This is just as pigmented as TFS's Extreme Rouge, at a fraction of the price! A couple days before grad, I met up with one of my blockmates to have our legs waxed at our usual waxing salon. This time though, she wanted to go to the Robinsons branch for a change of pace. Opportunity presented itself! I had been reading about these amazing glosses during the time, and since I was already in one of the few malls that carried it, I took advantage of the said opportunity. :D
Location Bought: Robinsons Galleria
Approximate Date Bought: mid April 2011
Packaging: The test tube shape is cute but I don't see the point. Why does it have to be test tube shaped? So there's more product? Then again, I guess packaging doesn't always have to have a point. XD
The cap is really short compared to the applicator wand, like 80% wand, 20% cap. This makes me worry about the wand constantly. It's not flimsy per se, but I keep thinking the wand will break off at some point because it's so long.
Color and Pigmentation: 103 is a purple-pink, like a more wearable version of this lipstick. As you can see, pigmentation is very strong. I feel like I put poster paint, and not lip gloss, on my forearm in the swatch below.
Formulation: The gloss smells like grape candy - good grape candy that isn't too cloying. Despite its paint-like appearance, it does not feel heavy. It isn't sticky either, and it lasts a good 4-5 hours. In fact, 103 performs exactly like an Extreme Rouge gloss, except with one BIG difference: it's very drying on me. So much for the supposed Vitamin E in the formula. Pre-gloss balm is definitely needed for this product.
In Action: Careline's glosses are amazing despite their drying-ness and minimal availability. They're dirt cheap, super pigmented, and they come in a wide range of colors (I think there were 12?) - great for those who like to experiment. Hey, I think I know why they're shaped like test tubes now!
Spending an additional P100 for a moisturizing balm to pair with this product isn't too bad. Your total expenses would still be a very friendly P160.00, or even less, if you buy a balm below P100.
I only wish they sold this in malls other than Robinsons, so that we'd all be able to get at them more easily!