Lancôme has just taken the lip gloss game to a whole new level with the launch of Juicy Shaker Pigment Infused Bi-Phase Lip Oil (CAN $28.00/available in 9 shades). A unique way of dressing your lips with splashes of colour, these are made with five nourishing oils (Peach Kernel Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Oil, Cranberry Oil and Muscat Rose Oil) to provide maximum hydration and comfort, needing to be shaken prior to application (think of them as mini cocktail shakers) to thoroughly combine the oils with the pigment. Another novelty is the delivery system which is via a pillow-soft tapered cushion; instead of the traditional brush and/or doe-foot applicator, this is a chubby inverted triangle that you dab along your lips. Sounds like fun, am I right? They totally are. Another bonus? They’re non-sticky.
Last week I was invited to the Lancôme Juicy Shaker media launch held at the l’Oréal Canadian headquarters based here in my hometown of Montréal. The intimate gathering was a colourful venue filled with [virgin] cocktails to match the shades (side note: the name of each Juicy Shaker gives you an idea of its fruity scent), yummy cake (which I totally forgot to get a photo of before it was sliced into…sigh), pulsating beats, and confetti galore. We also got a preview of Lancôme’s new Cushion Blushes (review coming soon) that I’m absolutely dying to try #cushionobsessed Oh yeah, included in the gift bag was the adorable mini cocktail shaker shown in my photos – I can’t even.
Lancôme | Juicy Shaker (before shaking to combine)
Lancôme | Juicy Shaker (before shaking to combine)
Lancôme | Juicy Shaker (after shaking to combine)
Lancôme | Juicy Shaker swatches
142 Freedom of Peach (CAN $28.00) | A soft peach shade with incredibly subtle shimmer (the type that’s not readily visible, but which still adds a touch of depth and hints of sparkle) in an accompanying peachy-fruity fragrance. For those with sensitivities, it’s worth noting that this scent seems to dissipate fairly quickly (or perhaps I just don’t pick it up within a couple of minutes of application). The lighter of the two shown, Freedom of Peach will deposit a sheer veil of colour with the first dab/swipe and can be built up slightly to provide a touch more colour, but don’t expect a deep opacity. You can also create an ombré lip with these glosses by applying one layer all over, then dabbing more along the centre of the lips and increasing that as desired. Longevity with this shade is about 2 hours (without factoring in eating/drinking) and it leaves behind a very light stain to go with the moisturized feel.
Lancôme | 142 Freedom of Peach Juicy Shaker (cushion applicator)
Lancôme | 142 Freedom of Peach Juicy Shaker swatch
301 Meli Melon (CAN $28.00) | A sweet rose coral hue that has ultra fine silver shimmer complete with an accompanying fragrance that brings me right back to high school and the watermelon candies that were all the rage at the time (which I still love to this day). The darker of the two, Meli Melon is easier to create a more visibly defined ombré lip effect. You can also layer several Juicy Shaker shades together (think of this as the beauty version of a fruit smoothie) or apply them over a lip liner for more depth of colour and staying power. Longevity here is a little longer, going easily 3+ hours and leaves a soft rose stain behind.
Lancôme | 301 Meli Melon Juicy Shaker (cushion applicator)
Lancôme | 301 Meli Melon Juicy Shaker swatch
INGREDIENTS: Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Alcohol, Mica, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Prunus Persica Kernel Oil / Peach Kernel Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Isododecane, Sodium Saccharin, Alumina, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil / Sweet Almond Oil, Propylene Carbonate, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propyl Gallate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Ci 15850 / Red 7, Ci 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, Ci 45410 / Red 28 Lake, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance
There’s something addictive about cushion technology and just when I thought this format would be relegated only to face products, along come the Juicy Shakers to stir things up. The feel of this applicator needs to be tried in person to understand the full effect; so velvety and incredibly soft, that you’ll find yourself reaching to reapply even when you don’t need to. The scent is fresh and lighthearted and absolutely perfect for the warmer weather upon us. Even the shaking-to-combine-everything-together part is fun, not to mention a little loud — but that’s all part of the experience. As Mr. Bond famously said, “shaken, not stirred”…that’s all you need to know about these little lovelies.
PS: Mother’s Day is this Sunday — perfect time to ‘shake’ up mom’s beauty wardrobe with one of these little cuties!
Product samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration