Three New, Gorgeous Glosses and Top Tips

by Sonja on March 25, 2009

image by rachel a. k.

Lip gloss is good stuff. The shine draws the eye and highlights the beauty and sensuality of one’s lips. Gloss is a super fast way to create a sexy, tempting pout. Even just a dot on the bottom lip makes lips look fuller and more voluptuous.

Today I’ve got tips to make gloss last and look its best, and three exceptional glosses to share. They all have totally different formulas, are very comfortable to wear, and definitely deserve your attention. Lipstick Queen has come out with the new, very unique, lip plumping Big Bang Illusion Gloss. While Kiehl’s has some beautiful, new nudes in their highly moisturizing gloss. And Bobbi Brown offers gorgeous, new, perfect-for-spring, longwearing colors with lots of shine.

Lip Prep

First some tips to get the longest wear and best look with your gloss…

  • Exfoliate. Make sure to exfoliate lips so that the gloss doesn’t highlight dry, flaky skin. The least expensive ways to go about this are to buff lips with a toothbrush and a bit of moisturizer or with a bit of sugar and olive oil. It’s key to use a light touch, because the skin on lips is more delicate than the rest of the face.
  • Prime. Prime lips to condition, lightly moisturize, and help gloss stay in place and go on more smoothly. If using an all-over face primer, also apply to the lips. Global Goddess Upgrade Complexion Face Primer ($36) is perfect for this, because it has a super silky formula that adds moisture without being so moist that color slips off. It also has natural, light reflectors to make lips look more youthful, and moisturizing, antioxidant vitamins A and E. Another great option is to use a primer specifically for the lips. Eco-friendly JUARA Sweet Black Tea Lip Treatment ($22) has a nice, light formula that’s ideal. It sinks right in, moisturizes and softens without greasiness, smoothes lines and wrinkles, and protects from the environment with antioxidant vitamin E. All without parabens or artificial colors and no animal testing.
  • Lightly Conceal. To show the true color a gloss, lightly conceal with a dab of concealer, foundation, or tinted moisturizer. Light, silky formulas with moisture built in work best. Some excellent ones to try are the new Trish McEvoy Brightening Line Minimizing Concealer ($21) that glides on and optically diffuses fine lines, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation ($45) that weightlessly provides coverage and brightens with light diffusers while adding a touch of moisture, and the new Global Goddess Geisha Goddess Tinted Face Duo ($38) that has a tinted moisturizer that adds sheer color and moisture as it brightens the complexion – it also includes a concealer.

Gorgeous Gloss

Once you’ve got your lips ready to go, apply one of these gorgeous glosses on top of a lipstick or on their own.

Totally New and Unique
The new Lipstick Queen Big Bang Illusion Gloss ($20) ups the lip gloss ante. Lipstick Queen Poppy King has created a unique gloss that manages to be very creamy and silky with good staying power and enough shimmer to make lips look fuller without any stickiness or the traditional, lip-stinging, uncomfortable, plumping ingredients. “Each shade has my exact ratio of shine to shimmer to create the illusion of fuller lips,” according to the product description. The darker of the eight shades also pack a lot of pigment so lips stay subtly stained after the gloss wears off.

I love the shades Time (second to the left) with its coppery, golden shimmer that’s a perfect complement to nude lipsticks and Black Hole (second to the right), a rich, burgundy that has so much pigment on its own that there’s no need to apply a lipstick first.

Lots of Moisturizing Color
Kiehl’s Simply Mahhvelous is a collection of four new, New York-inspired nude tones ($14.50 each) that will suit just about anyone. These glosses feel really good. They’re more like a skin care product that has the added bonus of color. They’re made with vitamin E, natural extracts of mango seed, grapeseed, rose hips, and apricot seed so they provide lots of moisture and antioxidant protection from the environment without any sticky feeling. They also contain beta carotene that acts as a natural colorant and protects as a free radical scavenger, and are not tested on animals.

I especially like New York Nude (second from left), which is a medium, sandy nude, and Lights on Broadway (far right), which is a more pinky nude with a touch of rose and shimmer. There’s also East Village Vibe (second from right), which is a creamy, milk chocolate, and Mahvelous Mauve, which is a soft plum (far left).

Long Wear and High Shine
Bobbi Brown glosses are your best bet for long-wearing, high-shine color. She introduces three, perfect-for-spring lip glosses ($20 each) in her new Platinum Collection. These are the longest wearing of the bunch, because they have a heavier texture with a bit of stickiness without feeling icky. Instead they feel smooth and creamy, stay put, provide lots of shine, and are not tested on animals.

I love the new Confetti Shimmer Lip Gloss (middle). It gives a sheer wash of petal pink  with a touch of shimmer. It just feels like spring. There are two more glosses that perfectly complement the Platinum Collection: Glacier (top), which has silver shimmer, and Nougat (bottom), which a light beige with botanical extracts (including avocado, jojoba and chamomile oils, and aloe extract) to soothe and soften.

Do Tell

So are you addicted to gloss? Do you tend to wear it on top of lipstick or on its own? What kind of formulas do you like? Do tell.

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1 What The Pros Do March 25, 2009 at 3:50 am

Cant wait to try the new kiehl’s glosses, great post Sonja!

I am a big fan of the Bobbi Brown glosses although I do find them too sticky for a everyday wear.

I love benefit glosses for daily wear…good colour pay off and long lasting :)


2 DWJ March 25, 2009 at 7:41 am

You picked my favorite 3! Lipstick Queen is soooo sinfully wonderful - I’m obsessed with Space. Kiehl’s can be worn as a lip balm and that’s hard to find with a gloss - the peach shade is a summer staple. And Bobbi Brown - you can never go wrong with her. My other fav, Chanel Glossimers, they are beyond gorgeous!


3 Sal March 25, 2009 at 8:00 am

Man, I had no idea there were so many steps to proper glossing! I’m a devotee of Kiehl’s tinted balms, but will have to check out the glosses, too.


4 meligrosa March 25, 2009 at 10:50 am

Im a huge khiels fan. Ive never been too into lip gloss, I find it that it gets sticky on my water canteens as I drink constant water on my bike and b/c I drink so much coffee. Im really tempted one of them soon, their stuff is top notch and healthy


5 lisa March 25, 2009 at 11:44 am

Wow, I had no idea you had to do so much to make gloss look its best! I’ve always just applied gloss on its own, viewing it as lipstick’s less fussy, more goof-proof sister. I tend to stick with a light colour because my natural lip colour is already pretty rosy, and it shows through the pale gloss.


6 Sonja March 25, 2009 at 5:40 pm

❤ What The Pros Do, thank you! I haven’t tried Benefit’s glosses. Will have to check them out. Thanks for the tip!
❤ DWJ, how very cool! You’re so right about Chanel’s Glossimers. They are quite wonderful!
❤ Sal, you certainly don’t have to do all those steps. But you’ll definitely get the best results that way. Let me know how you like the glosses.
❤ meligrosa, I think you’d do well with the Kiehl’s gloss, because they aren’t sticky. I’m sure you’d get a bit on your canteen but nothing like a typical gloss.
❤ lisa, you can totally get away without doing those steps. The results will be better that way though – if you have the time. But you’re very right, gloss is definitely a nice, quick makeup fix. My lips are pretty rosy, too. But I like to tone them down a bit so I can get a more nude look or just have the true color of the gloss show better.


7 freya March 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

you are right! i have always liked gloss over plain lisptick


8 Sonja March 26, 2009 at 12:17 pm

❤ freya, thanks! Glosses are so much fun and so very different from lipsticks.


9 Will March 31, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I carry my JUARA Sweet Black Tea Lip Treatment on me and I use it often


10 Sonja March 31, 2009 at 2:03 pm

❤ Will, very cool! I’m so happy to have found an eco-friendly lip primer. It’s a perfect base under any lip color or on its own.


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