Crave Lip Gloss Review: Scented and Tinted Lip Gloss

Scented makeup is the latest craze. Check out the newest tinted, scented makeup which is also perfect for darker skin tones.

We all know that I am a lip gloss addict, so when it came to the new Crave Lip Gloss, you know that I was not going to miss out on this opportunity! The Crave Lip Gloss is the latest addition to the scented makeup craze.

Official details on the Crave Lip Gloss:

• Infused with moisturizing vitamin E
• Ultra-shiny
• Soft pearl finish
• Offers a kiss of buildable color

A little info on the New Crave Lip Gloss:

The lipgloss was officially released in the beginning of February 2019 but I had the chance to try them out back in January.

Originally, I purchased 7 of the 12 shades; however, I soon added two more to my lip gloss collection.

The lip glosses aren’t sticky at all and perfect for my fellow lip gloss lovers!

Definition of everyday look:

To make sure we’re on the same page, I’ll give you my definition of everyday. To me, everyday simply means that one can wear the lip gloss without makeup. You know sometimes applying any cosmetic product without a full-face or even an ounce of makeup can look a little out of place like applying red blush on a bare face. For me, everyday is simply a bare face or nearly bare face.

Swatch of the Crave Lip Gloss:

Avon Crave Lip Gloss
Crave Lip Gloss Swatch

From top to bottom:

  • Chocolate Brownie
  • Pumpkin Latte
  • Cherry Creamsicle
  • French Toast
  • Salted Caramel
  • Strawberry Glaze
  • Peach Bellini
  • Citrus Sangria
  • Birthday Cake

Not shown (say a lip gloss prayer for me because I’m thinking about ordering the rest*):

  • Minted Apple
  • Honey Tea
  • Cucumber Spritzer (my friend swears by this shade and she’s darker than I am!)

* Edit: never mind, I got them… Aren’t they so pretty?

What I love about the Crave Lip Gloss:

Prior to the arrival, my favorite lip gloss was the Avon True Color Glossy Tube Lip Gloss is in Natural Nude for an everyday look.

It is still one of my favorite lip glosses; however, I love that the Crave Lip Gloss has more shades than the Glossy Tube which is only available in six shades. I also like the fact that it’s scented which can be a super fun way to draw attention to your lips by a special someone if you get what I mean 😉

Thoughts on each shade and scent:

Chocolate Brownie – I love how deep and rich the color is but with that being said, it was too dark for me. This would be awesome for someone with a more medium to darker complexion. I love the little silver specks in the gloss as well. It would be a way to jazz up an otherwise blah lip look. Though this lip gloss is too dark for me, I absolutely love it! I love it for my darker skin women and love that they thought about my beauties of darker skin tones.

Pumpkin Latte – This color reminds me of a purplish brown. When I applied, it tinted my lips immediately even with the thinnest layer. For some reason, it reminds me of a coffee drink. It doesn’t smell like straight coffee but it puts me in the mood of a warm sweater, some-type-of-coffee-drink-while-cuddled-up-on-the-couch type of day. I’m not a coffee drinker and the smell of coffee repulses me but it isn’t bad.

Cherry Creamsicle – Very unique. If you love the smell of cherries, you’ll like it. With the thinnest coat, I still had a bit of a tint (may be due to my slightly lighter complexion). I applied more and it was a light raspberry tint with golden tones.

French Toast – This was the very first shade that I tried. It is more like a deeper shade of pink. It smells more like cinnamon (I’m guessing from the french toast). The color is deeper in pigment and certainly noticeable. With the thinnest layer, it is very noticeable on me. You could wear this shade without any additional lip product and still achieve a more “made up” look. The scent is great and not one of the stronger scents.

Salted Caramel – Of the 9 lip glosses that I have, this is the strongest scent. If you love salted caramel or even Garrett’s popcorn (Chitown!), you’re going to love this. I applied this and went to breakfast. I was smelling my lips more than the breakfast! It’s one of the more translucent shades and looked more neutral on me with a hint of gold. Apply it heavier and it’s a more translucent golden tint. It would be noticeable if applied heavier but not to the point where it looks as though you’ve applied a gold-peel face mask. 

Strawberry Glaze – Shockingly, this is another one of my favorites! It has a more translucent color so it’s perfect for either an everyday look or to help dazzle up your existing look. In my opinion, it’s a must-have because of its versatility. It also has a very faint scent so shouldn’t be too distracting and doesn’t really smell like strawberry to me. It smells more like pink bubble gum.

Strawberry Glaze on top of a pale nude lipstick (the lipstick almost looked like chalk on the ground):

Peach Bellini – there’s a special place in my heart for this one. Orange is my favorite color and this shade is very pigmented. With the smallest amount, you could see the orange tint on my lips. I’ve yet to try this with makeup on so right now, it is my least-used lip gloss. Hopefully, I can change that soon. I also like the smell of it. It’s a bit fruity. Doesn’t smell 100% like a real Peach Bellini but it isn’t far off (maybe this is what it would smell like without the liquor).

Citrus Sangria – This one really surprised me and is a close runner for my favorite! I love the fruity scent. I was a little nervous about the color so I applied it in a thin coat and it is SOOOOO pretty on me. It looks almost like nude lip with a little iridescent touch to spice it up just a bit but it’s not overpowering. I applied more just to see how the color would look and it is more pigmented, making the gold more noticeable. I feel this would look better for a made up look but if you’re just running to the gas station without an ounce of makeup, the best route is just a thin layer and it’s perfect for everyday.

Birthday Cake – this is the closest shade to nude and will more than likely be the replacement of the Glossy Tube in Natural Nude if they were ever to discontinue the Glossy Tube lip glosses. Birthday Cake is my absolute fave out of the 9 that I have! It’s perfect for multiple skin tones and the scent is not as strong so if you aren’t a lover of scented makeup, this should not bother you!

The shades for everyday wear:

  • Birthday Cake
  • Strawberry Glaze
  • Citrus Sangria
  • Salted Caramel
  • Pumpkin Latte
  • Chocolate Brownie

Wearing my favorite shade of Crave Lip Gloss in Birthday Cake:

Avon Crave Lip Gloss in Birthday Cake Crave Lip Gloss

Video of the Crave Lip Gloss:

As promised, I ordered the Chocolate Brownie and Pumpkin Latte :

Final thoughts on the Crave Lip Gloss:

This is hands-down the best lip gloss! What I love about it:

  1. The scents smell delicious
  2. The lip glosses aren’t sticky at all
  3. You can build up for more color
  4. The affordability!

You guys should know by now, I’m a former MAC Cosmetics girl. I’d never bash the company. My all-time favorite lip gloss is the Oyster Girl! If you’re feeling generous, send it to me! I’ll rock it 😜 but right now, I’m head over hills in love with the Crave Lip Gloss. Ladies, you can still slay and not break the bank!

A little story:

One day, I went to visit my cousin. We’re six months apart and grew up as if we were twins. As I’m entering my car, I pulled out my lip gloss and applied it. After she saw how it looked, she ordered FOUR of the True Color Glossy Tube Lip Glosses in Natural Nude. Remember, we’re like twins so she was also a MAC girl and paid almost $20 for one MAC lip gloss so she figured she could get 4 for the price of one (taxes included 😄).

She was always a MAC Lipglass in Clear type of gal. She’s been buying it since we were teens! But you know me, I love to experiment 😄

Now you guys, this has been happening for probably a year and a half. Each time she’s running low, she just texts me and I get it for her. Imagine her savings: $17.50 vs $3.99… It’s a no-brainer!

Note: look at the time stamp on the messages. You can see she’s been ordering the same lip gloss for over a year now. Yes, I switched from Android to iPhone in that timeframe.

Last week, she texted saying she needed more lip gloss. Like the best pal/cousin/twin that I am, I gave her one of the Crave Birthday Cake lip glosses. Guess what? She asked for two more!

Two faves meaning the Glossy Tube lip gloss and the Crave Lip Gloss. When you’re like external twins (not to be confused with fraternal), you develop your own language LOL

So this blog wasn’t really supposed to be about someone else’s opinion but somehow we got here 🤷🏽‍♀️

You don’t have to take my word for it. Just look at the texts. The Crave Lip Gloss is one hell of a dupe for the MAC Lipglass and once you get your hands on it, you will not turn back!

Final conclusion:

Now that I’ve experienced the Crave Lip Gloss and sat down to reevaluate my lip glosses. I am even more convinced that I get the other three: Honey Tea, Cucumber Spritzer and Minted Apple. The colors are more sheer and appear to be iridescent which would be a great way to spice up an everyday look.

To see more swatches of the Crave Lip Gloss or to get 10% off, click here. 

Absolute Must Haves for Makeup Beginners

I’ve had a few people reach out to me and ask what should a newbie in the world of makeup get when starting out on this beautiful journey. As you know, I absolutely love makeup so I was all-too-willing to give my recommendations. I’ve created a list of just about everything new makeup users should have in their makeup bags to help enhance their natural beauty.

SPECIAL NOTE: I wanted my recommendations to be very affordable. Most of the products have a regular price listed next to them but they are usually on sale. Be sure to click the link to take you directly to the product page to see if the price has changed.


Need a recommendation? Click here for a free skincare assessment. Now, let’s hop into this!


Prime – always prime your face. It helps create a barrier between your makeup and skin. The primer will help reduce shine, give foundation a longer lasting effect and may even help reduce blemishes and imperfections.

MagiX Face Perfector, $12 regular price;

MagiX Face Perfector


You can avoid a caked on makeup look when you pair these two items together. The True Color Ideal Nude Cream Concealer is full coverage but super blend-able. You can use it to cover dark under eye circles and even use as a pre-highlighter or highlighter! The Flawless Liquid Foundation is an oil-free full coverage foundation that’s lightweight and easy to build if you need more.




True Color Ideal Nude Cream Concealer, $8 regular price; True Color Flawless Liquid Foundation, $12 regular price;


They say eyes are the windows to the soul, well eyebrows are the window frames. Eyebrows frame your face. Use the dual-sided tool to brush and sculpt perfect arches.

Perfect Eyebrow Styling Duo, $8 regular price; Avon Pro Brow Brush, $7 regular price;


You don’t absolutely need to wear false lashes but if you’d like your lashes to be fuller and longer, you want this Wash-Off Waterproof Mascara. It does both. Paired with the SuperShock Gel Eye Liner Pencil and you’ve got a winner. The gel eye liner glides on smooth and is packed with tons of color.


Wash- Off Waterproof Mascara, $7 regular price; True Color SuperShock Gel Eye Liner Pencil, $8 regular price;


You need a go-to lip color. Nude and red lipsticks are perfect for any occasion. Be sure to keep both in your purse. You can start the day in nude and finish the night in red 🙂

Perfectly Matte
Avon True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick

True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick Pure Pink/Marvelous Mocha, $8 regular price; True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick Supreme Red, $8 regular price;


In order to apply makeup and easily blend, you’ll need the right tools. The Pro Flawless Makeup Applicator helps blend foundations, blush, concealer and highlighter. Though it’s not as soft as a Beautyblender, it’s a great substitute. The problem with makeup sponges is it’s hard to clean the inside. Because they’re inexpensive, you can easily toss when they become dirty. Also, search online for the right makeup brushes to help blend eyeshadow (if worn.)


Pro Flawless Makeup Applicator.jpg
Pro Flawless Makeup Applicator


Pro Flawless Makeup Applicator, $2.99;


Blush helps add a healthy flush of color and highlighter gives a nice subtle glow. Pair these two in the summer and you have this beautiful sun-kissed glow! Cheek Magnets are available in both matte and shimmer so serve as dual-purpose blush and highlighter. The Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes are available in Pearly Glow and Coral Glow. They help transition any look for everyday to glam.


Cheek Magnet Hook Up Powder Blush, $18; Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes All Over Face Palette, $18;


These eyeshadow palettes are very beginner friendly. They have numbers etched into each color to help you learn how to create a polished look. They come in both matte and shimmer finishes with a variety of colors so they’re perfect for achieving any desired look. The matte quads are SUPER pigmented and can be a little intimidating so I just the multi-finish quads for a more versatile look. You can build the color and get to try both shimmer and matte finishes in one!


True Color Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Quad
True Color Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Quad


True Color Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Quad, $8 regular price;


This is the ABSOLUTE makeup must have. EVERYONE makes mistakes. Clean up with these makeup remover wipes or makeup removing lotion to get your look as perfect as possible. Once you get it perfect, you want to make it last longer!


Makeup Remover Wipes with Mineral Complex, $8 regular price; True Color Makeup Setting Spray, $13 regular price;


On and Off Eye Makeup 4 Piece Set includes 3 of the items recommended above for the price of $20. Save about $10 when you purchase the bundle with all of your makeup must-haves.

On and Off Eye Makeup 4 Piece Set.jpg
On and Off Eye Makeup 4 Piece Set



This palette is absolutely amazing. The colors are shimmer so they had for the perfect touch. You can use the palette dry or wet for a more intense look. Not only can you use it as eyeshadow but you can also use as a highlighter. The palette is usually sold around the holidays but it’s still on the market for a little while. Normally priced at $40 but currently marked down to $18.99 until they’re all gone.

mark. Eye Daydream of Glam Eyeshadow Palette

mark. Eye Daydream of Glam Eyeshadow Palette, $18.99;