Spring to Summer Sheer-Bright Colors for Lips

March 25, 2011

For lips, I like to wear sheer see-through colors for brights. What I like (left to right from above): NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover, Dior Addict in Model 564, NARS Angelika Lip Gloss, Chanel Nakkar Glossimer, Chanel Pink Pulsion Glossimer (see it here) Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer in 08 Bouquet, Bobbi Brown Hot Pink Lip Gloss, Edward Bess Island Rose Compact Rouge.

Swatched on arm, same order, in direct sunlight:

One more view, with flash:

I haven’t done lip-swatches of all the colors yet, but here are the ones I do have:

NARS New Lover (also here), this is a unique shade that looks different on everyone. It looks so different on my hand compared to my lips. See it on Cafe Makeup on Liz who is fairer and slightly cooler toned (here) while this is what it looks like on me below:

Nars Angelika Lip Gloss:

Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer 08 (looks brighter in real life, flash washed out color a bit, all my Paul & Joe Lip Lacquers here they are among my favorite lip glosses, I have almost every color):

Edward Bess Island Rose Compact Rouge (also here and swatched for Karlasugar here):

I apologize if all the links have you clicking in too many places. I’ve just referenced them in case you wanted to see more detailed reviews or comparison from past reviews. Have a happy Friday!

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  • Chanel Pink Pulsion Glossimer is gorgeous! I may have to add it to my wish list.. it seems perfect for the summer time!

  • Bobbi Brown's Hot Pink looks like the answer to my recent makeup prayers for a hot-berry-pinkish lipstick/gloss.

    Thank you so much for this post! I never quite know how to pull off brights as I'm very pale, but you've given me more than a few excellent options!

    β™₯ Jessica

  • I also like sheer brights because they show up well on my pigmented lips but they do not overwhelm my face. NARS Angelika is a favorite, as is New Lover. I own Chanel's Pink Teaser, another bright pink/fuschia which adds a nice pop of color.

    I tried on many of the BB Rich Lip Colors but the pale ones washed me out and the bright ones were too opaque. I'll have to give the Dior Addicts a second try; they looked too bright on me, but the Sephora lighting might have been to blame.

    Those shades look very fun but sophisticated on you.

  • love the NARS angelika on you. gorgeous. seems quite opaque too. it's funny, in australia we're going from autumn to winter now but i'd still pop on these bright pinks and reds. bright colors never go out of trend. thanks for sharing sabrina x

  • I'm amazed, I've blogged about New Lover today and it looks completely different on me – like two different products!

  • Yu

    NARS Angelika looks gorgeous!

  • Thanks for all the swatches – that's one of the reasons why I love your blog!

    You're also pushing me dangerously close to the edge of purchasing some Edward Bess, even though I'm a poor student! That Compact Rouge and the single eyeshadows you reviewed recently are just TOO gorgeous!

  • Pam

    Thanks for the post and great pictures – the colors all look so fun for spring. I like the balance of sheer/opaque, so many sheers are just too sheer, and the opaques don't let any natural lip through, the textures on these are spot-on for spring.

    I think the Nars New Lover looks AMAZING on you!

  • Those all look gorgeous on you. What do you wear on the cheeks and eyes when doing bright lips?

  • Love this post Sabrina! I have both Chanel glosses and love them as well as NARS New Lover. I also have Paul & Joe #5 which is a lovely pinky coral you might want to try.

  • Natalie – if you like Pink Pulsion I recommend tracking it down soon! It was from the holiday collection and I'm not sure if it's LE or not. It's the brightest pink I've seen Chanel release in a long time.

    Jessica – BB Hot Pink is an awesome shade. Also check out Petal from Bobbi Brown. It's a pretty pink.

    Debra – Chanel Pink Teaser is another gorgeous pink! It's more neutral than the ones in this post but yes, it adds a beautiful pop of color. About the BB Rich Lip Colors – I noticed the drastic difference. Definitely give the Dior Addicts a second try and try to look at them in a non-sephora setting if you can, the lights are definitely glaring.

    Faye Lu – I was surprised that Angelika works because it's so cool toned in the tube. LOL I forgot about Australia's season difference. I'm always focused on California time.

    Charlie – yes New Lover looks different on everyone.

    Yu – Thank you! I love how pink it is!

    AllAboutAlex – We've all been poor students at some point. I would save everything from internships, babysitting etc just for makeup. Education is important though – study hard and network like crazy and you'll find something someday! If you splurge on EB definitely wait for an event to take advantage of any gift-with-purchases.

    Pam – Thank you! It is hard to find the right balance of sheer and opaque. Most are definitely leaning towards one or the other. I really love the NARS Velvet Gloss Pencils and Dior Addicts for these. I'm looking forward to the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines as well for this. They seem better than Aqualumieres in pigment (although I did have several holy grails in the Chanel Aqualumiere formula).

    Bellamama – Patience my dear! This is a three part (soon to be four) series. Will be addressed in a later post πŸ™‚

    Cindy – thank you! I have all the Paul & Joe Lip Lacquers which I adore.

  • Hi Sabrina,
    In addition to introducing me to EB you also ignited my curiousity for Paul and Joe products. You reminded me that I need to order more lacquers – I only have one and I LOVE it. I don't use too much just so I can hold on to it!

    I wish the Angelika gloss looked as good on me as it does on you. It was too cool and 80's pastel looking on me.

  • love the colors!

  • Thanks for these swatches! NARS Angelika looks gorgeous!

  • OMG I'm such a lip gloss junkie!!! My current faves are the Yes to Carrots lip glosses…have one in every color! Nars Angelika looks AWESOME. Nars has such a great color collection. Their blushes are equally amazing! MUST BUY! πŸ˜›

  • I love Chanel Fluorescent & Stila lip gloss in Tickled Pink – it stays on as well as a stain πŸ˜€