Lancôme's Lip Lover caught my eye as being something that I could just swipe on and go. I'm not usually a big fan of gloss, but I really wanted to give this a try. Quite honestly, the packaging is so gorgeous and adorable, and I am a complete sucker for pretty packaging.
Here are the claims for this gloss (from Lancôme):
"A dewy intense lip color that creates shine and color without sacrificing moisture. Captivating color intensity combines with the hydration of a balm in this new three-in-one elixir formula. The balmy base provides up to eight hours of moisture while a smoothing layer reduces the appearance of fine lines and creates a dewy shine. Finally, the saturated pigments provide the ultimate in color pop."
Price: Retails for $23.50 for 0.14 oz.
Packaging: Comes in sleek and adorable silver tube. There is a small, clear window on the front of the tube that shows the color of the gloss. It has a small button that you push to release the wand. When you are done with application, just pop the wand back into the tube, and push down. You'll hear a very satisfying "click," telling you that your gloss is safe and secure.
Application: The applicator on the wand is a small, narrow doe foot applicator, with a slightly pointed tip. I find the shape of this applicator to work really nicely in applying the gloss exactly where you want it to go.
Finish: This gloss has a nice, shiny finish. It does not feel sticky, but does feel slightly tacky on the lips.
Color: I picked up the shade 357 Bouquet Final. It is a very pretty berry pink. It does have very, very slight microshimmer when swatched heavily, but once blended out the shimmer is undetectable on the lips.
|357 Boquet Final on NC25 skin|
Final thoughts: I think this is a splurge item that, for most people, would be something that is a nice little treat, but it is not by any means unique enough to be a must-have item. The packaging is gorgeous and so satisfying to use. And as far as glosses go, this isn't sticky and is quite comfortable to wear on the lips. But $23.50 is a steep price to pay for something that isn't outstanding or different enough to justify purchasing.