The Sample–Valentine’s Day Edition: IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi & Love Story (Review, Swatches & Photos)
I know there are many of you that like to go all out for Valentine’s Day, but the holiday for me usually just consists of a casual dinner out and then home for a movie and some snuggle time–not too different from any other date night, really. Because my night will be relatively low-key, I like keeping my look that way too. Since I will be eating and, most likely, getting a little bit of lip action here and there (winkwink), I prefer to go the way of a tinted balm/sheer lippie of some sort. Nothing too bright or fussy–I don’t want to have to worry about keeping my lip color intact/perfect or getting lipstick smeared all over myself or my significant other. Give me something with just enough color to add a bit of polish, a touch of shine and moisture and I’m good to go! And this is where IT Cosmetics’ Vitality Lip Flushes come in…
It Cosmetics’ Vitality Lip Flush is a 4-in-1 “natural anti-aging lipstick stain.” They are meant to take the place of your lipstick, lip balm, lip gloss, and lip stain. That’s a heck of a lot of hats to wear for just one small lippie! But I guess if you’re going to be counting on just one product to make your lips really dazzle on V-Day, better bring out the big guns, right?!
Ingredients for Je Ne Sais Quoi (click images to enlarge):
Ingredients for Love Story (click image to enlarge):
These lipsticks (we’re just going to call them that since “natural anti-aging lipstick stain” is a bit long :P) are packed with “anti-aging antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea to protect and ward off free-radicals all day long.” They are talc, paraben, sulfate, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance, and phthalate free, as well as hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic.
I received Je Ne Sais Quoi and Love Story. Je Ne Said Quoi is a slightly-pink translucent balm in the tube but once applied, it changes into a sheer, cool-toned flushed petal-pink. Love Story looks more like a traditional lipstick. It’s a medium pink that looks quite neutral in the tube but swatches a bit brighter. It also seems to steadily get brighter and brighter the longer it’s been on your lips but, like the Revlon Balm Stains I’ve tested previously, I believe it’s because of the stain underneath intensifying on your lips and showing through the layer product over it, intensifying the look overall. Both have a beautiful glossy finish.
Both lipsticks glide like butter across the lips–Je Ne Sais Quoi perhaps a bit more so than Love Story, due to it’s almost gel-like texture. Love Story feels much more like a traditional lipstick, albeit quite a moisturizing one. I do prefer the feel of Je Ne Sais Quoi, though–it’s very light and comfortable on and it feels much more like a lip balm, which, as you know, is my preferred lip product of choice. But both are undeniably amazing.
Both are also unscented…for the most part. Je Ne Sais Quoi has an ever-so-slight clove smell to it, which I am attributing to the Bitter Cherry oil, though I really have no idea. Love Story, on the other hand, has a very slight playdoh-y scent to it. I don’t like it but it does dissipate within a minute or 2, as does the clove scent of Je Ne Sais Quoi. Both are taste-free.
Both lipsticks lasted almost 2 1/2 hours on my lips before it began to wear away. However, they weren’t kidding when they called these “lip stains”–these things really do stain your lips! After most of the product and shine had worn away, the remaining stains lasted for an additional 5 1/2 hours before even beginning to fade (this was after a meal, a few snacks, and even vigorous rubbing with a napkin!)! The stain was surprisingly even and looked quite pretty! I especially liked Love Story. Though it was much darker than I’m used to wearing, I felt it flattered my warm skin tone better.
As for how well these moisturized, my lips remained perfectly plump and juicy the whole time these were on (perfect for kissing! :P) and even after most of the product had worn off, my lips still remained quite comfortable for about an hour, at which time I applied a bit of Aquaphor over the stain (but my lips need a constant coating of balm or I just feel like they will shrivel away!).
*Toya from Beauty Obsessed did a beautiful, soft Valentine’s Day look using Je Ne Sais Quoi. Check out her post here if you want to see how it looks on her lips! (fyi: on my lips, it’s MUCH brighter and more cool-toned)
Overall, I think these are great for everyone–this 4-in-1 product caters to every kind of lip product lover, whether it’s lip balm, gloss, stain, or lipstick. It does provide a lot more color than your average tinted balm, but I like it–it’s a nice change for me and a step up from my usual lack of lip color. I think this is the perfect lipstick for Valentine’s Day, or any day really! There are 4 shades in all: Je Ne Sais Quoi, Love Story, Damsel (beige-pink) and Pretty Woman (sheer berry flush). You need to check these out–they are amazing!
»»Pricing: $20/0.11 oz. (3.4 ml.)
»»Recommended for: anyone looking for a no-muss, no-fuss moisturizing lippie for Valentine’s Day–or any day of the year!
»»Overall Rating: A-
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