Difference Between Lip Gloss and Lip Tint

What is Lip Gloss?

In the world of beauty and skincare, several products help you uplift the natural form of a person. A lip gloss is one such beauty product for enhancing a person’s lips with a certain technique.


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A beauty product for lips that gives them a lustre and shine is known as lip gloss. A lip gloss has a gel-like texture or a soft solid texture. It is extremely easy to apply. The first lip gloss was invented in the year 1930 by Max Factor. The main reason behind inventing lip gloss was to enhance actresses’ looks mostly because of their work in black and white films.

Later on, in the 1970s flavoured lip gloss was brought into the market. They had various fruit flavours and fragrances. Prominently, there are four types of lip gloss, flavoured, non-flavoured, coloured, and without colour.

 A lip gloss adds glitter, shine and sometimes colour as well to the lips. If you are wearing matte lipstick a lip gloss comes in handy as it provides the required moisture.

Lip gloss comes in a cylindrical tube with an application wand. Nowadays there are lip gloss is available with tubes that have a mouth for convenience. Coloured lip gloss can be applied without applying lipstick first.

What is Lip Tint?

A lip tint, as the name suggests, is a lip product used to give lips a subtle colour which is often not possible with lipstick. They simply give colour to your lips with minimum texture and coverage.

Lip tints are claimed to be the most long-lasting lip products as compared to any other lip products. They do not offer a glow to the lips as they have a matte finish. Their main purpose is to give colour to the lips by providing lightness to them as applying lipstick can feel heavier on the lips sometimes. Some lip tints also give a sheer finish to the lips.

Many people avoid using lip tints in winter as they don’t moisturize the lips. Lip tints are also known as lip stains as they leave a coloured stain on the lips. Many lip tints have a thinner texture which is almost watery.

There are peel-off lip tints in the market as well which you are supposed to apply and once it is dried you are supposed to peel it off from the lips like peel-off face masks. Lip tints come in similar packaging as lip gloss and lip balms.

Difference Between Lip Gloss and Lip Tint

  1. Lip gloss has a thicker texture, on the other hand, lip tints have a thinner texture.
  2. Lip gloss adds moisture to the lips, on the other hand, lip tints are often found less hydrating.
  3. Lip gloss gives an artificial look to the lips, on the other hand, lip tints give a natural look to the lips.
  4. Lip gloss closely resembles lipsticks, and on the other hand lip tints closely resemble lip balms and lipsticks.
  5. The size-wise appearance of lips after applying lip gloss is bigger than that of lips after applying lip tints.
  6. Lip gloss enhances the shine and lustre of the lips, on the other hand, lip tints enhance the colour of the lips.

Comparison Between Lip Gloss and Lip Tint

Parameters Of ComparisonLip GlossLip Tint
TextureThinner, wateryThicker
SmudgeDifficult to smudgeEasy to smudge
EffectGradient, ombreLustrous, shiny
ReapplicationRequires less reapplicationRequires reapplication frequently
PigmentationOffers more pigmentationOften lesser pigmentation

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