It’s no secret that I’m a maniac when it comes to sheer lip color. What’s not to love? You can experiment and play without fear because when a lipstick is sheer, even the brightest most daunting shades become easily wearable! It’s probably not news to you that sheer lipsticks are a go-to during the summer, either. After all, who wants to wear a full-coverage lipstick during the dead of summer that not only looks heavy but feels that way too?? Certainly not me. Which is why I stick with my trusty sheer lippies–they’ll never steer you wrong. Sooo, I am here to once again bring you another post highlighting some of my new favorite sheer lip formulas that I’ve been enjoying this summer (to see some of my other favorites, click here or here).
#1: Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Collection in Hang Ten, Perfect Wave, and Stoked*
First up in my new discoveries is Lipstick Queen’s Endless Summer collection. This collection features 3 shades: Hang Ten, Perfect Wave, and Stoked. Hang Ten is a sheer, ever-so-slightly warm-leaning nude. I am always scared when I hear the word “nude”–”nude” just does not groove with my complexion and usually winds up with me looking like a corpse. But because this shade is sheer and slightly warm, it actually works on me. And not only does it work, I like it…a lot! The nudest I’ll usually go (on my lips…haha!) is a medium pinky-nude but I am absolutely loving this shade. It goes with everything and doesn’t look like “too much” but instead leaves me looking just a bit more polished and finished when I’m rocking a heavier eye and cheek. Love this! (I also discovered that mixing it with Perfect Wave or better yet, Stoked, slightly tones down the brightness of those 2 shades and makes them a bit easier to wear. Seriously though, Stoked layered over Hang Ten is such a gorgeous combo! I’ve been wearing it everyday!)
–left to right: Hang Ten, Stoked, Perfect Wave–
Perfect Wave is a “bright, sheer, punchy pink” and Stoked is a “sheer, bright coral”. All 3 shades are gorgeous, flattering on a variety of skintones, and have the same soft, beautiful shiny finish. They aren’t exactly what I’d call “sheer” but they are definitely on the sheerer side (Perfect Wave and Stoked, especially) and have a lovely, slightly translucent finish to them. They’re all also very easy to layer and build up with so you can go from a sheer, summery, effortless daytime lip to a bolder, brighter lip for night with just a few swipes.
–top to bottom: Hang Ten, Stoked, Perfect Wave–
All 3 shades wore for a little over 3 hours on my lips, all while keeping my lips moist and soft. These are well worth checking out for everyone–lipstick noobs, seasoned lipstick wearers looking for the perfect summer lip, those with perpetually dry lips looking for a way to keep their pucker moisturized without having to sacrifice color, etc.
#2: ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioners in Blossom Lady and These Days*
I’ve been dying to try ILIA for a long time–I’ve heard such amazing things about this brand! So of course when I finally got the chance to, the first thing I zeroed in on was their Tinted Lip Conditioners. The Lip Conditioners “[combine] organic ingredients to soothe and condition the lips. Each shade carries a sheer touch of color that increases in intensity when applied liberally.”
Like the Lipstick Queen lipsticks, these beauties are housed in a sleek, matte metal casing with the simplistic and elegant ILIA logo printed on the side. The 2 shades that I received are Blossom Lady (a muted, soft neutral pink) and These Days (a mid-tone coppery-nude with a soft, golden shimmer).
While I can’t deny that both shades are just beautiful (I am in love with the lovely, muted Blossom Lady!), I do think that the name “Tinted Lip Conditioner” is a bit misleading, as is the claim that “each shade carries a sheer touch of color…”. These, to me, are lipsticks–hydrating and shiny lipsticks. Especially These Days–do you guys see the swatches below?! That shade is seriously opaque, man! Blossom Lady has just a bit more of a translucent finish but is still quite pigmented compared to what I usually think of a tinted balm.
These Lip Conditioners retain more of a waxy feel than Lipstick Queen’s slightly balmier, shinier lipsticks. But you can’t beat the gorgeous shades (there are 10 shades in all), elegant packaging, and organic formulas from ILIA. These lippies lasted a little under 3 hours on my lips and kept my lips nice and moisturized the whole time.
#3: Jouer Lip Sheers SPF15 in Antigua, Capri, and Maui*
Lastly, we have Jouer’s gorgeous Lip Sheers. As you guys well know by now, Jouer has quickly become one of my absolute favorite brands. Each season, I am always thrilled to see what they come up with–their easygoing but chic approach to beauty and color suits my taste perfectly! Their last new release, the Tinted Lip Enhancers, have become a staple in my beauty routine. I’ve been wearing Bellini almost daily this summer! So when I heard that Jouer was coming out with new shades of their popular Lip Sheer SPF15, I knew I had to get my hands on some.
The new-for-summer shades are: Maui (sheer nude pink), Santorini (sheer rose pink), Ibiza (sheer shimmering apricot), and Antigua (sheer honey peach). These shades join their 4 existing shades: Capri, St. Tropez, St. Barths, and Positano. Today, I’ll be showing you Capri (old), Maui (new), and Antigua (new).
These Lip Sheers are truly sheer. They provide the perfect kiss of color, looking effortless and breezy, which is how everyone wants to look during the summer, right?! These Lip Sheers have a soft vanilla scent to them. They remind me a lot of Bobbi Brown’s Treatment Lip Shines (which, by the way, when the heck were these discontinued?? I just found out while writing this post. Were they replaced by the Sheer Lip Color?? Bobbi Brown has been revamping their whole line so much lately, my head is spinning :/), though I will admit, I do prefer Jouer’s. Not only is the formula slightly more moisturizing, I prefer the sheerer, shinier finish and also like the fact that it’s $1 less but contains more product ($22 for 0.10 oz. compared to Bobbi Brown’s 0.07 for $23).
These Lip Sheers only lasted about 2 1/2 hours on my lips–pretty average for such a sheer, hydrating lip balm (essentially). I still love the shades though–they’re all incredibly lovely and universally flattering! They’re the perfect summer product since you don’t need a mirror to apply, all the shades go with any look, and they nourish and protect your delicate lips from the harsh sun and heat. Love these!
And finally, swatches…
What have been some of you guys’ go-to lip products this summer? I’d love to know!
*these products were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge for review purposes. Despite this, my opinions are always honest and I only included products in this post that I truly use and love