There’s something about the impending start of spring that just puts a girl in the mood for gloss. Feel me? Even if you’re strictly matte the rest of the year, spring has a way of making everyone crave a little bit of shiny.
This year, the sheer, glossy mouth is the hottest way to wear a bold lip. The newest crops of lipsticks are halfway between a gloss and a balm, with the sparkle of one and the comfort of the other. Trust me, you need one in every color.
Maybelline Color Whisper by Color Sensational Lip Color—A gel gloss/stick/balm that’s highly pigmented and totally weightless. ($7.49, Ulta )
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain—Soft and sheer, this glossy stick nourishes lips and keeps the chappies away. ($8.99, Drugstore.com )
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm—The color of this balm is delicate enough that it’s a perfect option for daytime. ($16, Sephora )
Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy—YSL’s iconic Rouge Volupté lipstick, but in a sassier, springier form. ($32, Sephora )
Stila Color Balm Lipstick—The formula is satiny, plus it contains peppermint oil for pep. Did I mention the cap has a tiny mirror? OMG. ($22, Ulta )