Some lip glosses will stay with me forever. Le Métier de Beauté's Uma Paro Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss ($32) sits firmly in my forever category. So far, I've purchased three of them, and if I thought Uma Paro were in danger of disappearance, I'd buy eight more.
Gaia, The Non-Blonde, and I are both Uma Paro devotees. We think it's an amazing lip gloss shade. What's fabulous is that our coloring is very different. She's the non-blonde; I'm the blonde. Gaia's skin is darker than mine. She has brown eyes; my eyes are blue (most of the time). I always get a kick out of our fragrance differences too. Gaia loves sophisticated, warm, earthy, complex fragrances, while I gravitate to linear florals and fruits. You can bet...If she loves a scent, I probably won't and vice versa.
We do agree on Uma Paro. It's a plum shade that works for everyone. So we decided to collaborate on an Uma Paro feature today. My photos show the Uma Paro I pulled out of my handbag. I never go anywhere without it. That's why you'll see - if you look closely - that the tube isn't full.
Luxuriously crafted with the right amount of sparkle, Uma Paro drenches the lips in a buildable veil of semi-transparent color that responds to the lip’s natural hue, giving everyone a custom shade.
There's one explanation for Uma Paro's appeal to Gaia and me. We think it's a perfect gloss for everyone. It dazzles, but it isn't glittery or gritty.
The unique, ultra-lightweight, hydrating formula is enriched with emollients and antioxidants, including vitamin E and lanolin for beautiful, supple lips.
This is marketing speak that's true. I love the way Uma Paro feels on my lips. I often reach for it in my handbag when my lips need color and moisture. When I wear it alone, it gives me ample color, particularly when I want the focus on my eyes. I also layer it over lipsticks of many colors - just because I love it. Because I don't use lip testers in stores, I often finish a Le Métier de Beauté's makeup artist's work with my own tube of Uma Paro.
Here are a couple of swatch photos that show Uma Paro on my skin. I built the color so that the gloss would pop in full sun. Don't let my arm-painting technique make you think the shade applies unevenly. It applies perfectly, and I can apply one coat or two, depending on how much color I want. It never feels sticky or tacky (cat fur doesn't stick to my lips when I'm wearing it).
Now, pop over to The Non-Blonde to read Gaia's impressions of Uma Paro and see how it looks on her skin. It's a marvel of adaptability - and a perfect lip gloss shade for any season.
Le Métier de Beauté Sheer Brilliance Lip Glosses are available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and select Nordstrom locations (online too).
Photos by Best Things in Beauty