The Great Debate: Lipstick Vs. Lipgloss

If you find yourself in a constant state of indecisiveness when it comes to the lipstick vs. lipgloss smackdown, you’re not alone. The two differ in look, durability, perks and where to wear. We all have different taste and expectations for beauty products, especially when it comes to something as bold as the lip. Below, find a general outline of whether lipstick or lipgloss will work for you. The Look

Lipstick: Deeply pigmented, can’t-deny color. Whether you go for a decadent red or a demure nude, the full-coverage effect is ladylike and polished 100% of the time. The most common formulations are matte and creamy, like YSL Rouge Pur Couture, but new versions such as M.A.C Sheen Supreme Lipstick, render a luminous finish because the low to medium coverage also has the shine of a gloss.

Lipgloss: A single wave of the wand bestows a juicy, often sheer shade—plus a generous dose of sheen. Think glitzy glam. If you crave a bit more color, try something like Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, which is opaque but still plenty shiny.

Where to Wear

Lipstick: Ideal for daytime, a night out or really anytime you want to look put together or "done." Lipstick can bring a look together and neaten things up without giving you too much of a beauty boost.

Lipgloss: Weekends and nights out when you'd rather play up your eyes. Lipgloss is the perfect complement for smoky lids to maintain a balance and avoid looking too overdone with a bright or bold lip.


Lipstick: The average lipstick stays put for two hours. less It’s best to hold off on sipping lattes (steamy drinks melt away color-binding waxes) or devouring potato chips (greasy foods require mouth wiping) to make your lip really last. For the longest last, try Clarins Rouge Prodige which contains polymers, ceramides, and a built-in topcoat that will keep your lips loaded with color through a cup of coffee, a trip to the vending machine, or even a kiss (or two).

Lipgloss: Gloss is fleeting, but not all formulas have wanderlust. Nars Velvet Gloss and Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour look like lip pencils but impart a rich glaze like a traditional gloss. For extra coverage, try moisturizing your lips with a shea butter lip balm before topping them with gloss. The color will adhere better to the balm's waxiness and stick around significantly longer than without the wax.

Perks of the Pout

Lipstick: Precise application ensures that your mouth looks defined, and it’s especially a bonus if you’re someone whose lips are less pronounced.

Lipgloss: The sheer substance makes your pucker appear fuller. So kiss the Kylie Jenner lip challenge goodbye! Just a dab of clear gloss on the center of your bottom lip creates a voluptuous effect.

As you can see, there are many reasons why some choose lipstick and some lipgloss. Both are equally as fabulous as far as the results go, but it’s all based on what you’re looking for. These four factors comparing the two options are some of the most important components you should consider while making the big beauty decision. So which will it be? Will you kiss and tell which is the better choice? In my opinion, you really can’t go wrong.