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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Matte or Gloss?

One of the things I love most about make up is that it's so interchangeable. One day you could be working 60s Louis Vuitton S/S13 style lashes that would make even Twiggy jealous and the next day your as sultry as Mila Kunis thanks to Benefit's Smoky Eyes Kit. Lips are probably the element of my makeup that I change most from day to day because, quite frankly, they're the easiest to experiment with. I love trying different hues-corals, reds, pinks- and different finishes, i.e either solid matte or dewy gloss. I've read a lot about the great matte vs gloss debate and I just wanted to add my opinions on this beauty battle.


Matte

The Key Players; Obviously MAC. My other favourites? Maybelline and Rimmel.


Nothing is as mature and sophisticated as a striking, matte lip. A bold colour and a little finishing powder is all it takes. I like to think of the matte lip as a beauty equivalent of a Celine bag; classic, timeless and so, so powerful. In all honesty I avoided a matte finish until recently, believing that I was too young to pull it off and not look like I playing with my mum's make-up (trust me, I look 12 without eye makeup). I think university made me braver, god knows why, but I thought why not? When I used to wear matte lips I would feel so awkward but it was my attitude, not the finish that was the problem because the key to making a matte look work, besides the right colour for you, is confidence.

Gloss

The Key Players; Bourjois, Clinique and Seventeen.


Lip gloss holds a common misconception that it should exclusively be in the arsenal of teenage girls and cheerleaders. Ok, so I am a teenage girl but even when I turn 20 in January I will refuse point blank to put down the lip gloss. And isn't it great that lip gloss is associated with youth? Isn't that the holy grail of the beauty world? To me lip gloss is playful and fun and is always my first choice for a night out. There's nothing I love more than bold smokey eyes finished off with a nude, glossy lip. I also love that light reflects off gloss making it glisten in summer!

Verdict; Honestly, I have to say may heart lies with gloss as I find it easier to wear than matte.
Gloss or matte; which has your vote?


NG <3


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32 comments

  1. Oh, I'm definitely a matte girl, I don't even own a lipgloss! I think it works better on me! x

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  2. Taylor is my biggest girl crush, whatever she has I want.

    /Avy

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  3. Definitely matte. It's a lot darker and appears less girly to me. I've heard a lot about the mac matte lipsticks so the next time I visit a mac concession/store I will have to go and have a look. I used to wear lipstick a lot but now I hardly ever, I have no idea why!

    x

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  4. Your stunning inspiration pics make it even harder to choose. I used to be very much a gloss girl so I can't believe I am saying this but I would go for a matt look now, so bold, so striking. Thanks for your suggestions on my previous post :) Happy Friday!

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  5. I always find myself reaching for matte lip products!

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  6. This is such a great post. I like both. I tend to want gloss more for summer..for some reason and matte for winter.

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  7. I'm think gloss. I like it light. Loved this post!

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  8. The matte is definitely the mature way to go.

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  9. Somehow I love matte, gloss is like "trying too hard"
    ;-0
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  10. I definitely prefer matte because wearing gloss does not look good on my full lips. Also, I usually have issues with sticky lip glosses and find myself licking it off most of the time. I think most people look good in either one but it seems that matte offers more color choices, in my experience :) xx

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  11. Gloss, gloss, gloss! I find that I feel weird in matte - gloss just makes things more fun! :)

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  12. both! each one for every occasion, or whenever the two is always well mixed.
    but, i preffer matte.
    xoxo

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  13. I love the pink glosses! Happy weekend pretty:)
    xoxo
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  14. I wear matte but I find gloss better-looking. I rarely use the latter because hair gets caught in it and it requires frequent retouching.

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  15. I love a matte finish as I feel a bit more sophisticated and it lasts so much more than gloss, but sometimes you feel a bit more girly with a bit of gloss (or is that just me?). I think Clinique Chubby Sticks are my sort of compromise (plus I love them so much)! xx

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  16. I agree lipstick is fun to play around with! So many different options, colors and finishes! I am kind of partial towards a matte lip but I wear some gloss from time to time too!

    Rebecca
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  17. I like gloss !
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  18. I think I have to go with gloss, it's easier to wear a sheer coloured gloss and I'm very aware of anything that's on my lips so I prefer the colour to be quite subtle. Having said that, I love the look of matte lips on other people! xx

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  19. I think that sometimes it depends on the shade.. But I would mostly go for matte ; )

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  20. I like both a lot :-) and amanda is right, it depends on the shade. is it red or a dark shade then I'd prefere matte but a light shade should be gloss

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  21. I'm a fan of both gloss and matte, depending on the ocassion

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  22. I'm a fan of both gloss and matte, depending on the ocassion

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  23. Haha, love how you wrote that. My favorite line is "arsenal of teenagers." Perfect! I would have to go with the gloss. TSwift looks great in matte, but the nude color gloss is where my heart lies!

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  24. I vote matte, but that's probably because i'm obsessed with the whole vintage vibe. and i always seem to lick off my lip gloss because i'm very aware it's on my mouth, haha. though i do love a shiny mouth- it's so glamorous! (especially with red lips)

    xo marlen
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  25. I do love the look of matte lip products but I find my lips are a little too dry to pull them off :) xx

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  26. I tend to go towards matte but I do like a gloss as well

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