I like when lip gloss comes in a wand with a brush at the tip of the applicator. Even though it can get bacteria in it the same way that mascara can, it doesn't open in your bag and you don't have to dip your (possibly germy) finger in it to apply. This is the reason I wanted to try Sally Hansen Lipnotic Gem Gloss ($6.99), but with claims like "creates a look of glittery gems under glass" and provides "hypnotic color," I was skeptical.
Lipnotic gloss is remarkably shiny. The shade Bling Bling is a little darker than my natural lip and shimmers, shines, and sparkles from every angle. Staring closely at the glitter in the gloss, I caught a few flecks of blue. I'm not sure I ever thought I would warn that a lip gloss wasn't "work appropriate," but this might actually not be. But if you're a real lip-gloss lover, it might become your favorite. And once I realized I'd been staring at my own lips for nearly 10 minutes, I kind of understood why they called it "hypnotic."
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