Monday, March 10, 2014
Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Hotel California: The Overlooked Lipgloss
I don't believe I've ever heard a Youtuber or prominent blogger mention the Becca Ultimate Colour Glosses and I don't know why. These are fantastic! At least the shade Hotel California, a true bright red, is. I chose this product from Apothica.com when they used to sponsor me so I technically received this for free but I definitely would invest in more of these shades. This poor gloss has been sitting in the depths of my makeup collection for almost a year now and I've only just remembered how awesome it is.
The Becca Ultimate Colour Glosses retail for $24 and you can purchase them easily from Sephora. There are 10 shades to choose from including a few bright and beautiful peaches to a vampy burgundy. From what I have seen, all of the shades appear to be cream finishes. Thumbs up on the color selection! The packaging is a simple round tube with a matte, rubberized top and metal bit at the top. I like the sleek look of the tube and it's unique to the brand. A minor issue is that the lettering on the tube "BECCA Ultimate Colour Gloss" tends to rub off when tossed around in my handbag though. The doefoot applicator is nothing special and applies the gloss well enough.
The ingredients list is printed on the side of the cardboard box that houses the gloss which those who are sensitive to certain things will appreciate. Becca describes the formula as "a weightless yet highly pigmented gloss that imparts ultimate bold color and intense shine". Vitamin E and oils are supposed to moisturize the lips and there are no parabens in the gloss. This lipgloss smells quite strongly of candy corn. It took me awhile to pinpoint what the sweet scent was but once I figured it out, I was hooked. It smells quite nice to me but I can imagine others having a problem with it.
One coat of gloss is all you need to get bright pigmented lips. The finish is indeed glossy and vinyl-esque. The gloss is mostly non-sticky but when the gloss starts to fade, there is a bit of tackiness. Still, the wear was comfortable throughout and my lips never felt dry. Even though Becca makes no claims about staining, I noticed that even after the glossiness faded with two or three hours of wear and after meals, my lips still had a noticeable red tint to them. Being someone who is quite lazy about reapplying makeup, I love a lip product that stains and this is an added bonus to an already impressive lipgloss.
Hotel California is a beautiful classic red color that is gorgeous if you're going for a glamorous look. I have my eyes on Palm Breeze and Hummingbird, two more muted shades of the Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss. I'm amazed this product hasn't been talked about a lot considering everyone was raving about the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector awhile back. Rediscovering this gloss has inspired me to do a favorite post on some underrated products that I think deserve some attention. Be sure to look out for that post in the next couple of weeks!