I love lipstick. For me, it’s the one item of makeup that I rely on when I want to feel more pulled-together or polished—when in reality I’ve still only spent minutes on my look. I used to wear a bold matte lipstick pretty much everyday—red was my jam— but while I’ve started gravitating more towards balms and glosses for daily wear, I still wouldn’t step foot on a night out without something opaque on my lips.
On the other hand, I have plenty of friends and colleagues who wouldn’t dream of rocking up to the office with a bright red lipstick on. Whether it’s the perceived maintenance of wearing a bold colour on your lips or the fact that wearing a vibrant lipstick comes with ‘look at me!’ vibes, I know plenty of people who steer completely clear of lipstick in all its forms.
However, there’s one lip product that I recommend above all others to my friends who don’t ‘do’ lipstick but might be considering wearing a pop of colour for a special occasion or are interested in taking the smallest of steps outside their beauty comfort zone: Glossier Generation G (£14).
The lipstick of choice for cool fashion girls like Jessica Wu, and even spotted on the red carpet on celebs like Rashida Jones, Generation G is described by Glossier as a “sheer matte lipstick”—and that’s exactly what it is.
While I like the range of colours and the dialed-down, stain-like effect that these formulas deliver to the lips, for me these aren’t a lipstick in the traditional sense of the word. Personally, when I’m looking for a lip colour I want something with pigment and impact. The Glossier Generation G lets your natural lip colour show through and imparts more of a subtle wash of blotted down colour. Ideal, as I said, if lipstick isn’t part of your usual makeup repertoire.
Available in 6 shades, ranging from a subtle peach through to a deep berry, it’s a lovely curated edit of colours if you aren’t sure what lipstick shade is likely to be your thing. And, I have to say, all of them are surprisingly flattering and genuinely wearable. After putting them through their paces this week, I might even have been converted to this more low-maintenance approach to lipstick for my everyday makeup.
Keep scrolling to see what all of the Glossier Generation G Lipsticks look like on and to shop them for yourself.