Ask me a year ago today when the last time I'd worn a lipgloss was, and I probably wouldn't have even bothered to think - "too long ago to remember" would be the jist you could expect! But things suddenly flipped over a few months ago, and I've just been loving that fresh, youthful and natural look, amongst other things like not having to apply lip balm, because the products were constantly nourishing my lips. My lips have never been in better condition in this blistering cold!
The four products I've been loving in particular are the ones you see above - Dior Addict Lipstick in Miss Dior 343, Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld Rouge Unlimited in Parisienne Pink, L'Oreal Glamshine (Miss Candy) lipgloss in Pink Treat*, and Chanel Levres Scintillante in Coral Love 146. Out of the four, I've reached most for the latter two.
The two lipglosses have earnt their place in my bag because despite being lipglosses, they both have a nice level of pigmentation - something I think is difficult to find in lipglosses! The L'Oreal gives me a nice tinge of peachy pink, and the Chanel gives me a nice apricot tone to my lips.
As lovely as the L'Oreal Glamshines are, Chanel puts it into a sharp contrast of how 'drugstore' Glamshines are. L'Oreal glitter is kinda chunky and noticeable on the lips, and it has no apparent benefits to your lips - but I use it because of the pigmentation and lovely formula.
Chanel, on the other hand, is a great consistency which isn't so watery that it's sliding everywhere and gone in a second, but not so gloopy that it's hard to open your mouth. It's firm enough to last a long time, and what's more, my lips are never chapped when I use this even when it's gone (in my tummy - yuck). I'm pretty convinced it has some sort of skincare benefits in there somewhere! The glitters are small enough to not be felt, but seen - it really brightens up your lips! Definitely eyeing up another shade from Chanel!
The Dior lipstick has always been a favourite, because it's basically a heavily tinted lip balm. It actually deposits colour and gives me a nice peach lip without looking too fake and in yo' face. It's conditioning and lovely, and super easy to use.
The Shu lippy is a relatively new addition, and one that is more oil-based and equally as nourishing as the Dior and Chanel. It's more of a baby pink which is nice for everyday. Both have the great quality of getting rid of chapped lips in the long run, and as a result, I haven't really reached for lip balm outside the house this year!
You can probably see in the swatches below why I love these for that au naturel look. They are all various levels of glossy, but have enough pigment to have an effect on my rather pigmented lips. They also work really well with each other, and I can create loads of different looks with just these 4 products :)
Dior, Chanel, Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld, L'Oreal
|Dior, Chanel, Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld, L'Oreal|
My make up bag has been a second home to all four lip products, and while others come and go, these four have been in there for a while now! They are moisturising and conditioning for my lips, and they deliver that youthful, fresh and juicy look that I'm absolutely loving! :)
Are you a gloss girl or a lipstick girl?
Or perhaps in between?
What have you been loving on your lips?
*The L'Oreal Glamshine was received for consideration.