Cute packaging, it gets me every time. When I received the opportunity to try the Flickable Lip Glosses ($6 CAD ea.) I first did some research to see what was in them, but I couldn’t find any ingredient list online. I wasn’t a fan of that, but I said yes regardless. I figured at least this way I could get my hands on the ingredients. Let’s see what these are made of, and how they perform.
Now that I have my hands on them, let’s see what their ingredients look like (they’re listed on the packaging).
Ethylhexyl Palmitate – The fatty acid ester derived from 2-ethylhexanol and palmitic acid.
Polybutene – A polymer used as a plasticiser and viscosity agent.
Tridecyl Trimellitate – A triester of Tridecyl Alcohol (q.v.) and trimellitic acid.
Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer – A polymer of butylene, ethylene and styrene monomers terminated by hydrogenation.
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil
Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer – A polymer of ethylene, propylene and styrene monomers that has been terminated by hydrogenation.
Silica Dimethyl Silylate – A silica-based synthetic derivative.
Menthyl Lactate – An ester of menthol and lactic acid.
Phenoxyethanol – A preservative used in cosmetics and personal care products.
Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil – Meadowfoam is a low growing herbaceous winter annual that is adapted to poorly drained soils. Limnanthes means marsh flower and the common name “Meadowfoam” arose due to the appearance, at full bloom, of its solid canopy of creamy white flowers.
Sucralose – An artificial sweetener and sugar substitute.
Tocopherol – A class of naturally occurring chemical compounds related to Vitamin E.
Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil – Borage, also known as a starflower, is an annual herb in the flowering plant family Boraginaceae. It is native to the Mediterranean region and has naturalised in many other locales.
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil – Jojoba, with the botanical name Simmondsia Chinensis, and also known as goat nut, deer nut, pignut, wild hazel, quinine nut, coffeeberry, and grey box bush, is native to Southwestern North America.
May contain [+/-]:
Tin Oxide – An inorganic oxide that is naturally found in mineral form used as viscosity control.
Titanium Dioxide – An inorganic compound used as a colourant (white) or sunscreen.
Calcium Sodium Borosilicate – A bright glitter-like pigment made from finely crushed glass.
CI 15850 – Synthetic pigment (red).
CI 77491 – An inorganic chemical used as a colourant (red).
CI 19140 – Synthetic pigment (yellow).
CI 45410 – Synthetic pigment (red).
CI 47005 – A mixture of organic compounds used as a colorant (yellow).
CI 42090 – Synthetic pigment (blue).
CI 45380 – Pigment (red).
CI 77492 – An inorganic chemical used as a colourant (yellow).
I won’t lie, as I was typing these ingredients I kept thinking “This one sounds bad” over and over again. They all rate relatively low on EWG and CosDNA, which is a relief. But I still don’t know what most of them are, and flavour I don’t like to see because A LOT of things can be hidden in that one.
I know that mineral oil is a controversial ingredient. Some people won’t touch it with a ten-foot pole and others say that it’s totally fine. If you look it up online you will find many articles that are for, and against, mineral oil. Do as you wish with the info.
Colours & Swatches
These glosses come in five colours and the names are self-explanatory to what colour they are:
- Better Off Red
- Do Ya Pink I’m Sexy
- Citrus How We Do It
- Toffee Talk
- Fight For Your White To Party
My cameras are having a hard time picking up the true colours of these glosses, especially the orange. Here is a picture that is more colour-accurate.
The labels also have French names on them and for you readers that can read French you’ll get a kick out of these. If you can’t read French, well these were translated word for word and don’t make sense, lol!
- Mieux de Rouge
- Le Faites Vous Rose Je Suis Sexy
- Comment nous le Faisons Agrumes
- Toffee Discuter
- Battre Pour Vous Blanc Pour Faire la Fête
These lip glosses have a doe foot applicator that works well.
And here is what the colours look like.
See, my camera doesn’t like the orange here too. I even tried with different cameras and different lighting and it always came out pink.
They don’t offer that much colour payoff. On the arm, you can see more of a difference, but over the natural pink of my lips they pretty much all look the same. Only Better Off Red looks different and adds a nice touch of red.
Here’s a half-and-half with Better Off Red and Do Ya Pink I’m Sexy. You can see the red, but the pink is just my natural lip colour with an added shine.
All the other colours give the exact same result, even the orange! I actually tried all fours (except the red) on my lips, each on their own side (up, down, left, right) and you couldn’t even tell that I was wearing four different colours; it just looked like I had one product on.
Feel, Scent & Taste
These feel really nice on the lips. They’re not sticky and feel almost like a lip balm – almost. They just feel wetter than a lip balm; a bit more liquidy. They are moisturizing though, my lips feel good while the gloss is on and they don’t feel parched once the gloss has worn off.
They also give a cooling sensation to the lips, most likely due to that ester of menthol and lactic acid ingredient (Menthyl Lactate).
These all have their own scent and taste. This is how they are described on the labels and I’ve added my own thoughts on them.
- Better Off Red – berry scent & flavour | I kind of feel like this one smells like a sweet wine. It tastes very sweet and berry-ish.
- Do Ya Pink I’m Sexy – passion fruit scent & flavour | I find this one to smell more like watermelon and it’s a very pleasant light fruity scent. It tastes sweet and fruity, and a bit like watermelon too.
- Citrus How We Do It – tangerine scent & flavour | This one smells very sweet with a wee hint of citrus. Taste-wise it’s the same.
- Toffee Talk – English Toffee scent & flavour | Definitely an English Toffee scent and flavour, although I find it stronger in the scent than the taste.
- Fight For Your White To Party – sugar cookie scent & flavour | I can smell the sugar cookie scent, but it’s that fake cookie kind of scent. I can’t really say that I taste it though, it just tastes sweet.
Overall these all smell and taste sweet, with Toffee Talk being the closest to its description, and Do Ya Pink I’m Sexy the least sweet and also my favourite.
These lip glosses are not all natural, but they are vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. They don’t have any toxic ingredients so if you’re more into clean beauty as opposed to green beauty then you’re good to go.
They feel really nice on the lips, but if you’re looking for something to add a touch of colour, these are not it – except for Better Off Red. However, they do add a nice shine to your lips, and they smell and taste nice.
You can purchase Flickable at Hudson’s Bay.
Have you tried these?
– Chantal 🙂