Physicians Formula pH Powered Lip Gloss – Light Pink, It Cosmetics Vitality Gloss Stain – Je Ne Sais Quoi, and Sephora Color Adapt Gloss – Unique Pink – Color Adjusting Series: Part 6
In Part 6 of the Color Adjusting Series, I’m looking at three glosses that claim to adjust their color to your personal chemistry: Physicians Formula pH Powered Matchmaker Lip Gloss – Light Pink; It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain – Je Ne Sais Quoi; and Sephora Color Adapt Gloss – Unique Pink.
Comparing these three glosses, let’s first look at the prices and amount of product you get in each one:
Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss, Light Pink costs between $7 and $9 for .17 ounces. (My observation: no odor.)
It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Lip Gloss Stain costs between $24 and $26 for .11 ounces. (My observation: Smells like vanilla.)
SEPHORA COLLECTION Color Adapt Gloss Unique Pink costs between $13 and $19 for .2 ounces. (My observation: Smells like cotton candy.)
Next let’s look at some swatches:
As you can see from the swatches, all three products produced a similar stain on my skin. Of the three, Physicians Formula pH Powered Lip Gloss seems to have been on the market the longest. Even though I recently found it, it now seems to be getting phased out of brick and mortar stores. The good news is that it’s very inexpensive on Amazon or Ebay, and comes in 3 shades (Light Pink, Pink, and Natural), and with a side mirror and a light. It’s really pretty cool. It also makes my job that much easier that Physicians Formula explains the chemistry at work here: the flush is produced by “Fluorescein Based Dye – senses the pH level of your skin & adjusts within 60 seconds to create your perfect lip color; and Photochromic Powders – light adjusting pigments adapt to your environment so color looks the same indoors & outside.”
I’m pleasantly surprised at the short list of ingredients in the Physicians Formula gloss:
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ozokerite, Propylene Glycol Ricinoleate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, BHT, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, May Contain:, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Iron Oxides, Mica, Synthetic Flurophlogopite, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Red 6 Lake, Red 27, Red 7 Lake
It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain comes in at least 6 colors, 5 of which I haven’t seen or tried. The ingredient list is quite long:
Polybutene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polyethylene, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Tribehenin, Silica, Bumetrizole, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Vanillin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sorbitan Isostearate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil, Prunus Cerasus (Bitter Cherry) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesteryl Oleyl Carbonate, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Cholesteryl Chloride, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140:1), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090:2), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), RED 27 (CI 45410:1), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 6 (CI 15850), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410).
And finally, Sephora Color Adapt Gloss comes in just one color: Unique Pink. It’s ingredient list is also pleasantly short:
Polybutene,Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ci 45410 (Red 27), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate.
Aside from the difference in scents, I didn’t notice any major differences in these glosses’ wear time or feeling of smoothness or stickiness. I think Physicians Formula has to be my #1 pick for this category, due in part to the price and in part to the cool mirror, lack of smell, and short list of ingredients!
What do you think out there? Have you tried any of the other colors I didn’t show here?
I’d love to see your comments!
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