I feel like glossy lips are slowly but surely coming back on trend - it was matte everything for such a long time, with every brand coming out with liquid matte lipsticks, but I think with the warmer weather returning, simpler, glossy lips are making a comeback.
When I want a clear gloss I always go for the Glossier Lip Gloss - you're in luck, because this once limited edition beauty is coming back today! Just check the Glossier website (or my rep link) to see when it's back. It's actually a really moisturizing gloss and leaves a glassy sheen. This was the one that got me back into glosses when it came out in the late fall last year. Another sheer option is the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss - this is such a comfortable gloss. It feels weightless and cushiony, and it does very subtly plump up the lips without stinging. I love the pleasant minty scent, too.
Another minty, plumping gloss is the Buxom Full-On Lip Cream - I have the shade Hot Toddy, which is a beautiful warm nude shade. These also feel really comfortable on the lips and not too sticky. The pigment is definitely discernible on the lips, but it still allows whatever is underneath to show through. I'm dying to get my hands on White Russian next.
I've recently gotten back into wearing the Jouer Moisturizing Lip Glosses.* With all the hype around the Lip Cremes, I forgot how lovely the glosses were. My favorite shade is Sorbet, a warm pink with subtle golden shimmer that really enhances the lips and is perfect for spring. This is another non-sticky, "cushiony" formula that actually nourishes the lips. And if you want the OG gloss/balm hybrid, look no further than the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors. These don't get as much love as they used to in the blogging/YouTube world, but they're still such beautiful lip products. These don't feel like a gloss whatsoever - it really feels just like applying a lip balm.
The two most recent additions to my collection are already shaping up to be my favorites. I just talked about the NARS Lip Gloss in Chelsea Girls last week, but I definitely need to get my hands on more NARS Lip Glosses. The formula is beautiful. I also just got the new Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Caresse (714) after hearing Grace from Damselflavored rave about it. It's such a beautiful gloss, and the fact that it's Chanel makes it feel all the more special. Caresse is a beautiful brown-y nude shade that's pigmented enough to wear on its own but will let a lip color underneath shine through.
Lastly, if you're wanting a lip gloss that packs a punch in the pigment department, definitely check out the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Glosses. These don't get as much love as the Liquid Lipsticks, but they're insane - it's like applying a glossy liquified lipstick. I have the shade Kristen, which is another pinky brown shade (surprise, surprise). These do feel a little heavier and stickier than the rest of the options here, but it's to be expected with the pigment load. It's still a lovely gloss nonetheless and one I reach for when I'm running out the door but need to look put together.
What are your favorite lip glosses?