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In this post I’ll be sharing all about my top lip glosses and lip balms! I personally love glosses that just make my lips feel so hydrated and super plump; just delicious! Over the years, it’s been a real journey full of trial and error to find the best glosses and balms. It might sound simple, but, there’s a lot that goes into it believe it or not. It shouldn’t be sticky, the perfect color, not gritty; and just a bunch of other things. Well, I’m here to share all about the best of the best!
“Over the years, it’s been a real journey full of trial and error to find the best lip glosses and balms!”
Although liquid lipsticks have been super popular lately and all the rave, I’ve never really found or tried a formula that I was in love with. Each liquid lipstick I used ended up drying my lips, and at the end of the day, caused that dreaded butthole lip. If you don’t know what that is, click the link attached and read all about this sad, sad consequence. Thus, I fell in love with what just makes my lips feel comfortable. Something that I can wear throughout the day that will leave my lips hydrated, shiny, and look so healthy and just juicy. I love lip glosses, lip treatments, lip balms; pretty much anything that will give my lips that shine.
In the list, I’ll also add an honorable mention (#7), a special lipstick that is like a gloss but has the pigment of a lipstick which has been my favorite for months now.
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Best Lip Glosses / Lip Balms #1: Kopari – Coconut Lip Glossy
If there is one recommendation that will influence your next shopping trip, it has to be this one. This is a petroleum free lip gloss which contains shea butter and coconut oil, delivering maximum hydration and shine. It is AMAZING. Anyone that knows me, knows that this product is my holy grail. Anywhere I go, I need my Kopari Lip Glossy by my side. I always have it at my desk at work, on my nightstand; literally everywhere. This product has been a part of my everyday makeup routine for so long now that I can not even imagine my life before it. (A bit dramatic, I know, but I really want to get the point across about how amazing this gloss really is.)
I’m a huge fan of coconut oil for hydration, and this product is based on and formulated with coconut oil. One beauty of coconut oil is that it is very lightweight and not sticky or greasy feeling. It adds that deep hydration to your lips without them feeling weighed down or anything along those lines. It has a really faint scent of coconut, that isn’t overpowering or too artificial at all, which I am a huge fan of. If you are looking for a natural lip balm/treatment that doesn’t have any stickiness to it but packs a lot of shine, this is the product for you! They offer this in tinted shades at Ulta, however, I can only vouch for the clear one because that one is really the BOMB!
Best Lip Glosses / Lip Balms #2: Laneige – Lip Glowy Balm
This product is relatively new, but, the second I heard about it I knew that I just had to pick it up. I already love Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask so I was so intrigued about this product! I went to Sephora and immediately ran to these lip balms. They offer the lip balm in 4 options; Berry, Peach, Grapefruit, and Pear. Oh my goodness… they smell absolutely DELICIOUS! Some of the balms are tinted and will add a subtle hue to the lips; the Peach, Berry, and Grapefruit. But, out of all of the options, I was blown away by the Pear one. This one smells so so so so so so good and it is clear so it just makes your lips appear very shiny and juicy without adding any color.
This product is a little thicker than a typical lip gloss/balm, however, that just makes it last longer. It’s not sticky whatsoever and feels so comfortable on the lips. It is formulated free of sulfates, parabens, and phthaltes as well so you can feel confident with putting this product on your lips.
Best Lip Glosses / Lip Balms #3: Bite Beauty – Agave Daytime Lip Balm
Out of all of the recommended lip balms, I feel like this is the one that lasts the longest. This lip balm is super thick and buttery which is a perfect combination for maximum hydration. If you suffer from either dry or chapped lips, I feel like this is the ideal product for you. It is not greasy whatsoever and the best part about it is that it lasts a very long time. With just one application, you have hydrated and moisturized lips. One thing to keep in mind though is that this product more of a true balm and doesn’t have that super shiny effect like the previous options do.
This balm contains Agave Nectar which soothes and nurtures the lips, Mongongo Oil which is loaded with Vitamin E and fatty acids, as well as Cocoa Butter. All of the listed ingredients make this product the ideal balm and lip moisturizer.
Best Lip Glosses / Lip Balms #4: Fenty Beauty – Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer
In my First Impressions article about the new Fenty Beauty Bronzer, I mentioned how this lip gloss is THE best but I didn’t really elaborate on the true beauty of this product. This product is absolutely stunning. From the formula all the way to the scent, Fenty Beauty really knocked this product out of the park and created a game changer for the makeup community.
I purchased mine in the shade “Fenty Glow” which is described to be a shimmering rose nude. It is really a perfect color that just gives your lips that perfect glow. They recently added a few more shades to their gloss line; a shimmering pearl shade as well as a shimmering pink. The glitter particles are super fine so the gloss doesn’t feel gritty whatsoever. And the smell of the product is unbelievable! It smells sort of like a pink Starbust or a juicy watermelon; either way, it is amazing and it is a MUST to give this product a shot! This gloss makes your lips look so shiny and the best part is that it is also formulated with Shea Butter so it really hydrates your lips at the same time.
Best Lip Glosses / Lip Balms #5: NARS – Lip Gloss
This lip gloss is definitely on the higher end of the price spectrum, but, I believe that if you’re going to splurge on a gloss, this is the one. This lip gloss doesn’t really have that super duper moisturizing effect like every other product on this list, however, it is a very good gloss. The winning component of this product is the shine. I have the gloss in one of the most iconic NARS shades, Orgasm. It is a peachy pink shade that’s packed with shimmer. This gloss is shiny, lightweight, not sticky, unscented, and very smooth when applied to the lips; basically everything you would want in a lip gloss.
Although it’s packed with shimmer, it doesn’t feel gritty and it just adds a gorgeous luminosity to your lips. The shade Orgasm isn’t the most natural shade, however, I do think it’s perfect for every day wear. The pigmentation is great in this gloss and a little goes a long way so I definitely think it is worth the value as well.
Best Lip Glosses / Lip Balms #6: Dose of Colors x Desi & Katy – Lip Gloss
Now, this lip gloss isn’t the best of the best out there, but, there is one thing it does better than all the rest. THE SHINE! I have this gloss in the shade “Over the Top” which is described to be a clear base with gold reflects. Honestly, this gloss is just insanely packed with glitter particles and it is just gorgeous. The gold particles catch the light in such a beautiful way and it really does make your lips appear super plump.
You may be thinking, since it’s so gorgeous, why did you say it’s not the best of the best? Personally, I think that this gloss is just way too gritty for me and it doesn’t feel super smooth on the lips. However, it is so beautiful and I highly recommend it because the glitter is amazing.
Best Lip Glosses / Lip Balms #7: L’Oreal – Colour Riche Shine Lipstick
This product deserves an honorable mention on this list because I have been completely obsessed with it for almost a year now. When I say obsessed I mean like my backups have backups and I never want to go a day without it. This lipstick is just everything and more. It has the pigmentation of a lipstick but it has the shine and comfortable-feel of a lip gloss. I purchased mine in the shade glossy fawn and it is the PERFECT nude for me. They have many different shade options available ranging from neutral nudes to bright reds and pinks.
On their website, the formula is said to be ultra-rich, ultra-radiant, glossy, and comfortable. The formula is super creamy and just beautiful. It is also very buildable and it can be either natural or a few extra layers can be added for a more full coverage color. Even with a bunch of added layers, the lipstick never feels heavy or chunky. Honestly, run (don’t walk) to your nearest Drugstore or Ulta and try this amazing formula for yourself!
I hope you guys liked my recommendations and also try some of the products out! Have you ever tried any of these lip glosses or balms? What are some of your favorites?! Let me know below!
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