03 May 2016
Spring Lip Loves: 7 of the Best Lip Glosses and Balms for All Budgets
In winter you’ll find it hard to prise the matte lipsticks from my hands but, come spring, a glossier, lightweight formula is much more my bag. Here’s a wee round-up of my current faves:
Max Factor’s Colour Intensifying Lip Balms, €11.49, were released around this time last year and are a lovely little product that remind me of the (also lovely, but spendier) Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector stick balms. Unlike lots of other coloured balms, these actually do deliver on both colour and hydration; this one is Vivacious Pink but I’ve liked all the ones I’ve tried; Lorraine has a great post here with swatches of the range.
Chanel’s rouge allure glosses, €32.50, last longer than your average lip gloss – but then again, there’s nothing average about Chanel. These give a high-shine, lacquered finish with impressive pigment and a lovely radiant, luminous finish that feels nice and hydrating too: there’s a variety of active ingredients in there including matcha green tea butter and Vitamin E, to moisturise the lips. I’m obsessed with Ideale, a delicate milky pink with warm undertones; it was limited edition but at the time of writing you can still find it here. I also love Extase from the permanent line.
You can’t beat a good nude gloss and Cocoa Pop, from the Clinique Pop Lacquer Lip Colour & Primer, ticks all my boxes: it’s flattering and easy to wear, feels comfortable and isn’t sticky in the least. It promises to last 6 hours, though it doesn’t quite get there, and it’s €20 - but you’ll see from my swatches that the Rimmel Oh My Gloss in Snog is verrrrrrrrrrrry similar. For just €6.99 a pop, it’s impressive that these come with argan oil and Vitamin E, to treat the lips.
You’d have to be very hard hearted not to fall for MAC’s Huggable Glass in Such A Sweetheart; seriously, that name! Promising ‘a comforting hug of colour with immediate shine that wears for hours’, this is a creamy coral that smells divine and feels nourishing and cushiony on the lips. These are €22 and available now, though I think they’re a limited edition.
Clarins make some of my favourite warmer weather lipstick picks and their Joli Rouge Brilliant in Coral Tulip, €22, is such a juicy, wearable shade that I’d love it for that alone. But this is Clarins we’re talking about, and all of their makeup comes with added skincare benefits – here, in the shape of an intensely moisturising formula that makes this the most hydrating product of everything I’m showing you today. Nice work Clarins, nice work.
Finally, if it’s intense pigment that you’re after, look no further than the L’Oreal Glam Matte Gloss range. They’re €11.99 and come in a range of four bright, incredibly vibrant shades that look amazing in warmer, brighter weather; this one is Cherry Crop.
Tried any of these? Thoughts? And what are you loving for lips right now?