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Lip glosses are back and better than ever. It’s summertime, which means it’s time to put away our dark – and sometimes drying – matte lipsticks for some high-shine lip glosses that will keep our puckers hydrated and luscious.
Here are some of our favourites.
This lip gloss comes in five different vivid shades and has an ultra-dewy effect. With its light, seamless formula, the gloss blends onto the lips lightly and has a comfortable feel. The glossy finish helps to make puckers look voluminous, full and plump, and there’s moisturising properties too, thanks to the combination of camellia, jojoba and rose hip oils. The angled applicator tip helps to draw delicate and precise lines for a smooth, full lip makeup look.
With a whopping 18 glistening colours to choose from – ranging from sheer to full intensity – you will be spoilt for choice. All the shades are super shiny, and go on with a sponge-tip wand. If you feel slightly overwhelmed, opt for ‘Air Kiss’ – it’s the best-seller shade. Promising up to eight hours of lasting shine, this lip gloss from the prestigious American beauty label also claims to be very moisturising and comforting on lips.
As the name implies, this ‘lip gel’ goes on as if you have applied gel nail on the lips. The advantage of this? Super high colouration and high shine. The gel dual-layer texture made with the brand’s patented Oil Floating Technology provides a gel nail effect to the lips with maximised shine and vivid colour. It is highly moisturising too, as the dual oil-moisture system prevents the evaporation of moisture with elastic polymer film.
If you’re looking for something that will give your puckers some sheen, but without any colour, try this glowing lip gloss from the brand that’s all about the perfect products for your lips. Blended with icy lilac and silver micro-pearls, this smooth, non-sticky formula has scores of highly reflective glitter that will give your lips an opulent finish. However, if you prefer some colour, try the other shade (called ‘Time Warp’) that leaves a rose gold tint.
For a high-impact, ultra shiny finish, look no further than this lip lacquer from Maybelline. Available in six different shades – from a dramatic, dark purple to classic red – this gloss features a strong lacquered shine and a vivid, opaque colour that promises to melt onto lips for a sensational, long-lasting look. How to apply: start from the centre of your upper lip and guide the applicator wand along the contours of your mouth, before gliding it across the bottom lip.
Add dimension to your lips with this pretty, high-shine gloss that contains a special mix of pearls in a clear base, which allows your puckers to glisten in light for a super reflective effect. With four pinkish shades to choose from, this non-sticky formula offers gorgeous shimmer and long-lasting colour. The vitamin-enriched formula also conditions and offers antioxidant protection at the same time. We call this a win-win.
For an affordable option that doesn’t compromise on quality and output, try the Korean label’s popular moisturising lip gloss. There are five shades available, from a transparent gloss to pink and orange hues. This product has a glossy, vivid finish that looks good on its own or combined with other tints or lipsticks. It also boasts powerful hydrating properties, thanks to ingredients such as rosehip fruit oil, jojoba seed oil and sweet almond oil.
You didn’t think we would make it through this list without mentioning the wildly successful lip gloss from Rihanna’s beauty line right? The Glass Bomb took the world by storm when it was released just less than a year ago, and all the hype it has gathered since then is very well deserved too. Available in just one universally flattering, rose nude shade, the formula is super shiny, non-sticky and conditioning as well, courtesy of nourishing shea butter.
The French luxury beauty brand struck gold with its award-winning lip balm that is part makeup and part skincare. It boasts incredible colour and shine payoff, while simultaneously nourishing, protecting, softening and plumping puckers with its acacia micro-pearls and vegetable waxes. There are five timeless shades to choose from, but we recommend going for the new, limited edition ‘Rosy Pearl’ shade pictured here – shimmering pink with glints of gold.
Want those infamous Kylie Jenner lips? Then you need to get your hands on this clear lip gloss ASAP. This product promises to instantly create visibly fuller lips due to its triple plumping action that includes immediate, high potency botanical plumping actives. Featuring an enriched pro-lipid complex that aids in your puckers’ long-term enhancement, this super smooth, clear gloss is non-sticky and creates noticeably fuller-looking lips.
This article was originally published in Female.