Lip gloss is something 98% of us have worn or own. In fact, most of us own multiple tubes of lip glosses in several shades – some with glitter, some clear. In most cases, we cannot even commit to a single lip gloss application method – some have a doe-foot applicator, some come in a squeeze tube, and there are even a few roll-on options. Check out our top picks for the best lip glosses below, and even a few tips and tricks on how to choose one.
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23 Best Lip Glosses to Buy Now
From tinted options to the all-time favorite clear lip gloss, these 23 lip glosses are currently the most coveted on the beauty market. Get your favorite to understand why!
1. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna has a high-shine shimmering lip gloss available in a clear version and a rose nude color that is beautiful and perfect for most skin tones. This is the best lip gloss that has just a hint of color and shimmer but really delivers on the high-impact shine.
The reviews are just as amazing as the product thanks to the easy application with the XXL wand, as well as the inclusion of shea butter that conditions your lips to be healthy and smooth. Pick yours up from Sephora!
2. Glossier Lip Gloss
Glossier formulated a longer-lasting, non-sticky feeling lip gloss that moisturizes with vitamin E and has grown in popularity very quickly. It features a fuzzy doe-foot style applicator that makes it easy to glide on the perfect amount of gloss for just the right look. This is the best lip gloss for fans of the clear look, and it is available at Glossier.
3. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer
Marc Jacobs’ lip gloss comes in a variety of high-shine finishes and 31 colors, as well as a slew of shimmer finishes. This particular lip gloss has won the Allure Best of Beauty Award twice. You can order a tube for yourself from Sephora and enjoy the triple shine complex that has gained this lip gloss so many accolades.
4. MAC Lipglass
MAC’s lipglass comes in 30 pretty colors, from soft to bold that are topped with a glassy high-gloss finish. There are more than enough colors to go around so there are several options for every skin tone. If you like your lip gloss mixed with highly pigmented colors, this is a great option. Order yours from Nordstrom!
5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss
The Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss comes in three finishes and 29 colors, but Venus is the color with the perfect amount of gold and sparkling pink mixed in with the high-shine gloss. It will definitely turn heads while gliding on smoothly. Get a tube for yourself from Sephora!
6. Christian Louboutin Beauty Loubilaque Lip Lacquer
Christian Louboutin’s lip gloss was inspired by PVC and produces a similar level of shine. Available in three wearable shades, this is the best lip gloss that is also lightweight, perfect for providing comfortable feel and a fullness-enhancing shine whether worn alone or on top of your color preference of lipstick and shade. And then of course there is the gorgeous tube that you can wear as a charm on your necklace, so order yours on Net-a-Porter!
7. Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Gloss
Available in 87 colors, from unicorn-inspired options to feminine pinks, Buxom’s lip polish isn’t just one of the best lip glosses out there with equal amounts of shimmer and shine, but also one of the best lip plumpers. Vitamins A and E are added to the formula so that the lips not only look plumper, but also look and feel healthier. Order yours from Sephora!
8. NARS Lip Gloss
The NARS lip gloss has everything you could want from a tinted gloss. The high-shine finish is accentuated with just the right amount of sparkle, and the 7 color options available are the perfect combinations of peach, nude and pink to be flattering. You can order a tube for yourself from Sephora.
9. Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Gloss
Estee Lauder really lived up the reputation with one of the best lip glosses on the market. It only comes in four colors, but it really gives your pout some “va-va-voom” as it magnifies and shines. The colors are subtle and can be built up without being overly sticky or embarrassingly thick. You can order your favorite shade from Nordstrom.
10. Pat McGrath Labs Lust: Lip Gloss
This lip gloss by Pat McGrath is a luxurious lip product available in 14 colors and 3 finishes – shimmer, glitter and high-shine. It’s the best lip gloss with an ultra-light formula designed to be easy to wear. The resulting look is glossy, brilliant lips with a more voluminized pout than you stared with. Get a tube of these surrealistic lip gloss colors at Sephora!
11. Laura Mercier Lip Glacé
Laura Mercier’s lip glacé is a great high-shine lip gloss in 13 soft colors that look amazing alone or layered over another color. The overall finish is brilliant, and the scent is just soft enough to be perfect. Get yours from Sephora!
12. Smith & Cult Shining Lip Lacquer
The incandescent colors of Smith & Cult’s Shining Lip Lacquer have been designed to give that subtle wash of color and gloss to your pout or to create a deeper color when layered with other lipstick shades. Portulaca pilosa extract is in the formula to moisturize and plump your lips without discomfort, and the colors deliver along with the shine from every angle and under every type of light. One of the best lip glosses, this lovely tube is available at Net-a-Porter.
13. BECCA Glow Lip Gloss
Becca’s lip gloss comes in 13 pink, nude and peach colors with gold pearl throughout to deliver a beautiful shimmering shine. Though it’s a gloss, it has the nourishing aspects of a lip balm, designed to give you the best of both worlds and then some extra pow for your pout. There is also a non-stinging plumper in the mix with peppermint oil, shea and muru butter, as well as vitamins E and C. Order one for yourself from Sephora!
14. Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss
Bobbi Brown’s lip gloss is available in four pink-toned, brown-laden shades that are just too beautiful to miss out. The gloss is phenomenal, but the ingredients of the lightweight, non-sticky formula include vitamin C, jojoba oil, aloe extract and avocado oils that soothe and hydrate during wear. Get yours from Sephora!
15. NYX Butter Gloss
One of the most affordable and best lip glosses, the NYX Butter Gloss is designed to be soft, nourishing and richly colored. The 28 color options available are right on the line between bright and feminine, and all of them look just delicious. This colored lip gloss nourishes with every application and can be picked up from Ulta Beauty.
16. Tarte H2O Lip Gloss – Rainforest of the Sea Collection
Tarte’s H2O lip gloss is exactly what it says – water-based and formulated with ocean-sourced nutrients. The 14 colors are part of the Rainforest of the Sea line and look just as mystical and alluring as the sea itself. The shine is intense with a pearlescent finish on metallic, holographic, cream and pearlescent colors. This is the best lip gloss for creating that prismatic look, and you can get a tube for yourself from Sephora.
17. Huda Beauty Lip Strobe
If you’re looking for a strobing metallic lip gloss, Huda Beauty’s Lip Strobe collection in 12 shimmering shades is the best lip gloss line you want. The formula is pigment and pearl-enriched and includes glimmering glitters to keep your lips shiny with each lightweight application. This non-sticky pearlescent lip gloss is available at Sephora.
18. Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever has the right shade of soft neutral rose or bright orange in its collection of 34 lip gloss colors to wear all on its own or to give a bit of a boost to your complementary lipstick. There is a lot of pigment to this lip gloss, so it is more than suitable as a staple in your makeup bag even by itself. Get a tube for yourself from Sephora!
19. Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss
Too Faced offers a set of lip glosses that come in six peachy shades. The shades deliver the deepest of pigment with a high-shine finish. The whipped peach oil in the formula is hydrating and comes mixed with coconut oil and vitamins, but the only aspect as incredible as the hydration and shine is the fresh peach smell. Get yours from Sephora!
20. Milk Makeup Holographic Lip Gloss
Milk Makeup offers a high-gloss option to match their best selling holographic sticks. In order to match the brilliance of the sticks, the lip gloss also includes twilight pearls and meteorite powder. The formula is incredible, designed to nourish and heal lips every time the lip gloss is applied. The color Mars is a shimmering peachy gold that works beautifully as a shiny nude. Get a tube for yourself from Sephora!
21. Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss
Urban Decay brings in the best lip gloss with a high-shine gloss finish in 16 irresistible shades. There is no glitter or shimmer required, since the shine and color of this lip gloss are more than enough. Flavored and scented like vanilla mint, this gloss also includes peppermint oil and vitamin E for healthier lips. Get your own color from Sephora!
22. Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss
Available in 16 colors and 3 finishes, Hourglass’ lip gloss is all about an opulent color, extreme shine and a deep moisturizing experience for healthier-looking lips without any cracks. The colors stay put without any feathering, while the vitamin E in the formula provides intense hydration your lips need so much. Pick up your tube of this bestselling lip gloss at Sephora!
23. INC.redible In A Dream World Iridescent Sheer Gloss
If you are looking for the best lip gloss to embrace your unicorn soul, look no further. INC.redible’s sheer lip gloss comes in 7 iridescent shades, all made in heaven with complex swirls of light-reflecting pigments that only angels could wear. Choose your favorite shade at Sephora and get ready to live like a dreamer!
What Color of Lip Gloss Should You Go for?
Choosing the best lip gloss color for your skin tone from the plethora of options available can be daunting at times and will invariably lead to owning several “perfect” glosses to have on hand. The perfect gloss color is one that is one or two shades darker than your natural lip color according to MUAs like Bobbi Brown and Francois Nars. Otherwise, you can always pick a clear lip gloss that will look great on any skin tone.
- Fairer skin tones look great with tinted or colored lip gloss in beige, pink and other light shades.
- Medium skin tones look amazing with natural tones of rose, berry and mauves – those lighter colors with a brown base are great options to choose from.
- Darker skin tones amaze with plums, reds and rich chocolate shades.
Note: Having a top lip that is darker or lighter than your bottom lip is totally normal and just another type of beautiful, so feel free to go with the color of your top lip for the natural-looking lip gloss. If you choose to go with the color of your lighter lip, it will still look natural, but it will likely make your darker lip look fuller than you are used to.
For those looking for a fuller ombre look overall, line your lips with a color two shades darker than your natural lip color and use it to shade the corners of your lips. The center of lips should be filled with a lip liner in the same shade as your natural lip color or one shade lighter. Blend the liners smooth and then proceed to add your lip gloss.
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