Slip on a Sheer

And so the lip product cycle turns again. High coverage lippies were swapped for glassy glosses back in the noughties, only for a shift back to opaque lipsticks to kick in again in more recent years, but now we’re hungry for a more lighter kind of offering; a slick of a sheer pigment for the lips and they’re flooding the beauty halls right now. And with good reason too – what’s there not to love? A bullet that delivers equal amounts of gloss and colour, they’re easy to throw on, require minimum top-up attention and the demi-gloss finish ticks all the right boxes for daytime use. Here the top five sheers that reign supreme in my stash.

Burberry’s Lip Covers pop up in many a lip lovers favourites, but their light and luxe little sister, the Lip Mists, never seem to get the nod they deserve. I own the shade Nude Peach (an obvious choice for me, much?), and find its natural, non-sticky finish to set-off an everyday smokey eye nicely. A more notorious choice, Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter’s, was the one that got the ball rolling. Brining a polished, subtle pout to the aisles of the highstreet, I rather like the daring-but-not-too-so dark shade Red Velvet. It may be the most drying texture out of the bunch, but hey it sticks around like it’s ramped-up coverage counterparts. Two that sit in the same ‘sheer but high gloss’ category are Shu Uemura’s Rouge Unlimited in BG922* and YSL’s new Rouge Volupté Shine in 5*. Catering for the lipstick/gloss hybrid corner, although on opposite ends of the perky pink spectrum these both offer a high clout of colour with a ‘just licked my lips‘ sheen. I’m growing quite the soft spot for the the latest addition to YSL’s lipstick lineup recently. I’ve spoken of my impressions on the sheer but spendy Tom Ford Lip Colour Shine in Insidious* already so I’ll spare you the rave again. But it’s good. It’s really good.

A sheer slick of semi-saturated colour, an easy wear for lipstick virgins and lovers alike. The way this cycle goes, I give it two years before we’re clutching at our Lancôme Juicy Tubes again… 

*PR Sample


  • I love sheer lipstick/balm/gloss hybrids, they’re much less maintenance than fully opaque lipsticks and when they fade, it’s far less noticeable, so you don’t have to be constantly worrying about the faded lipstick ring of doom making you look weird haha!
    Eleanor x

  • Abbey Rosete

    I like gloss hybrids and balms because it’s easy to wear and you don’t have to be afraid of it chapping your lips.


  • Anna Blush

    Really want to try the Burberry Lip Mists and YSL Rouge Volupte Shines! Love this style of lip products

  • Carly

    NARS make some great sheer lipsticks and I want to get my hands on some Dior Addcicts.

  • Bella

    My favourite lipsticks are Chanel’s rouge Coco shines. Nars sheer lipstick is good too. I have two Burberry lip mists and I’m sorry, but they literally don’t last 5 seconds on my lips. Chanel Rouge Coco shine and any lipgloss I own (mainly Chanel Glossimer and Nars) are literally looooooooong wearing compared to the Burberry Lip Mists. They don’t make it through a conversation, let alone a cup of tea or an hour.
    Pity, I love all my Burberry Lip Covers.

  • I love the Revlon lip butters, I haven’t seen that Red Velvet shade before. It’s so pretty!

    Daniella x

  • I can never go without my juicy tube! I guess you can never have too many!

  • Pippa Jones

    I am not really one for a sheer lipstick, but spring and summer is round the corner and I cant wait to see what It brings with it. 

    Pipp xx

  • alice bea

    Love sheer lipsticks all year round 🙂

  • You should try the new By Terry ones! They’re fantastic!

  • Love, love love sheer lipsticks, most of my collection are Rouge Coco Shines- how would you say these compare, especially the Tom Ford one? Amazing post as per usual x

  • Maddy Cane

    I love bold lipstick, so sad its going but these sound lovely too! xx

  • Emily

    I am loving the sheer and lipsticks these days.  I can’t quite make up my mind on how I feel about the shine though.  Either way they are easy to wear during the day or night which is a win if you ask me (not that anyone is).


  • Millie

    I love sheer lipsticks! The YSL one looks very tempting! 🙂 ♥

  • Annabel Sketchley

    I adore YSL lip products, absolutely fab, for  a lovely brown toned pinky nude, NO17 Mirror Shine in Bella

  • AlittlebitUnique

    I prefer a more opaque colour! But I wouldn’t say no to a cheeky YSL lipstick lol

    A little bit Unique


  • Beth Louise

    The YSL packaging is so gorgeous! Really need to invest in one as I’ve read so much about them!


  • what am I doing? well, drooling over your gorgeouse lipstick selection & thinking if i could finish work early to go and get something equally pretty! #crazyandiknowit lol