I always have to giggle when a product has a name this long. That's a lot of name to live up to. This Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother Cooling Hydragel ($7) caught my eye because of the pleasant yet not-too-intense pink color. Another gloss reels me in, hook, line and sinker.
The Cooling Hydragel Gloss uses glycerin to moisturize, soothe, and provide a high-sheen gloss. This little guy packs quite the punch: it's thick and gooey, smells overwhelmingly sweet, and made my lips feel tingly and cool. The appearance is super-shiny with little to no detectable color (admittedly I chose the pink shade closest to my own lip color). In fact, the product is so incredibly thick and shiny that it ends up being also really sticky — so much so that I found myself avoiding pursing my lips just to avoid the discomfort of them sticking together.
I like the slick feeling of lip gloss, but this was just too sticky for me. It also has an annoying tropical fruit punch flavor that's strikingly similar to the super-sweet stuff you drank as a kid. I can't tell if this is an '80s throwback, or just a really poorly executed marketing decision. In all fairness, when I gave a friend a sniff, she loved it. To each their own, I guess. See what it looks like for yourself when you read more.
My bare, unglossed lips:
My super shiny, Neutrogena-ed lips: