35 Ways to Shine: The New Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Lip Glosses

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Make Up For Ever hopes to woo a lotta lips this spring with their glitzy new line of glosses, but these luminescent lippies might be a little too much like young love (meaning they fade all too soon).


For their shiniest lip gloss yet, Make Up For Ever loaded each tube of Lab Shine with highly reflective pearl pigments. The entire line encompasses three different finishes (Diamond, Star and Metal) spanning a whopping 35 colors.

The Diamond CollectionThe Diamond Collection’s 12 shimmery shades are formulated with Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder for transparent, natural looking color and glittery shine.

The Star CollectionThe Star Collection boasts 14 shades blended with Make Up For Ever Star Powder to give lips glamorous shine with an iridescent mother-of-pearl finish.

The Metal CollectionThe Metal Collection features nine shades made with Make Up For Ever Metal Powder, giving lips an intense mirror-like finish.

My lips love how these glosses feel, smell and taste — or rather how they don’t taste like much at all. I like the faint fragrance, which reminds me of hibiscus.

Smooth and hydrating, containing camelina oil (which is rich in vitamin E) and beeswax, they have a medium-weight texture that’s not sticky, so they scoot onto my lips with ease.

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Make Up For Ever Lab Shines from left: S10, S16, S24, S26, D6, D22, M14 and M10

As for shine, it’s off the chain! — but I think some gals might have issues with the pigments. Both the Star and Diamond collection glosses go on significantly sheerer than they look in the tubes or the arm swatch. The Star glosses have a subtle pearly finish, while the Diamond collection glosses boast chunks of big-@ss glitter). And the Metal glosses — they have a chrome finish with what I feel are the best pigments of the bunch, but I think even they could safely use more. And all of them have a pretty standard brush tip wand.

make up for ever lab shine swatches on nc35 skin
Swatches from left to right: S10, S16, S24, S26, D6, D22, M14 and M10

make up for ever lab shine s10

make up for ever lab shine s16

make up for ever lab shine s24

make up for ever lab shine s26

make up for ever lab shine d6

make up for ever lab shine d22

make up for ever lab shine m14

make up for ever lab shine m10

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As for wear time, they simply don’t stick around as long as I’d like them to considering the price. I get about two and half hours out of them, which isn’t dreadfully bad, but for $18, I’d like to spend a little more time with my gloss, ya know?

The line sparkles onto shelves in February, but they’re already up for grabs at Sephora online. If you end up making out with these, prepare yourself to reapply. πŸ™‚

PRICE: $18
AVAILABILITY: At Make Up For Ever boutiques, Sephora and sephora.com

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet!

I can’t believe tomorrow’s Friday. Pretty soon it’ll be July, LOL!


I have GOT to get a little better planning so I’m not left scrambling to find something to do on the weekends. I think I might try to visit Napa on Saturday to try a new restaurant if weather permits. Thanks to Top Chef, I’ve been thinking about eating almost as much as I think about makeup.

Do you have any plans for the weekend? How was your first week of 2011?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. I am so unbelievably tired right now. I wanted to finish this post before bedtime, but now I’m out on my feet. Sleep well, young lady. Zzzzz…


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  1. Jessica says:

    I love the star glosses so pretty.And yeah July will be here tomorrow pretty much.

  2. Tracy says:

    Ooooh-Napa sounds like fun! I need to go back there some day.
    These look nice, but Iill probably pass. More of a lipstick/lip balm kinda’ girl.
    Sweet Dreams Karen!
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  3. gorgeous! especially if you layer it over something more pigmented. can’t wait to try these out πŸ™‚
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  4. ohh I’m liking the Mirror collection! First week of 2011 was exhausting! I wanted to go out and eat with my friend this weekend, but unfortunately I have too many other things going on.
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  5. marisol says:

    Have fun in Napa. Hit a winery while you are at it.

    These look nice but I think I have too many glosses. Whoa did I really just say that?
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  6. Kate & Zena says:

    Wow, those are….sheer. If those don’t show up very well on your lips, they aren’t going to show up at all on my super pigmented pucker.

    I’ve got no plans really except taking down the Christmas stuff. We were supposed to take it down today, but we got lazy. πŸ™‚

    Zena was being a bit of a drama queen too today since she turned seven yesterday (i.e. she’s officially “old.” She’s 47 in human years).

    • Karen says:

      Tell Zena she’ll always be a baby pup in my eyes! πŸ™‚

      Did she get a special birthday treat?

      • Kate & Zena says:

        Oh, she’s always a puppy in my eyes too. All of my dogs have always been puppies in my eyes, even if I didn’t have them as puppies.

        My mom was panicking around the house saying, “Oh gosh, she’s going to need senior food. Does her $16 for six pounds special diet dog food [Yes, we’re paranoid about dog food for her. She gets very expensive dog food] come in a senior formula?” I looked it up in my dog behavior book and said, “Mom, she doesn’t need senior food for another two years. Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalm doooooooooooooooown. ”

        Oh yes, she got very spoiled. She got a very special dinner, consisting of dog food, white rice and cooked chicken. I just cooked a chicken breast tenderloin in butter on the stove for her and cut up half of it for her; there’s no need to make her fat. She loves rice and chicken, especially when mixed in her dog food because it smells horrific.

  7. Heidi says:

    Weather should be good for a Napa trip this weekend. So happy to have the first weekend with no rain in the forecast in I don’t know how long! What restaurant are you wanting to try?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heidi,

      I’m not sure yet! I am going to do some research today on yelp to see if I can find anything.

      Got any good recs for me? I love all types of food. πŸ™‚

      • Heidi says:

        I would definitely head over to Oxbow Market, their fairly new area by the river that has an ongoing farmer’s market and all kinds of restaurants (just google Oxbow Market)! If you’re up for trying something different there’s a great Venezuelan restaurant called Pica Pica Maize Kitchen (I think), and it’s soooo good! There are plenty of other choices there if that doesn’t float your boat.

  8. Jen W says:

    Im loving the look of M10!

    what a shame they don’t last very long..
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  9. Amee says:

    Very pigmented but sad that it doesnt stay for long…
    I liked M14 and M10 and s16 shade a lot…
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  10. Kim says:

    That’s too bad about the short wear time because they’re lovely! I liked the S24 in the swatches but the S16 looks great on you. The Ms definitely have the most blingy look, which is awesome (look away)!

    Napa sounds great. It’s definitely on my list of things to do the next time I’m in CA (right after driving the entire PCH in a convertible). My fave food show right now is Man v. Food. There’s lots of delicious food with a strong incentive not to overeat! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim,

      I say we package/brand our “Look Away” theory and brand it as a lifestyle, a la “The Secret.” πŸ˜€

      I love that guy from Man V. Food. He’s such a hoot! The man is most dedicated to his craft of excessive meat gluttony, LOL!

      • Kim says:

        Oh, I’m totally on board with that branding idea! πŸ™‚

        I love him too. My mom is absolutely horrified by the show (she is German and grew up after the war when there wasn’t much food to be had). Anyway, she’s a bit over the top with her “how can he eat like that?!” so one of the boys said “Grandma, we love this show and he doesn’t eat like that all the time (um, does he Mommy?)”. I should hope not. πŸ™‚

  11. gio says:

    M10 looks very pretty! But I think I’ll pass. I would have liked something more pigmented and longlasting considering the high price.
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  12. Nina says:

    those are lovely! i think im becoming a MUFE convert … well not really convert bec i still love a whole lot of other brands but … im less intimidated by the brand! πŸ™‚

    im currently loving mufe’s must & fix as a makeup setting spray!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nina,

      HAPPY FRIDAY! πŸ™‚ I like that spray too. It’s been a while since I’ve pulled it out — thanks for reminding me.

      I remember being kinda overwhelmed by the brand too! Did you feel intimidated at first because of the staggering amount of colors?

      Anywho, I hope you’re feeling better today.

  13. I love these colours – they’re all really natural and look fantastic! Still, we continue to search for the gloss with ultimate staying power…

  14. Tiffany says:

    I kinda wanna try one of these… after seeing them on you I am leaning towards a metal one…

    my weekend is pretty open – just doing lunch for my cousin’s birthday tomorrow. and watching football! bowl season is almost over!

    • Karen says:

      Is it that time again? The only game I ever watch is the Super Bowl, and that’s primarily because there are usually yummy snacks involved!

      Where are you guys going for lunch? And happy b-day to your cousin!

      • Tiffany says:

        yup, college bowl season is almost over! the championship is on the 10th!

        we are going to some mexican place for lunch. I’m not supposed to eat that kind of cheese (the queso blanco stuff) but I will probably cheat because what can I possibly get at a mexican restaurant that doesn’t have cheese?! the cheese is the best part!

        happy Friday! hope you’re having a good one!

        • Karen says:

          SERIOUSLY? No queso? That’s like a party without the streamers and balloons. πŸ™

          BTW, I just ate a hunk of gouda with my eggs for breakfast.

          Mmm… cheese.

  15. Trisha says:

    I think I would like them a bit better if they weren’t so sheer, but I’m really liking that M14. The shimmer is also.

    And, if I may say so, you look very fresh-faced in that picture. Nice!
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  16. Marina says:

    They’re so pretty but stinky to my sensitive nose πŸ™ bummer!
    On a side note, i love camelina oil.

  17. whoorl says:

    I just love your posts. πŸ™‚ Going to check out these glosses – the colors are so pretty, I might just look past having to reapply often.

  18. Adelle says:

    They are pretty but they are so sheer they all look so similar on the lips.

  19. Jenn says:

    Meh. Too sheer and glittery for my liking.

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