Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour in Sheer Melon: Swatch, Review, and Photos

I Purchased This

I blame Sasquatch Swatch for this purchase; I saw her recent post on these Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colours and became super intrigued since she mentioned that they looked and felt similar to the Chantecaille Lip Chics. I personally don't own anything by Chantecaille but I rather like the idea of this being similar to a $35 lip product. Though I don't own any Sonia Kashuk cosmetics prior to this, I am a fan of their eye brushes so despite the $10.99 price tag, I thought I'd give this a try and purchased one in the color Sheer Melon, a bright melon coral with a gold shimmer (that's not very apparent when worn).

Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer Melon

Where to purchase: Target stores,* (affiliate link)
Price: $10.99 for 2.7 grams of product
Do they test on animals? They do not test on animals. 
Packaging: The products comes in an long square profiled matte black metal tube with a slant tip top. I like that packaging closes with a satisfying click but it is a little topsy-turvy ; the cap is where I expected the bottom to be and the bottom is where I expected the cap to be. There's a color swatch on the tube (not accurate) on the cap instead of the base. 

My Thoughts on the Formula

I've been racking my brain trying to figure out how to best describe these and I think I can best sum the product up as a combination of the best qualities of a lip balm, lipstick, and lipgloss. These have a moisturizing quality to them like a lip balm (I wore this all weekend and my lips felt super duper plump and not parched at all), the feel and coverage of a lipstick (it's sheer but buildable), and the shine of a lipgloss (it's not ultra glossy but there is quite a shine to them). 

When I think of a sheer product, I think of something that no matter how many layers I've applied, it'll still look sheer. For me, the Shine Luxe is initially sheer but is buildable to medium coverage. The formula is slightly milky so it will stick to any imperfections on your lips though it is somewhat mediated by the fact that I find these moisturizing on my lips. Thankfully I didn't detect a taste or scent. Wear time is surprisingly long, I wore this for five and a half hours and it was still going strong when I decided to remove it.

Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer Melon


It is worth mentioning that it looks really milky in the closeup pictures, it looks much less from a reasonable distance so I've included a full face pictures to show how it actually looks overall. As always, pictures were taken in natural daylight.

Sheer application

Sonia Kashuk Sheer Melon swatch

Full Face Sheer Melon

Heavier application

sonia kashuk sheer melon two layers

Full Face Sheer Melon

Would I recommend/repurchase?

Personally, I would repurchase (I'm thinking about getting the Sheer Plum next) because I'm a damned sucker for anything in a slant tip tube and I like the formula. I would typically say that the price is high for a drugstoreish product but considering drugstore prices now, it's on par.

Honestly the biggest deterrent and the reason why I'm most wary about recommending it is due to the fact that they're only available at Target; Target's return policy for used cosmetics is nonexistent (once you open, it's yours). I think the brand would do so well at a place like Ulta due to its price point and quality, plus consumers would be able to take advantage of Ulta's superior return policy. Thankfully since Sasquatch Swatch has swatched them all, you don't have to worry about what the color looks like beneath those matte black tube.


Do you own anything from Sonia Kashuk's cosmetics line? I know they recently revamped the brand into super sleek matte black packaging!


  1. I love the color and it looks very pretty on you. I would definitely purchase one but I live in the UK and I don't think we have a Target :(

  2. This looks gorgeous on you! I never knew about Targets return policy though bummer :(

  3. I need this color!! So pretty on you!

  4. Hi, lovely swatches, thanks so much. But I want to correct you on one thing; you can return cosmetics at Target. I have, very recently without incident. I know they used to have that policy, but in order to compete with places like Rite Aid and Walgreens, they now do. I would double check with your local customer service dept at target. If it's not posted on signs or on the receipt, they have no recourse. Happy shopping!

  5. Rachael Faith LevineJune 1, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    These look right up my alley. I feel like Clinique's Almost Lipstick is kind of similar in terms of sheerness/moisturizing ability, but I have major issues with their (lack of) lasting power, so it looks like I may try these. Thanks!


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