In the Mirror

Lip Savvy!

By Charlotte on December 26, 2011 6:59 AM

I'm VERY particular about lip gloss. Although my smile cries for color and shine, it tends to rebel if I'm not careful. Besides battling chapped lips, I have to contend with those fine lines that creep up on us Boomers as we age.


But I couldn't resist trying Lip Savvy!, the new do-it-all gloss that promises to plump, moisturize AND promote younger-looking skin.

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Black-White-Zebra-zoom.jpgWhat the Experts Say

Lip Savvy! offers painless-plumping action to hydrate lips and target fine lines and wrinkles with Hyaluronic Filling Spheres and collagen boosting peptides. It also puts a damper on the aging process with a patented Complete Free Radical Protection Technology.


What I Tested

I tried Lip Savvy! in Love Game, a sparkling sheer gloss with just a hint of purple.



What I like

Lip Savvy! keeps my lips looking and feeling fine. One swipe of the twist-and-go brush-pen applicator gives me long-lasting shine, shimmer and soft color without any stickiness. Made to hydrate, the age-conscious formula leaves even my problem children soft, smooth and, surprisingly, not so thin (YES!).


Although there's no tingling, burning or other sign of irritation, and we're not talkin' Angelina Jolie action, there's definitely some plumping going on here. And that means those how-can-you-help-but-obsess-over-them fine lines are easier to forget.


In addition to hiding signs of age, this clever gloss works to slow skin damage. Thanks to the Complete Free Radical Protection Technology, Lip Savvy! helps prevent lines and wrinkles from forming while guarding against discoloration, collagen breakdown, loss of elasticity and dehydration of skin cells.


Lip Savvy Colors 350.jpgThis smile-maker comes in 22 head-turning shades:

  • 10 Star-Studded Shine finishes that add intense sparkle as well as color, everything from Sho Bunny (a cool, shimmery pale pink) to Voodoo Baby (a deep, glimmery plum burgundy).
  • 12 creamy, matte ColorGlam tints ranging from Say It Right (a nice, neutral beige) to Witchy Woman (a sultry, sheer wine berry). 

And you can choose from eight sassy pen designs. I like the Black-and-White Zebra shown above because the trendy animal print is easy to spot no matter how big your bag. 


On the Shelf







"Thank you" to Lip Savvy! for providing a sample for review and testing.


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