How is Lip Gloss SO Shiny? We Find Out (and Recommend Our Favs)

Sure, matte lips might be having a (very long) moment, but that doesn’t mean that lip gloss has gone out of favour. In fact, trend forecasts have indicated that the ‘wet’ look is going to blow up over the next few months, so get your gloss ready is all I’m saying.

But what is it that makes this makeup staple SO INSANELY shiny? It is, as you would assume, all about the ingredients. We break it down for you:

1 Emollients

These are the oils (mineral or vegetable), lanolin derivatives or polybutene (similar to silicone) that are added to makes the lips feel smooth and look shiny when wearing the product.

2 Thickeners

Waxes or clays are generally added to the formula so that the gloss actually stays on your lips and doesn’t start running down your chin. Because this would NOT be a good look!

3 Colour and Glitter

Many, but not all, glosses, add some colour so that they look prettier on the shelves or add a sheer tint to the lips. Minerals such as iron oxide or mica are added to give a glittery effect.

4 Flavours

Flavorants are just added so that the gloss smells like whatever it says on the contain, but sweeteners are also often added so that they taste good, too. We don’t recommend consuming a whole tube though.

5 Control Agents

These ingredients ensure that the formula remains stable. Control agents can include preservatives, pH adjustors, antioxidants and, in some cases, even SPF.

So not a lot of nourishment going on in these products, but we’re willing to compromise for the sake of beauty. That being said, here are our five recommended lip glosses guaranteed to have you shining for days and ahead of the trend.

MAC Lipglass

If it’s good enough for the makeup pros, it’s good enough for us. This tube of goodness is perfect for creating that wet look on your lips.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

Not only does this stuff make your lips seriously shiny, but it has a blend of oils that nourishes them, too. And it comes in seven great flavours.

Yardley Rollo’ Gloss Lip Jelly

Ready for some nostalgia? Then this gloss, which is applied with a roller ball, will be right up your alley. All the results with ALL the fun.

Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil

As if the packaging alone isn’t great enough, the contents of this round, squeezy container are pretty amazing too. Lots of shine and healthy lips guaranteed.

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer

All the colour of a conventional lipstick combined with high-definition gloss? It DOES exist, and we couldn’t be more in love!


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