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We all want beautiful lips and for that the beauty mavens know all the right products. And if you too have been bingeing YouTube videos or have been religiously making notes of everything IG influencers have to say, you’re going to find yourself in a flux…quite a common one - what should I choose, lip glosses, lipsticks or lip tints? While being spoilt for choice is the ultimate form of pampering, this beauty maze can really stagnate your glow up journey. I mean, how are you going to have time to look good if you’re thinking about which lip baby to get your hands on. So, to make the choosing a cakewalk, we’re here with all the scoop on lipsticks, lip glosses and lip tints - scroll down! 

What is the Difference Between Lipstick, Lip Gloss and Lip Tint Treatment?

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Let's start with the obvious: Lip gloss gives you a glossy finish. These babies are super reflective, giving you that shiny, eye-catching look. In contrast, lipstick tends to have a creamier, more matte finish. It absorbs light instead of reflecting it, creating a powerful pop of colour. To say, it’s bold! And lastly, as the name suggests, tints are a light pop of colour that looks almost natural. These are the talk of the town RN for their subtleness complements the trending clean girl aesthetic - soft, delicate and flushed. 

That being said, the only lip option that is loaded in texture variety is lipstick. These look-enhancers come in various finishes. Frosted, sheer, and satin; this one is more reflective, lightweight and creates a glossy effect. These formulas are also moisturising Whereas, the Kylie Jenner favs the: matte, semi-matte, and creamy lipsticks have a heavier composition and less shine. 

Now that we’ve turned the spotlight on the core differences, we’re going to get into some factual chat - all the deets on lipsticks, glosses and lip tints are wrapped below. 

Facts and Benefits to Using Lipstick 

Hello lipsticks lovers, here’s why you’re on the right track! 

1. Leaves a long lasting glam 

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In the battle of lipsticks, glosses and lip tints - the first makes a clear win in the long lasting domain. Plus, for the longest stay and most precise application - you can fall back on liquid lipsticks - these bad boys glide on your lips and don’t come off easily. On the other hand, bullet lipstick calls for reapplication to maintain their bold and bright appearance - but of course, are classic and chic in the beauty space! One OG lipstick we’re fans of has to be the Lakmé Absolut 3D lipstick. Pigmented to the T and in the right shape to sprinkle all that attention on your cupid’s bow, this matte baby is a total showstopper. And a liquid lipstick that I swear by has to be the Lakmé 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Liquid Lip Colour. Making my lips look instantly plumper, this product is one we swear by! 

2. Lipstick defines your face

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Sometimes we’re not in the mood to do a full face of makeup but still want to look sharp. And when you’re in the midst of such a diva dilemma, you can add definition to your face and lips with the Lakmé Absolut Matte Revolution Lip Colour. PS: Just one swipe would do the trick for you! 

PS: To make the most of your lipstick shopping sesh, we suggest checking out all the different shades and how they align with your undertone and more importantly, style! 

3. It’s smudge-free

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One of the best parts about choosing lipsticks is that they're smudge-free. So, you don't have to stress about stains after every little thing you do, especially while eating or drinking. No lie, those marks on glasses aren’t the best. Plus, you don't even have to be concerned about carrying a mirror or looking at your phone to check if the lipstick has spread outside the boundary or not…because with the lipstick as your BFF that’s not an option. 

Facts and Benefits to Using Lip Gloss 

Hailey Bieber, is that you? Well, her lip gloss style is all over the internet so we wouldn’t be able to guess otherwise! 

1. It is versatile like never before

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Instead of spending the buck on various different glosses, you can really make the most of your makeup skills by investing in one clear gloss….and if you’re all about the fuller life, a plumping gloss.. Mixing a sheer gloss with little lipstick pigment can go a long way because viola, then you have a brown gloss. a pink one and if you’re all about them experimental vibes, then a purple one as well. The options are literally as vast as your creativity! So, ladies it’s your time to shine, quite literally! 

2. It is lightweight

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The girls that get it, know that gloss is slipper and easy to apply. So much so, even if it falls off the borders of your lips, the spill can just be dabbed away for it leaves zero cast. Plus, the lightweight formula doesn’t make your lips crack (unappealing alert) and comes with no drawbacks, just pros: ultimate sheen that aligns well with the highlighter girls. If you’re looking to start your gloss kit: we’re gaga over the Lakmé Absolut Lip Gloss Value Set! This bunch with an A1 highlighter does its beauty job to the maximum for it ties your entire look together! So, get that poppin’ power with the right gloss. 

3. Lip gloss is super moisturising

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Literally the most moisturising in the game, gloss knows how to give your lips that added TLC! Plus, many modern day formulas are super-hydrating and softening, leaving your pout with a plump push and supple look hours after wear. 

Lip Tint Facts 

Moving onto my favourite and the all rounder, *drumroll* lip tint! 

1. Multi-purpose mania

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Well, if you’re looking to make the best of any product, you must know any lip tints are also safe to be used as a cheek tint and as an eyeshadow - which means, carrying a lip tint can literally help with those touchups in seconds. 

Plus, they add a subtle and sweet flush of colour to the face for a sun-kissed look. And the best part? They also feel a lot lighter and are easier to layer with other makeup products - barely any cracks on creases. 

2. The perfect gradient 

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If you’ve been following Korean beauty trends, you’re sure to know that ombre lips are the talk of the town! And just to channelise all the drama, lip tints are great for creating the gradient! This is because lip tints allow you to easily adjust the concentration of the pigment on the lips. And that’s exactly what the gradient look is all about - the style is bolder at the centre and faded out towards the edge. 

3. It is anti-smudge

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Once dried properly, lip tints stay on the surface of lips and don't budge or leak as easily as lipsticks and glosses.This is because lip tints are made using pigments in a water-based formula. The pigment in the tint clings to the surface layer of the lips when the watery base has evaporated and works as a temporary tattoo of sorts. 

FAQs about Difference Between Lipstick, Lip Gloss and Lip Tint 

Discuss some commonly asked questions here, examples below; 

Q1 What’s the most affordable pick from lipsticks, lip glosses and lip tints? 

While the answer to this totally varies, we’d say the most cost effective would be lip tints. Since it can be used for multiple uses, you save money by not having to buy additional products. 

Q2 What’s the main drawback of a lip tint? 

The only predominant drawback would be that lip tints don’t come in a variety of colours or shades other than the classic red or pink! 

Q3 What are the most popular lip glosses in the market right now? 

The most IN one’s at the moment would be sheer. However, the one’s that some purchases still stand by would be repping creme, sheer, ultra-glossy, and even metallic finishes!