It all started during the blustery freeze of February with Sensai’s Lip Base ($26). We were wedded to that tube of liptreatment all winter, not just because it was the best hydrating balm around, but because it also has an SPF of 15 (we like that) and further, it seemed to plump and smooth scratchy winter puckers. (Sensai, if you don’t know, is quite the sensation abroad—an upscale makeup and skincare line that European women have embraced. Think Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys here in Gotham.) While we’re not giving up our Lip Base for summer (it helps keep lipstick on longer, anyhow), we are expanding our lip palette to include a few new tricks, namely Sensai’s two lipstick lines, Lasting Treatment Rouge and Deep Moist Shine Rouge ($40 each). The slightly frosty sun-kissed peach tones will be a must for the beach.
Lastly, we’re also swearing by the new lipstick line from YSL Beauté, Rouge Volupté, in a rainbow of over a dozen intense, densely pigmented colors, that drench the lips with a smooth and silky feel (field-tests support the knowledge that that sensation is even transferred to the cheek of a kissee). It’s also got an SPF of 15, as do the lipsticks in YSL Beauté’s Rouge Pur Shine,a classic line from the company that we have used for years…we especially like #11, a dewy, sheer transparent pink.
So, stock up your summer makeup kit with this trifecta of lip colors from Sensai, Guerlain, and YSL Beauté. And get ready to give someone some serious lip.