The Shiseido GelGloss range currently consists of two formulas, the Shiseido Shimmer GelGloss and the Shiseido Crystal GelGloss, the latter of which is literally a clear gloss that can be used a number of ways. I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of lipglosses, but I love Shiseido and they’ve managed to produce a really gorgeous take on lipgloss – if anything is going to persuade me to be open to wearing lipglosses, it’s these ones!
The Shiseido Shimmer GelGlosses come in a really decent range of colours, with some great takes on pinks, peaches and nudes, alongside a few more ambitious colours, such as lilac, orange and the mint green that I’ve had a play with. The three shades I have are:
Crystal GelGloss: completely clear
Hakka Mint: shimmery and gently tinted, think cool, sheer blue rather than full-on ice
Shin-Ku Red: my favourite of the three, a warming, shimmery red that can be built to a stronger saturation
I’m 37 years old so there will definitely be no outings in Hakka Mint in my future, mainly because it’s I’m pale and pasty, so add a blue-hued lip and I start looking a bit like I’ve been recently dug-up. On the upside, the beautiful Shin-Ku Red is a lovely shade that I have actually added to my keep pile as it looks so pretty on, giving my whole face a lift; I’m normally not a fan of shimmer but this is so gently done that it’s flattering and surprisingly wearable.
The main reason I happily give the Shiseido GelGlosses the time of day is because the formula is absolutely gorgeous and feels so wonderful on the lips; I hate the feeling of lipgloss but these are more like a slightly thick hydrating balm; they feel like they’re giving lips a wash of moisture alongside a hint of colour, so there’s no tackiness and they kind of bridge the gap between a balm and a gloss.
If, like me, you’re not a big fan of glosses then I could not rave enough about the Shiseido ColourGel Balms (find them here) but I would still recommend giving the GelGlosses a try to see if you can be swayed. The Crystal shade is £23, whilst the shimmery numbers are £24 and can be found here – link.
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