Lip Tint Vs Lip Gloss, How Are They Different? Which Is Better?

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Every day, a new cosmetic product is released in the cosmetics industry. Of course, lipstick has been around since forever! But now the days of just wearing lipstick are gone. Today, you can use a variety of lip colors.

Each lip gloss or tint product adds different shades of color to your lips using different formulas and finishes. In this article, we’ll look at lip tint vs lip gloss.

Find out which one is the right lip product to make your lips look amazing!


Lip Tint vs Lip Gloss

Let’s break down what the two lip makeups are, and why you would want to use each of these.

Lip Tint

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Lip tints are a lip coloring product, and are commonly associated with Korean Beauty. They are commonly sold as liquids, gels, or mousses. These little tubes add a sheer tint to the lips.

The shades of color created are especially beautiful when done as gradient or ombre effect.

Compared with most other lip color products, lip tints have a more matte or sheer finish. However, both of these vary in terms of the coverage they provide. Lip tints can be in the form of a stick, pot, or wand. See also: Lip Tint vs Lip Stain

Lip Gloss

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The ease of application makes lip glosses a very popular type of makeup. In some cases, they add a subtle color to lips. Other times they are used for their glossy luster.

Normally, it is in liquid form.

Lip gloss with no color enhances the shine on the lips, while the colored sort adds both shine and color.

Glittery lip gloss is great if you like a little bling, but it’s possible to go overboard. These come in either clear with glitter or colored gloss with glitter. 

Most lip glosses come with a wand applicator in a cylindrical tube, but some come with an applicator with a mouth to make application easier.

Your whole look can be transformed by the right lip gloss. Your lips will stay healthy and glossy with the appropriate shade.

How Do Lip Tints and Lip Glosses Compare?

Let’s look at how these two product categories compare on a variety of metrics.

1. The Ingredients

Lip Tints

Lip tints have traditionally been known to dry out the lips. However, recent formulations have improved to provide more hydration.

In addition, lip tints are found in Beeswax, jojoba oil, and pigments.

Lip Gloss

Wax, oils, and pigments are used to create lip glosses. They provide the lips with hydration.

2. The Finish

Lip Gloss

A metallic, glittery, or glossy finish comes from lip gloss.

Lip Tint

You can get matte, natural, and even sheer lip tints.

3. Shade Ranges and Selection

Lip Tint 

The shade range for tints is bigger than that of glosses.

Lip Gloss 

Glosses come in a wide range of shades. Unfortunately, you are limited to pinks, browns, reds, and clears.

4. Coverage 

Lip Tint

The coverage of tints is greater than that of gloss. Even though they are sheer, they can also be built up in color.

Lip Gloss

With lip glosses, you get a glossy translucent finish with a mild color.

How Do Lip Tints and Glosses Work?

The formula used in lip tints is water-based and contains pigments. As the watery base evaporates, it leaves behind pigments. As a result, the lips become stained with color.

The formulas for lip glosses include waxes, pigments, and oils. After applying it to the lips, the gloss covers the lip surface. Since your lip is covered in gloss, it takes on the glossy feel and gloss color (and your clothes, too, if you’re not careful!).

How to Apply Lip Tint and Gloss

The Same Method Can Be Used for Both Types

  1. Remove all dead skin from your lips with gentle lip exfoliation. Then, lightly scrub your puckers with a clean towel to remove dead skin.
  2. Lubricate your lips with a moisturizing balm. You could also use Papaw multipurpose balm. Before applying your lip tint, let it soak in for a couple of minutes.
  3. Touch your lips lightly with the applicator. The best place to start is at the center of your lips and diffuse outward.
  4. Blot your lips with a tissue if your tint is too opaque.

Which Lasts Longer, Lip Tint or Lip Gloss?

The average lip tint lasts about 3-4 hours. Lip gloss lasts only 1-2 hours.

Since lip tints are water-based, they adhere to the lips’ outer layer. Therefore, most will last a long time.

Lip glosses, on the other hand, are based on oil. They are stickier and can be removed easily.

Your whole look can be transformed by the right lip gloss. Your lips will stay healthy and glossy with the appropriate shade. However, the wrong shade could draw unwanted attention to your lips.

Your whole look can be transformed by the right lip gloss. Your lips will stay healthy and glossy with the appropriate shade. However, the wrong shade could draw unwanted attention to your lips.

You should consider what you hope your lip gloss will accomplish for you before you select it. For example, would you prefer a long-lasting product? Is it important that it be highly reflective? Is a subtle sheen what you are looking for?


The right lip product really depends on what you need. If you love K-beauty, and love the idea of long-lasting easy lip color, lip tint is the way to go. If you want more spontaneous glossy lips, lip gloss is what you should aim for.

Play around with both, you’re almost certain to find a use for both tints and glosses!

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).