Lip gloss provides a more subtle look than lipstick does as well as being more moisturizing. In addition, it contains minimal pigment and is mostly oil and wax.
Chanel Glossimer (*Est. $30) tops the charts for lip gloss. Experts at InStyle magazine praise it for being long-lasting and but not too sticky. Editors say that it offers just the right amount of color and shine. Glossimer has a gel-like texture that feels great on the lips, according to reviewers at MakeupAlley.com. The downside is that it is expensive for a lip gloss, and Begoun says that its average quality just doesn't warrant the hefty price tag. If you don't mind paying for the Chanel name, she says that the lip gloss comes in a "bevy" of shades -- 38 to be exact.
MAC Lipglass (*Est. $14.50) is another popular option, which editors at TotalBeauty.com say provides more shine than Glossimer but is also much more sticky. In fact, Begoun warns that Lipglass' "thick, heavy, syrupy" texture is not for everyone. This doesn't seem to deter consumers, many who give it high marks at both MakeupAlley and TotalBeauty.com because of its large range of beautiful colors. They also say that it's long lasting and smells great. Most note its stickiness, but many say that the resulting shine is worth it. MAC Lipglass is available in 42 shades as well as a clear gloss.
While both lip glosses are highly rated, Chanel Glossimer is chosen as the best more often by both experts and consumers. Still, users tend to prefer one over the other and both serve their purposes equally well. Editors at TotalBeauty.com say that if you like "high shine," go for MAC Lipglass. If you prefer less shine, then Chanel Glossimer is for you. Both lip glosses come in a tube with a sponge-tip applicator.
If you're looking for a more affordable option, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss (*Est. $6) garners positive comments. Reviewers at MakeupAlley.com and TotalBeauty.com give the lip gloss a high overall rating. They love the line of highly pigmented shades and say that they are longwearing compared to other budget-priced glosses. The gloss comes in elegant packaging with a sponge-tip applicator similar to high-end options. The formula leaves a glossy finish but Paula Begoun says that it feels slightly sticky. Some users wish that it came in more shades -- there are a total of 12.
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm (*Est. $16) is a popular choice among beauty editors because it offers just the right mix between lipstick, lip gloss and lip balm. It comes in a twist-up tube and looks like a chubby pencil but it never needs sharpening. Editors at Natural Health, Self and Health magazines say that the formula is super moisturizing due to the mango and shea butters it contains. Clinique Chubby Stick has a glossy finish without any sticky residue. The colors are sheer but can be layered for a more vibrant hue. Reviewers at MakeupAlley.com say the colors are pretty and natural looking but they fade quickly. Clinique Chubby Stick is available in eight shades.