It’s not that long ago I was harking on about the popularity of matte liquid lipsticks – December Hero 2018 to be exact and now it seems like uber shiny lips are on the rise with a vengeance.
When I think of glossy lips I remember the 1990s lipgloss which everyone wore, it was the norm, ‘the glossier the better’ seemed to be the mantra. And before the present day phenomenon of fillers gloss/shine was the goto lip enhancer it did the job pretty well – the only downfall was having to consistently check your lip line wasn’t bleeding. I used to carry a big bag of them in my professional kit till I needed to lighten the load and something had to go. The gloss bag was sacrificed, I figured I could mix any lipstick with MAC Lip glass (LEGEND!) and gleam away! But as a consumer that’s not very practical so I’ve always kept a few around for special occasions but admittedly I’ve hardly used them if at all in the last few years.
However, lip shine of 2019 pushes the stakes one step further with a glitter or metallic finish, referring to them as high shine is an understatement. Some brands have joined together the benefits of liquid lipsticks – because of their non bleeding characteristic – with a metallic finish, be warned, you WILL be noticed. As a bold lipstick wearer myself even I have to muster all my confidence in wearing one of these latest interpretations.
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer ( pearl effect ). “Ecstasy Lacquer combines the shine of a lacquer with the intensity of ink, colour and shine”.
Lipstick Queen Altered Universe, Space Cadet. “A gloss containing crushed pearls that act as travel pigments designed to capture and reflect light spectacularly giving the illusion of fuller lips”.
Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss, Melted Honey. “An intensely shiny lipgloss ensuring long-wear and high shine watery effect”.
Lime Crime Metallic Velvetines. “If you want extreme shine, Lime Crime is a go to, the Metallic Velvetines come in the ever popular liquid lipstick format”.
Too Faced ‘Pretty Rich’ Rich and Dazzling High Shine Sparkle Lip Gloss “Ultra glossy colour, mirror like shine, high effect glitter and shimmer effects”.
Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Gems Liquid Lipstick. “A dazzling lipstick product that features super-fine pearls and glitter to create a diamond-bright shine”.
NARS Multi-Use Gloss For Eyes, Lips and Cheeks, First Time. “This Limited-edition lineup of statement-making glosses for lips and cheeks adding a whole new dimension” (I would even dab a little on eyelids too).
MAC Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lipcolour. “A futuristic sheen with an exclusive holographic lip colour packed with iridescent pearls, the refreshing cooling sensation makes lips feel instantly fuller”.
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer ( pearl effect ). “Ecstasy Lacquer combines the shine of a lacquer with the intensity of ink, providing comfort, hold, colour and shine”.
SUQQU Flawless Lip Gloss. If you simply want the traditional glassy effect of a lipgloss Suqqu’s “colour appears on lips as pure and clear as what you see in the pot. Also a blend of two light-weight oils adds plumpness for fuller-looking youthful lips”.
Guerlain Gloss D’Enfer Maxi Shine Lip Colour. …”boldly shiny. Composed of mineral and vegetable oils, it maintains the lips hydrated and soft. Intensely bright, it ensures a sparkling, shaping and plumping smile”.
Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss Lip Gloss. “More than just a gloss, Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss is a lip plumper and gloss all in one”.
PIXI by PETRA LipLift Max. “LipLift Max is an innovative volume-maximizing treatment that coats lips with a gentle cooling sensation and glossy finish”.
Zoeva Melody Lip Gloss. “Zoeva’s first-ever lip gloss, a limited-edition collection of glitter and shimmer colours, each with an ultra-shine finish”.
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS High Shine lip gloss. “Remember the first lip gloss you ever owned? Anastasia Beverley Hills does, and this High Shine lip gloss goes all out with its polished finish and intense pigmentation”.