Last day of August! Cannot believe how fast this month has gone by. I also cannot believe how little I use lipgloss anymore. I have become super sensitive to anything that is sticky. I plain won’t put it on my lips. I have been opting, instead, for lipstick/lipgloss hybrids. You’ve seen my post on the amazing drugstore hybrid lipsticks from the UK, and I’ve also tried out the Rouge Coco Shines from Chanel. But, always in search of something different and unique, I found the Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Lusters. Now, the first one I discovered in a kit I purchased from QVC and after that…it was love.
If you aren’t familiar with these, they are the quintessential lipstick/lipgloss hybrid…and their packaging makes them much easier to apply than others I have tried. They are jumbo pencils, so they easily draw on. They twist up at the bottom and are color coded to easily identify the shade you are reaching for. They have a minty scent, but no flavor. They aren’t “plumping” so no need to worry about tingly or burning sensations here (as frequently happens to me when I use the so-called plumpers). There are three different formulas of the LipSurgence line (Tint and Matte are the other two) but Luster is my favorite. They have a glossiness built in as well as a multi-dimensional shimmer. I like my glosses with shimmer so it’s no surprise I was attracted to this line. I do have one of the Tint formulations, and I like that as well for more of a natural, moisturizing stain. The Matte ones I don’t care for as much…mainly because I am not a huge fan of matte lipsticks in general. You can find these on Tarte’s website, Ulta, Sephora and QVC.
Lip swatches are so helpful to me when I am looking at lip products, so I thought I would do lip swatches of all the shades I own:
They are not as sheer as some of the glossy lipsticks like YSL’s Volupte Sheer Candy line, but definitely not as pigmented as say, the Burberry Lip Mists. They aren’t the least bit sticky and they glide on with ease. They have average wear time on me of about 3-4 hours; some of the glossiness wears off to reveal more of a shimmery lip stain.
It’s hard to choose favorites here because they are all really lovely…but if I could only have 3 I would choose Sweet, Adored and Frisky….but Glisten is really starting to win me over as well. I cannot wait for the next QVC Auto-Delivery Set of the Glow Your Way to Gorgeous in October because another new shade will be coming in that kit.
And, just in case lip swatches aren’t your thing, here are the swatches on my skin as well:
These have solidified a place in my purse and my travel makeup bag. If you are a fan of gloss without the stickiness, you really need to give these a go.
What are your favorite glossy lipsticks? Do you prefer ones that are sheer or more pigmented?