While I can hold my own when it comes to base makeup (cushion foundations saved my life, or rather - cushion applicator puffs), the whole liquid eyeliner, eyeshadow, contouring, strobing, sculpting bullshit is not for me.
Trust me, I've tried. Multiple times. And I've failed. Multiple times. I just don't look good with a lot of war paint on. Why? My face is extremely asymmetric and it takes a lot of skill to make sure I don't end up looking like a drunken clown. So much skill that even some so-called "pro" makeup artists gave up on me after a few attempts.
So now, I just don't bother.
Yes, I do own a few eyeshadows, all in fairly neutral colors, that I hardly ever use. Instead I have a staggering collection of color eye pencils, because they're easy and don't require makeup brushes.
I have 2 very neutral liquid highlighters, both non-sparkly, because I realized that shiny balls, while pretty and all that, are not for me.
I have 3 undereye concealers, of which I only use 2 anyway.
I have a stack of blushers, because I'm as white as a freshly painted wall and look sick without a touch of color on my cheeks.
And I have a staggering collection of tinted lip balms and lip glosses. But not one lipstick*.
Why? See above - asymmetric face means crooked lips means lipstick emphasizes that means I look like shit.
I'm not going to tell you how many I have, because it's just embarrassing.
Today I'll show you five of them.
Jill Stuart Jelly Lip Gloss N
And I can only hope I'm not the only person who obsessively saves cosmetic outer packagings, unfolds them and then files them alphabetically in a special folder? Or am I? Help me out here, folks!
If you've ever wondered what a simple sheer lip gloss with a touch of color, in an awesome tube, looks like, now it's your chance.
Jill Stuart knows how to play this game.
Pretty colors? Princess packaging? Shut up and take my money already.
Jill Stuart is a Japanese cosmetic brand that is famous for its... well... packaging. It's over the top girly, it's over the top cute, and it makes your inner princess wet her pants with giddy excitement.
Swarovski elements (whatever they are), tiara shaped tube caps, encrusted blush and powder compacts, Jill Stuart has got you covered.
And the products themselves? They are good. Not outstanding. But solid, decent makeup. Is it worth the money? It all depends on how much you love your princess bling. (Hell yeah, just shut up and buy it already!)
When it comes to lip gloss, or tinted lip balm, with a very few exceptions (yes, Dior, I am looking at you), I prefer Japanese brands.
The formulas are lighter, the textures are less sticky, they spread easier, adhere better to your lips and last longer. Usually they don't have stupid flavors and annoying fragrances.
And in the case of Jill Stuart, they make your inner princess so very happy.
I mean, just look at this stuff:
"I want MOAR!!!" (shut up princess!)
On the company's website, this is what they say about Jill Stuart Jelly Lip Gloss N:
Colors like fresh fruit and delicious sweets.
Lustrous gloss in a wide variety of hues.
Pouch (Embroidery Flower)
In stores from August 2, 2013
New product JILL STUART Jelly Lip Gloss N
11 colors, 1 limited edition color
2,200 Yen each (not including tax)
･Lip gloss that transforms your upper lip into a "Cupid’s Bow", bringing you the aspect of an innocent angel.
･Spreads easily with the lightest touch, providing a full, rich luster and pure sparkle.
･Provides highly uniform application, for lips that leave a full, plump impression.
･A cherubic fresh oil formulation, thoroughly moisturizing by sealing in moisture while also placing no burden on your lips, for a lasting sensation with zero stickiness.
･The diagonally cut tube allows for easy application on the lips, and perfect coverage.
･A cap design with a sparkling Swarovski, as though topped with a tiara. The entire cap is also scalloped, giving a three-dimensional presence to the finish of the design.
･Fragrance of Crystal Floral Bouquet.
You heard them. Now this is what I say about Jill Stuart Jelly Lip Gloss N:
- Innocent angel? Hahaha, nice try, Jill.
- Spreads easily, full luster, shine all that - all true.
- Uniform application, plump lip - yep, all true.
- Moisturizing and non-sticky - yes and yes (well, as non-sticky as you can imagine lip gloss to be).
- Slanted tube, easy to get the product out - yes.
- Cute, cute cute - yes, yes, yes.
- Fragrance - very slight, delicate smell which goes away super fast.
Let's look at them one by one, shall we?
Jill Stuart Jelly Lip Gloss N in 02 - Light Lavender:
My favorite of the bunch. Goes on nearly clear with just a hint of sparkle. Looks pink in the tube, looks clear on my lips. Perfect everyday all-purpose gloss. Reminds me of Lavshuca BB Lip Essence in pink.
Jill Stuart Jelly Lip Gloss N in 04 - Honey Lemon:
Looks yellow in the tube, goes clear on your lips. A nice all-purpose moisturizing gloss for everyday use.
Jill Stuart Jelly Lip Gloss N in 07 - Cherry Flame:
Looks very fierce in the tube, but goes nearly sheer on the lip with just a hint of color. Perfect for the summer. Reminds me of Lavshuca BB Lip Essence in red.
Jill Stuart Jelly Lip Gloss N in 09 - Apple Cinnamon:
Apple cinnamon? Seriously? It's a nice pinkish all-purpose gloss.
Jill Stuart Jelly Lip Gloss N in 10 - Treacle Pudding:
Beautiful pink beige, very subtle and dare I say, sophisticated?
On the company website the colors of Jill Stuart Jelly Lip Gloss N look like that:
This is what my colors look like in real life:
In natural light, no filters applied.
As you can see, they are all very sheer and not as sparkly as they appear in the tube.
In natural light, when the sun hits them, they are very, very subtle, sweet and extremely delicate.
Light Lavender has the most shimmer. Honey Lemon appears completely clear.
Each tube hold 16ml (15g) of product:
If you buy your gloss outside of Japan, you won't have that ugly sticker on your tube.
Nothing exciting under it anyway:
And here's the applicator tip:
All very standard, nothing earth shattering. Just cute. Very cute.
I don't have full ingredients for you, but if you're not ok with Rosemary extract or Lavender oil, Jill Stuart Jelly Lip Gloss N is not for you:
And that's about it for these cute, little guys.
You want more Jill Stuart on the blog?
There's plenty more where these came from!
Disclosure: Products purchased by me from a local shopping mall.
* The sole liquid lipstick I got from a fellow blogger turned out too drying for my lips, so I mixed it with a clear Verite lip shiner and voila - a new lip gloss, yay!