....was what I thought the first time I saw the Balmshell glosses last year at Shoppers Drug Mart. Balmshell is a Canadian company, best known for their glosses that have a unique key chain illustration at the end. They are also sold online on Sephora and ship internationally from their own website Balmshell.com.
Anyway last summer I was looking for some items to complete a swap and came across these glosses. Since they were Canadian I couldn't resist picking them up and also got one for myself, in the shade named Darling You Look Fabulous:
The gloss is super slim, about the width of a slim Sharpie or a thick pen. The gloss end is on one side, and the illustration on the other. There is a key chain ring attachment provided so that when the gloss is finished, you can unscrew the illustration part and attach it to the key ring:
The gloss format is a doe foot style applicator:
Darling You Look Fabulous is one of the brighter colours in the range, and shows up as a semi-sheer hot pink:
The colour shows up relatively true to the tube, which is pretty good considering my lips are quite pigmented naturally. The texture is for the most part non-sticky (just very slightly sticky). These are also mildly scented (nothing crazy strong), for this shade Darling You Look Fabulous the scent is slightly sweet.
Here's the fun part: the illustration! There is a slider inside that moves to tell the story, changing the picture depending on how you hold it.
First you see this girl wrapped in her towel as if after a shower:
She's going behind the changing screen:
Hidden behind the screen:
And now revealed looking super fabulous! Haha :D
Each gloss shade has a different illustration which brings out the collector in me...
By the way, I've had these pictures in my Photobucket account for erm, 6 months now? I decided I should stop procrastinating and post about these since Balmshell is having a 40-65% off sale for some of their existing shades to make way for new ones.
These are the discounted shades:
Beach Patrol $12
Today's The Day $8
That's So 80's $8
Confessions of a Call Girl $8
Wilderness Girl $7
Regular retail is $20, so it looks like a pretty good deal! So what do you think? Cutest glosses ever or is it just me?