Jouer High Pigment Lip Gloss and Lip Topper

July 4, 2017

Jouer High Pigment Gloss Review Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

It’s been years since I’ve bought anything from Jouer but with the launch of the new High Pigment Lip Glosses ($17 each for 6 g / 0.21 fl oz) I decided to place an order on Beautylish as the swatches on social media looked promising with glowing rave reviews about the colors and formulas. I also ordered one of the popular Lip Toppers ($16 for 6 ml/0.21 fl oz). The High Pigment Lip Glosses are described as a weightless creamy gloss that gives full coverage and with a good selection of neutrals I had high hopes plus the price point seemed reasonable.

Quick take is that these were very much a let down for me and in general for quality I do not recommend them. The colors are all so beautiful but the formula is thin and streaky looking. They are described as a lightweight and they are, but the thin texture does not coat the lips easily. To get the full smooth coverage I saw on social media photos I needed to goop on layers of product which in the end seemed to defeat the point of weightless with that much gloss on my lips. I do want to note that I do think the deeper/brighter shades performed better with smoother coverage and I suspect the other darker ones in the collection will do the same.

I ordered 8 shades sight unseen which I know was a bit risky considering I hadn’t tried anything from the brand in years. I really wanted to love these and part of me loves these for color options. They’re really wearable for any occasion and classic kinds of flattering shades of nude, peach, rose and pink. Since the colors are so good, I tried to make them work by wearing them alone, over a lip primer, over a lip liner and over lipstick. Overall I found that the formula to be high maintenance. In testing each shade most of them settled into lip lines within 15-30 minutes and within an hour they faded quite a bit. The scent is extremely sweet to the point that I’m not a fan.

Jouer High Pigment Lip Gloss | The Beauty Look Book

I think these are ok, just not great. I’ll note which colors I found performed the best below:

  • PCH is a light peachy nude, this one is streaky but smooths out if you apply carefully, unfortunately lasting power is very weak
  • Sloan is a gorgeous semi-bright peach, since this was brighter it had better coverage but still was streaky and settled into lip lines
  • Sunset is a light-medium peach, also streaky
  • Champs-Elysses is a medium peach pink brown, this performed better as it has more of a slightly deeper undertone, less streaking with this and smooth coverage, lasting power is still weak
  • Maiden Lane is a yellow beige nude, coverage was pretty smooth but it settled into lip lines quickly
  • Park Avenue is a pale cool pink, also streaky on my lips
  • Rodeo is a very pretty medium rose, it’s deeper than most of the other colors I tried and went on the lips smoothly without issue
  • Fifth Avenue is a pink brown, also deeper and performed relatively well with smooth coverage, lasting power is still weak

Based on what I tested, the three best shades for smooth coverage is Champs-Elysees, Rodeo and Fifth Avenue. Lasting power for all of these is not up to my standards, even for a gloss. All the colors settled into the fine line of my lips within an hour – the exception was with Rodeo and Fifth Avenue.

Jouer High Pigment Lip Gloss | The Beauty Look Book

Jouer High Pigment Lip Gloss | The Beauty Look Book

Next I tried one of the Lip Toppers in St. Tropez and I knew there would be a good chance it would be too glitzy but wanted to give it a chance because I love a good shimmer. This one photographs really nicely on the lips but for me it’s just not wearable for everyday. It has a smooth finish but it’s just way to glitzy for me to wear comfortably on any occasion. For me the best wearable shimmer like this is either MAC Lipglass in Pinkarat or Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustres in Ibiza Nights or Blondie. Dior also makes some really gorgeous shimmers as well.

Jouer St. Tropez Lip Topper

Jouer St. Tropez Lip Topper

Based on this experience I don’t think I’ll be ordering more from the line. There are so many other brands out there that I love with better formulas that I know are reliable. Every once in a while I’ll try to branch out and try something more trendy. Based on the number of glowing reviews and pretty beauty looks I’ve seen with these glosses there’s a good chance I’m in the minority with my opinion on these. It looks like a lot of people love these formulas. I like the colors and the price point, but I just don’t like the formula. If you love the brand, I hope you don’t get your feelings hurt by me saying this, but I’m not impressed with the quality or texture. For a good quality high pigment gloss I far prefer the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Cremes (all shades reviewed here), Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Glosses (review here and here), and even MAC Lipglasses (my picks here) even though those are more sheer.

Bottom line is that I don’t recommend these and I regret buying that many sight unseen. Even the good colors for me just don’t cut it because the lasting power isn’t doing it for me and they all settle into my lip lines. That being said there are a lot of people who like them. There are tons of YouTube videos, blog posts and detailed customer reviews online. It may be hit or miss for you. As a quick side note I also ordered 3 of the powder highlighters and much to my dismay 2 of them arrived completely shattered and broken.

You can find Jouer Cosmetics online at Beautylish, Nordstrom and Jouer. I bought mine from Beautylish.


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  • Millie Robinson July 4, 2017 at 5:22 am

    These are gorgeous! Fifth Avenue looks like the perfect nude shade! x

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  • Kiran July 4, 2017 at 5:34 am

    They look so stunning, it is such a shame they settle into your fine lines and the scent is a bit much. The colours are lovely and they all suit you so well! Thank you for sharing, think I will pass on these, thank you for your fantastic review and photos. Your lip swatches are always gorgeous, hope you are having a great week xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • BeautyLookBook July 5, 2017 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Kiran – I agree, the colors are SO good. Bummed the formula didn’t work for me.

  • Alison July 4, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Thank you for your honest review.

  • T.B.A. July 4, 2017 at 6:51 am

    I was hoping these would be nice as I have very pigmented lips and I don’t like how matte liquid lipsticks make me feel dry and chapped. Thank you for your honest review!

    • BeautyLookBook July 5, 2017 at 8:41 am

      Of course! Do note others really love them, I’m so picky with gloss, I may be in the minority with my opinion on these.

  • Becky July 4, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Well, you’ve saved me a lot of money! Ha! These look beautiful in the swatches but no good if they’re streaky and don’t last!

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  • Eileen July 4, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Your honesty, Sabrina, is always so refreshing in a blogging/vlogging world that is all too often overrun by “fangirl” proportion hype. Remember when “lemming” was the word du jour? I bet all of us got swept up at times and bought products simply because of the hype surrounding them and then ended up tossing them, passing them on, or struggling to make them work. Your reviews; however, are authentic and clearly express your preferences, esthetic, and needs. Thank you for that!

    • BeautyLookBook July 5, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Eileen – I completely forgot LEMMING! LOL you bring back some good memories of early blog/beauty days! I find giving into the hype often allows me to discover new loves. This one just didn’t work but thank you for your kind words. xoxo

  • Lena L July 4, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Thanks for your review, Sabrina! These are some good neutral colors and the packaging is neat. I might have tried one for myself if I hadn’t read your thoughts on them. I don’t mind reapplying lip gloss, but this formula doesn’t sound like it fades away naturally.

    • BeautyLookBook July 5, 2017 at 8:44 am

      I don’t mind reapplying either. Perhaps the darker ones stay put longer – Temptalia has really good swatches of all the shades. I think she’s working her way through reviewing all the colors so if you haven’t seen her posts yet I highly recommend you do.

  • nelle July 4, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for the review and swatches!

  • SoSuSam July 5, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I remember buying a number of things from Jouer years ago–back when they promoted the notion that their compacts could be clicked together. (I’m not sure why that was a plus, I never liked the results.) Their cosmetics were getting a ton of love online at the time, so I was excited to try them and ordered a lot sight unseen. Mistake. I don’t think I liked a single thing I got. Now Jouer seems to be getting a high profile again online, and I’ve been almost tempted to try their stuff again…but your review has convinced me I don’t want to do that. THANK YOU for your honest perspective–I so appreciate it. As you said, there are many other great brands to indulge in…

  • Tannya Aditya July 5, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    you look so pretty in sloane, sabrina!

  • Nicole Merza July 6, 2017 at 12:48 am

    These just look so stunning. The swatches look amazing! I need to try Jouer lippies soon!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • Caroline Jackson July 12, 2017 at 9:59 am

    What a shame the formula wasn’t one you got along with – the colours are absolutely beautiful! Love your blog Sabrina x

  • Jessica Matthews July 14, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you for being honest about these! I purchased two colors (Madison and Champs-Elysees) and they both seemed a tiny bit grainy on the lips at first. While I am glad the glosses aren’t sticky, the grainy texture threw me off a bit. I have not heard anyone else mention this issue, however. The colors are beautiful, though.

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