I'm not really one for lip glosses and having had a long, long, love affair with matte lipsticks, I've found myself throwing the odd lipgloss in to my bag and being on my merry way.
Now I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who finds lip glosses as a bit of faff because if the formula isn't right and is one of those sticky ones then you'll have that dreaded 'hair-stuck-to-your-lips' look going on which nobody can be pull off. However, I've had these three lip glosses on rotation in my hand bag and they have never let me down.
L-R: Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss in Pure Gold, Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss in Streak and Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lip Colour in Rose Splatch
I'm not a fan of lip glosses in a squeeze tube because you can't really control how much comes out or where it goes so sponge tipped doe foot applicators are my favourite because they go with the lip shape and give more precision. The Guerlain applicator is my favourite of the three because it's slightly more 'spongey', if that makes sense, and has more of a bend to it so really goes along with the contours of your lips.
Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss in Pure Gold - £18.00 - Available HERE
While I love using this lipgloss on its' own because the fine shimmer looks nice, it is actually best used to add a touch of dimension to a lipstick by dotting it in the middle of your lips and blending it out with your finger so it's not too glossy or shiny. Although some Bobbi Brown lip glosses do have that glue-like tacky texture to them, this is most definitely not the case with this beauty so make sure you give it a swatch next time you're at a counter.
Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss in Streak - £14.00 - Available HERE
This is my ultimate go-to everyday lip gloss because it has a balm-like feel and isn't remotely sticky, until you try to wipe it off with a tissue because then you're asking for trouble. Although the colour isn't as pigmented on the lips as it looks in the swatch above, I do really like most of the shades in the Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss range. It lasts a good few hours before needing another coat and does add a light wash of colour instead making it good for most skin tones. My only issue with these glosses is that once applied, they do tend to look very similar so if you've got one or two then that's more than enough.
Guerlain Gloss d'Enfer Maxi Shine Lip Colour in Rose Splatch - £22.50 - Available HERE
Similar to the Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss, this Guerlain number has a balm like texture and doesn't feel remotely sticky or tacky so I often find myself swiping this on with minimal makeup because it adds a very light touch of colour and the shimmer is barely noticeable. It's even my go-to lipgloss for a night out if I've gone to town with heavy eye makeup and want a lip that is pared down and low maintenance. I've picked up a few more of these Guerlain lip glosses and none of them have left me underwhelmed so I'd recommend these if you're looking to treat yourself and want something that ticks all the boxes.
Other lip glosses that I think should get a special mention although they weren't featured are:
Benefit Ultra Plush Lipgloss in Dandelion, Revlon Colourburst Lipgloss in Peony and Origins Drink Up Lip Balm in Pink Guava.
Are you a fan of lip glosses or will you be sticking with your lippies?