Winter wonder lip gloss trio by Cake Beauty - review by - Kira -

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Sheer Color That Doesn't Stick

Cake is my new favorite beauty brand and I just had to snatch these up while they were still around. The glosses feel great on and have a pretty long life span considering they're glosses. They don't feel sticky to me and smell like a bakery. My only complaint is that two of the colors have low pigmentation and you can barely distinguish them. They look nice in the tube, but come out nearly identical. Just a little more color would have made this a five star product.
Feel great on lips, Smell delicious, Last fairly long for gloss, Some moisturizing
Not a lot of pigmentation, Not the best ingredients
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


No girl should be without a good gloss...or a hundred glosses. In fact, most girls I know have quite the collection of glosses in search of The Perfect Gloss that isn't sticky, lasts long, and has decent color payout. Cake's Winter Wonder Lip Trio doesn't have the highest pigmentation, but does come through on not making your lips feel nasty and even adds in a little hydration. It probably won't be something you'd use for a special occasion, but can easily be a solid contender for a daily gloss.

You get three glosses with this kit. The shades should be flattering on most skin tones due to the sheer wash of color. These are very much a gloss in the purest sense of the term, not a gloss / lip color hybrid.

This is a limited edition kit, so if you think you may like it - get it! If you do like it, you should stock up while you can.

Cake advertises like crazy that they are paraben free. This is true, but their ingredient list isn't perfect. You should check it for any possible allergies or sensitivities.

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

Wonder Lips goes on smooth. Though there looks to be glitter flecks in the gloss, they cannot be felt on the lips. It is easy to get out of the tube and not too much comes out on the sponge tip applicator.

I find these to be pretty much the perfect consistency. They have just the right amount of stick where I know I have a gloss on, but not that ooey gooey sticky feeling of heavy glosses. My hair doesn't get stuck to them. Well, once on an very windy day I did finally have on piece of hair get stuck, but that was out of around two weeks of wearing these daily. So that's not bad odds considering some of my glosses will get my hair in them every hour.

These also don't do that annoying thing that some glosses do where when you open your mouth lip gloss sticks to itself and you get that monster mouth thing going on. I know some of you will have no idea what I'm talking about but girls with a lot of glosses will probably know what I mean. Pretty much the lip gloss sicks and you have strands of it from one lip to another when your mouth is open. Doesn't look attractive. This doesn't do that.

Now, will you know you have gloss on? Of course you will. It does have some stick to it. However, it's one of the least sticky glosses I've run across unless you want to start counting matte balms. For reference to what I'm comparing it to, I have around 50+ glosses in my main makeup area alone and I don't even wanna know how many in the "Makeup Failure" storage section of my closet.

Taste / Aroma

Like all Cake products, Wonder Gloss smells sweet. These glosses smells like vanilla cake batter. They smell pretty strongly, but that may be partially due to the fact that they are going under your nose which just makes it seems that way. The scent lasts about twenty or thirty minutes, but weakens as that time goes on.

What do I think of the smell? Mmmmmm. That's what I think. It makes me feel like I'm baking. It also makes me get a sweet tooth and want something vanilla flavored or a cake or something sweet, like, NOW. Those on diets may want to avoid this gloss because it makes it hard to not run to the nearest bakery.

It doesn't taste like cake batter. What a shame. It tastes like a not too terrible gloss. So sort of a thick balm-y flavor. If you've never gotten a gloss or balm in your mouth, it's hard to explain. It's not really tart tasting. There's nothing else that really tastes like it. Well, I guess kinda like a light petroleum jelly. So basically, you really want to avoid getting it in your mouth if possible. It won't kill you because it's not a strong taste, but it just isn't great.


You get three colors in this kit. Vanilla Frost (creamy pearl with opalescent shine), Pink Icicle (sheer pink with diamond sparkle), and Gold Glimmer (glistening nude with golden sheen). All three are very sheer, so pretty much everyone can wear all three. In fact, you can hardly tell a difference between them. They mostly are high gloss with the lightest tint of color added. The one that stands out the most color wise is Vanilla Frost where you can clearly see the opalescent quality to it. On the Pink Icicle and Gold Glimmer, only the slightest hint of pink and gold can be detected. I pretty much wear these two interchangeably.

On to the swatches! Here you can see all three with the corresponding tube below it. It goes: Vanilla Frost, Pink Icicle, Gold Glimmer.

Here's just the swatches close up. Same order.

So, as you can see, the Vanilla Frost stands out as its own color where the other two seem to be very close to the same thing with very subtle differences. You can see a difference when applied, but even then it's not something that someone would notice if you changed glosses mid-day. These are really made to be sheer and glossy, not a lip color.

As there isn't a lot of color to begin with, the little that is there fades very quickly. I'd say about ten minutes or so in, you're left with a clear gloss with sparkles. The Vanilla Frost opalescent color lasts longer than that, perhaps fifteen minutes or so. However, the gloss itself lasts a good hour. If you eat or talk a lot, this will lower the amount of time the gloss lasts. If you do nothing at all, this can extend the time. In general, I find glosses will range from 15 minutes for a really cheap gloss to almost two hours for a hybrid gloss. One hour is mid way and pretty decent, especially since there isn't a hybrid component to this that would make it last longer.

These also do give a little boost of hydration to your lips. It's not anything like you'll get with a balm, but it does seem to make my lips softer. Since most glosses dry my lips out, this is a nice bonus for me.

If you don't like the way this feels on your lips, you can clean it off with makeup remover diluted with water.

So, what don't I like? Well, I do wish you could see more of the gold in Gold Glimmer and more pink in Pink Icicle. However, I have a gazillion glosses with lots of color in them and it's never a bad thing to have some sheer glosses added in the mix. The Pink Icicle has actually become my daily gloss lately because it has a youthful look to it but not overly made-up. In general, I do prefer more pigment to glosses.


Cake Packaging is always adorable and this kit follows suit. The front says "Cake Flavored Lip Gloss Trio," though I detect no flavoring. It says "Winter Wonderlips." Everything is in French and English since Cake is based in Canada. The back says "Winter Wonderlips" and has a little blurb about the product, the ingredient list, and the list of colors.

I think all Cake packaging is great. It always looks super cute and girly. This even has a "To/From" line so it would make a cute gift for someone (yourself included).

You get 3 glosses, each of which is 11ml or .4 fl oz.

Special Features

The ingredients are:

Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecanol, Canola Oil, Ozokerite Wax, Aroma, Ethylene/propylene/styrene Copolymer, Silica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Punica Granatum Sterols, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Benzophenone 3, Sorbic Acid, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil.

May Contain:

Mica (CI 77019) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) D&C Red #6 Lake (CI 15850;2), D&C Red #7 Lake (CI 15850;1) D&C Red #27 Lake (CI 145410;2) FD&C Blue #1 Lake (CI 42000), FD&C Yellow #5 Lake (CI 19140;1), FD&C Yellow #6 Lake (CI 15985;1), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)

Polybutene - Liquid oligomers widely used as plasticizers. Viscosity agent.

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene - Polymers. Increase the thickness of the lipid oil.

Octyldodecanol - Long chain fatty acids. Prevent oil and liquid from separating.

Ozokerite Wax - Naturally occurring wax found in many locations.

Ethylene/propylene/styrene Copolymer - A polymer of ethylene, propylene and styrenemonomers that has been terminated by hydrogenation. Viscosity increasing agent.

Silica - Minerals. Viscosity increasing agent.

Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer - A polymer of butylene, ethylene and styrenemonomers terminated by hydrogenation. Viscosity increasing agent.

Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate - Glass type material. Bulking agent.

Punica Granatum Sterols - Mixture of sterols obtained from Punica Granatum Seed Oil of the Pomegranate.

C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters - A blend of cholesterol and fatty acid ester from lanolin. A skin conditioning agent.

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite - A synthetic mineral based on fluorine, aluminum and silicate. Bulking agent.

Phenoxyethanol - A a glycol ether. Preservative.

Caprylyl Glycol - Maybe be plant derived or synthetic. Preservative.

Tocopheryl Acetate - A chemical compound that consists of acetic acid and tocopherol (vitamin E). Skin conditioning agent.

Benzophenone 3 - Forms colorless crystals that are readily soluble in most organic solvents. Absorbs UVB and short-wave UVA rays.

Sorbic Acid - Natural organic compound. Preservative.

My issues with the ingredients isn't that they're gross (which I think they are), but that Cake goes on and on about how they are paraben free and then puts all that other junk in there. If you want to be a natural company, that's great. If not, then okay. I'm appreciative of the lack of parabens, really! But adding all that other stuff and then going on and on like the rest of the ingredient list is great sits funny with me.

Personal comments

If you don't mind the ingredient list and you're looking for something sheer, these are really nice glosses. If you want a lot of color, these aren't the glosses for you. If you need something that will last for hours, you're better with a lip stick over a gloss. If you need something with a lot of hydration, Eden is carrying some great balms these days. For something to add a nice shine to your lips with just a touch of color, the Wonder Lips kit does a fine job.

This would make a lovely gift, not only to yourself or an adult, but also to someone younger. The sheer color means this would be appropriate for a younger girl who is just starting out with makeup and needs less pigmentation and more age appropriate colors. This is much higher quality than what you would find at the drug store. It's also more expensive, so it's up to you how much you're willing to spend on a younger person's makeup routine.


I got the Snow Woman kit as my introduction to the Cake line and fell for the Pink Icicle gloss. I knew it was limited edition and that I needed more, so I picked up this kit figuring I'd get another Pink Icicle and a few more colors as well.

I really love these glosses. They feel great on my lips. I'm picky about gloss, though not as picky with gloss as I am with other makeup products. These are nice to wear for work because they don't give an overly done up appearance. They also make a nice daytime Saturday or Sunday look. For evenings, they are too understated for me.

The smell of these really sets them apart. While I've had other scented glosses, none of them have ever really smelled all that great. These smell delicious and make me want to apply them all day. They also make me want cake batter.

I do wish these came with just a tiny bit more pigment. Not a lot mind you, but just enough to distinguish a bit more between Gold Glimmer and Pink Icicle. Since I got these for daytime use, they serve the purpose I got them for. Additional pigment is almost never bad though.

I've decided to still take off one point on account of the fact that the pigmentation isn't high enough on those Gold Glimmer and Pink Icicle to really tell a difference. Vanilla Frost has enough pigmentation to be noticeable. The other two just fade very quickly to be a clear gloss. This is sad because they look really pretty in the tube. If they applied that color, they would be lovely.
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  • SweetSurprise
    I wanted these bad now im dying for them lol..Great review. Thanks for the pics..
  • Subbi
    Thanks for the review and adding in some pictures!
  • - Kira -
    @ SweetSurprise - Thanks and you're welcome.

    @ Subbi - You're welcome!
  • TameTemptress
    Awesome review! I reallyyyy want these, but that's too bad the pigment isn't more strong.
  • - Kira -
    Thanks! I know. I like color!
  • darkkitty
    Perfect review!
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    Mine should be coming in tomorrow, I am excited! Thanks for sharing this review with us!
  • - Kira -
    I hope you like them! You're welcome!
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  • Apirka
    Excellent review! And thank you so much for breaking down the ingredient list!
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    chantal coopette - You're welcome!

    Apirka - Thanks and you're welcome!
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    Nice review!
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