Sunday, 21 October 2012

Gosh Soft and Shine Lip Balms: Review and Swatches

As you may have already gathered if you've previously visited my blog, but I'm a bit of a lipstick fiend. So just imagine my joy when I found these beauties in the clearance box at Newcastle's Superdrug. I didn't buy these all at once either, I think I bought 1 when they were reduced to £2.99 each, then was so impressed that I went back and dived in to find two more. Then just recently, a couple of months later, I realised the bargain bin was back but they were reduced to 99p and I found Sweetheart and Irony, which are probably my two favourites at the moment.

I'd only heard about this line from Gosh once before a couple of years ago on A Little Bit Obsessed before they were discontinued but the price (£7-8ish) put me off. I'm much happier having bought three of them for £2.99 and the other two for 99p, but it's a shame they've discontinued this range especially now that every other brand is releasing other similar products. You may still be able to find these in Superdrug clearance boxes or bargain bins but hopefully Gosh have discontinued these to reformulate them and release these or a similar product again. 

After all the hype for the Revlon Lip Butters, I don't think I was the only one who was a little bit disappointed by how frosty they were and their general formula. Overall I prefer this line, there were more shades that I haven't tried and I only own one Lip Butter but have swatched the rest of the line.

The formula of these is very creamy and has lots of slip on the lips. The finish of these vary from shade to shade and I'll specify below which have shimmer or glitter shade. I found the Revlon Lip Butters to be frosty but I find the shine and any shimmer or glitter on these balms to be a lot more flattering. The vanilla scent of these is divine and very similar to Mac lipsticks.


The packaging is very sleek and slim so they're great to keep in your handbag and I haven't found the lids to be loose, which is a pet hate of mine because then gunk can get into your lipsticks.

These are labelled at lip balms but it's hard to tell if they do have any moisturising properties however they are very creamy and I haven't found them to dry out my lips. I've been wearing Irony, shade 40, to work lately where my lips tend to dry up really badly, especially if I'm wearing any lip colour, and I've found that the creamy formula keeps my lips feeling comfortable.

The colour pay off you get from these is a softer version of what is on the bullet because of their soft, shiny formula. This makes them really wearable for everyday and the brighter colours aren't as intimidating and fit in more with a natural look.

Barbie - 30

This is definitely one of my favourite colours from the range, a beautiful Barbie-esque pink but doesn't look chalky as it has a cream, shiny finish. 

Passion Pink - 31

I love this fuchsia pink colour but I was quite disappointed by the glitter in this one. I find it looks chunky and out of place on the lips and when the product wears off you're left with silver glitter on your lips, so I don't tend to wear it as much.

Soft Touch - 37

When I bought these, most of the shades were sealed so it was hard to judge what kind of shade would be inside when they've got ambiguous names like 'Soft Touch'. I expected this to be a more peach/natural shade but it has a more red/brown tone with no shimmer or glitter (the swatches below represent this shade better). Even though that isn't what I don't usually go for, I actually looks nice now we're into autumn and these tones are more on trend for lips.

Sweetheart - 39

Even though I usually stay away from lip sticks with lots of shimmer, I really enjoy using this shade. It's a light coral pink with a gold shimmer which looks nice alone or over the top of a pink or coral shade to add a gold sheen.

Irony - 40

I've probably used this shade the most even though it was one of my recent additions. As I said above, I wear it a lot for work because the formula doesn't make my lips feel dry in the air conditioned shop but also because it adds a nice bit of colour to my lips, without being too bright or looking overdone.

No Flash

With Flash

Gosh Soft and Shine Lip Balms are currently discontinued in the UK. Some Superdrug stores may have some in a clearance stand so ask in your local store if you can't find them, as you might be able to pick them up for 99p each! If not you may be able to pick one up on eBay, from time to time, or possibly in shops or on stalls where discontinued and discounted make up is sold.

Love Georgia xxx


  1. I love these! I have six and got them all for 99p each :) There's a review up on my blog too. xxx

    1. They're such a bargain! It's a shame these were so expensive before because they're a great product xx

  2. Love your blog <3
    I'm glad I found you :) And love your new puppy!

    1. Thank you, I'm going to do an update post because he's grown so much in the last couple of weeks and I can't help taking so many pictures! xxx

  3. wow u hv got great collection girl I'm jealous ;) following u would love a follow back