Despite the fact that I’m not typically a lip-gloss gal, I volunteered to review the KaplanMD Lip 20 Gloss Anti-Aging Treatment + SPF ($30 in the TIA shop).  After two full sized tubes of shimmery glittery glosses came in the mail, I started to feel a little guilty… maybe I’m not the best person to review these products, considering that I generally stray away from glosses, especially glittery ones. But hey, at the end of the day, a new product is always exciting, and the KaplanMD promise of plumping and protecting my pout overshadowed my past glossy glooms.

The glosses come in nice sturdy tubes, with little mirrors on the caps. A nice touch when you are applying on the go.  I received the Ruby Sparkle and the Nude Sparkle. I decided to go with the Ruby first. In the tube, the Ruby really looked like something I wouldn’t like; a vibrant red with lots of sparkle. However when I applied it, it totally took me by surprise. The color was very subtle, and really accented my natural lip color. And the sparkle didn’t look glittery at all. It actually looked quite beautiful. My lips looked juicy, plump and moisturized, with a hint of natural color. I used it on top of my usual lipstick one day and my husband (who happens to be super sweet and expressive) said, “Woah, you look hot. That lipstick is amazing.” And truthfully, I didn’t disagree.  The Nude Sparkle is very much the wrong color for my pale skin. But I could see it working with darker tones.

The gloss isn’t too thick or goopy and has a nice subtle minty taste. Now onto the really good stuff that TIA readers love. Like all kaplanMD products, LIP 20 contains over 10 active ingredients. Seabuckthorn berry extract is a moisturizer that apparently is 20 times more effective than Vitamin E alone. There’s patented hyaluronic filling spheres, which are micro-injected into the lip tissue to immediately smooth fine lines and wrinkles. An exclusive phytogenic triactive complex of soy, grapeseed, and black cohosh extracts provide anti-aging benefits. Patented peptides & marine collagen contour and redefine the lip line. And there’s SPF 20 to protect against the sun. Plus it contains NO parabens, castor oil, or petroleum jelly. Sounds pretty awesome.

Despite such a glowing review, there is one thing I feel the need to mention. I personally, don’t really like the feel of the gloss (maybe this goes back to my aversion to glosses in general). I could definitely imagine people liking it, since it’s sort of smooth and slippery, not too thick or too thin. But for some reason, to me, it feels sort of like Vaseline, almost a little plasticy. Kind of like what I image silicone would feel like on my lips. The truth is, what you like on your lips is highly personal. And I’d be curious to hear what other people who have tried this think. But overall, for a gal who doesn’t gamble on gloss, I would give this one a glowing grade.

Ingredients:

Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 3%

Hydrogenated polyisobutene,, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, polyisobutene, ethylene propylene styrene copolymer, octylodecanol, silica silicate, calcium sodium borosilicate, sunflower seed awax, peppermint, beeswax, cadellia wax Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn Berry) Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Cohosh) Root Extract, Atelocollagen, Sodium Hyaluronate,, palmitoyl oligopeptide, carbomer, sodium chondrotin sulfate, tocopherol, lecitin, water, polysorbate 80, butylene glycol, retinyl palmitate, silica dimethyl silylate, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene glycol, mica CI77019, iron oxides CI77491 CI77499 CI774492, titatnium dioxide CI77891, Red 28 lake CI451012, Red 7 lake CI158501, Carmine, CI75470, Bismuth Oxychloride CI77163