Did you know that it’s easier to swatch multiple lipsticks at once than lipglosses? Who knew! Let’s take a look back at the lipglosses featured in the Spring Season…
The closest dupe to #4 (Cle de Peau #2) is #3 (Chanel Pin-up), but it’s not quite as pigmented or as golden-peach; #1 (Benefit I’m With the Band) also comes close, but it’s a good deal pinker. However, #12 (NP Set Mauritius) is the closest in the “feel” of #4–but it’s milkier, creamier–has a very obvious nude base but gives the same sheen/effect. #12 is also similar to #7 (Le Metier de Beaute Apricot Creme).
Predictably, #1 (Benefit I’m With the Band), #3 (Chanel Pinup), #4 (Cle de Peau #2), #8 (MAC Nymphette), and #11 (NARS Orgasm) are all in the same family. I often hear comments comparing these shades to NARS Orgasm, but I have to tell you, on my lips, Orgasm is the sheerest and least impressive. Cle de Peau #2 is the best, but it’s also the priciest. I think a good affordable version is either Benefit’s I’m With the Band or MAC Nymphette. For something even closer, I think Chanel’s Pinup does the trick. I still love Cle de Peau #2 the best and would buy it again in a heartbeat.
The Spring Season: Shiseido Pop Life (PK 406) Lipgloss
Shiseido Pop Life (PK 406) Luminizing Lip Gloss ($22.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very milky, creamy pale blue-pink that applies with some color coverage, but it has the translucent look of milkier lipglosses. It has a champagne sparkle and high gloss sheen. It’s a very creamy, lightweight lip gloss that’s not-sticky and has no real scent/taste to me while keeping lips pretty moisturized while it wears (about two hours on me).
Is this the right pink gloss for you? Would you wear it?
The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.
I’m actually surprised by the volume of warmer-toned pinks featured in the Spring Season. I always thought finding the right warm pink was difficult, but perhaps not!
#1 (Benefit Candy Store) is a more pigmented, slightly more coral version of #3 (Chanel Exquise).
#8 (Guerlain Gemma) is a stunning shade, and the closest dupe I’ve encountered thus far is #10 (Korres #22)–Gemma is brighter and pinker, but Korres #22 has the cool golden sheen of Gemma that makes it so unique.
#11 (Lancome Voile de Rose) made a big splash amongst readers, and though we have no exact dupe, #9 (Korres #13) and #15 (Shiseido PK 327) come close.
#7 (Guerlain Gabrielle) seems like a slightly more coral version of #17 (Urban Decay Peroxide).
#5 (Cle de Peau #106) is a brighter, more intense version of #16 (Urban Decay Naked).