As a kid of the ’90s/early ’00s, me and lip gloss have a long history. One of my favorites was Bonne Bell Lip Lites Lip Gloss. I can’t remember the exact shade I used to beg my mom to get me, but I do remember the tacky, pasty feeling on my lips after I applied it.
I lost my general interest in lip products sometime in high school, opting instead for just (far too heavy) eyeliner and mascara, and since I started actually wearing makeup more frequently a few years ago, I haven’t touched gloss, mostly because, all I remember about it is that awful tacky feeling.
I feel like a lot has changed in lip gloss formulas over the years, especially when it comes to higher end products. Lately, since I’ve been trying to break out of my regular makeup routine, I’ve been experimenting again with glosses, like these two amazing glosses from the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Gloss collection — Reckless Bloom (a shimmer gloss) and Copper Ego (a shine gloss) — which I’ve been all about this week.
These really surprised me!
Copper Ego has a slightly buildable sheer-to-medium coverage, while Reckless Bloom has the same coverage but isn’t quite as buildable.
The shimmer, though? An extra layer of Reckless Bloom really “ups” the sparkle factor.
First, I took Reckless Bloom out for a spin, and despite being a little weary of the shimmer, I like it the most of the two. The shimmer particles are small enough that you don’t get any kind of gritty feeling once it starts to dry down, and the light pink tint is just enough color to make your lips really pop.
Copper Ego, when swatched, appears to have more of a tint than it actually does on my lips. It’s a really satisfying nude gloss, but it doesn’t dry as nicely as Reckless Bloom. It starts drying out much faster, whereas Reckless Bloom seems more moisturizing overall. It also wears off quicker, succumbing to my coffee habit much sooner than Reckless Bloom does.
Needless to say, these two glosses have really changed my mind about lip gloss. They’re available now in these and other shades at Estee Lauder counters for $26.
I’ll definitely be working these into my makeup routine more often. They’re a welcome pick-me-up and a good way to give my lips a break from drying mattes.
What do you guys think about gloss? Are you more of a gloss gal or a lipstick lover, or do you mix it up?