Pros: Nice ingredients, organic, moisturizing, sheer color, love the raspberry flavoring.
Cons: They snuck menthol in there, doesn't last on the lips at all.
Okay, there are some great things about this lip gloss and some not-so-great things about this lip gloss. I do love that it is organic and has some pretty great ingredients in it- plus it's super moisturizing. A downside is that it doesn't work entirely great as a lip gloss.
First off they call it a lip tint and it's more like a lip gloss. First off, it's in a lip gloss type container (it has a plastic squeeze container and twist-off lid) with a slanted head for application. It's tinted a raspberry color, but of course goes on sheer and looks shiny on the lips (but really shows little to no color on the lips). It has a slight raspberry tint to it and works best over lipstick.
First off, I love the Desert Essence line of products, mainly their 100% Organic Jojoba Oil (but they have a lot of other fabulous products as well). They are for one, ORGANIC! They are free of parabens, wheat/gluten, petroleum, pthalates, artificial fragrances, and so on. This is what makes them super appealing, but makes one wonder- do they have what it takes to be a good product? This Red Raspberry Lip Tint overall, a good/decent product. It's super emollient and shines. One downside to it is that they put menthol in it and I totally missed than when reading the ingredients! I thought that the flavor/scent was raspberry, and that's what you first get when you put it on your lips, then after about 30 seconds, a tingly menthol/minty flavor kicks in. It feels like I've brushed my teeth when I wear it (also with the raspberry taste). I was surprised about this and then read the ingredients again; jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil, shea butter, rosemary leaf extract, sorbital (vegetable derived), candelilla wax, mentyl lactate, raspberry leaf extract, vitamin E, CoQ10, mica, iron oxides, titanium dioxide and natural flavor. I'm not thrilled with companies that use the words "natural flavor", because to me that could mean anything! Personally, I don't like menthol/peppermint type flavors in my lip gloss because it eventually chaps my lips after repeated use. If I would have seen it, I probably would've skipped buying it because of this fact. In fact, I don't understand WHY it's even in there, because the raspberry tastes just fine! I'm also not thrilled with sorbitol as an ingredient (a synthetic sweetener that if ingested in certain amounts can cause stomach distress such as gas and loose stools). Really, I think it's such a small amount to even worry about.
This Desert Essence's Lip Tint (Lip Gloss) is more moisturizing than long-lasting. It sort of melts into the lips into an oil once it hits the warmth of your lips. It doesn't have a tacky or sticky feel to it in order to stay on the lips longer. It just doesn't last for a long period of time.
Overall, this is a good lip gloss (lip tint) but not the best out there. It gets raves for it's organic ingredients and for being toxin-free (and using higher-end ingredients like jojoba oil). The price is also right and very inexpensive at just a little more than $3 per .35 ounce tube (it's smaller than most lip-gloss tubes). Vitacost is selling packs of 3 for $9.58. But for the facts that they added menthol, that it really has no color to it when applied to the lips and lack of staying power, then I can't really recommend it.