A lip gloss is often less lip accessory and more hair trap on windy days. All it takes is a slight breeze and you will be spending the rest of the afternoon (or evening) picking gloopy strands off your pout. And then there is the melt-and-smear-all-over-the-face factor. But thankfully, launches like Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine are going a long way to dispel every bad memory we have about lip glosses… because they’re gloriously un-gloss-like. Feeling more like a gel, they are lightweight and ultra-pigmented, while still delivering in the shine stakes. If you’ve written off lip glosses in the past because of their tendency for tackiness, try one of these much-improved formulas from Guerlain. You might just change your mind. I did.
Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Formula & Texture
To begin with, Guerlain Gloss D’Enfer Maxi Shine is formulated with mineral and vegetal oils that coat the lips like a barrier to prevent water from escaping. The result? Your pout stays super-soft, supple and moisturised. Plus, as promised, it has a smooth non-sticky texture that glides onto lips easily, sans any patchiness. In fact, it almost feels like soft butter or a creamy chap stick – not heavy, not sticky, not tacky and virtually weightless. An effect that almost makes you forget you’re wearing lip gloss at all. And every single one of them carries a faint scent of violets, which adds to the ‘Guerlain’ experience.
Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Wear Time
Thankfully, the looser consistency and lack of tack don’t prevent the gloss from having a 3-4 hour wear time prior to needing touch-ups. This may seem a tad less but for a gloss this thin it’s actually pretty decent. Color doesn’t migrate, feather or loose its intensity throughout that wear. And even after the gloss wears off, it leaves a very soft stain on the lips. Nice, right?
Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Applicator
The applicator looks like the traditional doe foot but it’s a bit more flat. This is perfect for precision work, allowing you to outline and define the shape of your lips easily. And it’s got a mini-reservoir to deliver just the right amount of gloss on the first application.
Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Palette
The Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine collection features 20 variations, which range from the sheer and sparkly to the ultra-pigmented. Shades run the gamut from pale beige to bold red and dramatic fuchsia… some are super shimmery, others are more cream-like. But most importantly, every last one delivers (as the name suggests) maximum shine.
In fact, the only thing I might want to change about Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine is the price – though even that won’t deter me from stocking up on these luscious lippies. Yup! These aren’t exactly one of life’s necessities. And yes, there are cheaper lip glosses out there in the department stores. But sometimes, a girl’s just got to splurge on a fab, one-of-a-kind find. At least this girl does!
Price: $30 / £22 / INR 1,700