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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