Back in the day, when I first started doing makeup, lipgloss was quite a popular product. Throughout the years lipgloss became less and less popular and lipstick became even bigger than it already was. The last couple of years the hype has shifted again towards liquid lipstick. Today I’m going to talk about all three types of lip products and I’m going over the pro’s and cons of them. So, if you’re interested in finding out what the difference is between these three types of lip products and which one is best for you, make sure you continue reading!
Let’s start off with lipgloss, an old favourite of mine. Back in the day we all used to wear it. We had these clear lipglosses in a rollerball packaging with a flower in it that smelled really good but looked pretty horrendous on the lips. But clear lipgloss was everything back then. Even though I thought it looked like saliva I did wear it. A little later I discovered lipglosses with colours and wore that all the time. They still weren’t that pigmented, but better than those clear ones.
Moving on to the pro’s of lipgloss. One of the main things I like about lipgloss is that it can make your lips look bigger. I also really like that glossy, shiny look of it. It has something to it. It adds a bit of sexy look but it can also look really classy. I also think that lipgloss looks a lot more natural than liquid lipstick and also regular lipstick and therefore it’s more wearable for everyday but also more wearable for younger girls who don’t want to wear too extreme makeup already.
- Bigger lips
- Glossy finish
- Really natural
One of the main cons of lipgloss is that they tend to be incredibly sticky. My hair always gets stuck in it and that’s the worst feeling ever. Aside from that it can be a bit uncomfortable to wear (due to that stickiness) and if you really want some colour on your lips, lipgloss isn’t necessarily the way to go. They’re generally a lot less pigmented and not meant to be super opaque. The last con of lipgloss is that it’s not very long wearing and it transfers onto anything.
- Sheer (not very pigmented)
- Not long wearing
- Transfers onto other objects (or people)
Moving on to my personal favourite which is lipstick. At first I really hated lipstick. I never wore it because I thought it felt way too heavy on my lips and I felt like I had to be super careful. I also thought they looked way too bright and unnatural, but that’s just because I hadn’t found the right colour yet back then. Nowadays I’m all about it. I found a couple of lipsticks I absolutely love and I wear them all the time.
So, the pro’s of lipstick. First of all I think it’s great that there are many different textures and finishes on the market. You have matte lipsticks, shiny lipsticks, glittery lipsticks. You have creamy texture, dryer textures, there are sheer lipsticks and very opaque ones. They have it all nowadays. Compared to lipgloss the pigmentation of lipstick is much better and it generally stays in place better. Not insanely long, except for matte lipsticks, those stay in place incredibly long, but longer than lipgloss. I also think that lipstick is the most comfortable lip product to wear and that it looks the most sophisticated and wearable.
- Many different textures and finishes
- Better pigmentation
- Pretty long wearing
- Comfortable to wear
- Sophisticated and wearable look (depending on the colour)
But obviously there are a few cons when it comes to lipstick. First of all I really hate it that most lipsticks transfer onto other things really easily. Especially more creamy lipsticks but matte lipsticks can transfer too. I also don’t like that it’s way too easy to get lipstick on your teeth and that some lipsticks wear off really strangely in a way you end up with a bright red line around your lips but no colour on the inside.
- Transfers really easily onto other objects (or people)
- Lipstick on your teeth
- Some wear off strangely
Lastly we’re going to discuss liquid lipstick. I have very mixed feelings about it. When I first saw one I was pretty excited and I did quite like it, but as they got more matte I started to hate them more because they are just horrible to wear. However, now that I’ve tried the Jouer Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick I’m starting to appreciate liquid lipstick more, so I’m again back in the middle.
Moving on to the pro’s. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of liquid lipstick, there are still a lot of good things about it. First of all they’re the most pigmented kind of lip product, so if you’re going for a really opaque look this is what you should go for. Aside from that they’re also the most long lasting kind and they don’t transfer onto other objects of people. You don’t have to worry about them all day. I also think they’re a little easier to apply than bright lipsticks because of the texture.
- Most pigmented kind
- Very long lasting
- Doesn’t transfer onto other objects (or people)
- Easier to apply than bright lipstick
When it comes to the cons I think that the drying texture is the biggest con for me. Liquid lipstick completely dries out your lips and most accentuate dry patches on your lips really badly. They also don’t stick to the inside part of your lip that is visible when you talk so that creates quite a strange look. I also think that because of the pigmentation they are a lot less wearable than regular lipstick.
- Super dry texture
- Accentuates dry patches on the lips
- Don’t stick to the inside of your lip
- Not very wearable
Overall all three kinds of lip products have their own pro’s and cons and it’s totally up to you which you think works the best for you and which one matches your preferences the best. For me lipstick is the winner. It’s the most comfortable product and it has decent pigmentation.
And that concludes this little battle. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know what kind of lip product is your favourite and why!