Ah, the matte lip. This was easily 2016's hottest makeup trend after matte liquid lipstick became the It product. With the help of Kylie's lip empire, worldwide attention was drawn to what the beauty community had already fallen in love with, and nearly every brand followed suit and released their own versions.
In 2017, matte lips might be taking a back seat to other shinier trends, leaving us beauty junkies stuck with a few (or 20) too many matte shades and little motivation to drop even more money on a new set of lipsticks. This is where lip toppers come in.
Thanks to two standout brands, these innovative products make it virtually seamless to turn all of your lipsticks (not just matte ones!) into gorgeous, glimmering metallic shades in just a few simple strokes! Lip toppers are essentially shimmer in a tube and differ from gloss in that they dry down and don't add any extra stickiness. The formulas are sheer enough to show the base colour underneath but have opaque enough glitter to catch eyes from across the room. You also have the option to wear them alone for a wash of shimmer.
Jouer Cosmetics was one of the first brands to create this product, offering versatile options of its Long-Wear Lip Toppers (£13) for those looking to add subtle reflects to their lips. For more eccentric shades — such as blue and hot pink — try Lime Crime's Diamond Crushers (£14).
Keep reading to catch a glimpse of the lip toppers in all their metallic glory, including swatches from both brands!