Lip products are by far the easiest product to pick up when make up shopping. I think anytime I enter a beauty store or chemist, or supermarket I’m subconsciously on the look out for some kind of lip product. There are a million colours just calling your name, ready to swatch and waaay to easy to throw into your basket in multiples. I mean look at this, or this…it’s a genuine problem. So one of these exact visits (to buy hair products) I picked up two shades of the Gabrini Matte Lipgloss. I have no idea if these are actually new or not, but it was definitely the first time I had seen them in store.
The two colours I got are Shade 05 – a mid-toned, blue-based pink and Shade 08 – a deep-toned blue-based red (tell me this isn’t a (very slightly darker) dupe for Nouba Millebaci in 46?!) There were a number of colours there (I want to say about 4/5 shades), but these are the ones I fell in love with instantly.
As you can see from the swatches above, Shade 08 (red) is much more opaque and pigmented than Shade 05 (pink) and appears to apply a lot better. Never fear however – a good lip liner all over the lip will solve this for you in a heartbeat. The packaging is not exciting – a standard perspex tube, with a cheap-looking black lid (not that I’m discriminating, what counts is what’s inside, right?).
Formula wise – these don’t completely dry matte when you first apply them like other liquid lips formulas. They’re not wet, but they definitely don’t resemble the Chalbi desert either. Great for you if you hate that super matte feeling on your lips. If you do want a proper matte look,smack your lips together a few times to remove some of the remaining “shine”. Once they’re on you can hardly feel it and you get a great amount of wear time before it starts to fade.
VERDICT: Grab one, especially 08 it’s too good a dupe for the Nouba Millebaci not to! I picked these up at the Super Cosmetics on Koinange Street in Nairobi for just KES 395 each.
Will you be getting one of these?