It’s been a very long time since we felt the necessity to sing Lil Mama’s, “My lip gloss is popping, my lip gloss is cool…” However with the quantity of ooey gooey lip merchandise presently overflowing from our make-up luggage, the track has by no means felt extra related. That decade-defining anthem, timed with the recognition of Lancôme Juicy Tubes, was lip gloss’ peak… till now. Twenty-some years after the aughts, we’re much more obsessive about glazed lips, largely as a result of at this time’s formulation do extra than simply add shine, they usually aren’t in any respect sticky.
Due to shiny new launches from Topicals, Neutrogena, and Gucci, our lips are presently commanding an elevated degree of consideration. Summer season Fridays (Attract’s current One to Watch honoree) and Fenty Pores and skin’s newest formulation each include a jumbo applicator that makes making use of them a breeze. Lip merchandise from Saltair, U Magnificence, Good Mild Cosmetics, and Too Confronted are additionally on the record of glosses which have not too long ago entered our private collections. Amidst all the novelty, we’re nonetheless clinging to some veteran lip merchandise like MAC Lip Glass and the Tatcha Kissu Lip Masks.
What makes these newer formulation so plush and collectible is how they really feel if you glide them throughout your lips — plus, the high-shine shiny look and gooey texture you get. “You usually discover a mixture of hydrocarbon elements in lip oil and gloss formulation as a result of they’re glorious gelling and thickening brokers for anhydrous functions,” says beauty chemist Amanda Lam. The ingredient mix she’s referring to contains hydrogenated polyisobutene, ethylene-propylene-styrene copolymer, and butylene-ethylene-styrene-copolymer — the mix of those elements provides our favourite lip merchandise their ooey gooey, yummy texture.
Nobody in our workplace is choosing only one favourite: Attract editors have loads of ooey-gooey choices on standby — on a current Tuesday, we counted 19 totally different lip glosses between two editors’ desks alone. Forward, a number of the shiny balms, glosses, and oils that Attract editors like to have on their lips.
Kara McGrath, deputy digital director
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