By Amy Sciaretto

This month, Beauty News is launching a brand new “Lip Gloss of the Month” column. There is certainly no shortage of glosses on the shelves and therefore there is no excuse to not have your lips fully glossed at all times! As Beauty Editor, I am an admitted, card-carrying gloss addict and even used the tag “Because Glossy Lips are a Huge Priority” in the digital sphere. It’s meant to be light-hearted, but in all honestly, I don’t like to leave the house without a swipe of shine on my lips. I feel naked with naked lips! You can never have too much gloss. That’s an uncivilized thought, IMO!

For this column, I’d also love to hear from readers about YOUR lip gloss HG – “Holy Grail!” I’ve tried and tested most, but there are some I may not yet have been exposed to or lacquered up with, so please, feel free to tweet me (@lgrrl666) with some suggestions. It’s all about sharing the wealth of information. And you can never test too many glosses.

As a reference, my favorite glosses are MAC Lustreglass in Spring Bean (appletini in the tube, honeyed on the lips, since I have a pink-pigmented smacker!), MAC Dazzleglass in Baby Sparks (the babiest of cotton candy pink), Lancome Juicy Tubes in Spring Fling (sheer, almost colorless pink with a grapefruity smell) and Sara Happ The Lip Slip One Luxe Balm in pot form. Tell me yours!

I am not just going to blather on about the patent leather shine or yummy, vanilla scent of my fave new glosses in these column inches. Rather, I am going to share expert tips and tricks on how to use these products to maximum effect.

Now, for the column’s premiere, per-fekt Lip Perfecton Gel in Melrose is the LGOTM!

Why? Well, it is a sheer, light neutral that is alternately tawny and berry hued that offers a mint tingle and taste when you slick it across your pout. It’s thin, gel texture, along with the petal on the applicator tip, add to its divine qualities. It’s not “thicky” – too thick or too sticky! This lightly glazing, color-adjusting, absolutely per-fekt gloss is our Lip Gloss of the Month.

per-fekt beauty perfektionist Suzie Rigante offered Beauty News a treasure trove of “how to” with per-Fekt glosses. The kit, featuring the trio of best-selling shades, is available exclusively at Henri Bendel locations nationwide.

“per-fek’ts lip perfection gels were created by founder Richard Anderson to take the place of lip gloss, lip stick and lip tints. These three, “all-in-one” and fashion forward” color choices include, hollywood (a semi-sheer movie star red); vine (a sheer berry) and melrose (a sheer brown-based pink). All are packaged in a cool pink tube, with clear per-fekt “flower” logo,” said Rigante.

She continued, “‘hollywood’ is a great “beginner red” as it is a blue-based shade that works on even the fairest of skin. ‘vine,’ is a beautiful berry shade and looks great on women with darker skin or those that want just a ‘hint’ of color, as it is a bit darker than their own lip tone. ‘melrose’ is definitely our No. 1 selling shade and you can apply with or without your favorite shade or lipstick, for a great natural wash of color.”

Riganted finished, “All of the lip perfection gel shades in this special kit are made to wear alone or mixed for even more color choices. Each shade is formulated with Smart Color Technology, which makes it easily adjustable to any skin tone. While most “glosses” go on a bit heavy and sticky, Per-fekt’s Lip Perfection Gels glide on with sheer even color. Summertime lips will not need to worry about this product wearing heavy and thick. The added bonus of a natural spearmint flavor makes for “kissable” color and fresh breath!”

Originally published July 2012
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