We all remember how a matte lip was quite frankly the crux of 2016 make-up (aside from a razor-sharp contour), but now we're older, wiser and fed up with flaky lips that would inevitably make an appearance before we even finished our second Aperol Spritz.
That's where the lip gloss comes in, but reader, remember, they're not all created equally.
From feeling uNcOmFoRtaBle on your lips to incessantly getting stuck to your hair, you wouldn't be wrong for thinking you needed to spend a fortune to find a hydrating, yet hardwearing formula.
So when I saw Maybelline's new Lifter Gloss Plumping Hydrating Lip Gloss which was getting hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon, I simply had to try it out for myself.
Especially with an RRP of £8.99.
Available in colours Moon, Stone, Amber, Ice, Reef, Topaz and Silk
This lip gloss is quite honestly a gift from the universe, thanks to the fact it's 1) unbelievably hydrating and 2) unexpectedly long-wearing 3) not one teeny tiny bit sticky.
The wand is cushion-y and feels like a treat when applying to your lips. The formula feels instantly hydrating (thank you, Hyaluronic Acid!) but actually stays put. Revolutionary, when most nourishing lip balms last approximately five seconds tops.
I am not alone in thinking this is quite possibly the best lip gloss in all the land. Hundreds of customers have hailed the gloss as 'the best you can get'.
One wrote, "I bought this on recommendation from a friend, assumed it would be nice... man I was unprepared. This is the best gloss I have ever had the pleasure of using. Period. Maybelline, please I beg of you, do not discontinue this product I will be heartbroken. Perfect formula, not sticky, without the perfect hint of colour. 10/10.
My one con? It's not hugely plumping. Of course, adding any sort of gloss or sheen to the lips will make them appear bigger, but its name suggests a lip-tingling type of formula - it's not at all.
Completely fine for me, but if you are after a 'proper' lip plumper - try Soap & Glory's Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss instead.
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