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Best Lip Glosses (2019) | Editor’s Top Picks


It’s still a lipstick-dominated world, but there are some tried and true offerings for lipgloss lovers!  Here’s our updated guide to the Best Lipglosses — 2019 Edition!  I’m curious if we’ll see more lipgloss releases in 2020 because 2019 was definitely lipgloss-lite.

Every product recommended below has been tested and reviewed by me, and I test thousands of products every year–so they’ve earned their way onto this list. To read more about a specific shade or view swatches, make sure to use the drop downs and buttons below, as we’ve tried to make this guide comprehensive and easy to use!

The way I approach my guides is by focusing permanent formulas that have stood the test of time–they are high quality, consistent, and all formulas that I personally enjoy. You’ll find a formula overview and top-rated shades (that are permanent) for each highlighted range. As always, I’d love to hear about your own personal favorite formulas–don’t forget to tell me why!

If you’re curious about the best limited edition holiday products and sets, check out our Best of Holiday 2019 Palettes & Gifts, which automatically updates the rankings as new reviews go live.

More product guides: Best Blushes, Best Highlighters, Best Eyeshadow Palettes, Best Eyeshadows, Best Lipsticks.

Pat McGrath LUST Lip Gloss

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The formula is supposed to have "multidimensional shine" with a "non-sticky texture" that "nourishes" with "exceptional adherence." The opacity ranges from "opaque to transparent." The color coverage really does vary quite a bit, but most of the shades I've tried are sheer to medium in coverage--the brand could be clearer on which shades are opaque. Read more...

Top Rated Shades


Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Lip Luminizer

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The formula is supposed to have a “peach-vanilla” scent (I’d agree–sweet, lightly fruity) and be “conditioning.” It was designed to be worn alone or layered over other lip products. The consistency was very smooth, light-to-medium in weight, non-sticky, and comfortable to wear. It had a plusher consistency that helped it stay out of most of my lip lines. The shimmer was moderate but noticeable, and it distributed evenly across the lips. They last about three hours on my lips but are hydrating.

Top Rated Shades


Too Faced Juicy Fruits Comfort Lip Glaze

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The formula is supposed to have "one-swipe payoff" with "full coverage" and a "metallic sheen" paired with a "candy gloss finish." Most shades were pigmented--semi-opaque to opaque--with a few shades lacking true, full-coverage color but none were sheer. Read more...

Top Rated Shades


Colour Pop Ultra Glossy Lip

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The formula is supposed to have "hi-shine" with a "non-sticky" texture that "feels amazing" and includes five finishes "from 3-D pearl to sheer tinted colour." They are designed to be a sheerer formula, so many shades are sheer with a smattering of shimmer or sparkle and then a few are more tinted with sheer to semi-sheer coverage but no shimmer. Each gloss has a short, brush-type applicator, which worked better than I expected and didn't leave streaky results behind (in general). They had a sweet, vanilla scent but no discernible taste. Read more...

Top Rated Shades

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Bite Beauty Crème Lip Gloss

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The Creme Lip Gloss is supposed to give a “modern, foiled lip look” with “pearlized color pay off” while softening the lips. The formula had a light-medium weight to it, which I think helped ensure that the shimmer didn’t feel gritty on the lips. Read more...

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Tom Ford Beauty Lip Lacquer Liquid Patent

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It's supposed to be a “lip stain with an ultra-glossy finish” that has “intense, vibrant color” and is "long-wearing." The formula feels lightweight, almost watery, when initially applied but thickens and feels more like a moderately tacky gel after thirty to forty seconds. Read more...

Top Rated Shades


Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer

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The Ecstasy Lacquer formula is supposed to have the shine of a gloss, color and hydration of a lipstick, and the long-wear of a stain, though they say “applied in a single layer for a subtle touch of color … or in a layered application for a bold, statement lip.” Read more...

Top Rated Shades


Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss

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The formula is supposed to be "ultra-shiny" with a "cushiony-soft" texture that has "long-lasting wear that's comfortable, not tacky." They are scented with "vanilla-mint," which I did detect, and I could taste slightly (more like a vague sweetness). There was a slight minty tingle upon initial application, but it was very subtle and more of a cooling sensation than anything painful. Read more...

Top Rated Shades


Huda Beauty Lip Strobe

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The Lip Strobe formula is supposed to be “sheer to full coverage” depending on the shade and can be worn “alone or layered.” Per the brand, the semi-sheer shades are: Posh, Enchanting, Ritzy, Snobby, Shameless (sheer base), Mystical, and the full-coverage shades are: Boujee, Saucey, Foxy, Fearless, Moody (Angelic’s coverage was not described). Read more...

Top Rated Shades


Anastasia Lip Gloss

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It is supposed to be “opaque” with “high-shine” that’s “non-drying.” It is one of the more pigmented lipglosses out there that has a smoother, more cushion-y consistency that typically spreads well across the lips. Some shades gather in lip lines, and some shades apply streaky; it seems more common with lighter shades and milkier colors. Read more...

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NARS Velvet Lip Glide

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It's supposed to be a hybrid between lipstick and lipgloss that is hydrating, richly pigmented, and comfortable to wear. They have stronger color payoff, a non-tacky consistency, and a smoothness to their consistency that is a lot like a good lipstick, while they have a plusher, thicker texture that gives lips a plumper, fuller look along with a glossy sheen that is more like a gloss. Read more...

Top Rated Shades


Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gel

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It is supposed to be “inspired by gel nail polishes” with an “ultra-light” texture and hydrating formula. The glosses range from clear to mostly opaque with a slight translucency that gives them a squishy, jelly-like look with the average shade between semi-sheer and semi-opaque. They’re lightweight, comfortable to wear, and mostly non-sticky. Read more...

Top Rated Shades


YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain

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The formula is supposed to have the “texture and shine of a gloss” with the “long wear of a stain.” Most of the shades that I have tried are pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. Often, the way these set and look on my lips gives them a smoother appearance. Read more...

Top Rated Shades