Apparently, I’m the type of gal who wears my heart not so much on my sleeve, but rather on my lips. That’s according to Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lip Gloss, which suggests that I’m feeling frisky today based on the fact that it went from clear to crimson within seconds of application.
The lustrous Too Faced formula started off colorless and then blossomed from a soft ballerina pink to a deeper, rosier shade, indicating that I’m more playful and upbeat than Zen-like and serene, as per the chart on the side of the box.
Shocker? Not exactly. Anyone who knows me would agree I’m a bit sassy. Nice to know my cosmetics can sense this side of me, too. But, is this just a coincidence? Is there really such a thing as an emotionally activated beauty product? My vote: it’s definitely not just lip service, but it’s also not an exact science.
Cosmetics touting mood-recognition properties react more with your body heat than your mood, changing color with your temperature and body chemistry. For example, if you’re excited, your temperature may rise, causing a chemical reaction with the product’s active ingredients that can cause the color to deepen. Or, when you’re relaxed, your temperature may drop, in turn causing the product to lighten and appear more subdued.
Whether that represents how you’re feeling, I can definitely give credence to the correlation, as I have seen firsthand the same beauty products look different on different people. But, is that to say that a lip gloss has the ability to discern between my mellow and melodramatic side? I wouldn’t agree completely, but wouldn’t kiss that theory goodbye either.
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