I mentioned a few days ago that I had seen the rather bouncy Reece Witherspoon on TV promoting the Spectra Lip Color, an adjustable 7 in 1 lip colour (more of a gloss really).
Spectra Lip lets you adjust the shade intensity from 1-7 and you buy the lip colour depending on hues so for example, the Pinks or the Browns.
I ordered 2 from the Avon website (£10 each), the Roses and the Nudes:
I got the Roses as I thought it would make a change from the Pinks – it has more of a sheen to it:
Nudes has browny tones and a light nude beige:
Inside the barrel is two tubes and the colours mix as you turn the dial. Because of this, it is not a small size, its bigger the equivalent of 2 glosses:
Yep, its like play doh! You have to press the bottom to get it out – it only takes a few clicks:
The dial at the bottom, all easy to use, self explanatory stuff – numbers 1 to 7 and a lock function:
I am thinking lots of different things about these lip colours so let me br-br-br-break it down into good old pros and cons.
1. You get lots of shades in one lip color – easier to carry round if you want some variation but don’t have much room.
2. £10 is an OK price for this I think – not overly cheap but worth it for the sheer innovation
3. I really think there is something in all of this range to suit everyone, so could be a good gift purchase and I am sure everyone regardless of race/age/colouring could get some use out of it
4. The gloss itself is light and stayed put for quite a while
1. There was an issue with the glosses I got where the pigment seemed to separate a little from the oil – like this:
You will see in the swatches, the separation is quite clear.
2. The way the colours actually mix is not super efficient. Once again you will see in the swatches that there are parts of the colour that are not properly blended together. Not so much of an issue when applying to the lips, just remember to work it in a little, or even rub your lips together after application.
3. Is there really that much difference between all 7 shades? I say no. On my swatches rather than do every one I skipped one out and there wasn’t huge shade differences (but quite a lot if you compare 01 to 07, as to be expected).
For me, I’d probably switch between 01, 04 and 07 shades – the ones inbetween are much of a muchness.
4. It’s called a lip COLOUR but it is very much a gloss and the result is pretty sheer. Bear in mind if you wanted more of a liquid lipstick, this isn’t really it (see the nude swatches – tres sheer, no?)
One more thing – remember that if you have a preference for more lighter gloss or more darker tones you will probably use one side up before the other.
I don’t see how a beauty junkie wouldn’t want to try this out, if not just out of curiosity – I love a bit of innovation me! (No the idea isn’t new for foundations, (think Revlon’s Custom Colour) but it is new for lip colour).
The lips blend fine once on the lips – sheer, glossy type with a hint of shimmer but you do need to work it because when you change shades, the change is no 100% smooth.
It is certainly handy and a bit of fun, especially for a change from day into evening. I would recommend you try one out to see if the gloss works for you before investing in more.
I bought mine from – but it seems to have temporarily disappeared (silly thing to do, when they are promoting it on TV at the moment). Keep checking back and I will let you know if it comes back in stock. You can also locate an Avon rep or look on eBay.