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Tubes of lipgloss from Flower, Stila and Hard Candy. Photo by Stephanie Bouzounis for The Surge.
Tubes of lipgloss from Flower, Stila and Hard Candy. Photo by Stephanie Bouzounis for The Surge.

I was feeling very “pink” lately, very girly, and I thought I would give some lip glosses a try.

Flower is a new brand available at Wal-Mart, and they toe the line of what I would call “mid-range.” Many of their products seem to be in the $8 range.

Hard Candy errs on the side of affordable, and is also available at drugstores. Stila is on the opposite side of the spectrum and available at places like Ulta and Sephora. You will pay a pretty penny for their products.

Flower Shine On Lip Gloss in Lovely Lotus


This is a brand that touts itself as not only “made in America” but friendly to animals. I verified this on PETA’s website, and it all checks out.

I expected a light pink look when I applied it, but it went on sheer. It gives great shine, but not much in the way of color. Also, it was a very sticky gloss. It didn’t last very long, which was a bummer. After about an hour or so, the shine wore off.

Hard Candy Daring Lip Gloss in Make Me Blush


Hard Candy is a brand I’m curious about because not only do they seem to produce affordable beauty products, they’re friendly to animals (which I tried to verify on PETA’s website and couldn’t) and available at Wal-Mart.

The applicator on this gloss was very much like a nail polish brush. It gave a very nude-pink look, and I used it over Bite’s nude lipstick in Date. It worked well as a complement, and it wasn’t overly sticky. It also lasted for about three hours before I had to reapply.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bella


This product was great. I’ve been aware of Stila from various trips to Ulta and Sephora, but never actually tried their lip glosses because of the price.

I got this as a sample in my July Birchbox and really, really liked it. The color was bright and it lasted as long as a stain.

The only downside is that it dried out my lips like stains do. Now, if you’re conscious about buying products that are cruelty-free, be aware that Stila is a brand that DOES test on animals. Bummer, right?

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