opaque glosses mean a whole new way to give some lip.

by liza darwin

About a week ago, when MAC's new shades of CremeSheen Glass landed on our desks, something unusual happened. Instead of snatching up the shades and smearing them on immediately like usual, there was a moment of hesitation. We don't know exactly what it is, but the thick, creamy formula made swiping deep purple across our mouths seem a little more daunting.

Turns out, though, there's something to be said about these super-concentrated colors. Whereas sheer shimmer requires multiple coats for pink to peek through, it only takes one go for our favorite opaque glosses to get the full effect. Plus, with winter coming, a statement berry-hued pout seems totally appropriate.

Besides MAC, NYX, Sephora, and Shu Uemura all make tubes that have the moisture of your go-to gloss with the full coverage of lipstick. And while this means it takes some practice because you can apply it sans mirror on the go (unless you want to end up looking like Miss Geist from Clueless), that's ok. If you ask us, the lip-smacking end results are totally worth it.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, $6

Shu Uemura Vinyl Unlimited, $20.

Sephora Creme Lipstain, $12

MAC CremeSheen Glass, $18.50