Monday, December 16th, 2013

Temptalia Asks You


How important is the texture of a lipgloss? What do you prefer? Sticky, non-sticky? Lightweight? Thick?
Temptalia's AnswerAs more and more formulas get refined to be lighter, more comfortable to wear, non-sticky, etc. I think texture gets more important. I feel like before we settled for thicker or stickier gloss for better wear, or we accepted that non-sticky gloss doesn’t wear as long, but I think as technology improves, some of these shortcomings are becoming less acceptable.

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24 thoughts on “How important is the texture of a lipgloss?

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Bee Bee

    I’ve come to *heavily* dislike sticky glosses. Just as you say, these days there’s no excuse!
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  2. stacey

    It is very important. The worse- MAC. The best- Dolce n Gabbana (light, need only a bit and not that tacky feel like MAC).

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rae Rae

    Christine, I couldn’t agree more with this statement. I was thinking about it the other day, actually — the new Maybelline eyeshadows look pretty good, especially at a drugstore price point, and it really made me consider how our expectations of the beauty industry are always slowly evolving.

    I don’t wear a lot of lipgloss, but I do find texture to be pretty important! Heavy, I can deal with, but sticky — not so much.
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  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jerrilyn Jan

    Extremely. Uncomfortable textures can ruin my day and make one self-conscious.

  5. Definitely like my glosses lightweight and non sticky.

  6. I love super smooth lip glosses, can’t stand any grit in lip products. Sorta like the *unpopular opinion* Benefit Ultra Plush glosses, even though they last for all of two minutes.

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Phoebe Phoebe

    Non-sticky, non-gritty, lightweight!

    I rarely wear lipgloss b/c it always seems to be sticky or heavy. And I prefer opaque color, no shimmer, and so many lipglosses have shimmer. I end up wearing more lipstick than lipgloss.

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      P.S. Christine, I can’t seem to log in to the community via Safari. I click on the log-in button at the top right, and it blacks/greys out my screen, but the little log-in box doesn’t appear. It just freezes the website.

      I tried it in Firefox, and it worked. So there’s something odd going on with Safari.

  8. Zainab

    I agree with being anti sticky- the specter of hair sticking to gloss with the slightest breeze has put me off wearing most of them. A few other things that are deal breakers for me are packaging- I won’t buy anything in a pot and I prefer slanted tube applicators (like Illamasqua’s old ones) to gloss tubes with doe foots or brushes. I’d just rather have something that minimizes the amount of contamination in the gloss. I’m also not big on ‘completely sheer’ or ‘sheer with a few random sparkles’ type glosses. Clear gloss has it’s purpose but I think anything else should be something you could wear on it’s own and if it delivers virtually no colour and not much sparkle, what’s the point exactly? I could just wear a balm instead. Speaking of which I also prefer if lip-glosses aren’t drying which a surprising number I’ve tried have been.

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ruca Ruca

    It’s important, but what texture I want depends largely on how I’m dressed, where I’m going, and how I have my hair styled. If the color is deep and opaque or high-glitter, I prefer a thicker, stickier formula, but I won’t wear it with my hair down if I am going to be outside at all. I have baby-fine hair as dense as a horse’s tail, and it has grown below my waist in length. One step in a light breeze, and my hair is glued to my face like a fly in a spider web. That’s as obnoxiously tacky as it is frustrating and embarrassing. If it’s a lighter or sheer color, or maybe something subtle and duochrome like the Inglot AMC glosses, I do like the thinner, less sticky formulas because they are more comfortable with less fuss over my unruly hair. I have yet to find a high-end high-tech gloss that is not stick that also stays put for several hours. Even though the MAC Lipglass selection is traditionally one of the stickiest, I have found RiRi Woo to be tolerable on the sticky factor, but still well pigmented and long lasting. Until I find out that can survive my stress test (and my crazy hair) I’m probably going to stick to my sticky/non-sticky hair gauge to decide on the consistency for the day. This is largely why gloss makes up less than 5% of my lip product collection.

  10. Je prefere les gloss non collant a la texture assez epaisse et surtout mat

  11. Really important for me. I can’t stand the feel of gloppy lipgloss, especially the tacky type which seems to ball up in the center of my lips and attract ever single strand of misplaced hair. I love the lipgloss/lipstick hybrids where you do not have to sacrifice texture, coverage, and durability. Yeah, I will pony up and pay a premium.

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alix Alix

    I have short hair, so I don’t mind sticky lip glosses at all! In fact, the tackier the better, because they stay in place better! But strong fragrance or glitter/grit’s a deal-breaker.

  13. not important! as long as it looks good, who cares?

  14. Eileen

    I remember the lip gloss of the fifties. It was made by Max Factor and was used primarily in photography so it didn’t have to last long or have much character of its own. It was always used over lipstick to give lips a moist look but not to add any color. We’ve come a long, long way since that little pot of shiny goo and many women now wear gloss as an alternative to lipstick so it’s no wonder we see as many variations in gloss formulation as we see in lipstick. Personally, I love a light-weight, non-sticky gloss. Micro shimmer doesn’t bother me, but I dislike the feel of chunkier glitters. As for opaque versus sheer, neither one is any better than the other. It just depends on the look I want. I also don’t care about the wear time. If I like the color or effect, I don’t mind re-touching.

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of ElKay ElKay

    Seems like I’m alone……..I HATE lipgloss. It’s uncomfortable and lasts 5 minutes. What is the point?

  16. I really don’t like sticky glosses, I prefer lightweight glosses, more like a lipbalm

  17. Hanna

    I work in the cosmetic industry and while I understand that some of u like the non sticky lipgloss, I know many people that do. There is a reason that lancome juicy tubes and mac lipglasses are very popular, because alot of people like that texture. So I don’t think sticky lipglosses should get a bad rating from you because “some of these shortcomings are becoming less acceptable”.

  18. Melissa F

    Formula is just as important as pigment because who wants to wear a bright gloss if it feels like tar? I don’t. I prefer lighter, non-sticky glosses that don’t form that disgust white line along the lips. It’s even worse to see the stickiness when someone else is talking.

  19. I agree. I barely wear gloss anymore because I’m over the stickiness right now. Especially with all this windy weather
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  20. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dorottya doroffee

    I hate really sticky lipglosses, but I do think they have to have a bit of tackiness in order not to let the color slip off in a minute. I like light, not too creamy and heavy glosses.

  21. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Maggie Maggie

    Super important. I stopped wearing lipgloss for a while and only kept 2 around for any time I’m willing to forgo comfort and convenience for a nice juicy lip that i’ll be careful with. That has totally changed with some of the new formulations.

  22. C

    I don’t mind thick, but gloopy and sticky I cannot deal with.