May 28th, 2014

May 28th, 2014

Lipglosses are having a comeback.  There, we said it!  Banish all thoughts of tacky, gloopy formulas from your mind, and open it up to sparkling, wearable colour.  Whether you’re after an opaque or translucent finish, the latest incarnation of glosses can offer so much more than a hint of colour which disappears after five minutes.  Warpaint slicks and slides with the best of them to round up some of the hottest heroes.

If you want the intensity and lasting power of a lipstick, you can find an answer in the latest round of Max Factor Lipfinity  lipcolours (£10.99).  With six new shades launching in a Ready-to-Wear Lipfinity Lip Colour collection designed by Pat McGrath, these lipstain and glossy, balmy topcoat combos are hot news again.  Max Factor’s UK ambassador Caroline Barnes advises to, “Make sure lips are hydrated [before applying], but remove any excess oil from the lips before application.”  We love Always Delicate, a shade which Pat debuted at Victoria Beckham’s S/S 2014 show, and one which she describes as “the ultimate nude” and wearable for all skin tones.

The Dior Addict Fluid Sticks (£26)) are the latest in a line of liquid lip hybrids – the pigment of a lipstick, shine of a gloss and comfort of a balm – and they seem to have really cracked it with this formula.  With a fantastic range of 16 shades, our picks are #373 Rieuse, a warm coral which is perfect for summer, and #872 Mona Lisette, which is perhaps the perfect bright pink-red mix.

After a classic red which packs a smooth punch?  The Estée Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Hot Cherry (£21) is one to look out for, with an opaque and glistening finish.  This lacquer provides the colour of an intense lipstick in an ultra-smooth and glossy formula enriched with Vitamins C and E.

The Ellis Faas Glazed Lips (£23) are so pigmented they can be lightly dabbed on for a beautiful sheer stain, or applied fully for a polished pout.  From the sleek bullet packaging to the range of shades – starting with nude and pale pink, skipping through coral and finishing in wine – it’s love all the way.

Ellis Glazed Lips

The flexibility of a lipgloss – able to be used to transform another lip colour beneath, or used alone – allows for several unusual formulas or colours to jostle their way to the forefront of our attention.  Step forward INGLOT AMC Lip Gloss (£12), whose duochrome flashes of colour, ranging in transparency, have us mesmerised.  #544 and #545 (a vivid fuchsia with orange shift and zesty orange with yellow flashes respectively) are pigmented enough to colour the lips, while opalescent #546 would make an amazing sheer, colour-changing topcoat to any lipstick in your collection.





Walking the line between sheer and pigmented, the bareMinerals Marvellous Moxie Lipglosses (£16) get it spot on.  Lips appear plump and juicy, while Shea, Avocado and Murumuru butters are deeply hydrating.  Packed with Vitamins A, C and E, they should be your first stop for a good all-rounder.


If you’re after something a little different to your conventional gloss, look this way.  The Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss (£15) has been developed to mimic the colour saturation of the photo gels used on sets.  The gloss starts life clear, without many of the traditional heavy binding materials which can create gloopiness, then it is slowly and repeatedly infused with colour.  The gradual addition of the bold pigmentation results in an airy, lightweight gloss with unbelievable shine and colour.  Shocking pink Azelea is our shade of choice.

smashbox be legendary gloss

The Maybelline ColourSensational Shine Glosses (£6.19) are a great budget option – perfect for throwing into your bag or travel kit in case you’re in need of a gently coloured gloss which leaves a subtle stain of colour to the lips once the gloss has worn off.  Cashmere Rose is a great pale peachy-pink, but we’re eyeing up Coffee Kiss to go with the current ‘90s fashion trend.




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By Deborah Murtha

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