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January 17, 2008

Lip Gloss - 7 Essentials

By Danielle LeMay

In recent years, lip gloss has become the new lipstick, replacing the once blunt colors with brilliant, shiny, plumped up lips.

Unfortunately, there are so many lip gloss options out there now, that it’s difficult to figure out which ones are best and which ones leave you with nothing more than sticky, smudged lips.

Luckily, it wasn’t too difficult to find some of the best lip gloss money could buy because it seems that the cosmetics companies really know what they’re doing when it comes to lip gloss nowadays.

So whether you want to plump your lips up, make them shine, or give them a slight hue, here are the perfect lip glosses that will do just that.

Lip gloss #1
Lip Fusion

Used as a standalone, or under or over lipstick, Lip Fusion’s goal is to plump your lips while simultaneously adding shine.

Using marine collagen micro spheres, your lips will swell within seconds of application and the results may be seen upwards of 48 hours.

The best part is that it’s completely transparent so it can serve to enhance your lips and any lipstick you want to wear. Or, you can opt to go nude and let your swollen lips shine at their best.

Approximate cost: $35

Lip gloss #2
Dior Gourmette
If you’re the kind of woman who carries nothing around with her but her lip gloss, then you’re going to love Dior Gourmette.

Disguised as a silver bracelet with the Dior logo, underneath the logo hide two lip gloss shades – pink shimmer and light bronze shimmer – that can be applied easily and discreetly.

Approximate cost: $70

Lip gloss #3
Nars Lip Gloss
A simple-looking tube and sponge wand provide both enough shine and color (the gloss comes in a variety of colors) to last you through dinner.

With unique names like Orgasm, Boogie Nights and Dirty Shame, there is definitely a hue that’s perfect for your beautiful lips.

Approximate cost: $25

Lip gloss #4
Laura Mercier Lip Glace

A transparent high-shine gloss that can be worn alone or over lipstick, Lip Glace gives your lips that glassy-looking shine in an instant.

The drawback is that if your hair is down, it may get stuck to your lips. So this gloss is best worn on days when you opt for an up-do.

Approximate cost: $20

Lip gloss #5
Bare Escentuals Mood Lips Lip Palette

Containing five translucent colors – red pearl, turquoise pearl, orange pearl, silver pearl, and violet pearl – the palette will transform your lipstick shades or can be worn on their own.

Made with lavender essential oil, antioxidant agents like green tea and pomegranate extracts, and shea butter, the palette is a must-have for any woman with problem lips.

And if the palette itself weren’t enough, the case comes with a mirror and a brush for your application pleasure.

Approximate cost: $25

Lip gloss #6
Pout Lip Gloss

Infused with peppermint, Pout cools the lips and makes them tingle instantly. A patented technology further hydrates the lips and stimulates your natural collagen.

Available in transparent or four other colors, you can wear Pout alone or over your favorite lipstick.

Approximate cost: $25

Lip gloss #7
Hard Candy Stain & Shine

A two-in-one tube that’s small enough to fit into your back pocket, one side of this tube offers up lip and cheek color, and the other side delivers a sheer gloss that can be worn with the color or alone.

Available in two colors – siren red berry stain or cotton candy pink – Hard Candy manages to give your face everything needed to warm up your complexion.

Approximate cost: $15

Lip gloss for you

No matter what your mood or your style, there are myriad lip glosses to be found and there’s bound to be one that’s suitable for you.

Now you can plump, shine and color with one simple step. Enjoy.

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