#TrialATrend: The Matte V Gloss Swap

Trial A Trend special: The beauty team try a makeup swap


By Sophie Beresiner

Yesterday gloss-addict Joely and I (resolute matte fan) swapped our trusted makeup textures, having written about where our loyalties lie in the May issue. Here is how it went.


I have a natural aversion to gloss, no matter what the trends dictate, there is no toe dipping into vinyl YSL Girl lips for me.

It is born of two things; I don't like to see pre-pubescent girls love and wear lip gloss. Its a tricky thing to pull off at 30 let alone 13. There is a theory that glittery wet-look lips are more attractive to the opposite sex, and attraction is not something I'd like to encourage at that young an age. The memory of my own split ends leaving a trail of sticky glitter-gloss across my 12 year old cheek only adds fuel to the fire.


Secondly, and simply, I love matte too much. It is more grown up, delivers more colour punch, and is essentially much more low maintenance. From lips to eyes to face base, the same rule applies.

I tried: Chanel Intense Radiance Lipgloss

I'll admit, I was drawn to this colour - and romantic notion of what it would look like on me - as soon as it landed on my desk. To the point where I suggested we do this swap (probably to justify my voluntary foray into wet-look lips).


Firstly I had to layer this over a TRUSTED MATTE pencil, in order to get a significant colour pay off and neat finish. Even so I spent the next two and a half hours with my lips in a permenent open-mouthed pout because I can't stand the feeling of stickiness. I was way too aware of the makeup, so that it wore me, rather than the other way round. I apologised for it at every meeting I went to and my hair stuck to my lips every time someone opened a window for fresh air. I'd rather have avoided the air. Conclusion: lip gloss is bad for your health. On the other hand the deep berry shade is a surprisingly nice compliment for my newly copper hair, and I'm willing to accept that in a matte finish it would be way too hard and serious for me.

Verdict: I like it for pictures, novelty, even real life, as long as I don't have to move my lips, face, hair or have access to a breeze. It lasted longer than I expected too.



Gloss has been my trusted texture of choice for as long as I can remember, and although I play around with matte every now and then, I’m always drawn back to a shiny tube of gloss or a balmy cream blusher.

Matte is great for the first half hour or so, after that things seem to go downhill. My oily forehead usually starts to creep through whilst leaving the rest of my face matte, and I have a subconscious habit of rubbing my lips together all the time – meaning that 1 hour into my breakfast meeting I’m a smudged, unkempt version of myself.

But in the name of investigatory journalism, here I go…

I tried: Mac Lipstick in Lady Danger, £14, and Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation, £38.

I fell instantly head over heels for the tomato red shade. So far, so good. I then used a lip brush to carefully draw out the contour of my lips, and struggled to stay in the lines. For a matte novice, this is tricky business – usually I’d just slick some lipgloss on without even having to look in the mirror. Matte holds no such luxury for touching up on-the -go, so I have to make repeated trips to the bathroom mirror to check I’m still in place. Saying that, I loved the staying power.

The foundation really surprised me. It seemed to actually help rather than hinder my naturally shiny skin, making me question when was the last time I’d tried a matte foundation? I couldn’t actually remember. I think I’d given it a go in my teens and then dismissed it for my formative years. Seemingly I’d judged it without giving it a proper chance (bad beauty journo practice, make mental note to never do that again).

I do still prefer my dewy foundation for the day but I’m going to be introducing matte foundation to my evening make-up look. Sophie promises me it looks better in pictures too (I’ll be putting this theory to the test on Saturday).

Verdict: Lipstick - great colour and long-lasting but dries out too quickly, next time I’ll add some lip balm. Matte foundation – very pleasantly surprised and want to try out more.

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