Pros: Nice color choices, long lasting, easy to apply
Cons: Sticky and expensive
Lancome Juicy Tubes were all the rage in the United States before they ever came to Canada. Of course being lucky enough to have friends in the US who are also obsessed with beauty products I knew about this product, and got to rack my brain trying to figure out how I would get my hands on my own tube. I ended up ordering off ebay for my first tube and then patiently waited for them to be available in Canada to continue the collection. I now own 4 Juicy Tubes and many many knock-offs.
Lancome Juicy Tubes are a lip-gloss. They come in a rather large squeeze tube with a slanted tip applicator. The slanted tip has a little hole in it so you just squeeze a little out and apply it directly, with a finger or with a lip brush to your lips. As you might expect Juicy Tubes are meant to simulate a wet juicy look, the colors (the original ones) are names after fruits, and they all produce a very shiny finish. The Lancome website currently features 14 colors, but there have been some limited edition colors that were out during the holidays that are no longer available, and some of the colors currently out will be gone as soon as they are sold out. Each tube costs $14.50USD and can be purchased at any Lancome counter or online at lancome.com.
Here is what Lancome.com says about the product "Sparkling, sheer Juicy Tubes is shine refined. Lips glisten with an ultra-brilliant formula that slicks on easily with its tube-tip applicator. Adds power to your pout with transparent shine, plus a hint of shimmering colour in an array of rainbow tinted shades."
My Experience (or Is this Product really worth that much?)
It seems that lip-gloss is all the rage these days. Lancome touts this product as an Ultra High Shine Gloss and I couldn't agree with them more. The shades range in their shimmer factor, but all have a wet shine finish, and look beautiful both on their own and applied over lipstick or even plain lip liner.
Lip-gloss is usually associated with short wear-time and pre-teen girls. I am here to tell you that this is not true. Forget everything you know about lip-gloss because this product will set new boundaries. Gloss can be worn by people young and old. It looks flattering on almost anyone, and really makes you look alive, plus it's just so much fun. This gloss is also long lasting, not just longer lasting than most glosses, it is as long lasting as some long lasting lipsticks. Since the texture of this is very thick and sticky (I'll get to that later) it can stay on through almost anything. Of course after eating you will need to re-apply, especially if you want to maintain the high gloss look.
The texture of this takes some getting used to, as I said it is very thick when applied and leaves a sticky feeling on the lips (as a general rule with glosses if it isn't sticky it doesn't last, if it is then it does, you give a little to get a little). The felling is hard to ignore at first, but once you gets used to it and the stickiness is associated with better wear (and that beautiful high shine) you won't mind the texture, I promise.
Each tube although expensive will last forever. I use mine with a lip brush because I choose not to have the stickiness on my hands and fingers. I only use one small dab to cover my lips. If you have a lip brush with a cover you can even apply a little to the brush and throw it in your purse to use later in the day.
The color selection here is wonderful. The shades range from pigmented to no so, and from very shimmery to not shimmery at all. There is a even a bright yellow color (don't worry it doesn't make you lips look yellow at all).
Miracle - A very shimmery medium pink
Simmer - an iridescent peachy bronze (Orange scent)
Coral Rush - A shimmery coral color (Watermelon Scent)
Bonfire - A shimmery bright reddish orange
So far everything about this product sounds great doesn't it? It really is a very high quality gloss, that although expensive will go a long way and produces beautiful results?.
?But What about all those knock-offs?
Almost every low-end brand has now added a Juicy Tube knock-off to their line of products. Revlon has Glosslights, Avon has Fruity Lip Juice, L'Oreal has Colour Juice, and there are many more, and of course many more to come.
Avon Fruity Lip Juice - Not as sticky, therefore not as long lasting or glossy, but a nice option since they all smell nice and have a very nice light texture. I like this better when I'm not going out and just want some color and shine for the day. (I own Grape)
L'Oreal Colour Juice - Almost a dead ringer for the Lancome version, these are sticky and long lasting. The gloss isn't as shiny and the color selection isn't as nice. I have a hard time finding the L'Oreal version, and when I do there are hardly any colors available. These are a good choice if you are looking for something more inexpensive (I own Cherry Fizz)
I would recommend Lancome Juicy Tubes to anyone. I'm sure everyone can find at least one color that they like. They really are better than their cheaper counterparts, however the knock-offs are a nice option for those unwilling to spend $14.50 on a lip-gloss. I downgrade it one star based only on price and sticky factor (I wish it didn't have to be sticky - Long haired girls should be cautious on windy days?that is unless you like eating hair).