A Quick Guide To Lipstick Finishes

Matte, gloss, cream, or gel—which one will it be?

Given their popularity, matte lipsticks are definitely nothing new to you. But are you just as well-versed in the other lippie finishes available for you to play with? From gloss to cream, matte to gel, here are the four to know about:


By definition, the word "matte" means the absence of shine. Lipsticks with this finish give off a velvety texture—which also means that mattes have little to no moisture content. To prevent your lips from drying out, make sure to smoothen and exfoliate them. Or, you can try applying Revlon Matte Balm for that matte finish with a balm-like feel. It gives lips that desired texture without looking too dry. Also, mattes are very pigmented and long-lasting. They're a good choice if you want to cheat your way to a fuller pout.


Lip products like Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer are an instant reminder of your teenage days. And while glosses are sheer and lacquers tend to be more pigmented and opaque, both give off a youthful and carefree vibe regardless. Aside from wearing them on their own on relaxed days, try them as a top coat over your chosen lip color—they add extra oomph either way.


Creams are as rich in texture as they are in color. Give Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Crème Finish a try as they focus more on color pay-off, and offer more shine than matte lippies and less luster than lip gloss. They're also the most common lipstick finish and a cult classic. Creams are easy to apply but can be a little messy, so trace your lips with a lip liner prior to swiping your color to keep your pout in place.


Gel-based lipsticks never get quite the buzz, but they're worth the love. If you're not sure of the type of finish to pull off, we suggest going for gel-based lippies like the Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor. It's lightweight and easy to apply, and, even better, gives amazing color accuracy—what you see on the tube is what you get! It's a good choice for lippie beginners and beauty junkies who want to try something new for a change. It's a little bit of every finish rolled into one!

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