I have been curious about the Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi Gloss for a while so when I recently found a set of four on sale on the Sephora website, I thought I'd pick it up and see what I think. While this particular set of four is no longer available, all four glosses are part of the core line and listed for individual sale. Each clear, plastic tube contains 0.23 fl oz. of product and retail for $19.00 each.
The Make Up For Ever Plexi Gloss is smoothed on with a wide, flexible flocked applicator that resembles a mitten without a thumb. The applicator tip, being wide and rounded gave me pause. I thought that I would not be able to get a precise application with it. Surprisingly, it works quite well, hugging the lip line and laying down product where I want it. Not a lot of gloss is picked up at a time and I found myself dipping back into the tube several times to get full coverage.
True to the name, these glosses are extremely shiny. They have varying degrees of pigmentation and come in creme, sheer and shimmer. I have four shades:
101 is described as an Opaque Nude Beige. Nude beige it is. Opaque? Sure. If you have absolutely perfect, line free lips; something I have never seen outside of a Photoshopped image. This gloss is stupid shiny but the pigmented aspect doesn't hold together and it settles immediately into every line and crevice in my lips. This image was shot seconds after I applied.
207 is Opaque Candy Pink. This blue-based bright pink is more opaque than the Nude Beige and the colour hangs together better on my lips. I really dig this colour. I think it will be pretty, come Spring.
301P is designated a Pearly Nude Coral. This sheer is lightly pigmented and shot through with a delicate iridescent gold shimmer whose particles are so fine that they can't be felt, even when I rub my lips together. I like that this gloss doesn't leave behind a ton of scattershot when it is removed.
304 is a Sheer Red Coral. This is pretty! Vibrant and warm, this is a sultry Summer night in a tiny tube. I could see this jiving with softly bronzed skin and plenty of gold highlighter. Pigmentation on this is better than the Nude Beige, which is supposed to be opaque.
The formula on these glosses is very thick, sticky doesn't even begin to describe the texture and they are not lovely to apply; they stick, drag, pull and require multiple trips to the well to get full coverage. The result is a gummy, gloppy mass that immediately begins to seep into the tiny lines around my lips and soon escapes to crawl all over my face. A good barrier pencil is in order, unless you are very firm of skin around your mouth.
I have heard and read many complaints about the scent of the Artist Plexi Gloss. Descriptions from plastic-y to burned rubber come to mind. Honestly, I don't think that these glosses smell bad, at all. They have an ever so slight plastic-y aroma but it isn't strong and it doesn't linger much past application. Unless my sniffer is on the fritz? These glosses don't smell bad. They just aren't highly fragranced like cake batter, fruit or flowers. *shrug* There is a light, sweet taste when touched with the tongue but again, it's faint. I don't grok where the complaints are coming from, to be perfectly honest.
Bottom line: I am not sure just how I feel about the Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi Gloss. They have good and not so good points. I don't love them... I don't hate them. They are just kind of... Meh. I don't feel that these are suitable for sole wear, perhaps they will be more successful over a coordinating lipstick. Will I use them? Not sure. Do I recommend them? Again, not sure. I have glosses I like better. I know that I'm not ready to write these off, just yet. We'll see.
Do you own Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi Glosses? What do you think of them? If they work for you, can you recommend to me how best to apply so that I can get a better result? Please share!