Saturday, April 12, 2014

Five Spring & Summer Lip Gloss Picks

I don't know what's going on, you guys - I'm kinda into glosses at the moment. While I still think you can't beat a nice bright lipstick with a stick, and long wind-blown hair caught in your sticky glossed lips drives me absolutely bonkers, I'm really enjoying the sheerer pigmentation and mirrored shine of lip glosses - while preferrably tying my hair into a ponytail or a messy bun. Here are five different shades and formulas I've been wearing recently, swatched for your viewing pleasure.
One common denomination between all these different glosses is the fact that they're virtually shimmer and glitter-free, which is my preference in both lip glosses and lipsticks. By 'virtually', I mean that I suspect maybe two of the glosses below have very very fine, very very minimal shimmer, but it's nearly undetectable in the arm swatches as well as on the lips. They're also all comfortable, non-drying formulas that I'd definitely recommend if you're looking for a new gloss; I'll link to respective reviews where possible for more info on the formulation and longevity.
1. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer 01($23 for 0.35 fl oz, previously mentioned here). Possibly the nudest lip gloss shade I own, the Clarins Rose Shimmer still manages to even out and beautify the lips without verging on the concealer lips territory. The formula is most often described as a balm & gloss hybrid, and it does feel smooth, cushiony and hydrating on the lips. Great gloss to keep in your purse for completely-forgot-to-apply-a-lip-product situations as well as touch-ups on the go.
2. Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Coral Reef (sadly discontinued - I'm guessing the closest shade match in the new repackaged & reformulated Super Lustrous Lip Gloss range is Pango Peach, $5.99-7.99 for 0.13 oz). Remember when these were all the rage? Yeah, I totally jumped on that bandwagon with Coral Reef, and haven't regretted it since. It's a beautiful, apricot coral shade with medium pigmentation, bright enough to lift a neutral look but not too in your face. I'm kinda bummed this shade was discontinued - my tube has started separating, and I think it's the last season we can enjoy each other's company.
3. NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Dolly Pink ($4.99 for 11ml/ 0.37 fl.oz, the four shades I own are swatched & reviewed here). Actually, I don't reach for this gloss nearly often enough; I will admit that I find the cherry cough drop scent a bit offensive, and there's something about the formula that I don't absolutely love - but I do like it, and Dolly Pink is a wonderful blue fuschia shade that works great with my coloring. You know, sometimes these posts serve as a reminder for me to go rummage through my drawers and come out with something pretty that doesn't get enough love... like this gloss here.
4. Essence Stay With Me Long Lasting Lip Gloss in Candy Bar ($2.99 for 4ml/ 0.13 fl oz). Mentioned a long time ago by Driveller Kate and more recently, Tiffany from Will Work For Make-up, I had this gloss mentally filed away in the 'try-at-a-later-date' category. But, I was placing an online order at Ulta for Mr's shampoo & conditioner, and needed an inexpensive item to get to the free shipping treshold - and so it was meant to be. Candy Bar is such a beautiful, bright coral, and possibly the most pigmented out of the glosses featured here. It has a slightly strange, fruity old-school scent; I remember another gloss from my teenage years by a Polish brand 'Bell' that had the exact same scent... and oddly enough, this gloss is actually also made in Poland. Hmm... Anyway, I don't think you can get a better lip gloss for three bucks than the Essence Stay With Me - I just wish they had more than three colors in the range.
5. Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Cherry Flip ($19 for 0.14 oz, previously reviewed and swatched here). Still one of my absolute favorite glosses, be it spring, summer, fall or winter; Buxom lip-plumping formula is a winner for me. Cherry Flip looks quite similar to Essence Candy Bar here, and I admit they're not miles apart, but Cherry Flip is slightly more red in a clear base, making it look less vibrant than the pinkier Candy Bar, which has a bit of a white base - hope you can see that in the lip swatches. I always walk past these Lip Creams in Sephora for fear of accidentally plopping more shades in my basket.
Have you been more into lip glosses or lipsticks recently? Or maybe liquid lipsticks, seeing as they're all the range at the moment? I did buy one shade of a newly released lip gloss formula during the Sephora VIB sale that I'm hoping to share really soon (any guesses?), but in the meantime, let me know your spring & summer lip loves - a girl can never have too more lip products, right? Or at least she can start a new wishlist...


  1. We're having opposite lip moments since I'm really into bright matte lipsticks right now. :) But these sort of things were all that I used to wear! Lovely round-up -- I really like the colour of that NYX gloss but it's a shame about the horrid scent. I think we still have Coral Reef around here. I can send you another package if you'd like. :D

    1. Hahah, I'm not entirely out of love with my super bright lipsticks either - but I don't wear matte formulas too often, my lips don't seem to agree with most mattes I own. Oh, thank you for the thought, Liz - but I already bought a similar shade from another brand as a possible replacement :) Btw, there's a little something in the mail on its way to you...

  2. Oh Monika I don't think I could live without my Clarins Lip Perfectors, loooove them! I have Candy Shimmer and Rosewood Shimmer and they a lot of love almost every day. :)

  3. The Clarins Shimmering Lip Perfectors are my favourite lip products. I bought the Christmas set which has all six except for #2 (bizarrely, it has two #3s) so now I have one pretty much everywhere. Ridiculous.

  4. There was a time I only wore lipgloss, nothing else. Now I am into sheer lipsticks but still love wearing lipgloss.
    And, oh, yes! I remember collecting Revlon Super Lustrous madly including all the LEs. Back then, it was so amazing a drugstore brand could brought out such a nice lipgloss range! I have both old and new versions. While they smell and feel quite similar, it looks like the formula slightly improved cause it feels more comfortable on.
    Every color you're showing here is so pretty, but I must say I adore Cherry Flip on you! Perfect <3

  5. Omg, the super lustrous gloss from revlon and the essence are glosses that I need in my lip! I personally rarely wear lipsticks and have gotten back into wearing lip products by getting back into my glosses! I love the pinky shades!

  6. Yes, Coral Reef!!! I must dig my stash and find this again. It looks lovely on you and I know I used to luuuurve it. Have you tried NYX butter gloss? I think it is less "offensive" than the regular NYX Mega Shine glosses.