This month I received a sample size of the Manna Kadar LipLocked Priming Gloss Stain in the color All of You in my Birchbox (which was great this month – check out what else I got). I’ve noticed there were Manna Kadar products being sent out in Ipsy bags as well. Since Manna Kadar seems to making the subscription box rounds I wanted to review this gloss stain for you guys.
This product is marketed as a priming gloss stain. I’m not sure how this product is supposed to be “priming.” The gloss stain packs a pretty impressive color punch so if you used it to prime for another lip product it would throw the color way off. “Priming” in this case just seems like a throw-away word, making the name of the product longer than it needs to be and implying a product claim that simply isn’t true. I wanted to point this out because I don’t want anyone to purchase this product thinking it will prime the lips. Sometimes I really wonder how products make it to market with ridiculous or inaccurate names.
Now onto the second half of the name – gloss stain. The product is definitely very glossy. It’s very opaque and pigmented but somehow manages to be incredibly lightweight at the same time. The color All of You shows up as a slightly browned coral. On me the product is always glossy. It does not dry down unless I blot most of it off. Even with most of the product blotted off I don’t see any staining on my lips. That could be because All of You is a more natural, toned down color and I just don’t see a difference, but it’s more likely that it just didn’t stain my lips.
Aside from the fact that this product is grossly misnamed, I actually really like the effect. I would say that it functions more like a highly pigmented, extremely light weight gloss. It’s not the least bit sticky so if you hate sticky gloss these would be an ideal product. I only experienced a tiny bit of bleeding in my most prominent fine line, which isn’t terrible. The only other downfall would be that the product cannot stand up to food and drink so you will need to reapply after meals or even every few hours if you sip a drink throughout the day.
I was actually expecting to really dislike the product because I tend to hate most stains, but I’m actually pleased that the product doesn’t do what the name claims. I love how it functions as a super comfortable and pigmented gloss. I would definitely consider purchasing other color in the future, but the only thing holding me back from jumping all over the line is the price. There are 9 colors in this line and the full-sized tube retails on the Manna Kadar website (which I think needs a user-friendly redesign) for $22 each. They do currently have a set of 5 LipLocked minis on sale for $19, but I just can’t decide if I want to spend nearly $20 on 5 minis. I’m torn! I would say if you get a chance to try a Manna Kadar LipLocked Priming Gloss Stain definitely go for it.