Simmer, it’s quite a summery name, isn’t it? As soon as I finished setting up my new Taipei shoot space (white construction paper, scotch tape, disappointingly murky sunlight), I knew I had to celebrate with something vacation-appropriate.
Color Lust Lip Lacquer is a shiny gloss. I hear ‘vinyl-finish’ and ‘mirror-like shine’ tossed around quite a bit in press releases, but they weren’t kidding with this one. As for the color, Simmer is a warm peachy-pink with smooth, iridescent pink shimmers. It smells faintly of vanilla pudding, and has a slightly sticky (but not uncomfortable) texture.
left: natural light (not very good I’m afraid), right: flash
It turns my bare lips pale pink, but the glossy finish prevents the color from washing me out. My favorite way to apply it though, is to dab a bit over lipstick. The iridescent shimmers add the most beautiful dimension. I’m wearing it over Revlon Tinted Lip Balm in Rosy today.
My one complaint about this gloss lies with the packaging. Now, this isn’t a particularly bad twist-pen applicator, and it doesn’t dispense a ridiculous excess of product either. But I’ve just been put off by these types of dispensers lately. It just adds unnecessary trouble to what would have been better in doe-foot applicator or squeeze tube form. And I did spend a good hour trying to get the gloss to come out the first time, although that was mostly my fault. You’re supposed to twist clockwise to get the product out, but for some reason I just kept on twisting counterclockwise. I know, I know, I think the heat is making me even slower than usual.
Victoria’s Secret Lip Lacquer normally retails at $14 per tube, but it’s currently on sale for $6.99 (more shades here). If you’re looking for a deliciously shiny gloss with medium opacity, I’d recommend you check these out. Just remember, twist clockwise. And if nothing comes out, consider switching directions instead of obstinately plodding on.
Do you ever encounter difficulties with click-pen packaging? What’s your favorite summer lipgloss?
And one last question:
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