We first experienced Color Sensational this past summer when a colleague in the Vogue Promo department gave us a few sample tubes she had left over from The September Issue screening goodie bag. Something of a lipstick junkie (it's the only makeup we wear on a regular basis), we were instantly smitten by the gorgeous colors - 635/Very Cherry and 465/Madison Mauve, to be precise - and by the packaging, which is surprisingly sophisticated for a drugstore brand. Then we tried the actual product and - praise be! - were over the moon. So rich, so creamy, so incredibly pretty. We'd found our holy grail: a lipstick that really delivers, in shades that don't make us look like Sweet Baby Jane. After begging a few more samples (thank you, RC!), we ran to the nearest drugstore so we could try additional colors, ultimately purchasing several tubes of our new goes-with-everything, wear-it-everyday favorite: 405/Yummy Plummy. Which is a very silly name for the best lipstick ever. But then it's the minor flaws that make you really appreciate perfection, right?
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