Slip on a Sheer

And so the lip product cycle turns again. High coverage lippies were swapped for glassy glosses back in the 2000s, only for a shift back to opaque lipsticks to kick in again in more recent years, but now we’re hungry for a more lighter kind of offering; a slick of a sheer pigment for the lips and they’re flooding the beauty halls right now. And with good reason too – what’s there not to love? A bullet that delivers equal amounts of gloss and colour, they’re easy to throw on, require minimum top-up attention and the demi-gloss finish ticks all the right boxes for daytime use. Here are the top 2 sheers that reign supreme in my stash.

Revlon’s Moisture Stains pop up in many a lip lovers favourites, but their light and luxe little sister, the Super Lustrous Lipsticks, never seem to get the nod they deserve. I own the shade Porcelain Pink (an obvious choice for me, much?), and find its natural, non-sticky finish to set-off an everyday smokey eye nicely. A more notorious choice, Maybelline Super Stay, was the one that got the ball rolling. Bringing a polished, subtle pout to the market of the budget beauty, I rather like the daring-but-not-too-so dark shade Always Plum. It may be the most drying texture out of the bunch, but hey it sticks around like it’s ramped-up coverage counterparts.

A sheer slick of semi-saturated colour, an easy wear for lipstick virgins and lovers alike. The way this cycle goes, I give it two years before we’re clutching at our L’Oreal Balmy Glosses again…