Marcelle Vita-Lip Plumping Gloss: Review and Swatches

The product: Marcelle Vita-Lip Plumping Gloss

Marcelle’s Vita-Lip glosses launched – last year? The year before that? I’m not sure; I think it coincided with the Minerals launch or something though. Since then, these have firmly secured a spot in my handbag, and my love for them isn’t waning in the least.

L-R: Angelica, Desire, Rio Rose, Organza, Nude

They run at just over $10 apiece, feature a no-nonsense, chic-but-simple tube with a slant-tip applicator, and go on very sheerly with just the right amount of microshimmer – enough to sort of “illuminate” the lip, but the particle size isn’t large enough to look obvious or sparkly. I’m not usually a fan of shimmer or sheerness, but these are the exception to the rule!

If you’re looking for a “handbag gloss” to give you a sheer, super-smooth, hydrated finish, I’d definitely recommend these. There isn’t too much variation in the shades once they’re applied, but they’re lightweight and scent-free, which is a win in my books!

L-R: Angelica, Desire, Rio Rose, Organza, Nude

The shades

Angelica: super-sheer baby pink with red and pink microshimmer (which is awesome, so don’t miss the full review). The particles in this one are just a touch larger and fewer than those in the rest.

Desire: bright, sheer, fuchsia-pink with similarly pink microshimmer.

Rio Rose: least sheer; a wonderful guava shade. Cool-toned microshimmer makes this wearable on both warm and cool skintones.

Rio Rose: see above.

Organza: basic, sheer, pinked-nude with champagne microshimmer.

Nude: super-sheer warm nude. Less shimmery and not as light as Organza.

Indirect sunlight with flash support. L-R: Angelica, Desire, Rio Rose, Organza, Nude


Hydrogenated polyisobutene, octyldodecanol,  petrolatum, trihydroxystearin,  calcium sodium borosilicate,  ethylhexyl palmitate,  silica, tribehenin,  benzophenone-3,  tocopheryl acetate,  propylparaben,  sorbitan isostearate,  palmitoyl oligopeptide,  palmitic acid,  mica,  titanium dioxide ,  carmine,  iron oxides,  red 40 lake,  tin oxide.

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  • Reply Socialite Dreams

    i reallllly like rio rose! so pretty
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  • Reply vijiis

    My lips are quite pigmented, so I don't think I'd need more than one color for something that looks this sheer. Thanks for the swatches. <3
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    June 27, 2011 at 3:38 PM
  • Reply Eden-Avalon

    I also like Rio Rose, how well did the plumping effect work for you?
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  • Reply Jfunnyvalentine

    Loving the look of Rio Rose! And I think it's fab that you include the ingredient list :)
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  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    I like that the glitter is microshimmer. I hate when you can feel glitter on you lips. Yucky! WIll pick one up next time to try!

    June 27, 2011 at 9:43 PM
  • Reply Emily

    I really wish we had access to Marcelle and Annabelle in the States. It's so hard to find any drugstore products here without a scent (or any products, for that matter).

    June 28, 2011 at 6:35 AM
  • Reply Silhouettex

    I wish these had a little more pigment, but Rio Rose is damn pretty <3

    June 29, 2011 at 12:22 AM
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  • Reply sharlynn

    OOooo…lovely, most of them are quite sheer but I'd love Desire and nude…I see them working with an everyday look :)
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