Gloss, Two Ways
Eye gloss is tricky business. It’s one of those backstage beauty techniques that looks so good on the runway but becomes a sticky mess when you try to duplicate it at home. That fact does not deter us from pursuing the coveted texture, of course—especially in the summer months, when it works particularly well (wet eyes and bronzed skin go together like cutoffs and crop tops). Paul & Joe is feeding our frenzy with new limited-edition eye glosses that—get this—come in a dual-ended tube with a corresponding shade of lip lacquer. Each is named after a sun-drenched vacation destination: Santa Monica offers two variations on rose gold; Nice pairs a shimmering lilac for lids with a watermelon pink for pouts; Monaco proves that two sandy beiges are better than one; Maui partners a bright tangerine with a glimmering icy lemon; and Bahamas groups a pale pink with a silver shimmer. The lip glosses are a bit…glossier than the more cream-based eye pigments, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The formula’s jojoba and sunflower-oil base ensures gleam without tackiness, which means it doesn’t necessarily offer the kind of Plasticine shine we often long for—but is all the more wearable because of it.