I use DHC for a few other skin and lip care products but the Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor from DHC is the first time that I’ve tried any of their makeup. And this is really just a baby step. As someone that seems to perpetually have dry, chapped lips, I am constantly on the lookout for anything that will give my lips a little protection and moisture. I have a whole array of lip gloss from brands like Sephora, Dior, Bare Minerals, Kirkland Signature Borghese, Molton Brown, and Lancome. I like a lip colour that will hydrate and protect my lips, because I feel like it is doing double duty and requires me to have fewer products in my purse, travel bag, or on my bathroom shelves. This lip gloss is supposed to be “ultra-hydrating” for my lips and not get that sticky, gross texture that can really ruin the feel of your lips. DHC says that it is oat kernel extract that does all the heavy lifting in this lip colour: “Oat kernel extract leaves a moisturising veil that plumps fine lines so your lips instantly look more youthful.” Who even knew there was oat kernel extract? And who knew it could be so good for your lips? Obviously, I’m expecting this to glide on and look perfect while also keeping my lips moisturised and looking a little plumper and less lined.
The DHC colour selection is really good for this lip gloss, so no matter what your skin tone, you should be able to find something that will work really well for you. I decided to go with the Hibiscus (RD01) colour because it is just a little deeper than my natural lip colour and should look just right with my makeup either day or night. The Hibiscus colour is really nice and works perfectly with my skin tone and my actual lip colour too. It also matches quite well with what I expected from the colour swatch in their catalogues and online site. It’s sometimes hard to get a colour that looks natural, which is what I prefer most of the time, but with enough colour to have it enhance your lips enough so that anyone would notice. The other thing I like is that it is glossy and shiny, but there’s no sparkle to it. A lot, practically all, lip glosses makers seem to think that you want disco lips now and need all kinds of sparkle. Well, sometimes you just want shiny without glittery. Occasionally, the sparkly stuff is terrific and can jazz up your lips on an evening out, but mostly I just want a nice gloss that has deep colour and a bit of sheen to give my lips a finished look.
The applicator is quite unique to the DHC lip colour, as well, and I like it. It’s kind of like a cross between a brush and a sponge tip applicator; they call it a doe-foot applicator. I’ve got both types of applicators on my collection of lip glosses, but the DHC doe-foot applicator is pretty cool and gives a bit more control and coverage when you are applying the lip colour. The doe-foot looks like just a sponge tip applicator, however, it’s longer than they usually are, plus it is flexible more like a brush would be. So, all of that means that when you smooth it across your lips the applicator does all of the hard work for you. Since it is spongy it is fully covered with the colour, so you don’t have to keep dipping back into the tube. The flexibility means that the applicator flexes and bends to the shape of your lips and you only need one pass for very good coverage.
There are a couple of claims that DHC makes that I was somewhat dubious about: ultra-hydrating, never sticky, will firm and plump your lips. Well, I can certainly agree that it is very hydrating and seems to protect my lips from drying out for quite a while, even after drinking. However, it doesn’t last for hours and hours or anything, so you will need to keep applying if you want to get the most of the colour and hydration properties. And it definitely doesn’t get that sticky texture that some of my other lip glosses get (I’m looking at your Sephora) but stays smooth and nice feeling on your lips. Now, about that firming and plumping stuff. Well, I just don’t see it on my lips. My lips look just the same after I’ve had it on, as they did before, truly no difference at all. It looks nice on, but certainly, I do not think that it changes anything about the appearance of my lips that much. Maybe it is more subtle than I’m expecting or something. However, I will say that it does look really nice and my lips do look nice and smooth with it on.
Despite the fact that the plumping and firming never seemed to materialize, I still really like this lip colour and would certainly get another one. I like it so much that it’s given me the push to get rid of the stuff that I’m not that fond of in my gloss collection.
I believe that you can only purchase DHC products through the DHC website. There are country specific websites for the US, UK, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and of course Japan, since that is where they are from. Through the UK website, the Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor is £14.50 for a 6.5 gram tube; it’s $18.00 on the DHC US website. The good thing about DHC is that you get 4 samples, of your choosing, with each order. Plus, when you get the catalog they also enclose a couple of samples, so you’re always getting new products to try. Or, you can save the little sample sizes for travel, like I do.