After a blush for spring in my last post, I present you a lip gloss for spring. I love when brands put in extra thought and creativity in their product design, especially if the design delivers some sort of sensory satisfaction (like the "click" of a mascara tube). Case in point, Lancome has raised the bar with their Gloss in Love lip gloss line. I've never paid much attention to Lancome glosses, but while playing around with their new Spring 2014 French Ballerine collection at the counter, the limited edition Gloss In Love shade #202 caught my eye.
Lancome Gloss In Love #202 Mocha Queen is the closest dupe I've found to the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in #002. I know not everyone is looking for an equally pricey dupe, but like I mentioned, Clarins has stopped selling their lip perfectors in Hong Kong, so I am very excited to have found such a close dupe - in both color and consistency. Non-sticky, sheer, glossy yet not too thick or goopy. It's just that perfect gloss consistency.
But what's most worth highlighting is the product design. Instead of a traditional twist up cap, these glosses feature a one-click button closure. Not that I can't spare 2 seconds of my day twisting off my lip gloss cap, but the button closure is quite a fun change. The worry wart in me is slightly concerned if it will wear out and break over time though.
Then there's my favorite part - the curved doe foot applicator. It's one of those enhancements that seem so obvious, yet I've never seen any brand do before. The half moon shaped applicator is genius! The hollow (concave) side wraps around the lower lip for a satisfying swipe of product, and the domed (convex) side gives just the right angle for your upper lip. Applying lip gloss has never felt this satisfying.
Most of the other permanent Gloss In Love shades contain glitter, and although I'm usually not a fan of sparkly lip glosses, I might just have to give one a go in the future because of this brilliant packaging. The Spring 2014 line also includes a Gloss In Love lip volumizer and shade "Rose Oscar," a brighter pink that's also very pretty. But for me, Mocha Queen is the perfect soft spring shade. Perfect consistency, perfect color, perfect packaging. Puuuuurfect.