It’s 1998. I’m wearing a black tattoo choker. My hair is pulled back in no less than 15 butterfly clips. My frosted, ultra-sticky lip gloss is poppin’. Life is good.
Then came the fateful windy day when I realized that having half your hair stuck to your mouth after getting caught in the breeze (and subsequently having sparkly gobs of stickiness in your hair) wasn’t worth the benefits of a slick-looking pout. And just like that I swore off the stuff for good and became a lip balm person.
So what’s a girl to do now that the trend is back? Yes, I tried matte lipstick—my lips are still recovering from all the dehydration. I was mulling over this dilemma (because while trends come and go, wind definitely does not) when the solution was revealed in the form of a shiny package sliding across my desk: Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss. I’ve messed with enough lip oils to know that they’re super nourishing and flake negating, but the initial glistening effect wears off pretty quickly. This one, though, promised to give me the same benefits in addition to all the things I love so dearly about a gloss.
And it delivered. Honestly, my expectations weren’t high, but then I swiped it on in the perfectly nude shade called Dip. I rubbed my lips together and they didn’t stick to each other, and the subtle shimmer made them appear a bit plumper. But the best part IMO is that it felt like a nourishing balm. I even began using it as such when my lips felt dry. Kosas refers to it as a 100 percent treatment and 100 percent lip gloss, and they’re not lying. Plus, I try to stick to nontoxic and natural products, both of which define the Kosas brand.
I’ve nearly run out of my first tube of Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss already and I’ve only had it a few weeks. As someone who gets bored easily, that’s saying a lot. Now I feel like I’m back in 1998 and my ultra-nourishing lip gloss is poppin’ again (without any questionable ingredients or gluey tendencies).