The Metallic Lip

I don't jump on every trend (although I'm going to be talking about another one in my next post), but one trend I'm really feeling right now is the metallic lip. You'd think it wouldn't be all that wearable, but I still find a way to wear it in my day to day life. I have a few that are my go-tos, and they're all quite neutral shades - I think that's the secret to keeping the trend so wearable.

Lili Doree, Oyster Pearl, Bronze Rose, Skinny Dip

Lili Doree, Oyster Pearl, Bronze Rose, Skinny Dip

The most low-key of my metallic lip picks is the Surratt Beauty Prismatique Lipstick in Lili Doree. It's a warm pink shade with a peachy gold sheen that looks almost foiled. I think every time I mention this lipstick, I refer to it as "NARS Orgasm in lipstick form." It's absolutely beautiful, and it's a really comfortable formula. Sometimes shimmery formulas can feel chunky or thick on the lips, but this one is totally creamy.

The newest metallic lip product in my collection is the new Bite Beauty Prismatic Pearl Creme Lip Gloss in Oyster Pearl. I got this for my birthday, and it's absolutely stunning. The shade is so unique - a plummy-taupe shade with silver shimmer. It's ultra metallic and definitely a "look," but it's still a shade I'm comfortable wearing out and about (without needing to get used to it first). The formula is lovely, too - it feels super smooth on the lips and isn't tacky, but you can definitely feel that it's going to stick around for awhile. It's a definite new favorite, and I've already got my eye on a couple more shades.

If liquid lipsticks are your thing, the Jouer Longwear Lip Cremes have some beautiful metallic shades. My favorite is Bronze Rose,* a shade from their fall lineup that's a deep rose shade with a foiled shimmer. The Jouer Lip Cremes are my favorite liquid lipsticks, and the metallic shades I've tried are just as good as the regular mattes. Snapdragon is a beautiful color, too - a metallic purple shade.

If you've got loads of lipsticks and want something to transform them, I'd also suggest Jouer's Lip Toppers - they're not quite liquid lipstick, not quite lip gloss, and super shimmery while allowing your lip color underneath to show through. They feel almost balmy on the lips. My favorite is Skinny Dip, which is a champagne shade. It works well over all of my favorite neutral pinks. It's also worked over every formula of lipstick I've tried it with, from liquid mattes to creamier bullets. This one is so versatile because of its smooth formula - it's super easy to sheer out over the lips for a subtle, lip-enhancing shimmer, or you can build it up to something really metallic.

Have you tried the metallic lip trend yet? What are your favorites?


Falling For Lip Gloss

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?