See the 2018 Give Me More Lip Review
When it comes to favorite sets, no one puts them together like Sephora. The Give Me More Lip Kit usually releases every year in mid September, but it released a little later this year. I have a really hard time passing on favorites that are makeup and skin care related causing me to buy more than I should. My favorite kit each year has is the Sun Safety or the Give Me More Lip. The smaller Give Me Some Lip Kit looked nice as well, but I sat on buying it for too long and missed out. It was cuter than the one I got in 2013 and 2014, so I regret my decision to wait until I had more used than unused lipsticks to buy it.
I’ve stalked this set and read that it would release on 09/29/15. Of course, I placed my order right when I saw it, so I expected to receive it sometime in October. Imagine my surprise when it shipped the same day I ordered it, and the shipping confirmation said it was arriving the next day. People have reported getting their Sephora deliveries a day after ordering, but that has never happened to me. Getting my Disney mirrors in two days was already a record, so I am really impressed with a one day turnaround from ordering to receiving. If my UPS driver did not deliver so late, getting it in less than 24 hours would have been possible.
I love when the samples are things I really want to try. There were no less than five I wanted to try, so I had a hard time narrowing them down to three. The 0.160z Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy is something I’ve had my eyes on for a long time. This generously sized deluxe sample is 53.33% the $35 full-size version making it worth $18.67. It would have been awesome if it had not been substituted, but the better the sample, the more likely it is to get substituted. Instead of that, I was given a 0.05oz bareMinerals Lash Domination worth $2.43. While I appreciate getting a deluxe sample substituted with a deluxe sample, I do not appreciate the loss in value nor do I need another mascara.
Although I never place values on foils, they are both items I want to try. When belif hit the scene, it had a lot of buzz. The 0.10oz True Cream Aqua Bomb sounds refreshing, too, so I cannot think of a better item to introduce me to the brand. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation has had a lot of mixed reviews. Items with seriously mixed reviews always make me wonder which side I will fall on. I look forward to finding out, and with three shades to try (Vanilla, Light Beige, and Sand), I will probably find a color match here as well.
I used the code VIBTOKENS to get three deluxe Buxom lippies. This is a Rouge only code. It includes: a 0.07oz Buxom Full-on Lip Polish in Erin ($8.87), a 0.07oz Buxom Full-on Lip Cream in Berry Blast ($9.50), and a 0.015oz Buxom Full-on Lipstick in San Francisco ($9.50). While I noticed the Berry Blast is a repeat of one of the 15 already in the kit, I figured I could gift or trade my extra.
My lips are light pink and not very pigmented at all. Lipsticks will look brighter and slightly more pink tinted on me than they look on someone with darker lips and/or a less pink complexion. This is a picture with nothing on my lips for comparison.
Erin is a blushing lavender.
Erin presents more baby, pale pink than lavender, but I can see a little purple if I look really hard. The color almost completely disappears when it goes on. This lip polish is a little more shiny that the lip cream. With that shine, you also get a little stickiness. On a scale of 1 to 5, I’d place this around a 2. That is usually where I refuse to buy a gloss. If you hate stickiness but want the plumping effect, opt for the Buxom Lip Cream. They both have a slight plumping with a cooling, tingling feeling. The polish just does it with less color and more stickiness, like a gloss.
Berry Blast is a vivid fuchsia. This is the one I opened from the kit. I am keeping the one from the promo sealed, so it stays new.
The lip cream wears like a gloss without any stickiness. It hides dry patches and does not accentuate lines. There is a slight tingling, but it is not painful. Most of the time this is on, you feel a cooling effect. If the cooling disappears, most of the product has, too. Reapply. There is a slight increase in lip volume appearance, so this does work. Dior tried unsuccessfully to copy this formula, but Buxom does it better than most other brands I’ve tried.
San Francisco is a dusty mauve. This lipstick has a thin tip, so it works as a lipstick and liner in one.
This was my first experience with Full-On Buxom lipstick. It is tingly like the gloss. I did not notice as much plumping or cooling, so the lipstick does not do it as well as the gloss. The color is more beautiful on than it appears in the swatch. The formula, other than the tingling, wears nicely. Dry patches are not accentuated and lip lines are mostly hidden. It is somewhat moisturizing, too.
There are 15 lippies in this Give Me More Lip Favorites kit in addition to the three I received for free when I placed the order. Eleven are deluxe, and four are full-size. The full-sized items retail for $88, so they cover the cost of this $59 set. That makes all the deluxe lippies free. Sephora lists the value of this set as $197. Why did I write there are four full-sized lipsticks when the Sephora site claims there are three? Well, read below, and you will see Sephora is wrong. I actually do not mind the error on that one, but they made another error that was not in my favor.
The lippies came in this beautiful gold box that I will reuse for something Christmas themed.
Sephora always packages with care. Everything other than Smashbox lipstick stayed in place without budging. Although it shuffled a bit, the Smashbox lipstick never fell out. It was so tight even while dangling. All lippies looked in perfect condition other than a little sweat thanks to record high temperatures we’re experiencing in this hottest September in history.
It is interesting to see all the lippies outside the box, because the outer box is big, and the box it shipped in was huge. Everything looks so small when it is laid out with no packaging.
The 0.22oz Ciate Liquid Velvet in Risque is full size. It retails for $19 and is a tomato red. This swatch was very hard to wash off. It lasted almost as long on my lips as it lasted on my arm, which was very impressive.
After more than eight hours of wear, the lipstick was still bold in most spots, but it does rub off a bit when you eat or drink. When I swatched it, I saw a hint of orange in it, but it looked more orange on the wand than my skin. On my lips, it pulled more orange than red. Be very careful applying this or leave yourself time to fix mistakes. I made a slight error with my cupid’s bow that was too difficult to remove at the last-minute. Thus, I had to rock this lipstick with the error. I usually avoid liquid lipsticks, because they highlight dry patches, lines, and do not do enough to moisturize my lips. This is more moisturizing than most liquid lipsticks, but it does highlight dry patches and the lines are very visible. Exfoliate before wearing this.
The 0.12oz Nars Lipstick in Scarlet Empress is full-size. It retails for $27 and is a semi matte blue red. This color is incredible, but I see it as more of a wine than a semi-matte blue red.
I was impressed with the staying power. Even after eating, most of it stayed in place. The application was even, did not accentuate dryness or highlight lines. It could have been a little more moisturizing but it was not drying at all. This is a great lipstick.
The 0.1oz Smashbox Be Legendary in Magenta Matte is full-size. It retails for $20 and is a matte magenta. This is a fun, bright color that keeps making me sing The Time Warp.
I love the color and way this lipstick feels. It is moisturizing for a matte lipstick. For a moisturizing lipstick, it stays put a long time. Dry patches are slightly hidden with this, but it does emphasize every line in my lips.
The 0.09oz Urban Decay Revolution LipStick in Streak is full-size. It retails for $22 and is a coral pink. I am unsure why Sephora lists it as a deluxe size on the website, but it is also listed as a gloss, which it clearly is not. Urban Decay Revolution Lip Glosses are 0.17oz, so 0.09oz would be a deluxe size if this was gloss.
This lipstick is extremely moisturizing, but as with most moisturizing lipsticks, it moves. I had to constantly remove it from my teeth and face. Once was after talking to someone who was obviously not comfortable telling me. The swatch presents the lipstick a little more pink, but it wears a little more coral. If you love corals, you will probably love the color. It highlights dry patches and lines in your lips, so I will save this for a rare time when my lips are super smooth.
The 0.03oz Bite Matte Creme in Cognac is worth $14.40. It is a dark brown. With limited edition 011 releasing 11/04/15 and Cognac looking very similar, this had to jump up on the list of lippies to try. I was saving this beauty for Thanksgiving. Browns and orange are perfectly festive for that holiday. Cognac appears a little darker than 011, and 011 has a bit more red in the tone. Other than those two slight differences, they do not look different enough for me to justify purchasing 011. Fingers crossed 12 is a golden (not orange) red. Like all Bite formulas, this is extremely moisturizing and feels great on. The trade off for the moisture is a formula that moves. It is worth it, because the formula does not highlight dry patches or lines.
Unlike the middle of the road colors, the lighter and darker Bite colors can apply patchy due to the movement. I find blotting redistributes the color nicely in most cases, but you can always apply more to the patchy areas for even wear. This color is quite bold, but I find it to be extremely beautiful if you like dark browns. The darker the better and this layers. Below is a dark, layered version of how you can wear it.
The 0.04oz Kat Von D Studded Kiss in Homegirl is worth $8.40. It is a matte black berry. This looks like a darker, lovelier version of the wine color I see in Scarlet Empress. While the color was as beautiful as I imagined, the formula was not. I’ve used Painted Love and Foiled Love lipsticks from her line, but this was my first Studded Kiss.
The formula leaves a lot to be desired. I could not keep the color solid at all. Every time I drank, ate, or even pushed my lips together, it moved. That resulted in a patchy mass. Parts of the formula balled up. It was not a very moisturizing formula either. This was not a great introduction to the Studded Kiss line. I’d be willing to give the line another chance, because a lot of lines fail with dark colors but do perfectly fine with mid range colors.
The 0.07oz Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment is worth $10.50. It is a sheer hot-pink tint. This seems more pigmented than the Fresh tinted lip treatments I’ve tried before.
I am a fan of Fresh lip balms, because they feel like they moisture deeply. My lips feel softer for a while after the formula fades. The texture and wear also lies between Carmex, which is messy and Chapstick, which sits on top of my lips without penetrating. It does not taste bad either. The balms also hide dry patches and do not accentuate lines. These tinted formulas really look like a sheer lipstick, but with the ease and smoothness of a balm. They are great for all weather but may be perfect for winter. This color is a nice one, too. The balm lasts about 2-3 hours, which is longer than most lip balms.
The 0.16oz Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Peony is worth $8.40. It is a dusty rose. Berry, which is a berry red, should have been the one in this kit. I cannot seem to get rid of peony samples, because it comes in everything. This latest one is a duplicate I will not keep. It really is a shame they substituted Berry, because I do not own that one yet. The look and swatch are from my previous one to keep this one new.
I love the color. Benjamin Moore describes the color best. “Taking its name from the lush bloom that symbolizes romance and prosperity, this deep pink has a hint of black that makes it ideal for those who seek a vibrant color that’s not overpowering.”
I think that description nails the color, because it is not your typical pink. My husband is not a fan and actually claimed the lipstick looks weird. It applies like a gloss from a tube (with a weird gloss-like applicator and everything), but it is the opposite of gloss. The formula is so matte, which is what I believe my husband dislikes. This is 100% lipstick despite the gloss like container. It is not the most moisturizing lipstick but it does last longer than most. That is probably because the formula goes on really wet like a gloss, but it dries almost completely (not as much as stain dries though). Unfortunately because of the way it sets and the light color, it highlights dry patches and every line in my lips. Peony seems to have the weakest formula, too, because the darker colors are not as matte, not as patchy, and do not highlight imperfections on my lips.
The 0.10oz Lancôme Lip Lover in 355 Framboise Etoile is worth $16.79. It is a berry-pink. I love Lip Lovers and have purposely avoided buying this color, because this is the most common sample for the line. My strategy paid off, because this sample is 71% the full-size version giving me more than enough product.
I really like this pink version of a berry, because it is festive but still bright. The Lip Lover most resembles a gloss. It’s more pigmented and has slightly longer staying power than most glosses though. On a scale of 1 to 5, it is about a 1.5 on the sticky scale. Though I prefer a 1, this is still currently my favorite gloss when I want the benefits of a gloss (hides lip lines and does not accentuate dry patches) with the color of a lipstick. Shine does not bother me, because the shine in this feels much more wearable than the overly sticky Dior version of this product, the Fluid Stick. If I could find one flaw with my otherwise perfect gloss (yes, I’ve purchased a few of these), it’s that it actually becomes a little more sticky as it wears off. Most products become less sticky.
The 0.07oz Buxom Lip Cream in Berry Blast is worth $9.50. It is a vivid fuchsia that is like a gloss without any stickiness. It hides dry patches and does not accentuate lines.
There is a slight tingling, but it is not painful. Most of the time this is on, you feel a cooling effect. If the cooling disappears, most of the product has, too. Reapply. There is a slight increase in lip volume appearance, so this does work. Dior tried unsuccessfully to copy this formula, but Buxom does it better than most other brands I’ve tried.
The 0.04oz Clinique Chubby Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry is worth $6.80. It is a sheer berry-pink. These tips are very soft and my first Chubby broke with a little pressing. That is probably due to this formula resembling more of a tinted balm than a lipstick.
Your lips will feel moisturized as promised, and you will get a subtle pop of color. Dry patches will feel smooth and hidden. Just do not press as hard as you would with a lipstick! So far, I have not broken this new one.
The 0.07oz Buxom Lip Polish in Sophia is worth $8.87. It is a sweetheart pink.
My skin is recovering from a recent allergic reaction, so please forgive the peeling. This lip polish is a little more shiny that the lip cream. With that shine, you also get a little stickiness. On a scale of 1 to 5, I’d place this around a 2. That is usually where I refuse to buy a gloss. If you hate stickiness but want the plumping effect, opt for the Buxom Lip Cream. They both have a slight plumping with a cooling, tingling feeling. The polish just does it with less color and more stickiness, like a gloss.
The 0.07oz Laura Mercier Creme Smooth in Milkyway is worth $13.50. It is brown. I actually like brown lipsticks, but this is an awkward looking brown. Of the new lip colors (I already tried two before receiving the kit), this was the one I was nervous to try. Trying things that make me uncomfortable is one of the fun things about makeup, so I started with this one.
This swatch reminds me so much of maple frosting, which is my favorite donut. While it does not taste bad, I promise it does not taste like maple frosting.
The formula is moisturizing and lasts a decent amount of time. There is a little transfer, but I appreciate the fact that it does not highlight the dry patches or lines in my lips. I was nervous about the color for nothing, because it is nowhere near as bold as I thought this would be. On more pigmented lips, I can even see this being nude for some people. It is definitely maple on me, but it wears much prettier than I thought it would.
The 0.05oz Tarte Energy Gloss in Clear is worth $3.52. It is clear, but I see a slight hint of pink in the swatch. On pink lips, the pink hue almost disappears making it look completely clear.
The formula wears away a little faster than a normal gloss. In a little over an hour without eating or drinking, it was almost completely gone. Softer lips were left behind, but they only felt soft on the surface meaning this does not penetrate as most balms do. On a scale of 1 to 5, this is about a 2 in stickiness. That is a little higher than I like, so I would not purchase this separately.
The 0.03oz Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Le Rouge in No 1 is worth $8.31. It is a blood-red, so it pulls more orange than blue. I already own this, so the swatch and picture below are from my lipstick to keep the one from this set new. While I prefer the formula of the Rouge Volupte lipsticks, this Rouge Pur Couture is wonderful, too.
This moisturizing, long-lasting formula looks and feels wonderful. My dry patches are hidden under this smooth, pigmented formula.
It is rare to see a 15 piece kit where I only own two shades. The Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Le Rouge in No 1 is the shade in almost every YSL GWP, so most YSL fans probably already own this. I think everyone has Melted Peony by now, so I wish it did not come in place of Berry. Hopefully, I can find someone to gift my new ones to.
By my calculations, this favorites set is worth $196.99. That is only a penny off Sephora’s calculation, which means they are right on with the advertised value. It impresses me, because they have an incorrect listing (lip gloss for lipstick). I am keeping everything but the duplicate YSL lipstick and Too Faced Melted Peony, so I am getting $180.28 in value from this set.
Thanks to freebies received with the order (the deluxe sample and two of the three lippies in the promo that are not duplicates), my total value is $201.08. That is not bad for an order I paid $59 for worth $227.29 (including the 2 duplicates from the set and one from the promo). Have you shopped any Sephora Favorites sets lately?
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My Verdict: Deal