You can never have enough lip products, especially when it comes to a good ol’ “lip bloss”. In case you’ve been on a TikTok and social media hiatus, “lip blosses” are a hybrid of lip balms and glosses.
We know that a plethora of TikTok beauty trends and makeup looks feature lip products, regardless if it’s a lip tint, lip gloss, satin or matte lipstick. If you’re constantly trying these trends out you could be drying out your lips instead, albeit looking super slay.
But hold on to your makeup pouches because there’s a solution to all of that! If applied accurately and if you’ve chosen the right “lip bloss”, it can give you the best of all worlds — the nourishment of a lip balm, the pigment and striking colour of a lipstick, and the shine of a lip gloss.
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Are lip glosses good for you?
If you’re only talking about the glitz and glamour aspect of lip glosses, then of course they’re great for achieving juicy, shimmering lips.
The reality is that lip formulas aren’t all created equally and some lip glosses that contain ingredients like mineral oils or microcrystalline wax can leave your lips dry, irritated, and chapped.
Lip glosses are one of the most versatile lip products and can be beneficial for your lips. It creates a protective barrier to help lock in moisture and keep your lips hydrated. Most products do that by including hyaluronic acid in their formula.
However, that only works if you already have a layer of occlusive (moisturising agents like lip balms) underneath. Touted as a hydrating hero, hyaluronic acid is a humectant that draws moisture from the skin and boosts transepidermal water loss.
When applied topically, the hyaluronic acid’s molecules just sit atop the skin layer and aren’t as effective as compared to having a hydrating balm applied together, which will lock in moisture and promote lip healing.
Why choose a “lip bloss” instead?
There are many ways you can keep your lips nourished while looking glossy.
You could look for lip glosses that contain natural oils like shea butter and jojoba oil or acquire those containing salicylic acid which acts as an exfoliating agent to remove dead skin cells. You could even add lip care into your skincare routine and use a lip treatment product every night.
But what if we don’t have the time to do all of those? Enters the “lip bloss” era and trend.
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These wonderful hybrid lip products are the most convenient and time-saving option to fulfil soft, hydrated, and gleaming lips. Who wouldn’t want to save a step of having to apply two layers of products?
Plus, its tints or colours are usually universally flattering and it’s fit for any occasion, whether you’re heading to work, going on a grocery run, or spending the night partying.
It’s safe to say you’ll be turning heads and leaving people scratching their heads at how your lips can be effortlessly glossy, pigmented, and healthy all at the same time.
5 best “lip blosses” to buy
If knowing that there are lip glosses that can simultaneously serve up as a lip balm didn’t already get you hooked, take a look at some of the best “lip blosses” you can find in 2023.
The key is to look for hybrid balm glosses that can be worn on their own.
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer
After witnessing the one and only Rihanna giving a fiery and sensational performance at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, there’s no way we wouldn’t want to partake in a little Fenty Beauty goodness.
With seven universal shades (handpicked by Rihanna herself) to choose from, just one swipe of this gloss will make your lips look instantly fuller. What’s more, its non-sticky formula is as shiny as it can get, conditions your lips with shea butter, and has a peach-vanilla scent.
For those who prefer less shine and plumper lips, you can opt for the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminizer + Plumper.
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer retails for RM96 instead of RM130 on Fenty Beauty.
Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Glossy Lip Balm
Yet another celebrity-owned brand, and also one that’s frequently sold out, Rare Beauty‘s Stay Vulnerable Glossy Lip Balm “cushions like a balm” and “shines like a gloss”.
Practically a lip mask in a bottle, this lip balm’s super smooth formula works to provide your lips with long-lasting hydration, a hint of colour, and a gorgeous shine. Perfect for everyday wear!
Concocted with the brand’s botanical brand of lotus, gardenia, and white water lily, its Glossy Lip Balm will surely help to calm, soothe, and nourish the skin on your lips.
Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Glossy Lip Balm retails for RM100 on Sephora.
Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip
This all-in-one vegan lip product went wildly viral on TikTok, and we can see why. Scented like coconuts, it’s a hybrid lip balm and gloss that gives beautiful colours and can also be used as a hydrating treatment.
The maracuja oil, grapeseed oil, goji blend in this lip balm makes it an absolute winner for chapped lips. It also has 10+ antioxidant-rich fruits that help smooth and nourish lips.
And not only does its click-up packaging keeps the formula clean and pristine, but it also makes it super fun to apply lip balm!
It’s also dubbed to be the lip balm with the longest-staying power. A Sephora customer’s review mentioned how the product stays even after meals and drinking coffee, and how it’s the only lip gloss that doesn’t need to be constantly reapplied.
Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip retails for RM110 on Sephora.
Pat McGrath Labs LUST: Gloss
Possibly the most nourishing “lip bloss” ever, Pat McGrath Labs’s exquisite oil-based gloss features a stunning range of 33 colours with either high shine, shimmer or glitter.
With a balm-like texture that’s not sticky at all, this coveted gloss contains vitamin E that will make your lips softer and more hydrated with each application. Its hi-beam lustre of a gloss allows your lips to sparkle in 3D and stay healthily moisturised.
Pat McGrath Labs LUST: Gloss (only 13 shades) retails for about RM167.44 on Cult Beauty.
Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm
The Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm is also another true embodiment of “lip bloss” that went viral on TikTok.
You’ll be coating your lips in an innovative hybrid product that hydrates like a lip balm, plumps for voluminous lips, and delivers the high-shine finish of a lip gloss.
Its breakthrough formula is infused with Hourglass‘s Conditioning Complex which enables your lips to immediately look softer and smoother while feeling hydrated and replenished all day.
Available in a curated collection of eight shades, you can pick from sweet pinks and vivid reds to complementary nudes.
Hourglass Phantom Volumizing Glossy Balm retails for RM185 on Hourglass.
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