There was a time when lipsticks, glosses and stains were all separate entities—recommended and utilized for their very specific coverage, textures and finishes. But a recent bumper crop of lip colors have emerged that combine all these types in one handy little tube. Take a look at these new cutting-edge lip products that feature the hyper-pigmentation of a lipstick, the ease of a gloss and the long wear of a stain.
Pencil It In
The creamy, chubby lip pencil that is Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color gives your lips rich color with marvelous opacity. It has the shiny finish of a gloss with a creamy formula that feels just as hydrating as it is long-lasting. A wide variety of textures in this line (from sparkly to matte) makes it hard to choose just one.
Tip: Blot the glossy finish out with a single ply of tissue for a stainlike effect.
Go for that high-wattage shine with Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss, which preps lips for some prime-time attention. Although this color-rich product is technically a gloss, it delivers such bold pigments that lips look as though they're drenched in a really shiny lipstick. Bonus: it's void of any goopy, sticky textures and is offered in an impressive range of finishes from solids to metallics.
Be More Fluid
Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick bears packaging that masquerades as a gloss with its soft-tip wand, but the result is a creamy, full-coverage lipstick that feels luxuriously light while providing up to six hours of wear. Because of the vitamin E and avocado oil infusion, this lipstick has an added hydration element that keeps lips moist all day long.
Wear a Bold Stain YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain is two-faced in a good way: it carries the texture and shine of a lip gloss with the long-wearing nature of a stain. The best thing about this option is the texture. It is so featherlight that it feels like a lip mist of sorts. Plus, the shine lasts a long time, like cellophane for your pucker. The novel slanted soft-tip applicator gives your lips just the right amount of buildable color and helps it glide on with precise accuracy.
What the everlasting gobstopper was to Willy Wonka, the new Guerlain Rouge G De Guerlain L’Extrait is to matte lipstick. This creamy lipstick has the appearance and texture of a gloss with its sponge tip, but the liquid formula turns into an instant matte texture once it hits your lips (and is surprisingly nondrying). The futuristic-looking case with its double mirror is sleek and feels luxuriously substantial in your hands. Simply pop the cap open, look into the mirror and apply.
Test Your Endurance
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick is like a marathon champion with an endless supply of stamina. A smooth blend of antioxidant fruit extracts (including cili and goji berry), as well as vitamins A, C and E, all work together to moisturize lips and preserve saturated color that lasts for over ten hours (not kidding).
The Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars are not for shrinking violets. They’re slick, glosslike lip colors with such intense pigment and shine that you’ll need just a tiny dab to get some fierce color. Seriously, just a pinhead-sized amount is all that's needed to completely drench lips. Ingredients of castor seed and hemp oils blend together to moisturize lips, while peppermint oil adds a refreshingly cool after-effect.
Tip: Use a lip brush, like the Giorgio Armani Lip Brush, when applying for the most even results.
Channel a Hybrid
Bodyography Electric Lip Slides are a fusion of lipstick, gloss and stain with emollient ingredients including natural butters and vitamin E that deliver a lusciously moist pout. The nearly neon hues provide buildable coverage that's surprisingly forgiving, and are packaged in a soft tube with a doe-foot applicator.
Make Up For Ever’s new Aqua Rouge is a dual-wand intense lip stain that has the opacity of a lipstick with endless endurance. High molecular weight polymers and essential oils ensure the color locks on your lips and doesn’t rub off. (It evens lasts through a cup of coffee!) One wand gives you two finishes: matte and glossy. Fun fact: Shade #8 Iconic Red was specifically created by makeup artist Gina Brooke for Madonna.
Tip: Use the soft sponge applicator to line your lips as though it were a lip liner, and then fill in with the color.
A grown-up lipstick in the disguise of a gloss, Lancôme L'Absolu Crème de Mat Visibly Replenishing & Plumping Velvety Cream Lipcolor drapes the lips in bold color with a deep velvety finish. The three limited-edition shades feature a tapered, angled foam applicator for the ultimate control. It's especially useful for more mature mouths, since Pro-Xylane technology boosts moisture and plumps lips, while infused waxes prevent feathering.
Which new lip color are you most intrigued to try?
Photos: Courtesy of Sephora, YSL, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Bodyography and Lancôme