If you want bright and highly pigmented lip products then head over to GERARD COSMETICS. The two lipsticks and one gloss they sent for review have some of the best pigmentation I’ve seen in years. I’m used to a nude lip so when I applied these the first time I was amazed at the vibrancy I saw. It took a while to get used to but then I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror.
The shiny gold tubes look like they’d weigh a ton but instead they are lightweight.
Since I’m always attracted to cool toned lipstick I started with All Dolled Up. This is the definition of “cool toned”. It’s a bright pink that’s just this side of fuchsia on me. The pigment is off the charts.
If you want a bright pink, go no farther than All Dolled Up.
But if you want a lipstick that’s warmer but not warm try Tequila Sunrise instead. On me it’s a pinky coral. In my swatches it looks more coral than it actually is.
Tequila Sunrise turns out to be my favorite of the two. I love that it has that touch of pink to soften the shade making it more flattering for my skintone.
Tequila Sunrise is a matte lipstick ($19). My lips are dry as the Sahara so I make sure that I’m well exfoliated and balmed up before applying. I like using either a gloss or Waxelene Lip Balm over it too.
The color doesn’t fade quickly but to refresh it either a light shade of gloss or a clear gloss does the job. If your lips aren’t as lined as mine then you can probably get an even longer wear from these by not topping them.
Gerard also makes the delightful Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses ($24) that my blog partner Lisa has written about several times. These glosses are made by Gerard but are also part of the Whitening Lightening line. The one I was sent is called Cocoa Bean and it has the most fun packaging ever.
As you can see it lights up when you open the tube. That helps a lot when applying color especially one as color saturated as Cocoa Bean is. It also has a mirror on the side to help you apply. It’s a brown with a touch of red to it. On some people it would be considered a dark nude lip. On me it’s intense and not an easy color to wear. But the formula is amazing and I’d love to wear some of the shades like Nude and Butter Cream.
At the recent award shows the fashion blogs were all raving about the more intense look on lips and how they are tired of the nude look. Gerard Cosmetics has the answer for that with their 7 lipstick shades and 24 lipglosses. Get ready, get set, shop!! — Marcia
*sent for editorial consideration