By Erin Williams


Temperatures are up and your lips should be just as hot this summer. We checked out scores of smackers and these are the glosses from across the globe that will give you the perfect pout.

Sheer sorbet colors are my idea of fun summer glosses and Too Faced Cosmetics has some great options. My favorite is their Kiss Stick which comes in nine patent-leather shine, long wearing colors. They are infused with mandarin and vanilla essential oils to soothe your kisser as well as having a different flavor for each color. Kiss Sticks are packaged in an automatic gloss pen with a brush at the top that dispenses as you “twist” the color up. If you go for vibrant colors try “Stolen Kiss”, a bright pink which tastes like Hawaiian Punch. Too Faced Cosmetics are available at

If you haven’t heard of Becca you should check out this newer line from Australia. The formulations for their Glossy Lip Tints aren’t swimming in vitamins but the colors are beautiful, long lasting, and housed in “Italian soft touch materials” that feel velvety in your hand. Part of the appeal of Becca is how they cater to women of all skin tones and this philosophy is not lost on their gloss collection – about half of them are various shades of brown and are complimentary for darker skin. Pretty lighter shades to try are “Grenadine” for a heavy duty translucent red and “Colada” for a light pink with a healthy dose of gold. Becca cosmetics are available at

The next couple of options entail finger painting or biting the bullet and getting a quality brush – try Shu Umera’s Handy Lip Brush – the payoff is worth it. Poole is a line known for their kits of shadows, blushes, and lip stick/gloss created by Swiss Miss Louise Bonnet, but they also sell Separates taken from the sets. Their sheeny glosses come packaged in sleek mirrored compacts whose only drawback is they’re so shiny your finger prints will get all over them! If you’re a honey skinned girl, a favorite for the summer is “007” – a golden coral that flatters warm undertones. Poole is available at

Canadian line Cargo’s glosses are inspired by fruit and flowers, their Gloss Duos offering a sizable amount of product in juicy colors. They come in pairs and can be used alone or layered together. “Pago/Pago” – a frosted orange and frosted magenta – is great for warm skins and “San Fran” – a frosted pink and sheer melon – is pretty for cooler tones. The pigment is outstanding and these are a favorite of makeup artists.

For better portability Cargo has come up with the new Mariana Islands Lip Gloss Palette which holds three shades in a thin mirrored compact and includes a quality synthetic brush. This palette is perfect for olive to deep skin with colors including a red poppy containing a slight gold sheen, a shimmering champagne, and a warm tangerine to round out the trio. You get a sizable amount of product and it’s perfect for on-the-go touchups. Cargo products are available at

Wrapping up our gloss search right here at home, if you live in NYC you need to get over to the Giella counter at Henri Bendel’s. The backbone of the line is custom blending, which we’ve all heard before, but these people blend EVERYTHING right as you watch. When it comes to glosses you can chose to have shimmer or not, include Vitamin E, and even pick a flavor such as vanilla, lavender, or peppermint before you name your new creation. Giella herself blended mine and it was a beautiful, slightly shimmery, peppermint flavored violet she named Cosmic and I love it! You can get it poured (out of a warmed test-tube where they mix it together) into a pot or a tube with a wand and you feel so creative and special walking around wearing your custom shade. Giella cosmetics are available at and exclusively at Henri Bendel’s.

“There are so many options for your luscious lips to be wrapped in shine this summer that with all those boys around the only problem you’re going to have is keeping the gloss on. ‘ Til next time!”

Originally published July 2003



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