a swatch of Candy Apple online and I thought that if it was anywhere close to that degree of awesome in real life, I needed to own it.

I love the brightness of this gloss. This is not the lipgloss you wear when you are succumbing to consumption in a freezing garret in Bohemian Paris, nor the one you wear while praying demurely in your bedchamber while awaiting the arrival of your husband, who intends to kill you over a suspected infidelity. No, this is the lipgloss you wear when you yell, “See you in Hell, Scarpia!” before throwing yourself off a battlement.

In addition to having an utterly fabulous color, this lipgloss wears surprisingly well (especially over TFLI) and is remarkably non-sticky. It is well-pigmented but sheer, so you get a bright color that doesn’t look masklike. This color has no shimmer at all, but some of the others in the line do; there’s a wide assortment of shades that range from muted to bright and that are also helpfully sorted into warm, cool, or neutral categories. (Candy Apple is “cool,” in case you were wondering.) I’m also interested in Mango and Apple Honey, which are both warm shades, but which I think I could pull off. And if lipgloss in pots is more to your tastes, they have a whole collection of those too. The colors are different from the wand lipgloss colors, and they’ve also done something very interesting and educational with these: they’ve created two versions of each shade (one warm, the other cool) so you can order the variation that best suits your skin tone.


Bare lip:

With Three Custom Color Lip Gloss Wand in Candy Apple (sorry, I was a little messy in application; don’t hold that against the product):


Three Custom Color Lip Gloss Wand in Candy Apple: $21.50

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Good.

Purchase again? Yes, especially if I have a lot of battlement-jumping to do. Work is like that sometimes.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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  1. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Voxy, that red looks amazing on you.


    • avatar chaosbydesign
      Posted June 26, 2010 at 12:44 am | Permalink | Reply

      It appears I never finished writing my comment before posting it.

      Does the lip primer keep the lip gloss where it is meant to be? I like the idea of wearing bright red lip gloss, however often when I wear lip gloss my hair gets stuck to it and consequently drags it across my face (yes, I know, really shouldn’t happen) and I can imagine a red like this would be difficult to remove from skin. Gloss never lasts as long as lipstick does on me, unless I put it over lipstick.


      • avatar Voxy
        Posted June 26, 2010 at 8:23 am | Permalink | Reply

        Gloss never lasts as long as lipstick just due to its formulation, so there’s that to contend with.

        I’m not exactly sure how the primer works. My best guess is that it makes whatever you put on top of it adhere more to the primer than to anything else (so, to try to use scientific terminology, and probably embarrass myself badly in the process, greater adhesion than cohesion). That doesn’t mean you won’t lose any lip color on a coffee cup or via hair blowing across your face, though. I suspect the answer to that one lies with hairstyling rather than lip primer. ;)


        • avatar chaosbydesign
          Posted June 26, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

          Me? Style my hair? You’ve seen it–all I do is clip in extra bits. Brushing is optional. Oh, wait. Maybe that is my problem.

          Your scientific explanation of what primer does makes perfect sense to me. I have never used any sort of primer for anything (other than PCR, of course); maybe now is the time to start, considering I am always complaining that my makeup does not last as long as I would like it to.


  2. avatar Francie
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 10:50 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oo, that is a nice red! Thanks, Vox. I was just about to reply below re lipstick v. gloss. I’m thinking a red gloss might be the way to go, especially if it has staying power beyond melodramatic one-liners.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted June 25, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I had a couple of different things in line to review but since you mentioned wanting a red lippie I thought I might as well do this one next.

      Really, I think that the difference is the Too Faced Lip Insurance lip primer that I’m using, because it’s extended the wearlength of *all* my lippies, pencils, and glosses.

      I also like Lancome Color Fever Gloss in Rouge Magnificence (which is reviewed elsewhere on the site). It’s also a sheer red, a little less bright than this 3CC one. Revlon Cherries in the Glow (recently discontinued but still available at many drugstores) is a nice budget option, although it’s not really RED red.


      • avatar Francie
        Posted June 25, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

        Aw shucks, Vox, you didn’t have to do that on account of me. I sure am feeling the love here though. Thanks!

        I’m going to seek out this magical product you call TFLI, and also try the Lancôme gloss. I’ve never had much luck with Revlon products, but that was a long time ago.


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