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Loving the lettering on that pink kiss

January 27, 2010

Estee Lauder "Love Your Lips" Collection

Maybe it’s the January blues or just a string of grey days, but I’m itching for something bright and happy to perk up the winter hues.

I’m rather smitten with this new lipstick by Estee Lauder from the “Love Your Lips” Collection, and to be perfectly honest, it’s been on my mind since I spotted it a few weeks ago in an online spread in Fashion Magazine. The lipstick ($23) is emblazoned with the word “l<3ve” while the lip gloss ($21) wears the word on its tube. Fun pink shades are named “Pink Kiss” and “Cherry Kiss.”

While there are obvious physical limitations to engraving a gloss, I’d spring for that LOVE lipstick in a second for the everyday surprise of those sweet letters. Sure there’s also a fantasy in literally painting my lips with l-o-v-e, although I’d rather not get into a discussion right now about beauty, language, gender play, and my feminist takes on the issue, not to mention addressing the role/nature of the mouth and lips. I think that’s all I’m going to say about the issue :)

The technology is there to etch powders, creamy solids in compacts, and yes, lipsticks: thank you Chanel for seizing the opportunity to stamp your name into your red lipstick, as if we needed additional confirmation that we’re wearing a red like no other.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin lipstick ($30)- no question as to what you're applying

Of course there are a few practical concerns when it comes to the lasting integrity of etched lipstick: accidental smearing and wearing down come to mind. No matter- it’s all fun and games while it lasts. Isn’t that why we’re putting on the stuff, anyway?

<3 xx <3

Images courtesy of Fashion Magazine and Neiman Marcus. The Estee Lauder lipstick is available in department stores in Canada or online at Estee Lauder while the featured Chanel lipstick is available for purchase at Neiman Marcus.

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