Fenty Beauty’s Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer makes some big promises by way of being a super glossy, one-color-fits-all product. And it delivers on all fronts, making it this week’s “Chosen One.”
When Fenty Beauty dropped back in September, of course I wanted in. I’d wash my face with sewage water if RiRi told me that’s how she gets her glow.
And so when it became clear that the super bold, bright gold Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter was going to be one of the standouts of the collection, I thought to myself, “I am going to buy it! I am going to be a girl that puts on very extra highlighter at 7:30 in the morning, because Rihanna!”
Alas, my courage failed. Makeup is hard. I once tried a contouring tutorial on YouTube and came away from it looking like a baby deer, except the opposite of adorable.
It looks very rad on everyone I’ve seen try it, but I chalk it up to my mother repeatedly telling me growing up that anything yellow is bad for Asian skin tones (internalized racism, you are a jerk).
And so what I eventually settled on for my first Fenty investment was the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. Somewhat boldly, it abides by the idea of being “universal” by only coming in one color—a pale peachish-pink. And while I can only speak for my half-Korean-half-white complexion, it isa phenomenally adaptable shade, providing color without being obtrusive, making it perfect for day andnight.
But more importantly: Oh, the shine! It delivers on that front and then some. Were the ubiquitous lip glosses of the ‘90s ever this glossy? My memory fails me, but it seems hard to believe that anything could stack up, when other glosses on the market are about as shiny as particleboard in comparison.
Also: It tastes reallygood. Not that I’m advocating you actively stick the wand in your mouth, or anything, but I partially blame my general reluctance to use lipstick to the bad-tasting stuff that was foisted upon me when I was a tiny dancer getting ready to go out on stage. This is literally the opposite of those dry, overly perfumed, whale-blubbery horror sticks.