We consider ourselves pretty trend savy here at Influenster. But every now and then, a beauty trend has us scratching our heads. And this latest one we did not see coming. pH-triggered beauty products are the latest craze among beauty fanatics, and we took a few of the top options for a test spin to see what this funky trend is really all about.
What it does: Typically found in lip products (and now a blush!), pH-triggered products give you a natural touch of color based on your body's own pH.
How it works: This is where it gets a little tricky. Upon application, these products work with your body's own pH to physically change the appearance of the product to become a flattering shade that's unique to you. Because chemistry is involved, it's best to apply the product and then wait a few seconds to see the full results. The color actually changes right before your eyes!
Why we love it: We got the chance to test a number of these products, and each one delivered a different yet natural color. Many of these products have the consistency of a gloss or balm as opposed to a lipstick. Many even contain uber hydrating ingredients to nourish lips while adding color. Bonus points: because this color is unique to your pH, you're guaranteed no one else will have the same lip color as you!
Where it's found: lip products and blush
Looking to enhance your lips' own natural rouge? Enter Real Rebel to save the day. This lip treatment gives you the perfect natural lipshade—without any awkward lipstick transfer or bleeding. Infused with jojoba oil, olive oil extract, and shea butter, this product feels more like a treatment balm rather than a lipstick. But trust us, the color pay off is more pigmented than a balm. Our hue turned a lighter shade of hot pink!
Just as the name says, this lip gloss undergoes a fairytale-like transformation. Similar its cousin, the cult-favorite Lipstick Queen lipstick, which changes from a rich green to arose bud pink, this shimmer gloss adds some high shine to the color-changing mix! This definitely isn't the tacky lipgloss you remember from middle school. Enhanced with Omega 3-rich algae, meadowfoam seed oil, and shea butter, this gloss is beneficial to any pucker. It left us with a glossy light pink smooch!
Let's be honest, seeing a green blush is a little unexpected, but after one swipe, you'll be enchated by this subtle kiss of color. This gel-cream hybrid makes for easy, natural application and blending. Add in a touch of sheen and you've got a look to remember. We loved how its dewy texture added to our face gloss obsession!
We were already fans of Maybelline's Baby Lips line, so when we heard a pH-triggered version of the classic balm was hitting shelves, we knew we had to give it a go. This is probably the most natural of the products we tested, as it goes on clear like a balm and then becomes a fair shade of blush within seconds. Not too bold, not too boring. We found this color to be just right. We think we just discovered our go-to for the no-makeup makeup look!
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