Are the New Sonia Kashuk Ultra Shine Sheer Lip Glosses Dupes for Chanel Aqualumiere Glossimers?

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

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If somebody blindfolded me, slicked the new Sonia Kashuk Ultra Shine Sheer Formula Lip Gloss ($9) on my pucker and then asked me to guess which gloss I was wearing, I would guess an expensive Glossimer from Chanel.


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Chanel Aqualumiere de ja vu/vu ja de

With its thin, non-stick formula that’s both taste- and fragrance-free, Sonia’s new $9 gloss feels surprisingly like a $27 tube of Chanel Aqualumiere Glossimer.

And the similarities don’t stop with the texture.

The rich (yet sheer) colors and glossy shine of Sonia’s Ultra Shines also make them look like dead ringers for Aqualumieres.

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Elegant, practical tube

Tubes of Sonia’s new gloss may not wear those vaunted Chanel double C’s, but I think they still look elegant in their sleek silver cap. The tube is compact and practical, too, fitting easily into my favorite Coach Wristlet with room to spare.

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Beauty on lips

Are they hydrating?

Ultra Shine has *a lot* going for it, but there is one thing I’d change…

The formula isn’t as hydrating as I’d like, and after reapplying and wearing for about half a day, my lips start to feel slightly dry. A hydrating lip balm worn beneath Ultra Shine should help to remedy the sitch, but in a perfect world…

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Whisper on lips

Limited colors and availability

Ultra Shine glosses are so new that only two colors are currently available — Whisper (a shimmery nude peach) and Beauty (a shimmery hot pink). They aren’t yet available online through Target (Sonia Kashuk’s premier retailer in the US), so you may have to visit your local Target store to take a closer look.

Sonia Kashuk Ultra Shine Sheer Lip Gloss

Price: $9 for a .27 oz tube
Use: A thin, non-stick gloss with Chanel-like color and shine
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+

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Swatches from left to right: Whisper, Beauty

Sure, I wish Sonia’s new Ultra Shine glosses were a little more moisturizing, but the price is right. For a third the cost of Chanel Aqualumieres (for comparable quality), I think Sonia’s new glosses *ultra shine*.


Lifestyles of the easily amused

I need some new hobbies…

Last night I spent at least an hour teasing playing with Tabs and his favorite black ribbon toy. My new favorite thing is blasting MJ’s Working Day and Night while I dangle it in front of his face.

There’s something incredibly amusing about seeing Tabs and his low-hanging tummy leap and lunge at things while MJ belts “Got me workin’, workin’ day and night!” in the background. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Dao says:

    LOL, you got Tabs working hard, aren’t you? Hopefully with your teasing and MJ music, Tabs will lose some weight?

    Beauty looks like a good color I can wear. All of the sudden, I want bright lippies, after so many years of wearing nudes.
    .-= Dao’s last blog post… Q-tips Vanity Pack: When Cotton Buds Go Cute! =-.

  2. Shiny says:

    Hahaha the first thing I did this morning was poke and annoy the dog till he came out from under the table (he was napping) to play with me.

    Those look so good! Do you pair them with liner at all or just put em on your lips solo? I always put balm on first before applying any gloss.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shiny,

      Aww, you know he loves when you wake him up to play! What is his name?

      I wear these glosses on my lips solo (laziness!). πŸ™‚

  3. I am really liking the way Beauty looks, I just may try this out. Lord knows you can never have too many pink lip glosses!

    Hey what do you wear under your MAC lipsticks for moisture? My lips get SO chapped wearing pretty much any of them and I don’t really have anything non-glossy in a lip balm to wear under them. Thx!
    .-= Vampy Varnish’s last blog post… My Furry Friends =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vampy Varnish,

      Most of the time I don’t wear anything beneath them, but on the days when I need a lil’ something-something I’ll pop on some Philosophy Kiss Me beforehand. Mariah from the comments mentioned that she likes MAC Lip Conditioner, which is clear. — I’m thinking I’ll probably like it, too, since I’m a big fan of the tinted version.

  4. ParisB says:

    Ooh I love how Beauty looks – too bad we have no Sonia Kashuk here πŸ™
    .-= ParisB’s last blog post… Bluunis Facial Salon Γ’β‚¬β€œ My experience and it was not great =-.

  5. lesley says:

    Those are some pretty lip glosses!! πŸ™‚ I might see if I can snatch Whisper later at Target~ The packaging looks really practical for those nights out and it’s good to hear that they’ll fit into a Coach wristlet πŸ˜‰

  6. redhead says:

    Beauty looks like a nice hot pink! I was hoping that Whisper would be this awesome gold shimmer gloss, but in the lip swatch it just looks like a plain sheer shimmery nude. No prob, though, Beauty more than makes up for it πŸ™‚

  7. ines says:

    we don’t have the house of tar-ghay in canada. oh well. i guess i’m stuck with the $30 chanels!
    .-= ines’s last blog post… Top 5 – Office Beauty Emergency Kit =-.

  8. gio says:

    Beauty looks gorgeous! Unfortunately we don’t hav this brand here though πŸ™
    .-= gio’s last blog post… QOTW: Do you match your makeup to your outfit? =-.

  9. Sally says:

    $9…the price is right! I am all about drugstore beauty, ha ha.

    Karen, I have a really great idea for a post! You may have already done it in the past and I just didn’t tune in yet, but I think you should take a picture of your makeup collection! I was just thinking about how ridiculously expansive it must be. I would love seeing it!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sally,

      Thanks for the idea. Maybe I’ll do that someday — my stuff is literally all over the house, so if I ever get around to getting it in one place I’ll do a post like that.

  10. Kate & Zena says:

    Ha ha, I do quite the same thing to Zena only with her squeaky squirrel or rabbit toy. It’s hilarious as she’ll be jumping up and down and racing after it when I throw it. Then we have a little tug-of-war fight (I always win) before I throw it again and she (sometimes) slams into the cabinets trying to put on the brakes!

  11. Marina says:

    thank you for swatches, Karen
    Whisper looks amazing!
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… One more Collection & Black Lipstick by Chanel for Fall 2009 =-.

  12. Tiera says:

    Can you believe that we’ve had Target here in Hawaii for almost 4 months and I’ve still never been? I have to get my hands on these glosses (well, Whisper, at the very least).

    I know you’ve done some other Sonia Kashuk reviews, Karen, but what are your must-haves? I’m definitely headed to Target soon!
    .-= Tiera’s last blog post… 10 Resons IÒ€ℒm Blogging at Side Culture =-.

  13. Catherine says:

    Oh how pretty! It’s probably a tad too drying for my lips though, which are like sandpaper now. =/
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… FOTD – Fresh Purple and Pink (3 days in a row!) =-.

  14. Alexzandra says:

    Whisper isn’t really rocking my world, but I’m in love with Beauty πŸ˜€ I think I may have to take a trip to Target this evening.

    Also, my cat has a bit of a ponchy tummy too. He didn’t get it until after we took him to get neutered. I wonder if there’s a correlation (?)
    .-= Alexzandra’s last blog post… Nars Fall 2009: Lolita =-.

  15. Marmar says:

    I am very much trying these out. I love, love Target’s exclusive goodies- Sonia Kashuk is one of my favs, but honestly, it’s “pixi’s” goodies I love even more. A little pricey but the quality is well worth it. Have you tried their Target line? Their lip/cheek stains are A+ material.
    .-= Marmar’s last blog post… why I (heart) Girls Generation =-.

  16. Tiffany says:

    These look so pretty! I heard there are some great new SK blushes – have you checked them out yet? I might try to run by target this weekend!

  17. Stephie says:

    Oooh! That nude one looks very pretty. I def need to check this out the next time I hit up Target. Working does not give me the freedom to roam through Target aimlessly like I used to πŸ˜› Have you tried her eye make up remover yet? I am thinking about picking it up to test out after I finish my beloved Lancome Bi facil <3 Haha.

  18. I picked up the Vivacious shade the other day – love it!
    .-= Fabulous Over 40’s last blog post… Bronzing Beauty Babes – Estee Lauder =-.

  19. Shiny says:

    His name is Elmo. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shiny,

      Cute! I bet he’s all fuzzy and cute like Elmo, too. πŸ™‚

      Tabs decided that it was payback time this morning. He came into the room, climbed up all over my chest (stepping on all my tender girl parts, of course), and then parked directly on my very full bladder. Yup. Good times.

  20. TaLaisa says:

    Thanks for the swatches! I headed to my Super Target and guess what, they had 8 different colors of these gorgeous lippies.

    I picked up Precious (a frosty coraly pink), Flawless (a glossy brownish nude color) and Sexy (a deep plummy purple with blue and pink sparkles). My little ‘helper’ tried to talk me into a faint purple-y pink shimmer (I think it’s name was fairy) and Vivacious and they didn’t have any of the 8th color, but the counter color swatch made it look like a non-sparkly nude.
    .-= TaLaisa’s last blog post… Happy Valentines =-.

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