For those of us in the US, you can purchase Tony Moly Fruit Princess Lipglosses at Urban Outfitters for $12 each, as well as places like eBay, Amazon, and sites that specialize in Korean beauty brands (momomango, etc.). I personally found this lipgloss locally at a Korean market, but if you don't have any Korean markets near you, you can definitely get these online, even if you live outside of Korea. So let's take a look at this little cutie!
Tony Moly Fruit Princess Gloss in Strawberry
(retail: around $12, 0.24 oz)
These glosses are available in seven shades, and since I had the luxury of speaking to a sale associate about them, I can tell you that some of the shades in this range read at colorless on the lips--there are are only two or three in the range that are more opaque/milky, and Strawberry is one of them.
If you love all things Kawaii, you will love this gloss since it's Kawaii to the max!
Both in the tube and swatched on my hand, this gloss is a milky, peachy-pink. However, it's a different story on my lips:
For those of you who may be thinking that this is just one of those novelty glosses where more attention is paid toward cute packaging than the actual product inside the packaging, think again. This feels like a higher-end gloss on the lips. It's not sticky in the slightest, and it has a wonderful, creamy texture. It's a thin gloss, but don't let that fool you. The staying power is impressive for a gloss. I can rarely get over an hour from any lipgloss, but I can easily get two or three hours with this one. And the best part is that this gloss leaves a wonderful, soft pink stain behind. I was totally not anticipating that it would stain my lips as it wore off, but that makes me love it even more because I can get more mileage from one application.
In addition to the wonderful texture, I find this gloss to be surprisingly moisturizing. My lips feels so smooth while I'm wearing this gloss, and I still feel a nice level of moisturization hours after it has faded away.
This lipgloss has a very soft strawberry fragrance to it (it actually smells more like a creamy, strawberry milkshake to me), and an equally soft strawberry flavor. Both the fragrance and flavor fade pretty quickly (in about thirty minutes for me).
FINAL VERDICT: Don't underestimate this one. Yes, the packaging is painfully adorable, but the product itself is of high quality and it very much exceeded my expectations. This is not a sticky gloss, and it has some nice pigmentation and staying power. The texture feels lovely on the lips and it's hydrating as well. This one's a win-win-win all the way around and now I find myself wanting the entire collection. Oh my poor wallet!
Are you a Tony Moly fan? Do you own any Fruit Princess Glosses?
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