It isn’t surprising the lipgloss sales spike during hot, summer months. It’s the perfect time to set aside your favourite lipstick and opt for something lighter and perhaps a little brighter. But maybe it is time to switch up your colours and give the pink and fuchsia a break. Here are nine unexpected glosses you might never consider trying. But trust us, they are pretty awesome. Whether layered over a lipstick to create a signature shade or worn on their own, these nine shades are remarkably flattering on almost all skin tones.
If your experiences with lip gloss in the past have left you underwhelmed, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the new formulations. Beauty companies have quietly reworked their formulas to make them non-sticky, lightweight and nourishing to lips. They actively protect against dehydration during hot, windy conditions you might find at a beach.
We’ve scoured our favourite brands and interviewed pro artists to find out what shades they pack in their makeup cases. Here are nine lipgloss shades worth checking out.
YSL Gloss Volupte in 01 Gold
This gold shimmer gloss that looks amazing over red or nude lipstick. It really plays up a summer tan beautifully. If you want to create the JLo glow, this is the shade to go with.
Anna Sui Glittering Lip Gloss in Pearl Grey
Pearl grey is the last shade you’d expect to look great on lips but this hue really does. It is a quick way to dial down the intensity of a lipstick such as bright blue-red.
Shiseido Lacquer Gloss in Phantom
Soft lilac gloss applied over a red lipstick creates a beautiful coral shade – perfect for summer. This hue is just soft enough to add a sheer lilac hue that isn’t too overpowering.
Dior Addict Gloss in Etoilee
This champagne-hued gloss promises brilliant shine with a hint of sparkle. What is special about it is it looks great on almost any skin tone. Apply a dab in the centre of the lower lip to create the effect of more volume
YSL Gloss Volupte, 209 Smoking
Get a jump on fall catwalk beauty with this lightweight black gloss that instantly deepens any lipstick or lip colour you wear. For fall 2015, blackened rouge lipstick was a huge trend on runways in Paris, New York and Milan. The shades ranged from a very deep plum to a black crimson. This gloss is perfect for clubbing. Takes your lip colour if day to evening in seconds.
Lancome Lip Lover in 318, Abricot Tango
A bright, juicy shade of orange is a fun alternative to fuchsia or bold pink in summer. Keep the eye makeup neutral and keep the lips the focus for a fresh, carefree look.
NARS Lipgloss in Triple X
Clear gloss that instantly adds shine to lips. Looks beautiful when applied over a nude lipstick as seen at the Alexis Mabille show in Paris for fall.
MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass in Boundless Beige
Switch up your soft pink gloss and try this flattering beige gloss. One application can last up to six hours. “If you’ve got no time for lipgloss touchups, this formula is for you,” says MAC Senior Artist Caitlin Callahan. “Apply to the center of the lip and press lips together to blend.”
Burberry Lip Glow in Oxblood
This may just be the perfect blue-red lipgloss shade. It’s the Burberry signature shade and it rivals MAC’s Ruby Woo.
Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Intense Colour and Shine Bare Lip Sensation in 440 Coral Wizz
Coral lip colour was a big trend in the 1980s during the New Romantic music phase. But it fell out of favour in recent years. That is starting to change in part due to the popularity of turqoise shadows and nail lacquers. Coral is a perfect complement to that hue. Guerlain does a beautiful, modern coral gloss that looks polished and fresh.