9 lush lip glosses that deliver beautiful shine without the stickiness
Because hair attached to your face is never cute
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / February 09 2021
Did you forget about lip gloss for a while there? Because same. It's understandable, too, considering its classic older sister (lipstick) and its cool-girl cousin (liquid lipstick) have both been hogging the spotlight over the last few years.
But shiny, kissable lips are back and it’s time to fall in love with lip glosses all over again. Paris and Nicole will be so happy to hear it.
Why the gloss renaissance, you ask? Lip gloss delivers stunning sheen to lips, making your pout look fuller in the process, plus their formulas tend to be nourishing, effortless to swipe on, and loaded with a more buildable hit of colour than any other formula.
So, whether you're intrigued by serious shimmer or a wet-look wash, here are the glosses we're obsessed with right now...
Kopari Hydrating Coconut Lip Glossy
We may not all be able to pull off Billie Eilish's green hair, but we can swipe on her favourite lip gloss. The singer recently revealed her love for this non-sticky balm-gloss hybrid via an Instagram Live, and considering it's loaded with shea butter and coconut oil and smells like coconutty-vanilla-y heaven, it's no surprise she's a fan.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Voluminzer
Reach for this one if you’re after a luxurious clear lip gloss, nourishing lip balm and pout-plumping formula in one single swipe. You'll get glossy sheen, a little help in the volume-enhancing department, and a subtle tint that boosts your lips' natural colour, thanks to the formula's ability to respond to your skin's unique chemistry. Fancy, huh?
Pat McGrath Labs Lust Lip Gloss
We came for the oil-enriched formula and multi-dimensional shine factor, but we stayed for the fact that there are 32 shades in every colour (from frosty blue to gleaming toffee) and finish (high-shine, shimmer, glitter, you name it) under the sun. Picking a favourite is near impossible, but this iridescent purple sure comes close.
BECCA Glow Gloss
There's zero need to feel guilty re: ditching balm for gloss with this formula – it offers all the lip-conditioning benefits of vitamin E and murumuru butter along with the glimmering sheen of a gloss packed with light-reflecting pigments. The shades are also designed to complement the brand's highlighter and blush ranges, so if you're into a tonal vibe, you know where to go...
NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss
This creamy gloss smells like straight-up sugar and offers just the right amount of shine (AKA somewhere between super subtle and Vegas showgirl), so it's basically everything you've been craving. Despite its buttery smooth formula (that's delightfully non-sticky by the way), it actually lasts for hours, but hey the cute mini tube sure doesn't hurt in terms of toting it around for touchups.
Hourglass Unreal High Shine Volumising Lip Gloss
If it’s megawatt shine and a touch of plumping you’re after, this one definitely delivers; it contains the brand's Volulip™ technology to amplify natural shape without the sting-factor of most plumping glosses. Its shade range spans from everyday neutrals to statement brights, so there's something for everyone, and the formula is beautifully hydrating, thanks to avocado oil and hyaluronic acid.
Dior Addict Lip Maximiser
A wash of colour with wet-look shine packed in? Yes, please. It pulls plumping benefits from hyaluronic acid spheres, so the fullness factor is definitely there, too. It looks stunning solo, there's no doubt, but it also offers an impressive smoothing effect that means it's gorgeous layered over lipstick (especially if your fave formula tends to settle into lip lines).
Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Moisturising Glossimer
Harbouring some fears about bubblegum pink being more girly than grown-up? This option will help you shake them off once and for all. But hey, if you're after something a little more low-key, the hydrating gel-gloss formula comes in an array of neutrals, pastels and brights as well, all with varying levels of shimmer and shine.
NARS Lip Gloss
This outrageously silky formula has been the MVG (most valued gloss) in many a beauty editor's bag over the years, and it still stands strong as one of our very favourites. Why? It's comfortable, nourishing as hell, and the shade lineup is wildly versatile. FYI, this colour is called 'Orgasm'; you may have heard of it's blush bestie...