Valentine’s Day Pink for Lips

February 12, 2015

This week I’m loving all shades of pink for the lips, in preparation for Valentine’s Day I’ve compiled a list of new pinks that I’ve been testing along with some older favorites. Today’s focus is on lip glosses with a glossy sheen that will give the lips a lush glow.

  • Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl Sheer in Pink Diamond is a glossy sheer pink gold that gives the lips a tint of gold and pink, right now it seems to be removed from Sephora and Marc Jacobs Beauty so I’m not sure if these are being phased out or reformulated, for a similar effect check out MAC Nympette Lipglass
  • Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer 01 is a sheer light pink balm-like gloss, on the lips it gives a sheer natural wash of light pink with a tiny bit of shimmer, it has a soft vanilla scent
  • NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight is a super pale powdery pink gloss, on my super pigmented lips this is high maintenance when worn alone, I find it’s best worn as a layering lipgloss mainly because I have a lot of color in my lips
  • Zelens Lip Glaze in Rose is a lush baby pink cream, I have a hard time pulling off baby pinks on the lips that are non-shimmers, they are often too pale on my lip but this one was surprisingly good, it’s pricey for a lip gloss but the texture and color are really really good, coverage is medium
  • Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Gloss in Strawberry is something I bought in the mini size over the holiday, this is the first Bite Lip Gloss I’ve tried and the color is absolute perfection for the perfect light-to-medium rose pink but the formula is less than stellar. I wonder if this is one of those glosses you need to “break in” with a few wears to make the formula better, it settled into lip lines like crazy which is a shame because the color and pigment is so pretty
  • Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Pink Pop is sheer bright pink gloss perfection, I love a good bright lip gloss that has a sheer texture because they give the lips just enough color to get that glow, this one has a very strong vanilla scent so if you’re sensitive to fragrance, you might not be able to wear this one easily
  • Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquer in 521 is a sheer medium cool-toned pink, it’s very sheer so alone it will give you a very subtle tint of color, it’s lovely over a lipstick or lipliner 
  • NARS Lip Gloss in Angelika is a bright cool-toned pink with gold flecks of shimmer, this one is a pretty azalea pink kind of color with medium coverage
  • Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss in Ballet is a lipgloss that acts more like a liquid lipstick, this one has crazy intense pigment and covers the lip entirely, if you want a glossy bright pink with super rich coverage, this is the best one I’ve tried
  • MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus is a super fun glitzy pink, I’m usually ultra conservative when it comes to anything with visible sparkles that is more than just shimmer, but this one is really pretty on the lips, I’m not sure that I would be able to rock this comfortably everyday, but it’s not too glitzy if you layer a sheer wash of this on top of a lipstick
  • Zelens Lip Glaze in Pink is a healthy medium-bright pink, it has medium coverage leaning slightly more towards full but still has a glossy finish so it’s not like a liquid lipstick, it’s like Laura Mercier’s Pink Pop amped up a few notches in terms of pigment and oomph, I highly recommend the formula because it plumps the lips naturally and feels ultra hydrating and smooth
  • Chanel Glossimer in Crazy Fuchsia is part of the spring collection, it’s a super pigmented glossimer that has the prettiest mix of pink, violet and rose shimmers, long-time readers know I’m all about lighter neutral lips, but this one is just insanely gorgeous

Lip swatches on me (for reference some of these were taken over different days, foundations worn include the NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation in Punjab and Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation in Bisque 04 with various setting powders):

I hope you found this lip gloss guide helpful in terms of picking out pink lip glosses with a diverse range of finishes, textures and different levels of color. To narrow down my top picks by category:

Favorite sheer light pink:
Clarins Instant Light Perfector in Rose Shimmer and Zelens Rose Lip Glaze
Favorite medium pink:
Laura Mercier Pink Pop and Zelens Pink Lip Glaze
Most unique:
Chanel Crazy Fuchsia Glossimer

This is by no means a comprehensive of all the pink lip glosses I’ve tried or adore, but rather an edited version of what I’ve been testing or using right now. What are your favorite pink lip glosses?

The Zelens Lip Glazes, Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss and Laura Mercier Lip Glace were provided as press samples for review consideration, all others purchased by me.

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  • Omg these are all so beautiful!! Hard to choose a favorite..

    Beauty Candy Loves

  • Lorraine

    what an incredible roundup! these are all so gorgeous. I have just been getting into lip glosses lately, since the new ones have such amazing formulas, not the sticky super slippery sheer messes I remember from the bygone makeup era that I came of age in. Your swatch of Hourglass Ballet is my fave, with the Marc Jacobs a close second. Want! I have been fairly obsessed with the new Revlon HD line of glosses lately, and seeing some of these swatches helps me figure out which high end glosses Revlon has been emulating. I think there is something for everyone in your picks. Fresh and gorgeous for Spring.

    • Hi Lorraine, glad you liked the roundup! The revlon lip glosses sound really interesting!

  • Yet another epic and helpful post! Just in time for the big day, too! I think I like the Zelens Lip Glaze on you the most. It make you look sweet and healthy with just enough dose of pink!

  • I love the Dior Bed of Roses lipgloss!


    • Ooh, that's a really good one πŸ™‚

  • All of these look so pretty on you, and the variety of swatches was so helpful! I have one of the Laura Mercier Lip Glaces and love the formula, so you've just sold me on Pink Pop.

    Kelsey | Beauty by Kelsey

    • Glad you like the LM! I do too, although I know not everyone can handle the scent.

  • These are such gorgeous glosses! I love that you included 2 different types of swatches. It makes it so much easier.

    xx Alicia
    Between the Pearls

    • Thanks Alicia, glad they help πŸ™‚

  • Great post! πŸ™‚
    Love all your picks!! Especially from NARS!

    Nikoleta, xoxo.


  • Crazy Fuschia is my fave out of the bunch!

  • They all look so gorgeous, it's hard to choose which is my favourite! πŸ™‚


  • Gorgeous selection of pinks! I think pink is a shade that everyone can pull off & its so feminine & flattering. Hourglass Ballet is a lovely shade

    • Thank you Vicki, I agree pink is a more universally flattering color vs reds or plums.

  • Beautiful shades! I especially love the ones swatched in the middle row.

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  • I just ordered MAC Miley Cyrus viva glam lipgloss and I cannot wait to wear it! x


    • Yay! It's such a fun shade.

  • Love all these beautiful pinks! I especially like the look of Chanel Crazy Fuchsia & Viva Glam Miley Cyrus πŸ™‚

  • Sabrina, are Zelens glosses scented? The Rose, actually does not look glossy at all, is this the case in person? Thanks for this post full of great selections & review.

    • The Zelens have a slightly minty scent. The Rose is definitely glossy, the lip swatch doesn't look glossy probably due to lack of flash or lighting conditions. I reswatched and did a reshoot and updated the pic to make sure it wasn't too off. It still looks the same to me, but the one above is with a flash.

  • Anonymous

    love the GA 521, i have to go see it asap

  • Loved this post! Very informative! I love NARS "Turkish Delight" I must say it looks better on you though lol. Have you tried Revlon's Colorburst Lipgloss in "Sunbaked" or Covergirls Colorlicious Lipgloss in "Juicy Fruit"? Both are BOMB.com super pigmented and cheaper alternatives πŸ˜‰


    • Thanks Alethea, I haven't tried Revlon or Cover Girl, I usually focus exclusively on high-end cosmetics but will definitely look into your recs. Thanks!

  • Awesome swatches, thanks!!

  • Love this post! I also love the BITE Strawberry, it's does great things for my complexion, but like you, I think the formula leaves a bit to be desired. It's a bit thick isn't it…but oh, the shade is so lovley.

    Happy Valentien's Day! Enjoy your evening out!

    Best, Lisa

    • Good to know Lisa! I wonder if I need to do extra lip prepping or something to make the Bite work better for me. The color is perfect!

  • Such a cute post! The Hourglass and Chanel glosses look beautiful

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  • These are seriously the absolute perfect pinks for Valentine's Day! My favorites are Bite Beauty's Strawberry and NARS' Angelika. Beautiful colors.