Red carpets and catwalks alike have fought this war for years. Whether you like your lip bold or more muted, there are endless ways to play with your look when you turn up or down the shine factor. Both beauty essentials have their pros and cons, so we wanted to see where our hearts truly lay. Slick and glossy? Or matte and majestic? Get ready to decide one way or the other – who will reign supreme in your makeup bag?

The goss on gloss


  1. It lasts – add on a slick of gloss in the morning – and you’re good to go for hours. Nothing takes less time than adding a little shine to your pout, and it can take you from day to night without needing to reapply.
  2. It’s simple – a glossy lip goes with everything. You can wear it on its own, or you can add to a dark, luscious red lip to give it some va-va-voom. Rocking the nude look? Add some lustrous shine to it!
  3. It adds volume – we all know that the shimmer and shine on a lip makes your lips look bigger. Even if you don’t want to go the full lip – a dot of gloss in the middle of you bottom lip gives you a juicier pout.

Take it to the matte


  1. It’s low maintenance – have you ever applied a matte lipstick, and then stepped out of your door into the wind and had your hair stick to your face? No. Why not? Because a matte lip fits in with whatever you need to do!
  2. It’s classic – no matter what shade you choose, the matte look is understated, subtle, and the ultimate compliment to the rest of your makeup. It doesn’t matter if you’ve gone for a big bold eye, or a bare face, the matte lip perfectly enhances the rest of your look.
  3. Impact – while a glossy lip gives a youthful glow, a matte lipstick packs a punch. If gloss is the go to for girly and pretty, matte is the home of the sultry, sexy look.

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