Anyone who knows me can attest to my love for the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in “Fenty Glow” ($27). The shimmering rose nude gloss has remained a staple in my makeup routine for years because it complements my skin in a way that—if I’m being honest—I haven’t been able to find in any other lip gloss. (Also, it makes my lips look so rose pink and plump, à la Selena Gomez in her "Fetish" video.) So, when I came across a TikTok video that claimed the Maybelline Lifter Gloss with Hyaluronic Acid in “Topaz” ($9) was an affordable dupe, I had to try it for myself. To compare the two lip glosses, I wore both of them for an entire day (on separate occasions, of course) and looked for the key differences between them. Spoiler alert: I definitely noticed a huge difference in the consistency and longevity of the formulas. Did I find a new fave? Or did my staple gloss reign supreme? Read on to find out.
We Pitted Fenty Gloss Bomb Against the Maybelline Lifter Gloss: Here’s Which One Will Give You Selena Gomez-Level Shine
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How I Tested the Lip Glosses
Since I have a hybrid work schedule, I decided to wear both glosses on days that I would be out and about—so, I could see how long they lasted on my lips during a day filled with train rides, running errands, meetings and meals. For each wear test, I jotted down a few things I noticed throughout the day when it came to the formula, longevity, texture, scent and pigment.
My Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Review
- Price/Value: 18/20
- Formula: 20/20
- Longevity: 19/20
- Pigment: 19/20
- Scent: 19/20
- Total: 95/100
When I first applied the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb, I noticed it had a thick and creamy consistency, which allowed it to go on smoothly without feeling sticky or clumpy on my lips. The color was the perfect shade of pink and I loved how the product made my lips look so shiny and healthy. But what I really loved about the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb was the smell. The scent reminds me of a bubblegum pop flavor, which instantly brought me back to my middle school days, when I would purchase similarly sweet $6 glosses from the local beauty supply store.
Throughout the day, I reapplied the product on my lips every couple of hours
. Whenever I would put my mask on, take a sip of water or eat some food, the gloss would come off easily, so I found myself having to do a little touch-up each time. I tend to rub my lips together a lot though, so keep that in mind. Also, I didn’t mind reapplying the gloss because it made my lips feel super hydrated.
My Maybelline Lifter Gloss Review
- Price/Value: 20/20
- Formula: 18/20
- Longevity: 17/20
- Pigment: 17/20
- Scent: 18/20
- Total: 90/100
The first thing I noticed about the Maybelline Lifter Gloss was that the formula wasn’t as thick or as pigmented as the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb. The Maybelline gloss is a lighter, softer pink, whereas the Fenty Beauty gloss is a much more vibrant shade of rose pink. From my experience, if you want to go for a more natural makeup look (or skip makeup altogether for the day), the Maybelline Lifter Gloss is a better choice because it subtly tints your lips.
I also loved that the Lifter Gloss wasn’t sticky at all. It includes hyaluronic acid in it, too, which
Fenty Gloss Bomb vs. Maybelline Lifter Gloss: The Final Verdict
Final thoughts? Overall, I think the Maybelline Lifter Gloss is a pretty solid dupe for the Fenty Gloss Bomb (especially if you don’t want to spend $27 on a lip gloss). At $9 a tube, the Maybelline Lifter Gloss is definitely a decent lip gloss. It has a nice consistency, pigment and scent to it and is non-sticky. Will I be replacing the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb with it? No, the gloss gives me everything I could ever ask for: the perfect shade of pink, shine, consistency and hydration.
The Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb will always have a place in my makeup bag. But, hey, Maybelline? There’s a spot for you now, too.