I officially stole this lip product from my sister's makeup collection. I couldn't resist. But she doesn't know yet.
This is my new love and makeup addiction: Max Factor Xperience Sheer Gloss Balm in Purple Orchid (#05). It reminds me of MAC's Slimshines, as it combines a sheer colour payoff and a creamy emollient formula.
It's an hybrid between a lipstick/lipgloss and a lipbalm: it looks and apllies like a lipstick but it has the consistency of a lipbalm, which goes on very creamy and smooth.The formula is actually enriched with mango-butter and shea-butter, so it's supposed to be very nourishing for your lips.
But, as I said, it leaves just a very sheer layer of colour, with a little bit of shimmer, and it doesn't last very long on your lips.
Purple Orchid looks really dark in the tube but, when you apply it, it turns out like a sheer purple shade, which looks very pretty on every skin tone. It's not sticky at all, although it leaves an almost glossy finish to your lips. (i hope you can tell from the swatch)
It has a scent, which smells absolutely pleasant to me, but I know it might bother some of you.
Oh, and it has SPF10 in it, which surprises me.
Overall, a really nice product, definitely not recommended if you're looking for an opaque or rich textured lipstick, but perfect if you like glosses but despise the stickyness of some of them.