Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sheer Insanity

In the weeks before the blitzkreig that has been my job lately, I was sampling lipsticks.


Not just any lipsticks. Sheer lipsticks.


I have a certain phobia about putting a heavy matte color from a tube on my mouth. I blame my mother and the time she dressed me up as a clown for Halloween.


It's probably not the reason, but it could be!


For that reason, I've always gravitated towards glosses. Their sheer sparklyness just fit my expectations of what my lips should look like.


But there are downsides, namely: the stickiness, the constant need for reapplication, the fact that my boyfriend refuses to kiss me when I wear it, you know, the usual. But the alternative was too much to bear.


So in recent months, I have noticed a proliferation of sheer lipsticks that seem like the answers to my prayers. Sheer, lightweight, color with some sparkle that goes on with the elegance of a lipstick without the spine tingling fear that usually accompanies it.


Here are a few of my favorites in the category:



Vincent Longo Baby Balm - it's called Baby Balm! How cute is that? And it has SPF...




Clinique Almost Lipstick - the Black Honey color is a true classic, and looks good on everyone. While that is rarely true, it's dead on here.





NARS Sheer Lipstick -not all of them are sheer, but the ones that are are fantastic. I love Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday which gives a beautiful baby pink mouth WITHOUT the chalky-ness of the Proenza Pink.





Laura Mercier Lip Stain - Ok, this one isn't in a stick, but the colors are cool and elegant looking, and that makes up for it.
I'm thinking about buying myself a new color for fall as a present once recess starts, but I'm definitely going to save the glosses for girl's nights out, that way, it will have worn off before I ask for a goodnight kiss.
photos courtesy of lauramercier.com and sephora.com

13 comments:

Big Sky Girl said...

My mom has been obsessed with Clinique Black Honey since the 80s. Seeing that you approve will make her day.

Good Luck, hopefully you will make it until August!

Anonymous said...

i'm glad to know i'm not the only woman in the world who has a lipstick phobia. can't wait to try some of these products out. :)

Reston, VA said...

Lord & Taylor's website is showing Clinique's new fall color collection - they've added new shades of Almost Lipstick in Black Plum, Black Raspberry & Black Raisin. I adore Black Honey so I can't wait to check out these other colors too!

CapHill's Mom said...

Although I won't take any responsiblity for you not wearing heavy matte color lipstick, I do agree it feels a little "suffocating"! Here's another suggestion: Laura Mercier Lip Colour Stickgloss. They describe it as "part lip balm,part lip colour and part lip glace". I use Patchouli (a neutral-brown), but it comes in soft pinks, vivacious plums and several other colors. Let me know what you think!

L said...

I've long been a lip balm/lip gloss girl and everytime I've ever ventured into lipstick territory I've felt like a little girl playing dress up... I bought the Clinique Black Honey last night and LOVE IT! I think it is the perfect compromise.

Elizabeth H. said...

Black Honey is the best!

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