Gloss Lipsticks Review


CoverGirl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers provide crowd-pleasing moisture, a bit of shimmer, and a hint of tint from the 12 shades, but some users find it a tad greasy. Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother SPF 20 counts hydrating power, sun protection, and long-lasting shimmer among its hallmarks; not so the nine shades, which users say look too much alike.

Consumers who posted gloss lipsticks reviews of the best cheap versions sing their praises. Users say most glosses fulfill a critical function: They provide hydrating shine. Not all consumers who posted reviews agree that the shine lasts, however. Indeed, the right metrics for cheap lip gloss are longevity and formula consistency, not shine factor, and by that measure, CoverGirl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers (starting at $4.74, Amazon) and Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother SPF 20 (starting at $5.97, Amazon) earn berths in our list of top picks. At the opposite end of the spectrum is Maybelline SuperStay 10(hr) Stain Gloss (starting at $5.79, Amazon). This "superstay" gloss wins points for the 10 available colors but garners demerits for for failing to meet its own 10-hour standard and for the wand-like applicator.

Hundreds (seriously) of users coo about the moisturizing quality, subtle tint, and modest shimmer of CoverGirl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers in reviews at Covergirl's site. Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers also score for not being sticky, although some lip gloss reviews at Makeup Alley say it can be greasy and has a tendency to separate in the plastic tube (user tip: massage gently to recombine). A few gloss lipsticks reviews note it may bleed a bit, post application, in warm weather while others report it lasts longer than expected. The smell and flavor please the majority even as a minority finds both decidedly artificial. This cheap lip gloss is made with "botanical" ingredients and comes in 12 shades, including Caramel Apple, Plum Splash, and Lychee Splash.

The holder of second place on our list of best cheap lip gloss, MoistureShine Lip Soother SPF 20 from Neutrogena, garners qualified acclaim. Gloss lipsticks reviews at Walmart say the fragrance is pleasant, the texture is smooth without being goopy, and the hydrating effect leaves lips moist and soft. Users report one application lasts a long time, doesn't bleed, and looks way better than lip balm; some even apply it atop regular lipstick for an extra touch of shine. The sun protection that comes from the SPF 20 is a welcome feature, and one reason for MoistureShine Lip Soother's appearance on our list, but the minimal pigment in the nine available shades leaves users pretty cool. On sites like Ulta and Makeup Alley some wearers grouse about what they consider excessively sheer hues -- hard to tell the difference among the nine shades, they say. But for seekers of long-lasting shimmer and soothing moisture, this is the product to buy.

One cheap lip gloss that users would just as soon dump is Maybelline Super Stay 10(hr) Stain Gloss. The rap against this product, clearly evident in gloss lipsticks reviews on the Maybelline's site and at Amazon is the overblown marketing claims to 10 hours of staying power. Users like the 10 shades and the color on their lips but say the vibrancy fades quickly, sometimes in a matter of minutes and sometimes after several hours despite no intake of food or drink. The wand-like applicator with a small, elongated ring at the end also gets zapped in user reviews.

Gloss lipsticks go on quickly, give great shine, and keep lips soft and smooth. They are not the product to choose if saturated color is your style even though they come in distinct tints and shades. Nor should you expect cheap (or pricey) gloss lipstick to last all day; their staying power ranks behind the mattes and creams. The consistency is thinner than these other formulas and only a light layer is needed; too much gloss can bleed outside the lip line and make lips lose definition and appear wet. Gloss can be used on its own or applied over fully pigmented lipstick for added sheen. Many lip gloss products contain hydrating ingredients and some, like the Neutrogena MoistureShine, also contain sunscreen (SPF).

Glosses made their appearance in the beauty world more than two decades ago and are produced by most makeup manufacturers. The first glosses were almost always sheer, but now many are tinted in shades of red, pink, and brown. Unlike other lip products, except for lip balms, glosses often come in different flavors, such as strawberry, peach, watermelon, and guava. If you're searching for a gloss to wear on a regular basis or as a top-coat, rest assured you'll find a good cheap one.

Tahirah Blanding

Tahirah Blanding is a blogger and freelance writer currently pursuing her graduate degree in professional communication. She spends her spare time browsing thrift shops in the local area. Tahirah enjoys a good deal, coupon cutting, and short stories.

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