When the news broke of a possible Spice Girls reunion a few days ago, it took me right back to the nineties, when ‘doing my makeup’ just meant applying copious amounts of cheap sticky lip gloss. With her perfectly glossy pout, her pastel dresses and her white platform boots, there was no one cooler than Emma Bunton then. We all wanted to be Baby Spice.
I remember my first pair of platform boots and the taste of Bonne Belle Lip Smackers like I was prancing around the halls of my elementary school singing Wannabe just yesterday, but some things are best left in the past. I thought we were over lip gloss, but suddenly it’s everywhere. It’s making a comeback.
The Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lip plumping glosses have been around for a while, but since the Spice Girls are also making a comeback (on Posh’s Instagram feed at the very least), it seems fitting to finally review the shade that’s been sitting in my review box for a few months now.
Soap & Glory Makeup in Canada
In the U.K, Soap & Glory sells a whole range of great affordable makeup products, with everything from foundations to eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks. I picked up a few Soap & Glory makeup essentials when I was in Edinburgh a couple of months ago, including the Archery brow pencil and the wonderful One Heck Of A Blot mattifying powder, because most products have not made their way across the pond and on Canadian drugstore shelves yet. The plumping lip glosses are the only cosmetic products from Soap & Glory that are currently sold in Shoppers Drug Mart. The Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker plumping lip glosses are available in a few different shades — though not as many as you’d find at Boots in the U.K.
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Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss in Spun Sugar
The Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss in Spun Sugar* ($14) is a clear lip plumping gloss with a hint of shimmer, infused with the brand’s Superfill technology (lip plumping spheres that expand when they come in contact with moisture) and a natural plant infusion called Lipswell that boosts microcirculation for fuller lips. The lip plumping tingling sensation is not painful at all, but it’s distracting — like a buzzing feeling on your lips or completely painless electric shocks. The sensation goes away after about fifteen minutes, though the gloss lasts for a good forty-ish minutes on my lips if I don’t eat, drink…or talk. It’s on par with what I would expect from any slippery lip gloss.
I can’t say that I notice a huge difference in the size of my lips after using the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Spun Sugar, but they appear smoother and the gloss and shimmer particles definitely give them more dimension.
Lip glosses and lip plumping products are two of my least favourite makeup items on the market, but I surprisingly didn’t hate the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss, which is a testament to how amazing the British bodycare brand is. The formula is thick and not overly sticky, though it’s not hair-proof by any means. The scent is a nice mix of sweet and spicy, and the doe foot applicator does a good job of evenly distributing the gloss. Overall, I’m impressed with the product, though I can’t see myself reaching for it for any other reasons than this review.
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I left the lip glosses in the nineties, where they belong, and I’m happy with the size of my lips. If only we could get those gorgeous Soap & Glory matte lipsticks in Canada, it would be a completely different story. I would be all over that.
If you’re in the market for a lip gloss, you can probably find more extensive color ranges elsewhere, but if you want to get your hands on a lip plumping product at a reasonable price, you can’t go wrong with the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lip glosses.