I’ve fallen a little out of love with gloss recently, preferring to favour a tinted lip balm or go full-on with a bold and bright lipstick. Whereas I used to adore stocking up on glosses and buying every single brand I could get my hands on, now I prefer to invest wisely and use gloss as a way of brightening my complexion or adding texture to an otherwise matte look. Although there are hundreds of different glosses available, my favourites tend to be at the more expensive end of the spectrum (as they provide shine without an overly sticky sensation.) However, there’s nothing wrong with stocking up on some cheap and cheerful alternatives to chuck in your bag and ensure you’re always prepared for a gloss emergency. Here are my top three lipglosses…
This softly tinted gel-like gloss is perfect for wearing every day and every night. The squeezable tube and delicate foam applicator make it easy to apply and minimise wastage, preventing overloading the lips with product. The shine is delicate, the result being a subtle gloss that helps to brighten the face and make lips look kissable. It’s not super sticky either, so your hair won’t get stuck to your face as soon as the wind blows! My ultimate favourite and one I buy again and again.
2. Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupte (£21.00)
This new launch replaces their previous gloss incarnation that has always been a firm favourite of beauty enthusiasts, editors and makeup artists alike. Now in an even more beautiful pack, the classic YSL gloss provides high shine and pigment without overloading the lips. The new ergonomic applicator is shaped perfectly to the lips for precise application, while the delicate sweet scent makes this a gloss to treasure. They may be pricey, but nothing feels better than a YSL gloss.
3. Rimmel Vinyl Gloss (£4.99)
If you want a cheap and cheerful gloss that does what it says on the tin, you can’t go wrong with the classic Vinyl Gloss from Rimmel. Available in 16 shades, it gives a glossy lacquer to lips and even injects them with a little moisture thanks to the inclusion of shea butter. This isn’t too sticky, and it’s not heavy on the wallet either – it’s a great gloss to buy when you want to test a new colour, or simply are running low of glosses to choose from.
Which are your favourite lipglosses?