Review: 3 Custom Color Lip Gloss in Mango

By Voxy  

This was, I think, the biggest surprise product of the season for me.

As per my previous post on 3 Custom Color lip gloss in Candy Apple, these are nicely pigmented, smooth, non-sticky lipglosses with decent wearlength. I really liked Candy Apple, so I thought I would pick up Mango as well. Based on the online swatch (and here is where you should start to get suspicious), it looked like a warm caramel orange that I thought would be great for fall. 3CC describes Mango as “the perfect peach.” [Insert rant here about how if you’re going to name a color after a fruit, it should look like that fruit, not like some other fruit. You can’t make a purple color and call it “strawberry.” Or maybe you can, what do I know. And peaches are yellow-orange, for what it’s worth.]

So you can imagine my dismay when I opened the package and pulled out the Day-Glo neon tube pictured at the top of the post. It is a very, very bright orange with a tinge of neon pink. It looks like neither a mango nor a peach, as it happens. I thought, “Oh, this was a mistake.”

And then my second surprise was when I put it on and it turned out to be absolutely fabulous. I have trouble finding good coral shades of lipcolor that don’t overwhelm my lips or my skin. Because (like Candy Apple) this is pigmented but sheer, it applies as a transparent coating of bright color, and blends with my natural lip color to miraculously create a terrific coral. I couldn’t be happier with it.

I’m bringing it up now rather than later because although it turned out to be a fabulous color, it’s really better suited for summer than fall, so I plan to get my money’s worth out of it over the next month or so. If you’re still looking for a great summer shade, this one is worth hopping on.

I bought mine at DermStore (taking advantage of the recently-deceased Bing cashback program), but it’s also available at 3 Custom Color’s own website. The DermStore swatch and the 3CC swatch are quite different, which I probably should have checked before buying, but I didn’t. If it helps, neither one of them looks like the actual product, so I suppose no harm was really done there.


It’s hard to tell from the swatches and only a partial face, but it really is a lovely peach-tinted glaze.


3 Custom Color Lip Gloss in Mango: $21.50

Provenance: Purchased.

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

Purchase again? You bet your sweet mangoes.

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

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One Comment

  1. avatar marigolds
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Man, I want EVERYTHING from 3 Custom Color now. But it’s expensive! (I feel like it’s so fancy that I should type if with a fake French accent: ex-pawn-SEEHVE.)

    The colors and packaging look amazing, and everyone seems to love it. I will save up my shekels, I suppose. I’ve gone WAY over beauty budget this summer. (I glower blamefully in your direction, voxy.)


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