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Ask Bella: Why Did My Lip Gloss Make Layers?

Remember that saying "oil and water don't mix"? Well, it applies to your beauty products, too. When a Sugar staffer presented this lip gloss to me, I put on my thinking cap and checked the label. Since she'd only owned this product for a couple weeks, it wasn't technically time for tossing.

After forgetting the gloss in a hot car for a few hours, she found these results. Think you know why it happened? Find out when you


Even though water wasn't listed as an ingredient, my research revealed that many gloss bases include an oil-in-water emulsion that makes up the gel-like substance. The very first ingredient, hydroxylated lanolin, actually comes from heating lanolin with water. Additionally, ingredients with different densities like other heavy oils and waxes can be whipped up into a mixture that can splits over time or temperature. One that's not water soluble is petroleum jelly (also called petrolatum) and is the second ingredient found in this lip gloss. I'm betting the heat prompted the separation process leaving that on top of the rest of the ingredients. Has this ever happened to you?

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Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 7 years
I've totally had this happen, which sucks! I've since switched to stick lip balm, which still sucks when it gets overwarm, but I just put it in the fridge.
xemailheather xemailheather 7 years
Have you ever seen Michelle Phan's video on YouTube about putting almost gone lipglosses in a cup of hot water? Look it up! It is amazing, you get twice the amount of lipgloss after.
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 7 years
I never leave makeup in the car... but I have had glosses seperate over time, if I don't use them alot. .
smiley13tree smiley13tree 7 years
Would it be bad to use it again then?
emilylee emilylee 7 years
oh now i know why my lip gloss felt all weird and different, ha . i should toss it
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