The Lip Gloss List

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One of the list suggestions in yesterday’s comments (Hi Bearca!) was my all-time favorite lip glosses. And if you know me at all, you know I am all sorts of serious when it comes to this subject. I have a small army of glosses scattered around the house. How could I possibly downgrade such an important list to the comments section?!

And really, why talk about parenting issues, global warming or the 2008 elections (Barack! I was in LA in spirit!) when you can talk about LIP GLOSS? On this here blog! Let’s get to it!

Disclaimer: Whoorl has dark hair, dark eyes and fair skin. Whoorl does not guarantee lip gloss compatibility with different skin tones. Failure to recognize this fact could lead to erroneous purchasing of lip gloss and irritability after the fact. You should not commit to new lip gloss if you have a history of finicky behavior or poor decision-making skills. Please consult a professional (like the Sephora mavens) before attempting lip gloss replacement. The professional may need to conduct a color swatch and gloss application to ensure the proper match. Lip gloss application may cause pruritis and swelling of the lips, headache, nausea and diarrhea. However, the most common side effect is suddenly looking smokin’ HOT.

Lip gloss criteria:

1. I don’t do sticky. Nothing is worse than a chunk of your freshly-washed hair stuck in your lips. I would much rather reapply than deal with the stick. Sadly, this means no MAC lip glass, Bobbi Brown lip gloss, etc.
2. Glitter is a deal breaker. I can deal with very finely-milled flecks, but that’s it. Inevitably, lip gloss wears off and those big hunks of glitter solely remain, making me look like I ate colloidal silver for breakfast.

Without further ado…

THE LIP GLOSS LIST

1. Chanel Glossimer in Spark – I think 75% of the people I know own this shade. From what I gather it looks great on pretty much anyone.

2. Delux Beauty Lip Gloss – I have about 6 or 7 of these. They aren’t sticky at all, very sheer (but buildable) and come in a tiny little tube that fits in the smallest of purses or pockets. This used to be important to me when I had a social life. Now, they can be a little tricky to find swimming in my humongous diaper bag. Oh, but they are worth it. My personal faves are:

Jasper – sheer shimmery pink
Norris – raspberry gold
Asher – shimmerless nude pink
Hank – peachy cream
Odin – mauve berry

Sephora has stopped carrying these glosses – rumor has it that Delux Beauty is going out of business. I’d shut down my business too if I just had twins and was married to McDreamy. I guess I better stock up.

3. Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Blush – This is a beautiful color. It’s definitely the most pigmented of my glosses (I usually steer towards the very sheer), but this is a no-fail compliment-getter. They say it’s a medium rose brown, but it’s more of a peachy-pink on me.

4. Stila Lip Glaze in Raspberry – They call it a “high gloss fuschia”. Frankly, that frightens me. I would say it’s a fun sheer fruity color for the summer. However, I can’t stand the clicky pen applicators. It either doesn’t release enough or overflows all over the place. Also, Apricot is a nice barely-there shade.

5. NARS lip gloss – Oh my, I love NARS. Especially the blushes. Of course, I rushed out and bought the Orgasm lip gloss to match my Orgasm blush, but sadly, it looks terrible on me. However, I really like the feel of the gloss. Metalia recently purchased Rose Birman, which intrigues me (yes, lip gloss intrigues me. Have you EVEN been paying attention?!)

So, tell me. What are your favorite lip glosses?

Oh SHIT, I’m about to faint from all the possibilities!



COMMENTS (54)

Comments

  1. Oh Whoorl, I love this list. Am I the first to comment? So appropriate. Sadly, though, this list may result in me spending a chunk of change on new lip glosses because I am in the 25% of people you know who do not own Chanel Spark.

    I do, however, own Chanel Glossimer in Giggle and it is my favorite all-time.

    I have also become a fan of Mac lustreglasses (not sticky like the lipglasses!)

    And another new fave is Vincent Longo Sophia Rose – beautiful pinky gold.

    I really need to try the Delux. Haven’t gone there yet.

  2. I have always had issues finding a gloss that wasn’t sticky. Except for MAC. I love MAC. Now I’m going to go and try me some of what you suggested :)

  3. Serious lip gloss talk? I’ve found my people!!

    I’m a fan of Fresh Lip Shine. The shade I like best is no longer listed at Sephora, and the name escapes me (Amber? Spice? something Middle Eastern-ish). Medium color, nice and glossy with no stickiness. (www.sephora.com)

    Also, the double-gloss from Tarte. I have about 4 of these, like Tarzan and Jane (it has glitter, sorry, but it’s not heinous), and Fred and Ginger. Of my faves, these are the sheerest ones. (www.sephora.com)

    The Cargo tins that carry two shades (Lip Gloss Duo) are also quite yummy. You need a brush (or some wipes to clean your fingers afterwards), which is a pain, but they wear well. I own Xai Xai, Hong Kong, and another one that I can’t remember.

    And for a good cheap one, Avon Glazewear (quick! They’re $1.99 online now! How can you go wrong?). Seriously. They’re darker in color, not very sheer, but they glide on and stay put. I have a bunch of these, but my fave is Raisin Glaze. (www.avon.com)

    Also from the cheapies, L’Oreal Rouge Pulp. Again, not as sheer, but goes on sooo well and stays put! I have like 10 of these, mainly in the brown and raisin shades. The very light ones are sheer, but if you go too light, they tend to wash the mouth out. On me, at least.

    Also, I own a gloss from Revlon in a shade called Amber Ablaze that’s basically the most perfect gloss ever – just the right combo of sheer vs. color, the perfect shade, and just the barest hint of shimmer. Never fails to make me feel hot as hell.

  4. I’m lovin’ the suggestions already!

    Tere – I LOVE the Cargo lip gloss colors, but I hate that they’re in a damn tin. I don’t want to use my fingers and I’m WAY too lazy for a brush. The sadness! I’m definitely going to check out the Fresh lip shine…

    Rebecca – Sophia Rose, I’m on it.

  5. I HATE lipstick. Hate it, HATE IT. I used to use MAC for everything, but in trying to save some $$$ after we had our kids, I tried a bunch of inexpensive brands and found that Neutrogena has great products, mineral sheers, blushes, etc. I really love their items for lips. I used their “Lip Nutrition” for a clear everyday balm, and their MoistureShine Tinted Lip Balm for color and coverage. See it here:
    http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=139784&catid=98644&cmbProdBrandFilter=2477&brand=7519&trx=PLST-0-BRAND&trxp1=98644&trxp2=139784&trxp3=1&trxp4=0&btrx=BUY-PLST-0-BRAND

  6. I am all about the Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer….wait, let me dig it out…in Nutmeg. It’s chapstick (which you TOTALLY need all the time in Colorado) with a kick!

  7. Ditto on Cargo. I love the colors, but am far too lazy to bust out a brush every time. It’s just not portable enough.

    I have one other recommendation. It’s Smashbox Lip Brilliance in Transparencies. It’s a palette with 3 different glosses that are ALL AMAZING. And, it is an awesome smooth formula that is not sticky at all. Since it has a brush inside, I don’t find it as annoying or bulky as the Cargo glosses.

    Available at Sephora, so you can pick it up along with your VL Sophia Rose. :)

    I could go on like this all day…

  8. Oh my God! You have no idea how exciting this is for me. I am blonde, blue and fair so my faves are probabably way different but I too am a lip gloss fanatic.

    I love:
    Bobbi Brown lip tint in Tea. Love the super lite minty tingle.

    I too have Stila lip glaze but I have Blackberry. That one is border line too goopy.

    Lorac lip gloss in Luscious. It looks bright red but is actually just slightly tinted on.

    And my new super cheap fave is Burts Bee’s lip shimmer in Champagne. Again with the minty tingle and I think it was around $3.

    I love me some tingles.

  9. I heart MAC lipgele in jellybabe. I love the list! I have a hard time finding good gloss. I am addicted to buying make-up, so this rocks!

  10. Very Important Announcement…I am very excited about these Burt’s Bees lip shimmers y’all speak of. I already use the regular lip balm and I just checked their website…11 COLORS!

    ACK! WOOT! WEEEEEEE!

  11. Oh, and I remembered another goodie from Avon: Beyond Color Lip Recovery Cream with SPF 15. They have a nude and a peach shade that are the perfect neutral, natural shades. LOVE them.

  12. I love Bobbi Brown gloss in Tea (I don’t find it too sticky somehow, but no, no way on MAC), Laura Mercier Tender Lips, Chanel Glossimer in Giggle, Juicy Tube in Miracle and my all-time forever in my bag go-to: Kiehl’s Lip Balm hue no. 58B. It has the best consistency and the prettiest barely there berry color. It doesn’t taste like anything either. p.s. we have that sun shade too.

  13. Only one for me.

    Bobbi Brown lip gloss tube in Twilight Shimmer. It’s the best.

    Just tried on the other formula they have with a little wand in Spun Gold. That formula is a little sticky but the color was beautiful. Need to try it again.

  14. I’m with you on the MAC. Too gloppy. I’m pretty much a one-lip gloss woman: Dr Pepper. I have tubes everywhere: car, purse, pockets, in drawers, at work. It’s got the perfect feel, it stays on, I love the tint and the smell is delicious.

    I’ve tried zillions of other brands, but always wind up coming back to that. Kiehl’s No. 1 was all right for me, but a) I don’t like clear glosses unless I’m going to bed and b) it felt too smooth, too Vaseline-y. Neutrogena’s are decent.

    Oh! Clinique’s Black Honey. Do they still make that? That’d be my second favorite.

    I may have to give Burt’s Bees a try, though. I’m very intrigued!

  15. I’m in heaven! I didn’t know there were others out there with such strong feelings for gloss. Ok, I absolutely love to pair them up. My favorite combo is Clinique superbalm tinted lip treatment in Mango Tint (I bought this literally like four years ago and am squeezing out the very last little bit that’s left…don’t ask why, I should really just go out and get more) I top this off with Benefit – the gloss in Chaperone. LOVE IT!

  16. Hey… I’m a no-lip-gloss gal… so I cannot share my fav with you! But I did want to say THANKS for the link on your blog to http://www.etsy.com. I’ll be on the computer for hours now forgetting all about housework and such…

  17. 1) NARS Positano
    2) Neutrogena Dreamy (Alltime fav & it’s cheap)
    3) NARS Chelsea Girls

    These three glosses literally get me stopped by strangers at the mall to ask me what I’m wearing.

  18. Clinique’s Black Honey! Love! I still have a tube… purchased a few years ago, but I can’t let go!

    I think it’s still available… not sure, though…

  19. Now that I have Pout Plump, I may never love another lip gloss again. Seriously. It feels heavenly and tastes yummy, too. Well, yummy in a minty waxy sort of way.

    Oh – and I really did love my ex – embarrassingly, Jessica Simpson’s “Dessert” lip gloss. Ha. I should be ashamed to admit that I bought this.

    Napoleon Auto-Pilot is great for just a plain gloss to cover lipstick, too.

    Am adoring your list. Is it sad that I likely will write down your suggestions on a post-it note before leaving your site?

  20. Despite your knocking the MAC Lipglass, that’s what I use every day. In the “Lust” shade. Because I am a horny housewife. Not really, but it just looks nice with whatever makeup I feel like wearing.

  21. C.O. Bigelowâ„¢ Mentha Lip Tints in #1136 (Red/Brown) is AMAZING! the color would flatter anyone – it’s a very sheer nude-but-i-just-ate-a-strawberry kind of color that tastes like you just brushed your teeth… i am in love!!!

  22. Hate the sticky glosses… am so tired of hair sticking to lips in this windy part of town. Must try Chanel!

    I do, however, own 5 of the 11 shades of the Burt’s Bees shimmering. Love, love, LOVE them.

    Was very hopeful for the Beauty Rush line at VS, but, alas, they are all about the sticky. They taste good, though. Strawberry Fizz and Cherry Bomb are quite delicious.

    Thanks for the endorsements. I’ll be rushing out to spend more money I don’t have. :-)

  23. I always have clinique clear in my purse. I love the color of my lips and it enhances them just so. I also am a Burt’s Bees girl and I have three but I don’t have them in my purse because I switched out this morning in a rush. I want to say two of them are the same shade.

    Now, I have a new list of colors to buy at Neiman Marcus. I’ve never owned a Chanel anything because it wasn’t available in the ho-hum towns that I was living in. But, thankfully, in Houston, they have it all!

  24. Well, this is awesome! I mostly wear Cocoa Care Cocoa Butter lip balm! But I love a nice light gloss so I’m all over these suggestions. I too hate heavy lipsticks but love gloss or lip balm but I always have a hard time picking the right colors. I think it looks faboo then I get it on and its a completely different color…great. So, since these are coming from a lip gloss connoisseur I will give them a try!

  25. dcmm- do tell. what shades of bb shimmering do you have? do you have nutmeg, rhubarb or raisin? i haven’t seen them in person yet, but i like the descriptions of those on the bb site. just wondering…

  26. Oh this is a wonderful idea for a post! I actually have it on my list of things to get at Nordstroms: Lipgloss. As if i need more.

    Mac: hate the lipgelee. dig the lipglass in viva glam. hear ya on the sticky though.

    Bobbi Brown: disappointed in the new lip gloss shimmer.

    But these brands don’t matter cause whoorl no likey.

    Benefit Cosmetics: my sister sells this so i have a lot of it and love it. great marketing! Sold at Macy’s and Sephora.
    must try Smooch. it is a lip treatment but it is like nothing you have ever used. has vit e. literally soaks in and stays on. this is my burts bees back up.
    #2 must try…lip plump. this is a primer that fills in lines and builds. a necissity before good lip gloss! i love love love this stuff.
    also…color plump which is a pencil form of gloss. very cool. color: yoo hoo.

    Chanel: Glossimer in twinkle.

    #1 fav: Burts Bees in Champagne. The stuff rocks. But…the other colors get dark and so be careful!

  27. Um, thanks for all the awesome suggestion. I am not lying when I say I took notes. And will be taking my notes (and a wad of cash) with me to Sephora as soon as work is over today. Dude, why is make up so much money? And why do we love it so?

    Again…thanks!

  28. I am with Tere – I love the Avon glazewear! Not sticky, nice smooth texture, no fragrance, great selection of colours – what more could a girl ask for? Oh yeah, and cheap like borscht.

  29. I’m sad and uncool. I know nothing about lipgloss. NOTHING! And you call me your friend. Not for long, probably.

  30. Whoorl, you my friend are an enabler.

    And I love it. ::: grabs some scratch paper :::

  31. whoorl,i have read all of the above! usually not a fan of sticky, but i wear my hair back everyday so i really have no reason to care.
    1. a cute girl at the bobbi counter convinced me to try her new shade, tawny rose. very pretty on fair rosey cheeked chicas.
    2.most colors of alison raffaele’s (former head artist at bobbi) skin soft gloss, but wear vivacious mostly. soft and moisturizing, not sticky, but wears off quickly.
    3. aveda lip glaze in pepino, i wear this when i have a bit of a tan.
    4.mac lipgelee in moistly, whoorl, what do you think about the name?
    5.staniac hint of tint, by the balm (similar to benetint, but in gel form) multi purpose for cheeks and lips. this is great with aquaphor, khiels or rosebud salve layered over it. those three are also fantastic alone.
    as for the burt’s, i want to love them, but they are matte and i love me some shine.

  32. the burt’s doesn’t shine at all? not even shimmer? but they are called lip shimmers! don’t bring me down, man.

  33. i have very textured lips(this is not a good thing), it just seemed to settle like a lipstick. the shimmers are sorta glittery to me. i want to love i do, i even purchased their cheek cream, it is all a bit dry.

  34. i’m crying. i’m still going to give them the good ol’ college try, though.

  35. Dear Christ, I’m about to spend a bloody fortune on lip glosses.

  36. I have no less than 14 lip glosses/balms at my desk…the faves are:

    Trish McEvoy, in Whisper
    Rosebud Salve
    Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
    NARS Lip Lacquer in Babydoll and Butterfield 8
    All of the Khiels tinted glosses
    Sue Devitt gloss in Shiraz

  37. I do what I can, Erica. I do what I can. ;)

  38. C.O. Bigelow Mint flavored tinted lip glosses (found at Bath and Body Works). Not only do they give you a sheer color and lovely shine but they freshen your breath too! Squee!

    I also am a big fan of lip fusion plumping glosses. My upper lip lacks in fullness and I love how these work. You get a nice little tingle but nothing like the burning of lip venom. yick.

  39. I do think the NARS Rose Birman would look good with your coloring. It’s most definitely my new fave.

    Some others currently floating around my bag:

    Chanel Glossimers– Glaze, Spark, Force

    Neotrogena– Moistureshine Lip Soother in Glaze (sheer pink, and tastes SO good).

    Tarte–Supergloss in Pip and Estella. It’s a double-ended wand with two colors. (Good lord! How dirty did that sound?) In any event, the colors are great alone or together.

    Also, have you tried DuWop Lip Venom Gloss? It’s a love it or hate it thing because it’s very tingly, but if you do like it (as I do) it’s addictive.

    http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P51803&categoryId=C10477

    Lastly, Johnson’s Soothing Naturals Soothe & Protect Balm– It’s not a gloss, per se, but it’s awesome all the same. It’s an all-purpose balm/stick thing (that I MAY have stolen from my baby).

    http://www.drugstore.com/qxp150842_333181_sespider/johnsons_soothing_naturals/soothe_and_protect_balm.htm

  40. I LOVE my body shop lip butters, my favorite are mango and papaya. They rock.

    For a fancy -goin-out lipgloss – Have ay of you tried DUWOP – Lip Venom? It tastes like cinnamon and stings like hell, and its suppose to give you the ‘angelina’ lips…(Im still waiting) I think because it stings so much, people poof out their lips and THINK they look like Brads better half… I have to admit though, its an addictive lipgloss!

    UUHH also, the aveda lipglosses are great! And all natural!!

  41. I beg to differ RE: Bobbi Brown. A little rosebud balm underneath does the trick with the straight up glosses. But then there are the lip tints in the tubes, with the spf 15 (or maybe 20). Those suckers are amazing. Perfect colors that go with any skin color, nice and light. And did I mention the SPF?? That’s the one thing I’m super anal about with anything that goes on my face.

    Oh and the BB in the tubes also come in these cute little stocking stuffer type packages where you get four at a time for like $3.75*.

    *Ok, fine, times five.

  42. dude, i love my cherry chapstick lipBOMB! .89 cents, baby!

    i’m thinking i have nothing to contribute here….

  43. i love mac lipgloss. it totally rocks my socks :)

  44. Try Armani Lipstick Mania (I like No. 23). Its gloss color without being goopy. And its easy to apply.

  45. My love goes to Avon Glazewear (I love many of their products). It’s a nice balance of sheerness and full color, stays on well, keeps lips soft and is very inexpensive. Favorite shades are Blushing (a neutral pink/brown), Berry Cool (a sheer violet), and Crimson.

  46. My favorite is the Clinique superbalm in Mango Tint, it’s not sticky and makes your lips look great!! Along with Aquaphor Healing Ointment, it’s great to make shiny lips.

  47. I’m with Molly on Trish McEvoy–I’m obsessed with her lip gloss! My fav at the moment is Cashmere…I’m already on my 3rd tube (I hate that word!) since the fall! Sad. :o)

  48. It’s sick how much I like to talk about lip gloss. I’m blonde, green eyes, and very fair. My favorites are:

    Vincent Longo, Perfect Shine Lip Gloss — Baci XXX (clear w/ a pink shine) and Costa Fiore (great glossy reddish brown, no need for any other lipstick, plus it stays on well). Costa Fiore is what I always carry with me, even if I am carrying a teeny-tiny clutch. You don’t need anything else.

    Benefit, The Gloss — Kiss Me (perfect pinkish nude) and Rave Reviews (just enough sheer almost-garnet color to be interesting, but not too much). Big bonus for how good it feels and how smooth and non-sticky it is.

    Lorac, Lip Gloss — Luscious (the perfect consistency, perfect taste/smell, and perfect sheer red). The only drawback is that it’s in a pot and I usually don’t like applying with my finger. This one is worth it, though.

    Lorac, Gloss Stick — Sheer Berry (goes on like chapstick, but with just a hint of color — and feels even better than any of the glosses listed above).

    Bigelow, Mentha Lip Tint — No. 1138 (minty fresh, as soothing as a balm, but with just a hint of color so that you don’t need any other lipstick)

    Trish McEvoy, Lip Gloss — Gold Rush (looks scary gold in the tube, but goes on beautifully — perfect by itself for shine, or even better over a matte lipstick), Iced Mocha (dark red but not overwhelming), or Shimmery Pink (exactly what the name sounds like, but won’t make you look like you have bubblegum on your lips). If I had to pick one makeup company to whom I had to be loyal for the rest of my life, I would pick Trish, hands down.

    Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the best balm/clear gloss is Boots’ Olive Sage Almond Wonder Balm (Target!). It is heavenly, and you can also slather it on your cuticles or other dry spots. Nothing else feels as good on my lips, and it’s thick enough that I don’t miss wearing a color.

    I am so sick that I just deleted, like, four other lip glosses that I had listed because I didn’t want to come off like a psycho.

    I could do this for lots of makeup products. And perfume, too.

  49. Oh yeah – I love the rosebud salve stuff too. Aside from the having to stick your finger in it aspect, it has the prettiest, barely, barely there pinkish hue. Plus a cute tin. Hey — I thought of another list: fave magazines.

  50. oooo oooo perfume next, yes?

  51. glam- i don’t wear perfume. i find most very stinky and they make my nose itch. what’s a girl to do?

  52. Holy crap! Now that’s a list of comments!

    Burt’s Bees: I have Nutmeg, Raisin, Rhubarb, Merlot, and Cocoa. In the summer, I often will buy Watermelon as well (it’s too “pink-y” for me in fall/winter). They have a very light shimmer… no crappy sparkles get stuck on your lips.

  53. I have so many lipglosses, but don’t like most of them because they are so sticky! I must, must try a couple of your suggestions. I think I will start with the Chanel.

  54. Just peeking in on this discussion and taking notes from over at SAJ. I hate sticky gloss and have been looking for something glossy and fresh for summer.

    I did notice this: http://www.deluxbeautystore.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=delux_0205&Product_Code=KissIt&Category_Code=Master

    while I was plunking around looking at some of the suggestions.

    I also LOVE the Burts Bees. I have Rhubarb.