Are You More Lipstick or Gloss?

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Lipstick or gloss?

Do you prefer the wet look of a lip gloss or the full coverage of a lipstick?


Summer influences the decision for a lot of women, with many opting for lighter glosses, tints, stains and glazes when it’s hot outside, and the thought of full-coverage lipstick feels like wearing a sweatshirt in a sauna.

But if you were able to control everything from the weather to the dress code at work, which would you wear more often on your lips?

Are you more lipstick or gloss?

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  1. YadiQ says:

    i am soo a gloss girl

    for me lipstick tends to get a little cakey – however in more serious scenarios i feel lipstick is the more appropriate approach

    happy almost your bday !!!! whens the big day this week??

  2. shontay says:

    Gloss all the way. I really hate when people say gloss is for girls. I love the shimmer, the liquid formula, and the brush. I have full lips and I want them on display at all times. Yummy!

  3. Karen B says:

    For me lipstick as there’s so often a lot of wind and otherwise my hair goes all over the place. Though I like a nice lustre lipstick 🙂

  4. redhead says:

    I like lipsticks because my lips are so naturally pigmented, but a nice opaque pigmented gloss is great! I find that I lean towards opacity and color rather than sheer color and glossiness, though. Stains are good for a natural flush, too!

  5. Simi says:

    I love gloss! But sometimes I will wear a nude colored lipstick underneath the gloss to get the true color of the gloss

    • Karen says:

      Hi Simi,

      That’s a good trick. Another I do sometimes to get the true color to show is apply foundation to the lips first (although this can be drying).

  6. Vanessa H says:

    MAC tinted balms and and good chapstick!

    I also looooooooove Smiths Rosebud Salve, it works to keep my lips super soft..and I use it for flyaway hairs and to keep my cuticles moisturized. Love that little container!

  7. Joanna says:

    It depends on what I’m doing, really! If I’m going out in the evening or attending a formal event, I’ll usually wear a matte red lipstick or a more moisturising coral (I’m so upset MAC have discontinued Eager!) In the day or for a less formal event, I’ll generally wear a gloss or a balm and keep my makeup lighter.

  8. Heidi says:

    I used to wear lip gloss all the time. I’m talking every single day with several touchups to ensure hi-shine. Now, I’ve gotten lazy and dont’ want to bother with it. So it’s just lip balm. 🙂

  9. Meream says:

    Gloss, definitely. Lipstick remind me of the ones my mother used to put on me for school events. They tasted so nasty for my young girl’s taste buds. haha

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meream,

      Ha! I remember 80s lipstick being very strong. Then again, I wore forbidden tubes of Wet n’ Wild, which cost $1 and were probably not made of the best ingredients.

  10. Alison says:

    I really like the coverage and moisturisation of a lipstick, but I also love the shine of a gloss so I tend to layer a gloss over a lipstick most of the time. But if I’m having a low key day I’ll just use a slick of gloss or lipbalm.

  11. Jane says:

    I love lipstick because it stays on longer. I love MAC’s “Hot Tahiti.” It’s sheer so you can build the depth of the color.

  12. Daya says:

    I like both gloss and lipstick, but most times, i’m a gloss girl. Stila’s gloss (the Jewel one) is my favorite right now because it’s so summery pink!

  13. Jecca says:

    Definitely lipstick all the way. I even bought three Dazzleglasses with the re-release and I have to force myself to wear them. (I do put them over lipstick when I go out to dinner with my husband.)

    I prefer the pigmentation, texture, and look of lipstick.

    I hate how gloss feels, and I hate that I still feel the gloss texture long after the color is gone. There’s no way to tell when it’s time to reapply. It’s so weird — I just can’t understand the appeal of gloss, although I know I am the odd one out! 🙂

  14. Michelle says:

    I like both but I tend to use gloss a lot more. It’s just easier to apply when you’re rushing out the door.

  15. Jecca says:

    Seconding Jane’s endorsement of MAC’s Hot Tahiti. Great color!

  16. Caitlin says:

    While I love some of my lipsticks, as some other girls have said, the caking drives me crazy. Nothing beats a good gloss or a lip oil in keeping lips yummy department. The only downside, the bf won’t kiss me “with all that gunk on my lips!” LOL

  17. Jamie says:

    Right now I have to be a lipstick girl since summer is here and my boyfriend REFUSES to keep the windows closed and put on the AC so I don’t want my hair becoming sticky and gross so I have to wear minimal gloss unless it’s raining and cold :(. Men, they just don’t understand. (picture rolling eyes here)

  18. smiley says:

    I definitely like lipstick a lot more. Lipstick doesn’t rub off as easily when you’re eating, and you don’t need to reapply! It’s less obvious when you’re wearing lipstick too.

    smiley´s last blog post..Recent Sephora Haul

  19. Anna says:

    I tend to be a lipgloss girl. Though not a l/g, I’m loving L’Oreal’s Infallible Lipcolor in Coral Sand. It’s a nice daytime/summer color. Wears well and not sticky.

  20. Marina says:

    I have less than 10 lipsticks and LOTS of glosses.
    I LOVE glosses 🙂

    Marina´s last blog post..Harper’s Bazaar.June 2009. Ukraine

  21. AO says:

    Gloss. When I first started wearing make up I was a lipstick chick. almost never wore gloss. as I got older and glosses made a nice comeback, I jumped on that bandwagon and never got off. I have some MAC lippies but i rarely use them, I stick to their lipglass, iplustre and plushglass. 🙂

  22. Solé says:

    I’ve been much more of a gloss girl for the past four or five years, but lately, I’ve been adding many more lipsticks to my repertoire, and I’m thinking it’s starting to be 50/50. Also, I often wear both! I was one of the small minority who voted for “Other.”

  23. Marina says:

    Glosses all the way! They’re so much more fun to wear! And they definitely look sexier 😉 I own just three lipsticks which i hardly ever use and about 30 glosses.

  24. Heidi says:

    I like tinted lip balms. They’re a step up from your ordinary chapstick.

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  26. Paris B says:

    Lipstick all the way! I find most glosses too goopy for me and I like the color and feel of lipsticks 😀

    Paris B´s last blog post..Why do women allow naked photos of themselves to be taken?

  27. wehkwas says:

    I’ve always been a lipstick girl. I’ve always felt like lipsgloss’s were much too goopy and sticky. I don’t even like really moisturizing lip balms. So yeah, lipsticks all the way.

  28. lexi says:

    creme o’spice or whirl liner with a swipe of gloss and i call it a day!

  29. Kewal says:

    Oh I am one of those who goes through phases – at the moment I’m into glosses and collecting them like it’s the end of the world – hahaha

  30. Sexy Sadie says:

    Lipsticks all the way!

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