TAKE 5: Getting Lippy

We love lip gloss for its shine and glam factor. Less saturated than ‘stick, glosses offer us the best of all worlds with shine, colour and conditioning. We change them without real commitment whenever the mood strikes, which is a good thing considering that women change their minds more often than they change their shoes. We have tested five of the most popular brands to find the best of the best for your lips.

1 – Lackluster
2 – Not the worst of the bunch
3 – Getting there …
4 – Almost perfect
5 – Knock-your-socks-off good

Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in GALA
The Claim: Lips appear fuller thanks to the high shine, rich pigments and long lasting colour of this product. The Lip Complex hydrates and contains anti-aging properties.
The Truth: More of a stain than a traditional gloss this small tube packs a punch of colour. The soft vanilla scent, non-sticky formula and the purse-friendly packaging make it one of our faves.
Moisture: 3 out of 5
Sticky Ickiness: 3.5 out of 5
Colour: 4 out of 5
Wow Factor: 4 out of 5

Laura Mercier
Available at Holt Renfrew in Canada, and Sephora

Tarte Cosmetics Enbrightenmint in Radiant Red
The Claim: BriteSmile and Tarte cosmetics have come together to introduce a double-ended wand that whitens your smile and dispenses a glamorous gloss. The five super fruits that are infused into the formula are goji, acai, maracuja, acerola and pomegranate. This blend is loaded with antioxidants for a healthy set of lips. Blue undertones make teeth appear whiter.
The Truth: This is by far the most high tech gloss in our test and the packaging is very sleek. The teeth whitener delivers a minty taste and slight whitening effect. The gloss is heavy but delivers on colour that lasts and lasts.
Moisture: 3.5 out of 5
Sticky Ickiness: 3 out of 5
Colour: 4 out of 5
Wow Factor: 4.5 out of 5

Tarte Cosmetics
Available at Sephora and www.sephora.com

Chanel Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer in Amberlight
The Claim: The gel texture makes this gloss fluid and ensures a smooth finish. It is long lasting and keeps lips feeling comfortable.
The Truth: This gloss glides on easily and delivers on shine for those looking for a bit of drama.
Moisture: 4 out of 5
Sticky Ickiness: 4 out of 5
Colour: 3.5 out of 5
Wow Factor: 3.5 out of 5

Available at Chanel Boutiques across North America and Holt Renfrew in Canada

M.A.C Lipglass in Jampacked
The Claim:
Available in a wide range of colours that create a glass-like or subtle finish.
The Truth: A true gloss – this small tube delivers bold colour and a little bit of sparkle. The wand is great for precision application.
Moisture: 3 out of 5
Sticky Ickiness: 2.5 out of 5
Colour: 4 out of 5
Wow Factor: 4 out of 5

M.A.C Cosmetics
Available at M.A.C stores

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche in Soft Nude
The Claim:
Infused with vitamin E and omega 3 for an extra dose of moisture. Lips are left soft and supple.
The Truth: Subtle sparkle and sheer colour make this gloss perfect for everyday wear. The applicator is wide and long so you won’t need to swipe, swipe, and swipe for perfect coverage.
Moisture: 4 out of 5
Sticky Ickiness: 4 out of 5
Colour: 3 out of 5
Wow Factor: 3 out of 5

L’Oréal Paris
www.lorealparis.ca www.lorealparisusa.com
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and Target in the U.S.

The winners are: Chanel Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer and Tarte enbrightenmint!

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