By Fiona McKim published
We all know fashion is cyclical (hello again velvet!) and the same goes for beauty trends.
Lip gloss last had a moment back in the early noughties when everything was a bit shiny, from our lips to our excessively ironed poker-straight hair. Later, we all moved on to bright mattes, which look cool and punchy but left our lips flakier than a bowl of dry granola, and since then lipstick has come in just about every texture imaginable from velvety liquid to creams and sheer oils.
Now we've gone full circle back to gloss, and if you tried this trend the first time, this news might worry you. Will they still be greasy, flecked with unflattering shimmer or suck the ends of your hair into a gummy vortex every time you leave the house? Nope. This time around, things will be different. The sticky, glittery abominations are still out there, but let's leave those to the teenagers. The new generation glosses that we're talking about today still have the flattering, optical lip-volumising effect of a gloss, but dry down to soft, creamy textures and stay put for longer than your first coffee of the day too.
Fancy getting to know gloss again? Discover our pick of the best lip glosses for grown ups right here.
Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip Plumping Gloss, £18
Classic portabe crayon in a very 'now' glossy finish. 'Normous Nude works on eyes too.
Available from XXX on 26th April 2017.
Smith & Cult The Tainted Lip Stained in Sweet Suite
Super-cool LA brand Smith & Cult make fantastically sexy makeup in well thought-out formulas - no gloopy gloss here. This lightly sheeny stain reacts to the PH in your skin to bring out a subtle pink shade that sticks around for a good few hours. Killer packaging too.
Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in Plum Shimmer
The shade is a bit of a misnomer in my opinion. This deliciously sweet cream isn't really shimmery, it just has a hint of light reflection about it, so lips look plump and juicy - with an on-trend berry colour that's sheer enough to wear to work, as well as a party.
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl in Beige Indecent
This looks like a lipstick in the tube, but becomes a highly-pigmented gloss on lips, all the while feeling like a cushiony, comfortable balm. Trust Givenchy to take the glossy trend and run with it in such sophisticated style - this nude-beige shade is so easy you can pop it on without using a mirror.
Glossier Balm Dotcom
We waited forever for these to cross the Atlantic from cult US website Into The Gloss. Why? Because these innocuous-looking tubes are filled with the most useful glowy, glossy balm since Paw Paw (and we still struggle to get our hands on that). Pop a slick on top of your favourite lipstick and hey presto! Perfect non-sticky gloss. You have to buy three at once, but you can also do about 100 other things with it so that's probably a good thing.
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Bold Liquid Lipstick in Passionate Peach
Tons of shine, packed with pigment in a handy clickable applicator that lets out the perfect amount and will never spill inside your pretty party clutch. What more could you want? How about a promised eight hours of wear, which when put to the test saw us through breakfast, mid-morning meetings and just to the other side of lunch too. Nice work Elizabeth Arden.
Romantic Bear Long-Lasting Lip Colour
You'll never have used anything like this before. What starts as a thick gloss then dries down to a gel that, when peeled off leaves a pretty and ridiculously hard wearing stain behind. The shades are all very wearable, which is good thing because once this sets in it's with you for the day, impervious to eating drinking, kissing - whatever you're up to. The formula is infused with rosehip oil so lips keep a slight gloss, but if you prefer a really high shine finish, top it with a dab of balm - perhaps Glossier?
As woman&home's Beauty Channel Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more beauty products than she’s had hot dinners and nothing makes her happier than raving about a brilliant find on womanandhome.com or her instagram grid (@fionamckim if you like hair experiments and cute shih-tzus)
Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013, working under industry legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know (clue: learn about ingredients and employ extreme cynicism).
In a previous life, Fiona studied journalism back home in bonnie Scotland and honed her skills as a features writer at publications including Junior and Prima Baby, with a brief and terrifying stint on the showbiz pages of a tabloid newspaper in between. She's a skincare fanatic who can’t resist adding an extra step to her routine, adores fragrance, has fun with makeup and never turns down the chance to test a new hair tool. Basically, she loves it all.
When not slathering herself in self tan or peering at a tiny ingredients list on a moisturiser, you’ll probably find Fiona enjoying something to do with food - cooking it, eating it, cajoling her friends into trekking across London to try a hyped pop-up in a dirty car park.
Come to think of it, the hot dinners and beauty products are probably about even.
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