Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The Grape Adventure: 29 Cosmetics Dew Grape Seed Age Protecting Lip Gloss


Continuing our theme of "you can never have enough lip gloss, I went ahead and grabbed some that promise to also be good for you. 29 Cosmetics use grape seed extract in their makeup (it helps when your family has a vineyard, as is the case of Lydia Mondavi, the owner of 29 Cosmetics) and claim the products have anti-aging properties. In reality, looking at the ingredients of the Dew Grape Seed Age Protecting Lip Gloss , the Vitis Vinifers (grape seed oil) is pretty low down the list, just before the fragrance, so I'm not sure how much of that we're getting. Still, the gloss feels very comfortable and gentle on the lips and is quite good at softening and calming. It also has an SPF 15, so that alone counts as great protection and anti-aging armor.

Two other good things: No stickiness and an almost non-existent scent that goes away before you finish applying the gloss. I wish more companies would skip the synthetic vanilla.

I tested three colors: Lay It Down Cab (a very shimmery true red, lots of pigment), Hang Time (mauve pink, looks like a light shimmery nude on my naturally dark lips) and my favorite, Sparkling Pinot (light shimmer plum, probably the middle one in the picture above). They are all pretty and wearable, though I'd keep the Christmas red for evening use. All these shades are nice, but somehow not exciting. This is where you'd notice the difference between the pigments used here and the ones you see in Chanel glosses that make so many bloggers swoon (see many of the "2007 Favorites" lists that included various Glossimers). Still, it's a quality product. The balmy part of the gloss survives a cup of tea, even though the color is quickly gone.

29 Cosmetics is available from select Neiman Marcus stores and the company's (rarely updated) web site.

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