Four lip glosses to love

While matte liquid lipsticks have been all the craze in 2016, I personally found myself gravitating towards glosses. I ended up purchasing one and at the end of the year I'm sitting with a totally new collection of make up. I must say I was never a big gloss person, not since my middle school days, as my idea of a lip gloss was a gloopy layer of glitter on the lips your hair sticks to. How wrong was I! Time to show you my roundup of favorite lip glosses I've encountered so far.

THREE Shimmering Lip Jam

These glosses are a top seller in Japan and for a good reason. They feel light weight on the lips, giving a healthy sheen and a decent payoff of color. I picked up the awarded shade 08 Red Shoe Twist and later found myself lusting after more colors. I have whole review and swatches of my mini collection here. My most reached shade has been 16 Dreams Awaken, which is a cool pink-mauve shade that looks beautiful paired with any look. ¥3,000/7g

Lancôme Juicy Shaker

Lisa Eldridge's cushion lip oils became an instant hit when they launched. Hype makes me sometimes hesitant to purchase an interesting product, but eventually I decided to pick one up during a sale. Inspired by a 1940s "cocktail shaker" lipstick from her vintage make up collection, the modern creation is super cute and fun to use. You shake together the pigment and oil, and dab on the lips with a Korean inspired cushion applicator. Not a traditional lip gloss, but gives a beautiful tint and sheen while conditioning the lips. Comes out in variety of 'flavours', my pick was Wonder Melon which is a very pretty coral pink with a melon resembling scent. 22€/5,3ml

RMK Lip Jelly Gloss

If THREE has a jam-like formula, RMK's is certainly like a glassy jelly. The texture is thicker, runnier and stickier, which gives you that ultra glossy look on the lips. The spoon like plastic spatula distributes an even coating of gloss for that plumped, juicy look. RMK Lip Jelly Gloss still feels comfortable to wear and your lips won't annoyingly stick together. They were a huge hit back in Spring when I was in Japan: almost all shades sold out at every counter, especially 03 the baby blue/transparent shade, which is praised by make up artists and social media. My pick was 06, which is a fuchsia pink. 19.9€/5.5g

Rouge Bunny Rouge Glassy Gloss

RBR Glassy Gloss Sweet Excess is the milkiest of all four glosses, with a minimal stick for improved longevity. The effect on the lips is a beautiful sheen and plumped, as if your lips were naturally glossy and hydrated. Instead of a strong gleamy texture this gloss has a very fine microshimmer. I fell in love with greyish mauve Mousse Fandango and I'm dying to pick more colors. I love the frosted oval packaging and how a perfect amount of product gets into the doe foot applicator. There is a slight sweet dessert scent when you open the cap, which is delightful and fortunately won't linger around. 28€/10ml

Have you tried any of these glosses? What's your favorite gloss of all time?

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Three from THREE: Shimmering Lip Jams review and swatches

In this next instalment of Three from THREE I have their popular Shimmering Lip Jams to show you. Actually, I'm cheating a little and swatching you all the four shades I have. While the rest of the Western world has gone wild about matte liquid lipsticks, I've fallen in love with lip gloss. It's easy, effortless and doesn't emphasise my dry lips as well matte formulations do. THREE is quite famous of their Shimmering Lip Jams, they're among their best sellers and have won awards in various Japanese beauty magazines. Available in 20 colors, one retailing ¥3,000 + tax.

Formula

The formula is a light weight gloss with no stickiness whatsoever, simply lovely on the lips. The gloss won't completely repel your hair from sticking to your lips on a windy day, but if you've tried RMK lip glosses, they're definitely stickier. The finish isn't a gloopy glassy gloss, but more natural healthy, dewy sheen on the lips. When I think of a lip gloss, I think of something sparkly and very sheer, but unlike the name suggests, there's no visible shimmer or glitter particles in the shades that I have. I'd say a generous layer of Shimmering Lip Jam will give a beautiful tint to the lips and you can tell the difference between shades in the range.

The glosses wear nicely on the lips for a couple of hours if you don't eat or drink, but needs to be reapplied during the day - less stick unfortunately often means less lasting power. I don't notice any scent/taste with this glosses, which I like. Like most THREE products, the lip glosses have plenty of organic botanical oils (tea seed, argan, jojoba, evening primrose, rosehip oil, shea butter and beeswax). The feel is lightly moisturising, but not oily, slippery or overly balmy.

Packaging

The glosses come in a square shaped transparent 'tube' with THREE printed on the side. I quite like this shape as it won't roll off the table and the color is easily visible. The applicator is a quite standard doe foot applicator: round edges, long and straight, a bit thickened near the wand. The gloss glides on your lips so easily you could apply with your eyes closed. The packaging isn't re-inventing the wheel, but works. The cap is THREE's signature matte grey.

Swatches

Excuse me for my chapped lips! I applied all glosses two layers for more intense color. The intensity in each one is about the same. I wasn't very precise with my application, but at least you get an idea of the 'jam' texture. You can definitely smoothen out the color for more even finish.

08 Red Shoe Twist

Gorgeous medium, true red shade. One of the best sellers ranked by iVoce magazine, if I recall right. If you love red lipstick but don't want to make a bold statement every time you wear one, this lip gloss is for you. Also gorgeous for topping a lip pencil or a matte lipstick.

THREE 11 Cranberry Crunch lip swatch

11 Cranberry Crunch

My favourite shade. Judging by the tube I expected 11 Cranberry Crunch to be very intense, but after seeing swatches in a Japanese blog I knew I'd have to try it. A juicy, cranberry wine color.

15 Dreamers Awaken

Definitely my most worn shade. Natural cooler pink shade that looks great with any outfit or make up look. In this picture it doesn't look as pigmented as the others, but is a pretty, fresh cool toned pink in real life.

16 Color of Soul

Pretty coral orange with a slightly cool/neutral undertone. The shade isn't too warm to make my teeth look yellow, and compliments very nicely a variety of make up looks without being too in your face.

Overall

After getting just 1 THREE Shimmering Lip Jam I had to ask my friend to purchase me three more, as I loved the formula and color range so much. I can easily justify owning them all, as there's a clear distinguish between the shades. I must admit I haven't tried many high end lip glosses, but I'm very drawn to THREE. I've worn these a lot especially when my lips were dry and chapped. I wish the formula would apply perfectly even with one swipe, but it doesn't take much effort to rub your lips together to get an even finish. In real life it hasn't bothered me, but I notice it looking at the photos.

Have you tried any lip products from THREE?

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