|Not Texas - somewhere in the Sonoran Desert.|
I didn't bring any actual coffee to this coffee break because it's too dang hot. I've been curious about how my skin will adapt to the southern California climate; thus far I seem to be living in a state of perpetual dehydration, for which I believe I can thank the ceaseless wind, sun, and fan blowing in my un-airconditioned room. Yesterday while exploring Balboa Park I had an indescribably delicious coconut limeade (I need a lifetime supply) and while waiting for the internet technician the day before I baked a mountain of matcha cookies, so these will have to suffice.
For anyone wondering, yes, it felt borderline sinful and very wrong to casually mix actual gold dust matcha powder (I brought mine from Georgia, where it's $60/lb) into store-brand-ingredients cookie dough. On the other hand: matcha cookies. When we love our sin we are damned indeed. And speaking of grace or the lack thereof, I'm not sure how I've managed to achieve the blessings or the luck for this, but I'm living in my third place in three years with glorious south-facing windows. The sun shines upon my vanity!
Given my very spotty blogging, you may not recall that back in January I eliminated almost all of my lipglosses from my collection. During preemptive move cleaning I tossed even more, bringing the remainder down to two: Revlon Fatal Apple and Shiseido Phantom.
I've had a long-running ambivalence toward lipgloss - I like the sheerness but am less wild about the typical high shine, plus there's the inevitable goop factor. Squidgy (technical term) lip products generally appeal to me, provided they have a reasonable moisturizing element and aren't pure petroleum jelly. The two glosses above survived so many last dances because they aren't thick, sticky, or overly scented, don't seem to be a magnet for stray hairs, and are both very pretty shades with very fine shimmer. Phantom in particular still gives me heart eyes - it's a very cool grey lavender with iridescent blue-pink shimmer. I will never lose my weakness for undead glam.
Before commencing a 2,150+ mile move I eliminated a lot of excess makeup (while still safely remaining in the zone of More Than I Will Ever Finish) and specifically targeted lip colors I hadn't worn in a long time (the nebulous and entirely too useful "special occasion colors" category excepted). Of the 30 or so survivors (not counting minis) only 13 are pigmented, non-glossy, *real* lipsticks. Despite being perfectly aware of my preference for squidge I'd still somehow assumed my glossy shades to be the minority, possibly because so many of them are still housed in the trappings of crayons and bullets. I'm now struggling with the sneaking suspicion that I might not actually like *real* lipstick? Well, let's avoid absolute negatives - I would appear to have a preference for gloss.
Moreover, the lipgloss archetype of today does not seem to be the sticky, sheer thing of yesteryear. I can't even think of the last time I tried a seriously sticky lipgloss. No, that's a lie, I can - Bite Beauty's discontinued Honey Lip Lacquers, which were like their namesake in every way. Not good. Lipstick/gloss hybrids, a.k.a. pigmented glosses that aren't uneven, bleeding messes, are everywhere, and y'all, they're excellent. Sheering out traditional lipstick (i.e. as a stain) has always posed a drying issue for me (my lips = that top photo) but with a gloss: no prob, Bob. I've picked up four glosses so far this summer, all of which I'm thoroughly enjoying, so I'm here today to spread the good word.
|T-B: Sephora Collection Cherry Blossom, Tarte Slay, Tarte Fave, and Laura Mercier Black Cherry|
|I apologize for hand swatches, but if there is one downside to gloss for me it's the ick factor to arm swatching. I learned this lesson in January. No gloss in my arm hair, please and thank you.|
Sephora's lipglosses, or Ultra Shine Lip Gels, I should say, have a pretty decent mix of sheer tints and more pigmented bolds. I picked up Cherry Blossom just before I moved because I was looking for a clear gloss (shockingly difficult to find!) and it was (and still is) on sale for $7 (regular price $12). It serves my purpose (as a base for sheering out more pigmented glosses) perfectly fine, but I should warn you that it contains a laughably tiny 0.11oz of product. I fully expect to finish it next month.
Laura Mercier's Black Cherry Lip Glace (featured in my last post) is a bit of a ridiculous luxury item ($25 for 0.15oz of sheer gloss) but y'all. Bear with me through this slightly gross metaphor, but it's like literal butter on your lips. Indeed, the shade and sensation rapidly brought to mind NYX's Butter Gloss in Devil's Food Cake, which I previously owned. Going from memory, the NYX gloss is a bit more pigmented but very similar in shade, though far less *angels singing* comfortable.
What I'm really here to talk about (finally) are those two Tarte shades ($20 for 0.20oz each). Tarte has largely flown under my radar as a brand - I associate them with palettes of tasteful neutral eyeshadows and over-hyped blush. The Glossy Lip Paints were released alongside the Creamy Matte Lip Paints but they initially failed to capture my attention, in large part because the shade names have all been scavenged from the most tired of "millenialisms"/appropriated slang/Instagram lingo. I did not think I could hate liquid lipstick more until it came in shades like "Yaassss," "Hangry," and "Manbun."
Fave, described as "plum berry," and Slay, described as "orchid," are unlike anything else I own. I love them. I love them so much I'm considering going back for some of the mauvey nudes, assuming I will ever have disposable income again.
Both shades pull very purple on me, perhaps as proof of my as-yet-unconfirmed cool undertones (I've seen Fave look almost wine-colored on warmer-toned bloggers, by contrast). To compare, I swatched them against my other deep plums. L-R: Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in 723 Hellebore, Tarte Fave, Bite Beauty Barberry (LE from last summer, though Eggplant in the Amuse Bouche line is almost identical), Tarte Slay, Clinique Grandest Grape, and YSL Violet Incognito. A very sheer application of Fave most closely resembles Hellebore (thank goodness, as the Lacquer Rouges are disconcertingly disappearing), but Slay absolutely stands apart. I recall when Barberry was available, its shade description was a "muted orchid," and while accurate, I think Slay fits that bill even better.
A light layer of Fave on my face, from before leaving Georgia. Wish my hair were still that color :(. I've worn both shades out and about, as well as out to eat large quantities of fried food, and can report that they hold up well against drinking but not eating, and fade very, very evenly considering the punchiness of pigmentation. No migrating onto face or teeth was to be found, either, although I've only ever had one lipgloss do that to me. On the whole, I'm very pleased.
Do you have any particular passions about lipgloss? Or passing preferences? Other alliterative comments? AB reports that frosted lips are the next returning trend, but from my view the big thing is being really, really tan.