I prefer tube glosses more than wand glosses because they seem more sanitary and easier to apply. Plus you generally get more gloss in a tube. I've been test-driving Estee Lauder's High Gloss Ultrabrilliance gloss in Berry and have found a new favorite!
Berry is a somewhat deep mauve with shimmer in the package yet applies more sheerly. I have pigmented lips but it still adds some flattering oomph. Berry leans toward the cool side, gives good shine and has just the right amount of pout-enhancing shimmer, but it's not incredibly long lasting. I don't mind this because it has good slip, isn't tacky and it still does last a decent amount of time.
Anyone who likes MAC Sequin lipstick or Clinique Bamboo Pink lipstick will like this shade because of its similarity. These are actually the two lipsticks I like to pair with Berry sometimes. It has a sweet, candy-like scent and taste I find pleasant, but anyone sensitive to fragranced and flavored glosses needs to be aware.
Estee Lauder High Gloss earns an A and retails for $16 for .5 oz., which is a respectable deal when you compare it to other high-end glosses (*ahem* Dior Luscious Lip Plumping Gloss at $20 for .27 oz.; Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips at $18 for .15 oz.; NARS lipgloss at $24 for .28 oz.) and can be found in virtually any department store and at www.esteelauder.com. The shade pictured here is not Berry, FYI.
Originally reviewed June 30, 2009