Deciding whether or not to self-indulge here and there has, admittedly, never been a tough dilemma for me — especially when it comes to beauty. The glossier, shinier, and more luxe a beauty product is, the higher it moves up on my personal hierarchy of needs. What can I say? I like my products the way I like my, well, everything: efficient, sophisticated, and aesthetically pleasing. My lip glosses are no exception. If a full face of makeup was a decadent dessert, gloss would act as the icing — it's the smooth, juicy layer you want on your lips and that people can't help but be drawn to. It's only natural to want the finest option.
Because lip gloss has always been a constant in my beauty bag, from the Lancôme Juicy Tubes to the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme, I know a gem when I see it. Although I'm a sucker for beautiful packaging, a rich formula is the real MVP. Sure, you want your lips to be shiny enough for astronauts in outer space to spot you, but you mainly want them to feel hydrated, and if you have thin lips like mine, plump. When I caught wind that Gucci dropped a new line of lip glosses, called Gloss à Lèvres (£33), I had to try them for myself.
It was love at first application. Not only are the tubes stunning and the shade options sensational, but the gloss itself has it all. Keep reading for my full review.
About the Gucci Gloss A Levres
- The formula contains ginger root and capsicum extract to plump and hydrate the lips.
- It comes in six shades: Joslyn Clair (clear), Bertha Pink (rosy pink), Sadie Coral (soft orange), Teresina Red (scarlet red), Virginia Fuchsia (bright pink), and Suzanne Brown (chocolate brown).
- It contains a soft, bendable doe-foot applicator for easy swiping.
What I Like About Gucci Gloss A Levres
This new gloss is the creme de la creme when it comes to shine, but I'll start with why it really stands out to me: it's seriously long-lasting. I got on public transport, walked around, ate, and it remained glossy as ever. Reapplication felt more for fun than function, and I loved layering on coat after coat for supreme shine. I found that two swipes give you the full extent of colour and three will give you ultimate shine and lasting power. They glided on easily and felt lightweight on my lips. I'm thrilled that I had the same experience with all six shades.
One thing I love to do with my glosses is layer them on top of a lipstick of the same shade. Luckily for me, I had already owned Gucci Rouge A Levres Satin Lipstick in Mary Mauve (£37) to match with Suzanne Brown, a chocolatey-tan shade from the gloss collection. It couldn't have looked more natural if I tried; the gloss highlighted the lipstick shade beautifully as if I was working with an all-one-product that gave optimum colour and brilliance. Suffice to say I'll be incorporating that trick into my regime going forward.
How To Use the Gucci Gloss A Levres
There's no wrong way to apply, but I did find effective ways to use the glosses for myself. I loved how they looked over the matte and satin lipstick shades I already had, and I think it's the best way of making the most use of colour you can. If you can find lipstick shades that are similar to your gloss shade, I recommend it.
On a day where you don't necessarily want to wear a full lip look, the gloss on its own is soft yet impactful, and each shade adds a subtle pop on a bare lip. The brand recommends overlining your lips for a fuller lip look with subtle colour. For greater precision, use the tip of the doe-foot applicator.
What to Consider Before Trying the Gucci Gloss A Levres
The Gucci Gloss A Levres collection is ideal for lip gloss lovers looking for a long-lasting and hydrating formula. While all the shades are vibrant, keep in mind that the plumping effects are minimal.
Otherwise, if you're looking for a gloss that will quickly become your go-to for shine, hydration, and lasting power - this is one splurge you won't regret.
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