The $50 Lip Gloss — Was it worth it?

I told you I made one purchase at Barneys, right? Well, that’s the gloss I purchased. You look at it and go, “Sure, that’s pretty, so what?”

Well, see how it looks on the lips…

Cle de Peau Lip Gloss #2 grabbed me by first swatch.

The bottom right swatch is Cle de Peau Lip Gloss #2. It has this interesting duochrome shimmer of greenish-gold with a peachy-pink gloss base. Quite irresistible, if you think about what I tend to be drawn to. Of all the things I quickly swatched at the store, this one drew me in like a moth to a flame. I felt like I just had to have something to show for my experience, and I figured, “Go for it!” since I was tempted by it from the get-go.

So is it worth $50? No, it’s not, but it’s hard to say that any gloss is “worth” $50.

Am I happy with it? Yes, I am. It is a non-sticky gloss that gives me a soft peck of color and lots of shimmer and sheen (which I love). It stays on very well — ate spaghetti and it didn’t even budget (um, wow!) and lasts hours. Some might say the lasting power is what makes it “worth” the price tag, though. I find it wears well, fades after several hours without drying or leaving a ring of gloss around your lips.

Why this color? There were surely lovely pinks and deeper, more opaque glosses, but at the same time, I wanted something easy to wear, that I could grab and go. I wanted a color that wasn’t like what I already had (and I have plenty of bright pinks and fuchsia lipglosses!). I am sure there is an existing dupe (perhaps NARS Orgasm gloss?), though. I am happy enough with it, and I wear it for errands and the like.

What do you think? Good color, bad color? Tons of dupes for it? What was your priciest beauty purchase?