I’m a lip product junkie. I have a decorative silver bowl that once held a flower arrangement now holding a much more colorful bouquet – one comprised of lipsticks, stains, glosses and balms. My mother never wears lipstick (she swears her bottom lip is smaller than the top and any color emphasizes this flaw), so all the lipsticks the Clinique girl ever convinced her to buy and every free-gift-with-purchase gloss landed in my grubby little hands (Now crippled, I tell you, from working those twisty little caps!)
Of all the lip products, the gloss is my favorite. And springtime is gloss season, my friends. Come this time of year, I’m getting sick of my matte brownish pinks, and looking for a lighter product to lift my spirits with the temperature. I mean, come on – pink lip gloss. Are there three better words in the English language? Not when I’m approaching a beauty counter, there aren’t.
A while ago, I was as surprised as any when I fell in love with Bath and Body Works Tutti Dolci lip glosses ($10). Who knew when I went into the coworker gift emporium of the masses, I would come out with a tube of gloss in every color. The taste is what lures you in, but it’s the texture that really seals the deal. It’s slick and smooth without being sticky, and oh does is moisturize. While I adore the brownish Fantasia di Cioccolata, the somewhat mediocre color selection is what keeps me from being truly faithful.
For color, this spring I’m going to Smashbox Lip Gloss ($14) in Pout (petal pink) or Bombshell (soft flesh pink). Benefit’s The Gloss in Kiss Me (also $14), described as a clear fuscia, is great for a sheer, strong color. The textures of these two are rather unimpressive, however.
For most adorable packaging, I’ve got to go with Dior Gourmette ($70), which comes in a little silver chain-link bracelet. Too cute. Inside, Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in pink shimmer and light bronze shimmer. How else will you get a Dior bracelet this side of $100?
As much as I love Angelina Jolie, I’ve never really felt the need to plump up my lips to look like hers. But, for those of you who do, Fusion Beauty has a new LipFusion product exclusively at Sephora – LipFusion XL – 2X Micro-Injected Collagen + HA Advanced Lip Plumping Therapy ($50). I think saying that five times fast might plump up your lips all on its own. Word is that Lindsay Lohan uses the LipFusion products on her pout, so you can bet she already has some of this swimming around the bottom of her huge Balenciaga.
I’m obviously going to need to take a cue from LaLohan with one of spring’s BIG bags, if just to tote my gloss.