Julia DiNardo Jan 19, 2012
How many beauty products do you have that you can easily apply to your face, mid-conversation, and without the aid of a mirror? Your options are pretty limited, but undoubtedly, lip gloss will go on shiny and smooth every time, without much worry of smudgy mess-ups that lipsticks can easily produce. Great for layering, hydration, and an on-the-go flush of color, lip glosses tend to accumulate rapidly; I just counted three in various parts of my handbag! Lest us not forget the entertainment value the product can also provide; it may look like a deep shade of concord grape in the tube, but once applied, it miraculously transforms into the sheerest hue imaginable. And finally, one of my favorite aspects: squirt  or swab a little onto your friend's pointer finger, and you can now hygienically share the glossy goodness. A constant in my lip gloss rotation is MAC Cosmetics Tinted Lipglass in Pink Lemonade. It breaks a bit out of the traditional lip gloss mold, as it is as assertively opaque as it is moisturizing (it's packed with Jojoba oil!). The color is as easily identifiable as its namesake in a clear tall iced glass—a punchy, richly-pigmented pink hue that walks that fine line between girly and punky. It seamlessly straddles the matte, saturated tone of a lipstick and the translucent, high shine tint of a gloss; a perfect hybrid product for me as I tend to need a boost of somewhat noticeable lip color to offset my pale, slightly freckled face. Now it’s your turn! What’s your all-time favorite lip gloss?


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