I Was a Lip Gloss Cynic—Until This One Product Changed Everything
Lip gloss always reminded me of middle school—and not in the happy, nostalgic way. More so in the What was I thinking? and Thank goodness I'm no longer 13 kind of way. It'd transport me back to those beige-coloured hallways and applying gloss after eating a brown-bag lunch in the cafeteria. It smelled of sugar and Coca-Cola, felt sticky, and always seemed to end up on my fingers and in my hair. Those years, let's just say, were not the best.
I spent the majority of my young adult life wearing matte offerings, the kind that felt classic and velvety. I steered clear of anything glinty, shiny, or sparkly. But, as I know now, the dry, flaky, crankiness of an hours-old matte lipstick lends to its problematic nature (and less-than-long-time wear). So I had to re-evaluate my no-gloss policy—apprehensively.
For the last year or so, I've taken on an entirely new collection of lip-enhancing favourites: balms. They're hydrating, plumping, and natural-looking but still add some extra oomph to a makeup look. Plus, you can reapply them sans mirror and never end up with marks and messes all over your cocktail glass (or burrito). Though, I must admit, the allure of a vinyl, lacquered gloss started to intrigue me.
I still fell somewhere in limbo for a while, that is until Charlotte Tilbury's new lip confection came across my desk. It's dubbed a "Collagen Lip Bath," and there's certainly no moniker for gloss more beguiling than that. Below, find out how one lip gloss changed my entire view on the category completely, why it's especially cool, and a few more products I've jumped on board with since this eye-opening revelation. I'm a gloss girl now—get into it.
Inspired by the filters certain apps offer to plump up your lips (whether or not you're for or against digitally enhancing your face, you have to admit it's an astute jumping-off point for product formulation), Charlotte Tilbury's formula envelops your lips with firming marine collagen for a hybrid experience that feels just as much like a treatment as it does makeup.
Mustard sprout extract hydrates, plumps, and enhances lip volume to define the contours of your lips and create a fuller appearance while a blend of coconut oil and peppermint extract nourish, soften, and create a cool, fresh feeling directly after you apply. Then, the pearlescent pigments come into play, offering a milky, pink sheen that reflects light, making your lips look fuller, wider, and IMHO, certainly more enticing.
"The world is dehydrated," Charlotte Tilbury says, "this is a lip bath that puts the moisture back in the lips, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and gives you the healthiest-looking, most sumptuous pout." She's not wrong. I am 100% here for any collagen bath she wants to give me.
But here's the thing, dear readers. From time to time, a new product sample is sent for editors to try ahead of its release, and this particular formula is not out until June 7 online. So until then, try this Dior option instead.
This little pink tube houses a formula that has been used backstage and ahead of red carpets for months prior to its release. Now, it's finally out, and I'm able to revel in all its plumping, glossing glory. The blend offers a mix of collagen and marine-based fillers to smooth and moisturise the appearance of your lips, leaving them more voluptuous than you'd expect. Then, and I promise I tried this, after 15 days your lips will look noticeably fuller. It's not permanent, of course, but it's real. It's tingly, it's cooling, and smells of vanilla mint.