If we can count on TikTok for anything, it’s determining which beauty products are worth the hype. When Revlon’s Super Lustrous Glass Lip Shine took everyone’s #FYP by storm, it was because the lipstick formula was unique and unexpected. Now, there are over 85 million views under the #revlonglasshine hashtag.
“I like to describe it as if a lipstick and a lip gloss had a baby,” said Catherine Abreu, a beauty content creator on TikTok that refers to the product as “the perfect effortless, everyday lipstick.”
Like most things gone viral, these lipsticks have become notoriously hard to find, especially in some of the more popular colors like Toasting Glasses and Rum Raisin, which is currently only available on the Revlon website.
As one Amazon reviewer put it, “Whenever I was in a store that carried it I would always visit the cosmetics aisle and buy up whatever was there. I rarely found more than two tubes, usually finding my shade (and several others) perennially out of stock.”
If a trip to your local drugstore has yielded similar results, don’t get too discouraged just yet. You can still shop some shades online at Amazon and Walmart.
Unlike most traditional glosses, Abreu said these lipsticks are never sticky and, instead, feel “juicy, buttery and comfortable on the lips.”
Canadian-based makeup artist and TikTok beauty enthusiast Gabbi Simpson agreed that the best-of-both-worlds approach is a large part of the lipstick’s appeal. She said that this is a shift away from many of the pigmented, yet drying matte lip products that formerly dominated the industry.
“Now I find we’re seeing glossy formulas though that don’t compromise on pigmentation, and the Revlon lipsticks are definitely more pigmented than a traditional lip gloss,” Simpson said.
She added that the drugstore pricing doesn’t hurt either. In fact, several users on TikTok have claimed that these perform similarly to the much costlier Hourglass Phantom glossy balm, a luxury lip product known for its hybrid gloss formula that plumps and hydrates.
According to Revlon, these lipsticks are made using high-shine and light-reflecting emollients to achieve the coveted glass-like finish. The paraben-free and feather-resistant formula also contains hyaluronic acid, aloe and rose quartz for added hydration and a texture that melts into your lips.
Even though the Glass Shines do offer more pigment than a lip gloss, there is a slight sheerness to them, which means even the most color-shy might feel better experimenting with these instead of a full-opacity lipstick.
“They have a shade for everyone,” Abreu said. “Browns, pinks, nudes, berries and even a clear one which is one of my favorites.”
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