For someone who is “not a lip gloss girl,” I sure have a lot of lip gloss products. Some of them I’ve received as samples, or as part of a set of products, but in general, I think I justify buying them by thinking, “maybe this one will convert me to lip glosses.” While I haven’t loved all of these, and I’m still pretty picky about them, I do think I have been successfully converted, and I find myself using a couple of these all the time!
The Can’t-Live-Without-It Glosses
The Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Glosses ($9) (pictured above in Rose Redefined and Breathtaking Apricot) are my favorite lip glosses to date. They aren’t sticky at all, and they leave a nice stain as they fade, which is tough to find in a lip gloss. They have a subtle shimmer that is actually very flattering!
The L’Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Colors ($10) are similar – they go on like a gloss, and once the gloss wears off, they leave a nice stain behind. I have the shade 202 Coral Encore; it is super pigmented, and it wears 4 hours on me, which is ages for a gloss! I love both of these, and I would definitely purchase other colors.
I also loved the NYX Butter Gloss ($5)! It isn’t even remotely sticky, and the vanilla smell (which is actually pleasant) wears off after about a minute. These lip glosses are super pigmented, but I have Tiramisu, which is nearly my exact lip color. I use it when I have either bright bright blush or heavy eye makeup on to pull my makeup together.
The Take-It-Or-Leave-It Glosses
I just can’t make up my mind about The Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lip Gloss ($4) in Captivating Coral, due in part to the fact that this “coral” is actually orange, and therefore pretty unflattering on my olive complexion, so I don’t wear it that often. That being said, the formula isn’t bad. It’s decently pigmented and it isn’t sticky, but it has some glitter in it. You can’t see the glitter at all once it is applied, but you can feel it – this gloss is actually kind of gritty, which is bizarre.
The jury is also out on the NARS Lip Glosses ($26). I got the shade Orgasm as a deluxe sample from Sephora, and let me tell you, it matches the blush almost perfectly. It is a super shimmery (but not glittery) peachy-pink. This is one of the most pigmented lip glosses I have ever used – it goes on nearly opaque, and the formula is one of the best I’ve used. It almost looks like a pink-to-orange duochrome on the lips, and I can’t think of a single occasion where I would need a duochrome lip gloss. I’ve been applying two dots on the lips and sheering it out with my finger, and it seems to give a flattering sheen to the lips. Even in a different color though, is any lip gloss $26 good?
My last undecided lip gloss is the L’Oreal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain ($10), which is a gloss-stain hybrid. This is unlike anything I’ve ever used – it goes on like a gloss and dries almost like a plastic coating on your lips that stays super shiny for a few hours. It’s not uncomfortable, but it does feel a little strange. I have Eternally Nude, a dark, warm nude, and I do like it, but the finish is pretty unique. I don’t hate it, but I can see how some people would.
The Can-We-Not? Glosses
I only have one lip gloss purchase regret – The Tanya Burr Lip Gloss ($13). This was one of the biggest disappointments for me, given that bloggers everywhere raved about this gloss! I have the shade Let’s Travel the World, a pretty sheer red, and it smells like a watermelon lollipop. Weirdly though, the smell does not go away. It becomes a revolting smell after 5 minutes of wear when you constantly have to smell it, plus this gloss is super sticky, and it gets on my teeth (a.k.a. everything I do not like in a lip gloss).
I also really didn’t like the Cargo Lip Gloss ($7) in Tuscany, a pale pink with some glitter that goes on almost like a clear gloss. I hate, hate, hate to rag on Cargo Cosmetics, because I really do love the brand in general, but this lip gloss is fairly sticky. With all the innovation in lip gloss over the past few years, I’m especially critical of sticky lip glosses because it is just not necessary anymore.
Any recommendations for me? What are your favorite glosses?