Without doubt, I’m a gloss addict.
All gloss is not created equal. There are several considerations to take into account, the obvious of course being hue. But beyond that are the crucial nuances of tackiness (as in how sticky it is), endurance, the wand and flavor. The best gloss ever to grace the planet is no more for reasons I can’t begin to comprehend—and that was Lorac’s high shine gloss in Frolic, a luscious raspberry pink. It was in a little pot the size of a nail polish, complete with a tiny wand. It was heaven.
The closest I’ve come to anything that sheer and glossy is Chanel’s new “Aqualumiere” sheer high-shine concentrate line that comes in 12 hues. I have Party Red, and am loving it. I also have a couple tubes of classic Chanel Glossimer in Glaze, which looks like you’ve just licked your lips—no discernible color and perfect for everyday use. I’ve tried some of the shimmery tinted Glossamers and they’re terrible and don’t stay on. But for some reason Glaze works a treat.
For a sheer with a hint of shimmer I’ve bought tube after tube of Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in A Pinch of Ginger, which looks pale yellow in the bottle but goes on sheer with a warm golden shimmer. Sometimes I dab a bit on over lipstick. When I need something a little darker, another favorite Dior Addict is A Feast of Plums—a burgundy gloss that adds sophisticated color that’s still sheer enough for daytime use. Sadly, I haven’t seen either color around in sometime, and the packaging has since changed. And finally, I’ve saved the best for last: YSL Golden Gloss in Golden Peony, a pale pink with a hint of golden shimmer. It’s really pretty and very subtle. It’s what I wore at our wedding. Doesn’t hurt that it smells—and tastes—delicious!