The first thing I noticed with one of the tubes was clear oil oozed out when I squeezed it. I guess there had been some settling in that one, but the next tube was well mixed. Castor oil is the first ingredient listed on this product and 'oily' is how it initially felt on my lips. You do get excellent sheen (gloss) off it, but the flavor; which is supposed to be vanilla according to the packaging, is lost to me. Both glosses have a slight 'shimmer' or sparkle to them. Fairly subtle though, and only really apparent in the light.
Silica and mica are also found in this product as it uses minerals to tint the gloss. I don't notice a grittiness to the gloss, which I did notice with the Burt's Bee's products.
Both 'Bloom' and 'Garnet' are subtle enough to wear alone or over lipstick to add a sheen. The applicator is slanted for easy application and due to the high oil content, the product doesn't clump or gum up the applicator.
The size is a mere 0.42 ounces, but I have no doubt that the tubes will last a long time as very little of the product is needed to achieve a nice look. Pairing this gloss (particularly the Garnet or the combination) with a subtle lip liner would be ideal for most women who don't like to wear a lot of make-up, but like a casual, polished look.
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