Monday, August 15th, 2011

Temptalia Asks You

Can you have too many sheer lipglosses? Is one sheer gloss the same as another? Is there a such thing as too sheer?

Temptalia's AnswerThere are a few categories of sheers, and it really depends on the iridescence of the shimmer. They are very similar–it’s hard for them to be all that different. I don’t personally care for overly sheer glosses, but they have their place.

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35 thoughts on “Can you have too many sheer lipglosses?

  1. Leslie

    Yes, definitely!

  2. i have one sheer – a clear. if i want different shimmer i’ll mix an eyeshadow into it. sheer glosses are a waste of money imho, when it gets to the point where it looks like oil or water on the lip it gets ridic.

  3. sheer lipglosses does nothing for me even if it has sparkles. I mind as well wear vaseline or rosebud or chapstick.

  4. Debra

    If you have very pigmented lips like I do, YES!

    • Stephanie

      2nd this, exactly my issue too. Not that I’m complaining mind you! but still, sheers are usually a waste for those of us they don’t show up on.

  5. Mel

    Yes, for sure. My lips are very pigmented and it’s not super easy to find really opaque glosses and I hate when I buy a gloss that I thought would work and my natural lip color shows right through it.

    • Alejandra

      I feel the same way.1 sheer gloss is more than enough, because chances are I will hardly ever use it.I love opaque lipglosses.

  6. Erica

    Haha, that’s an interesting question. I have several sheer glosses and for how similar they are for some reason they still look different on my lips. Personally I don’t like very sheer glosses alone because most of the time they just make my lips look oily as if I didn’t wipe off the pasta sauce from lunch.

  7. Courtney

    I’m more of a matte lip person so I’m not a gloss girl in general, sheer or opaque.

  8. Marieke

    Yes you can! Personally, I don’t like sheer lipglosses so I only have one. I’m a lipstick girl. When I buy a lipgloss, I must know that it’s pigmented. I don’t see why you’d have tons of sheer lipglosses, they all look the same!

  9. Ryan

    Im not a big fan of sheer glosses and I almost never wear them on their own. The only sheers I have are unique enough…. such as the effect the shimmer gives it. Im a lipstick kind of boy!

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  11. artemis

    i like them but they must not have shimmer

  12. I’m paying for pigment when I buy any cosmetic, so owning tons of sheer glosses does not compute. When I can get an LA Colours clear gloss that hydrates a little, can be tinted at home and costs a buck, why not save money for other items?

    • Stephanie

      This is a great idea! I need more pigment in my glosses to begin with b/c of my pigmented lip color.

  13. Yazmin

    i only have a few, as sheer lipglosses do nothing on my lips, and to use it ontop of a lipstick is just a waste of product to me. i have very pigmented lips. im only interested in the ones with sheer colour and have some sparkle to it

  14. I think so.

    Subtle differences are often only noticed by you, so it seems a bit redundant to me.

  15. Lauren

    For me, no. I prefer sheer glosses because they allow you to mix on the days you would like and wear alone on others. I always have a good laugh getting ready in the morning because I dig through a pile of pigmented gloss to find the same sheer 2 or 3 glosses that go in my bag for work everyday. It never fails.

  16. Debi

    Lately I have been making sure I swatch glosses before buying because too many look pretty in the bottle and have no pigmentation. Just glitter. One like that is fine. But I agree with another poster. I am paying for pigment and if they can’t deliver there isn’t any sense in getting it.

  17. Dee

    Yes, BUT I keep them EVERYWHERE–in my car, at my desk, in multiple rooms at home. I don’t have to worry about matching.

  18. ellyp

    I hate sheer glosses because I have pale lips. I need color in my glosses. Reading the responses of the gals who prefer them is a funny reminder to me of how we are all built different. Wish I could send off to some of you some of my glosses that I bought and hate because they have no color!

  19. Nora

    It’s insane how some companies market sheer glosses. Chanel glosses, for example. Sometimes it gets to a point where you can’t tell them apart once they’re on the lip and it’s ridiculous.

    I think one would be my limit, but then again I really prefer bright lipsticks and glosses over clears and nudes, so I might be biased.

    • Stephanie

      *nods* exactly. MAC does it too *hides from flames* Granted, I like a lot of their stuff but I must have five lipglasses that all look nearly the same pink or similar ‘pinky-brown’ color on my lips, usually more sheer than not.

  20. Deb

    Yes! I’m currently making a conscious effort to use up my sheer glosses because I have too many.

    • Stephanie

      I just did this. I actually swatched all mine on a white paper to see how many looked similar, and it was shocking how many did. I probably purged half and will be a lot choosier in the future. Which is why review sites like this are so great!

  21. Nichole

    Sheer glosses are pointless for me. My lips are too pigmented to notice any slight difference and I prefer to disquise how dark my lips are with pigment. I own several glosses that aren’t pigmented enough that will work for layering, but they mostly sit unused.

  22. Courtney

    It’s definitely possible…but it’s just so hard to resist dazzleglass!!! T_T

  23. Alexis

    I definitely think so. I think the US market makes waaaaay too many sheer glosses. I don’t understand why they don’t make more opaque ones.

  24. Becca

    definetly!!! I think I have too many, not intentionally though!

  25. Alexis

    I like sheer glosses when they add a subtle bit of tint or have unique sparkle but when they look completely clear or all look the same then I can see that being a little excessive. But I still like the ones I have a lot and reach for them more often than my super pigmented lip products.

  26. I am probably in the minority but I like sheer glosses with shimmer. Unless it is shimmerless and it is sheer to the point of clear, I would dislike it.

  27. Quinctia

    When you have lips as pigmented as mine, without going into layering over nude base colors, a decent proportion of lipgloss just shows up sheer. Anything intentionally sheer shows up closer to “absolutely clear” on me, shimmer aside.

    So…I guess I find glosses useful as long as they’re…medium pigmented for glosses? They don’t have to be the most pigmented in the world for me to find them wearable.

  28. Jazzy

    I hate sheer lipglosses. So pointless!

  29. Jennifer

    I think they are pointless really