So, here’s how it used to go: I’d walk by a beauty counter at Bloomingdale’s and end up getting lured into spending way more than I wanted just so I could score a “gift with purchase” and leave with a stash of newfound samples. I knew I was falling prey to sophisticated analytical modeling, but the girly girl in me didn’t care, she was thrilled leave with a free lipstick or gloss.
Here’s how it goes now: A gorgeously crafted email highlighting a treasure trove of products from some new beauty subscription brand pops into my inbox, making it hard to resist the beauty box phenomenon. Before I know it, I’m the proud owner of more new lipsticks and glosses to play with.
Too often dozens of those prettily packaged tubes end up on my desk in the pile of pink, plum, and purple products that I like, but don’t love. And, yes, that pile is big. The two lessons here: don’t buy on the fly and when it comes to lip color, yes we are all that picky.
Instead of dumping the pile, I’ve found a quick fix. Surratt Beauty Lip Lustres ($32) has these ingenious glosses, which act like a toner for lip color. Though the line offers gorgeous glosses, you’ll want to try Teinte (a sheer white) and Ton (a sheer black)—shades that will help you either brighten or deepen products that don’t live up to your liking. The toners are a marvelous idea developed by industry pro Troy Surratt, the protégé of makeup legend Kevyn Aucoin and the man responsible for JLo’s inimitable bronze glow.
The glosses are quite dense and have a super high shine finish that’s tacky, just the way I like it. Teinte helps soften darker, opaque lip colors and can even diffuse too much glitter, if needed. Ton isn’t as deeply pigmented as it seems in the tube. It’s easy to blend and delivers a nice dose of richness to any techno punk shades just sitting idle.
A native Angeleno, Nav is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has been testing beauty products for print and digital magazines for nearly a decade. She spends her days working in media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.