Spring Review: Top Lip Products + Swatches

Summer is nearly here and I thought it was about time to do a roundup of some lip products I’ve been wearing all spring before I make the complete shift to corals, oranges, and reds.

I love switching up my makeup selections with the seasons because well, the DC area definitely experiences different seasons. And different seasons means my skin tone and skin type changes multiple times throughout the year, which slightly changes what shades and formulas are flattering on me. I would love to do a more thorough post on how my makeup changes through the seasons, but for today, I’m showing a snapshot of some of my most worn lip products in the spring.

In the spring, I tend to shift towards more pinks and rose shades, and start to lean into corals as the weather warms up. I have many many lip products in all these color families, but here are some of my top picks.

Lip Glosses

I never moved away from the gloss trend when the beauty industry spent a few years devoting to making lip products as matte as possible. But now that glossy lips are back, there are so many new lip glosses that I love.

A new release that I absolutely love is the Nars Oil-Infused Lip Tint in Orgasm ($26 for .17oz/5.5 ml).  I wasn’t going to buy this. I really wasn’t. The initial swatches just looked so sheer that I wasnt that intrigued, but once I applied this on my lips, I fell in love. It somehow transforms to be more of a pink shade with just a hint of gold shimmer. And though it is a lip oil, it isn’t too greasy, oily, or slippery. It just feels super moisturizing and hydrating. I heard there are going to be new shades so I will be jumping on this.

I’ve been totally sleeping on the Milani Keep it Full Nourishing Lip Plumper ($8.99 for .13 oz/3.7 ml), which are stunning, and also are slightly thicker than Nars Lip Tint or the PYT lip glosses mentioned below, but still not sticky in the slightest. Plus, the shades are all gorgeous complex shimmery shades. My favorite shade is Luminoso.

The PYT Beauty Fulfilled Lipglosses ($15 for .09oz/2.55ml) are a beautiful light and minty while depositing a sheer layer of gloss. The shade Influence is a gorgeous rose nude shade. The only other shades are clear or clear with shimmer, and I hope they release more shades!

It took me awhile to finally try the Pat McGrath LUST: lip glosses ($25 for a trio of minis), but these probably have the most unique and complex shade ranges. I got a mini kit from Sephora over the fall and haven’t actually tried it out until this spring. Bronze Temptation is my favorite shade so far, and it is a stunning rosy bronze shade. These have a thicker formula than the other glosses, but they are still not sticky at all.

The Hourglass Unreal High Shine Lip Glosses ($30 for .2oz/5.6ml)  are another new release, and they are absolutely amazing! Though I love that glosses are coming back, it’s hard for me to consider another new lip gloss release as something unique. Yet as soon as I tried this gloss, I was sold. From the hourglass shaped applicator to the light-medium coverage with just right thickness, I can’t get enough of this gloss, especially this brown-nude shade that is becoming a new favorite neutral.


For the more traditional lipstick category, I’m starting with the MAC Powder Kiss Lipstick in Devoted to Chili ($19 for .1oz/3g). I am loving the powder kiss formula! They are a sheer-buildable powdery matte lipstick that give me that slightly blotted look I always look for. Devoted to Chili is kind of a rusty red shade that I’m loving this year.

It’s not a secret how much I love Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks, and the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Blushing Dream is a beautiful rosy pink shade that I gravitate towards in the spring. I’ve swatched and reviewed this already here. Another honorable mention that I didn’t photograph is Pillow Talk, which is more of a nudish pink shade.

I have always loved YSL lip products, but the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 12 Corail Domain ($38 for .11oz/3.2g) is a great spring rosy coral shade. This formula is moisturizing, but not slippery or greasy as many “shine” formulas can be. These are expensive but worth it to me.

I was kind of skeptical of the Flesh Beauty Line, mostly because of the horrible name and shade names, but the Fleshy Lips Lipstick in Chew and Hungry (Hungry is pictured, $18 for .1oz/3g) are truly good lipsticks. They are a sheer lipstick that still have some longevity on the lips, and the sheer red shade is such a good shade to throw on to give my lips a natural flush.

A newer addition to my collection is the Chanel Rouge Coco Flash Lipstick in 53 Chicness ($38) are another option for ultra moisturizing and sheer lipstick. This shade swatches like a straight up brown, but the sheer formula turns it into a gorgeous neutral shade on me, much like the Hourglass lip gloss. This is more slippery than the YSL Shine lipsticks, which means they only last an hour or so on me, but I still love how easy these are to apply.

Finally for lipsticks, this is more a hybrid lipgloss/lip stick, but the much hyped Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lipstick in Juicy Date ($26 for .2oz/6ml) are absolutely phenomenal lipsticks/lip glosses. They are a thicker (but still not sticky!) longwear gloss that have medium coverage. These feel so hydrating, but the cushiony formula makes them stay on my lips an impressively long time.

Somehow I forgot to include the Kosas Cosmetics Weightless Color Lipsticks ($28 for .14oz/4g), which are all-time favorites, and Stardust is my most used shade this year. It’s a peachy neutral shade that I’ve also already reviewed here.

Liquid Lip Sticks

Although I love glosses, I still like to wear liquid lipsticks once in awhile. Although instead of the ultra matte formulas, I’m gravitating towards more cream or lighter finish formulas that don’t last quite the whole day, but longer than a traditional lip stick.

I had to list two shades of the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick in Puree and Arrowroot ($12 on sale for .25oz/7g). These are being discontinued sadly, but I LOVE this formula. They dry down but not into a dry matte finish. They have just a bit of sheen to them, which means they transfer a bit, but they last 5-6 hours without drying my lips out. Puree is my perfect reddish orange shade that I could wear every day, and Arrowroot is a pumpkin shade that has just a bit of brown in it to keep it very wearable. I am so sad these are being discontinued because these are amazing.

The Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets ($38 for .13oz/3.9g) are an ultra lightweight barely there liquid lipstick that do dry to a matte finish. But because they are so lightweight, I hardly notice them. I’ve been wearing shade 505, a rosy pink shade (sense a theme here?) that provides that polished look I aspire to.

And for one last stellar formula, the Lancome L’absolu Lacquer Lipstick in 274 Beige Sensational ($26 for .27oz/8ml) is a shiny finish liquid lipstick that has a glossy finish. I have also reviewed these before, but I’ve been loving 274 for an easy neutral nude shade.

Here are swatches of everything as well:

L-R: Nars Orgasm Oil Infused Lip Tint, Milani Keep it Full Nourishing Lip Plumper in Luminoso, PYT Fulfilled Lipgloss Influence, Pat McGrath Bronze Temptation, Hourglass Unreal Lipgloss in Strike
L-R: MAC Devoted to Chili, Charlotte TIlbury Blushing Dream, YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 12, Flesh Lipstick in Hunger, Chanel Rouge Coco Flash 53, Bobbi Brown Juicy Date
L-R: Bite Puree, Bite Arrowroot, Armani Lip Magnet in 505, Lancome L’absolu Lacquer 274 Beige Sensational

What are the lip products you’ve been reaching for this season? Do you change your lip products often?

As always, thanks for reading!

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