Alone, lip gloss and lip balm makeup products leave the lips moisturized, conditioned and shiny. Both types of lip makeup are available in clear and tinted versions. Lip gloss worn alone is beautiful and when it is worn over lip color it can create a beautiful lip appearance.
Most lip color products, whether it be lipstick or a lip stain, cannot stay moist by themselves for long no matter what the product claims. This is why lip balm and lip gloss are great at keeping lipstick or a lip stain looking moist and fresh. Another benefit of adding lip gloss to one’s makeup routine is that many new formulas double as a lip plumper for those looking for extra lip volume.
Kiss My Face SPF 15 Lip Balm
This lip balm was reviewed previously by this writer in the article titled The Best Sunscreen for UVA/UVB Protection of the Face and Body. This is a great clear lip balm to wear alone, or under or over lip color. Lips will stay conditioned through the product’s inclusion of canola oil, beeswax, coconut oil, aloe vera, vitamin E, and royal jelly. There are six flavors to choose from with this lip balm, all of which are clear in color.
Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer
A tinted lip balm that is perfect for giving lips a natural looking touch of color. The balm conditions lips and locks in moisture through its inclusion of sunflower seed oil, castor seed oil, beeswax, lanolin, cocoa seed butter, and vitamin E. This product is available in 11 shades.
L’OrÃ©al HiP Studio Secrets Professional Jelly Balm
This potted balm give lips a highly pigmented pop of color. The texture of this lip balm is much thicker than most which allows this lip balm to both protect lips from drying out and keep the color true longer. This product is available in four shades.
Maybelline VolumeXLSeduction Lip Plumper
Available in ten colors, including clear, this lip gloss can be used alone or over lipstick to give anyone perfect plump lips. The formula does tingle a little after it is applied and some users may find this bothersome, but the results of beautiful glossy and temporarily slightly plumper lips are worth it.
DuWop Lip Venom
This was one of the first lip plumpers in a gloss formula to come onto the makeup scene a few years ago and it still remains on top. The clear formula can compliment any lipstick or lip stain, or just simply make bare lips amazing. This formula definitely creates more of a tingle than most other lip plumpers on the market and in turn gives users visually fuller lips temporarily. This lip gloss also contains jojoba oil to condition the lips.
A note on lip plumpers: While lip plumpers do work well temporarily, they have a tendency to leave the user with dry lips afterward. This dryness is certainly nothing permanent that cannot be corrected with a little lip balm, but it is still worth mentioning.
L’OrÃ©al Infallible Never Fail Lip Gloss
A long lasting lip gloss that is perfect for wearing over lip color to make any lipstick or lip stain last longer. This lip gloss can also be worn alone. The product claims to last for six hours. This writer found that the product definitely lasted at least three hours, which isn’t the six hours that is claimed but it is still a lot longer than traditional lip glosses. This product is available in 16 shades.
Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss
There are so many reasons why this lip gloss is fabulous. Packaged inside a fun tube featuring pictures of men whose clothes float off to reveal undies with a flip of the tube, one would assume this lip gloss is probably nothing special and only a marketing ploy. However, with just one application any user will see this gloss is not just a piece of pretty packaging.
The gloss contains Hyaluronic Spheres and it is this ingredient that leaves the user with smooth, line-free lips. Although this lip gloss does not market itself as a lip plumper, the Hyaluronic Spheres seem to do just that except without any unpleasant tingling or dryness. This lip gloss comes in eight flattering shades and each one’s scent is a delicious crÃ¨me-brulee.
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