I've always been something of a lipstick junkie, and have quite a few tubes that I didn't go through just because they're in various purses that I (again) don't use often, so these are mostly lip glosses that I've purchased either alone or as part of a set. On the whole I've never been a huge fan of lip gloss, mostly because of the stickiness factor, and was pleasantly surprised by how many of these I actually liked once they were on.
From bottom to top:
- Smashbox Doubletake Lip Color in Mulberry
- Givenchy 18 elegant Rouge
- Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Endless
- Korres Liquid Lipstick--Raspberry Lipgloss
- Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip Stain with Argan Color Stick in Quickstep
- Josie Maran Argan Natural Volume Lip Gloss in Optimism
- Josie Maran Argan Natural Volume Lip Glos in Voluptuous
- Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss--Sheer Color in "Lust"
- Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Midnight Violet (from Party Palette to Go)
- Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Metallic Lip Color (from Party Palette to Go)
- Bobbi Brown Plum Metallic Lip Color (from Party Palette to Go)
Smashbox Doubletake Lip Color in Mulberry
This is a double-ended pencil/crayon that includes both the lip color and a liner, which I like since I never know which color liner to choose with a new lipstick. It's a medium-dark maroon color with pink undertones, and quite moisturizing.
Givenchy 18 Elegant Rouge
A classically packaged lipstick, this is a moisturizing magenta red that has a lot of staying power (though feathering issues if lips aren't exfoliated well before applying). I actually have two tubes of this color because I love it so much, so the verdict here shouldn't be surprising.
Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss in Endless
As you can see, this is a very sheer gloss that really needs to be layered over something for it to provide anything other than a sheen on my natural lip color. It's very sticky, as are most Smashbox glosses that I've tried, but the flip side to that is that it stays on forever. I actually wore this from around 9:00 am through 4:00 pm yesterday without retouching once, even after a meal. Amazing!
Korres Liquid Lipstick--Raspberry Lipgloss
I'm really not sure whether this is supposed to be a lipstick or a gloss, but that point is moot because I hate it. The color is incredibly intense raspberry pink which doesn't work well at all for my skin tone, and the application is just bizarre. It goes on super wet--like soupy wet--but dries out my lips almost at once. Plus, there's added vanilla-y scent that I really don't enjoy.
Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip Stain with Argan Color Stick in Quickstep
This product easily wins the "weirdest application" award of the day. It's another double-ended product, with what is literally a magic marker on one end and a tube of chapstick on the other. I actually remember disliking the color when I first got this one, but quite liked the medium pinky red when I tried it today. My only complaint is that the marker left a bit of lint behind on my lips, plus an odd alcohol taste. The argan chapstick could stand to be more moisturizing, but did the job of sealing the marker color well.
Verdict: Keep--for now
Stay tuned tomorrow for Part II!