I just received my April box o' goodies from Birchbox and this little stick from the Australian company Miranesse was included. It is a 3 in 1 lip and cheek color created with BB Mineral Technology. Glossy Kiss is supposed to take things to a whole nutha level by delivering high color/shine with the precision of a liner, moisture of a balm, shine of a gloss, and staying power of a stain. Whew…I am exhausted and impressed all at the same time. I am not familiar with this company so I had to do a little research for y'all. Their premise is "to give women what they want" AND "if a product isn't good enough for us, it's not good enough for you." Well, that is completely lovely! It launched in 1999 and is now Australia's number 1 online beauty brand with skincare and makeup lines. The line looks very extensive from full face makeup to treating skincare concerns like acne, rosacea, and pigmentation. The prices looking mid to high end range from 20 to 30 dollars for makeup to 40 dollars and up for skincare. They have trial sizes and kits available as well. The line uses high quality Australian organics, recyclable packaging, and products are clinically tested, hypoallergenic, and paraben free. Just to make your head spin more, they are also free of synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, alcohol, and petrolatum. Miranesse also supports Diabetes foundations and ovarian/breast cancer research. I am beginning to think only overachievers work in the business of beauty. Birchbox sells the lip/cheek color and other items can be purchased through mirenesse.com. So, have I made a new mate with Mirenesse? Am I ready for The Kiss? (it's on the packaging, people)
Verdict: I would say right now I am at the acquaintance level with this Glossy Kiss and therefore, I am not quite ready for The Kiss (see picture below so you don't think I am koo-koo). The color I received is called Cheeky Kiss, which is a neutral rosy/pink color and it goes on smooth like butter. The color payoff is excellent and with a few swipes your lips will have full coverage. My lips were moisturized with no flaking or cracking to them after application. I see what the company means about the staining effect -I think you could get at least 3-4 hours before reapplication. Here is where I have to withhold my friendship: I didn't like the color. It was a little too pink/unnatural looking and appeared painted on my lips, kinda clown-like? It also has very little shine and looked quite matte, which in turn drew attention to the lines in my lips. I did not try this as a cheek stain so I cannot attest to how it works in that respect.
To purchase or not to purchase? Maybe. I would have to check out other colors and top it with a clear gloss to get the effect I want. People on birchbox.com had some negative things to say about the colors as well so it may take time to find "the one." This is a high quality product and the packaging is sexy and fun. I have no doubt this line has some great stuff and is worth exploring. I'm sure Mirenesse and I will be solid mates one day, just not today.
**RMM beauty is all high tech now- I made a swatch for you below of Glossy Kiss in Cheeky Kiss. I also included the pictures of the packaging too as I thought it was great.