Review: Beauté Luminous Volume Lip Gloss in Cobra

By Voxy  

Four score and many years ago, when I was but a wee lass and dinosaurs roamed the planet, I went to a small spa in Connecticut that had their own line of cosmetics. The massage I had was only OK, but the lip gloss I bought there was possibly one of the best I ever used. It was a gorgeous gingery color, like iced pumpkin bread or frosted pennies. (Why anyone would put frosting on pennies is beyond me, but if they did, that would be the color. I’m just sayin’.) I’m pink-toned, so warm shades that suit me are sometimes hard to find, but this was magnifique.

Since then, I have wandered the earth looked at a lot of cosmetics lines hoping to find the white whale a similar product — which brings me, in a roundabout fashion, to the topic of today’s review: Beauté Lip Gloss in Cobra.

Beauté is a newish cosmetics line out of Canada. Their products are not cheap, and neither is shipping to the States. (I didn’t check out the shipping rates for within Canada, so those of you north of the 49th parallel might get a better deal.) Right now their product array is limited to lip products (including lip/cheek stains) and brushes. Among the advertised features of the Luminous Volume Lip Glosses are the following: “moisturizes and hydrates” (um, aren’t those the same thing?), “plumps and shapes,” “smoothes fine lines and wrinkles,” “protects” (from what, it does not say), and “defines surface area.” I don’t even know what that last one really means.

Cobra is supposed to be “sun-kissed metallic bronze,” which seemed like it might be close to iced pumpkin bread or frosted pennies, so I ordered it. When I got the package, there was a little card tucked inside which reads:

Beauté Luminous Volume Gloss contains powerful actives to plump and moisturize lips. Because of these actives your applicator may appear splayed upon opening, to shape back to normal please follow these steps:

1. Wipe the applicator clean with a tissue.
2. Place applicator under clean running hot water for 30 seconds.
3. Using another tissue dry the applicator while shaping to desired shape.
4. Allow to air dry for 5 minutes before reinserting into gloss.

(I did not correct their punctuation.)

Hmm. “Splayed.” OK, let’s see what a “splayed” applicator looks like.

I’m sorry. That is not “splayed.” That is “smashed.”

The reshaping process worked, mostly, but really, am I going to have to do this every month or so? Canadians must have a higher tolerance for lip gloss applicator maintenance than I do.

Unfortunately, it is not quite the iced pumpkin/frosted penny shade I was hoping for, but it’s not bad — and it will, I suspect, look much nicer over a lipstick (like NARS Petit Monstre). It’s quite thick and frosty, with a texture that is mildly sticky but not untenably so. Does it smooth fine lines and wrinkles, protect, and define surface area? Your guess is as good as mine.

Swatches!

Naked lip:

Lip with Beauté Luminous Volume Lip Gloss in Cobra:

In this photo I’m wearing only the gloss and it’s kind of thick and gloopy. You can see the pink of my lips through it, which I think is a little weird. I’ve since found that using a brownish-nude lip liner and coloring in the edges of my lips greatly diminishes this problem. (Applying less than a standard serving also helps.)

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Beauté Cosmetics Luminous Volume Lip Gloss in Cobra: $26 (CDN)

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Poor. But I knew that when I was getting into it.

Purchase again? I’m on the fence. They’d have to run a really good sale to offset the price of shipping.

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

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6 Comments

  1. avatar Vanessa
    Posted January 5, 2011 at 7:39 am | Permalink | Reply

    Have you come across Smashbox’s lipgloss in “moonbeam”? It’s a somewhat pinker shade of ‘frosted pennies’ than this gloss, but might be the sort of thing you’re after. (I find it’s a good laster, for a lipgloss, too).

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted January 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I don’t have that one! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for it, though. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  2. avatar marigolds
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    PS, did you color-correct second photo at all? Because that warm color is pulling out actual warm/yellow tones in your skin, if you didn’t. Maybe you have a few yellow tones in there along with pink?

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    • avatar Voxy
      Posted January 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t color-correct, and I try to stick my face in the photo tent in the same place each time, but invariably some photos come out slightly pinker or yellower than others. The naked lip photo is the same one all the time, and I picked it because I thought it was the most truly representative of my actual skin and lip color. When choosing a photo of me wearing a lip color, I try to choose one that has the closest coloring as possible to the naked lip photo.

      And everyone has some yellow; there are some warm shades I can wear, and that I enjoy a lot. I have the biggest problem with foundations being too yellow, followed by some shades of blush.

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  3. avatar marigolds
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I think it’s pretty on you. Those must be some hella-plumping “actives” to plump that brush like that. -_-

    Do you have any of the awesome color left? I’m dying for somebody (YOU) to send something to Three Custom Colour for duping!!

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  4. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Defines surface area? OK then…

    I’d also love to know what a ‘powerful active’ is.

    (It is a nice colour on you, though.)

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