The 90’s are having a bit of a moment right now (that’s an understatement), and crushed-velvet slip dresses, chokers, and Pokémon are all making a comeback. I’m so ready to relive the glory days of the 90’s – after all, it’s the decade that gave us Dawson’s Creek (which in turn gave us that gross sobbing GIF we all love), the best of No Doubt, and Clueless, which continues to inspire my fashion choices to this day. Seeing as my most recent Google searches include “white platform boots” and “Spice Girls world tour 2017”, you could say that I’m embracing this throwback with “two very enthusiastic thumbs up”.
Lancôme is joining in the 90’s revival with their latest Juicy Shakers Pigment Infused Bi-Phase Lip Oils launch, eight new 90’s-inspired pastel shades developped by Lisa Eldridge that hit the shelves last month.
L-R: Cloudy Candy, Marshmattack, Top Gum
Think of the Lancôme Juicy Shakers as the grown-up and good-for-your-lips version of the Bonne Bell lip gloss you kept in your otherwise empty neon pink purse. The bi-phase oil formula has all the nourishing properties of a plain old lip oil, but it’s also infused with vibrant pigments. The result? Glossy, plump lips with the tiniest hint of tint and shimmer. Each shade also comes with its own deliciously 90’s fragrance and, trust me, it will take you right back to your childhood bedroom, when your biggest worry in the world was convincing your parents to let you have your very own phone line.
The packaging of the Juicy Shakers is quite unique. The bi-phase formula separates when you let it sit, so you have to give the product a good shake before each use to mix the oil and the pigment. The conical cushion applicator is the softest I’ve ever tried and shaped perfectly to fit the lips’ contour. Despite all the shaking necessary to mix the formula, the sponge applicator never gets oversaturated with product. Lancôme came up with a really neat design that allows just the right amount of product to reach the sponge, so you get the right amount of product for one application every time.
The formula itself is comfortable to wear, if not overly pigmented. It’s not heavy in the slightest, nor is it sticky. I’ve been reaching for the Juicy Shakers a lot, especially when I’m just sitting at my desk working. There’s something about the soft applicator that makes the application a little bit special, like a five seconds spa for your lips.
|The bi-phase formula separates, so you have to shake the product before each use|
The three shades I’ve been testing don’t have much of a tint, but they’re perfect to protect and care for dry lips. I love using the Juicy Shakers when I’m not doing anything special or just want a very natural makeup look, which is pretty often these days because ugh, it’s winter, it’s dark and cold, and I want that extra fifteen minutes of sleep every single day.
The Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Top Gum* ($28) is bright pink and bubblegum-scented, and it has the best colour payoff out of all three shakers. The result is still very sheer, but it gives the lips a healthy pink glow.
The Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Marshmattack* ($28) is what 90’s dreams are made of. It’s purple, shimmery and it smells like marshmallows. My 90’s self would be all over it. It looks purple in the bottle and you can see a very light purple tint if you look at the swatch closely, but it actually goes on completely clear on my (quite pigmented) lips. There is a subtle shimmer running through the product, but it’s only visible in the bottle, and I haven’t detected a single hint of shimmer when wearing it. I can’t say it’s a problem though, because I can’t imagine myself walking around wearing shimmery lip gloss in my late twenties, no matter how much I would have loved it back in the day.
The Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Cloudy Candy* ($28) is a baby pink lip oil with a sweet candy cotton scent and a slight shimmer. I find the shimmer a little bit more noticeable in Cloudy Candy than in Marshmattack, but it could simply be down to how the tiny shimmer particles sit in each shade. Cloudy Candy is absolutely gorgeous in the bottle and is just the tiniest bit visible when applied to the lips, but I still find myself reaching for Marshmattack (the clear option) and Top Gum (the more pigmented option) more.
I would love just a little bit more pigmentation in the Juicy Shakers, but I’ve honestly been enjoying the grown-up Cher Horowitz vibes I get from these. They leave the lips feeling moisturized and looking glossy in a not-so-90’s way.
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