When it comes to lip color, the possibilities are endless. Whether you're looking for a bold lipstick, nourishing balm, long lasting lip stain, asset enhancing plumper, or the best lip gloss with shine and sparkle, there is truly something for every skin tone, complexion, and style preference.
For those of us that just can't seem to get on the bold lipstick or lip stain band wagon, but are ready to experiment with a bit more than a sheer balm, there's lip gloss. While you may think lip gloss is a trend better suited for the younger generation, there's a wide variety of lip glosses currently available - many of which with the same benefits as both a lipstick and a balm combined - with just a titch less color for you to be afraid of.
What's the bottom line?
If you're on the market for the perfect lip gloss for either daily wear or a special occasion, we've got good news. We at Faveable have researched products, read reviews, and tried every single lip gloss on our list with great results, to bring you the most comprehensive list of the best lip glosses currently available.
As you read on, keep in mind that most lip gloss is a bit more reasonably priced than lipstick, so you can probably afford to try a few of the options on our list if you can't settle on just one (we promise, it's not easy).
Now, if you're ready to get that lip gloss poppin', on to the list!
While you may not be familiar with the brand Laneige, this is not a new product and has actually been extremely popular in Korea for years. The Lip Glowy Balm is the perfect nourishing and perfectly tinted daytime counterpart to the cult-favorite Lip Sleeping Mask (which we also recommend you look into if you haven’t already).
A bit pricey for a lightly tinted gloss, but, in our opinion, the health benefits of this lip gloss make the price seem a bit more reasonable.
Created without sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, and phthalates, this murumura and shea butter formula is super hydrating and nourishing to lock in moisture for longer. Essentially, this gloss is equally as beneficial as the Lip Sleeping Mask by Laneige, but in a slightly thinner formula that can be worn all day long leaving lips shiny but not sticky.
Available in four colors/flavors: peach, grapefruit, berry, and pear. Personally, we are a bit partial to the coral/grapefruit, but the pear goes on clear and will provide the perfect base primer or top coat gloss for any color if you’re more so interested in the moisture and hydration than the tint of this gloss.
Does provide a nice tint upon application, but will fade through the day from eating, talking, drinking, etc. So just make sure you have several of these bad boys on hand at all times (one of each, may we suggest?) so that you always have one ready to reapply throughout the day as needed.
Additionally, if you're looking for something with a bit more color and less shine, the Hanalei Lip Treatment in mauve pink is equally and nourishing and mositurizing but with a bit more coverage and matted inish.
$15 is pretty pricey for a lip gloss that you will likely need to apply several times throughout the day, which is why we recommend purchasing on Amazon. For less than $10 plus free shipping with Prime, you will have hydrated lips with the perfect amount of tint and shine – especially perfect for winter months or anyone who chronically suffers from dry or cracked lips.
This product is advertised as a glow gloss for a reason. The luxe conditioning lip formula is packed with the light-reflecting shine of a lip gloss, the pigment of a liquid lipstick, and the nourishing ingredients of a lip balm—which means with just one product you can give those lips the glow up they’ve been waiting for!
Some reviewers report that the staying power is not nearly as long as advertised.
While this is formulated like a gloss, it includes the benefits of a balm to bring you the best of both worlds. Ginger, peppermint oil, and nourishing peptides give your lips a little spa treatment each time you apply this gloss; and while this product is not known for its plumping capabilities, the peppermint oil, combined with shea, muru butter, and Vitamins E and C will create a plumping effect for full, smooth lips.
Glow Lip Gloss comes in a range of 10 stunning shades, from pink to nude and everything in between.
This lip gloss gives lips a deep, rich color that lasts pretty much all day without building up in the corners of your lips. It settles quickly once applied and wears off nicely without needing to be reapplied to frequently throughout the day.
$22 is pretty on par compared to the other products on our list, so if you’re lips are in need of a little loving you definitely need to give this highly pigmented gloss a try.
Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine by Neutrogena provides that plump without the tingle and keeps lips looking smooth, juicy, and more supple for a full 24 hours. The lip shine even goes a step further and actually improves the healthy look, softness, smoothness, and condition of your lips over time.
Some reviewers said this lip gloss left their lips feeling sticky and also felt that the applicator isn’t flexible enough to apply a smooth coat of gloss evenly.
While this formula is not the most nourishing out there, it is a non-stick and non-drying formula that will hydrate, condition, plump, and leave lips looking smoother and softer overtime.
Currently available in 14 different shades, but our personal favorite is Flushed Coral—which is versatile enough to be worn on its own or over another shade of pink for a more pigmented plump and shine. True Nude and Velvet Wine are great options as well, but unfortunately there is no clear option if you’re looking for something to worn as a base or top coat to another brand of lip color.
While this product will leave your lips looking and feeling hydrated for 24 hours, the color will not last nearly as long. However many reviewers said this lasted much longer than they would have expected for a drug store lip gloss, even through eating and drinking. That being said, this lip gloss is cheap enough that you don’t need to feel bad applying every few hours in order to maintain a more pigmented look.
Value is where this product really shines, for a pigmented lip gloss that hydrates, nourishes, and plumps, $9 is an excellent deal.
Okay, so this is another product that’s somewhat of a hybrid lip gloss-balm, but it gives off the appearance of a gloss—which is why we thought it earned a spot on our list. Tarte Quench Lip rescue is a moisturizing balm with a light sheen that comes in an area of beautiful sheer shades.
What some users love the most about this product is what other reviewers strongly disliked—if you’re looking for something with high pigmentation or shine check out one of the other options on our list.
Some reviewers describe this product as a drink of water for your lips (get it…lip quench?). This hybrid gloss-balm features a blend of essential extracts and oils to help restore softness, moisture, and elasticity to lips. Did we also mention that it’s rich in antioxidants and vitamins to deliver intense hydration and protect against the elements. The tinted formula is perfect for a subtle, everyday color with a radiant, dewy finish.
Available in 9 colors, with a limited addition being thrown into the mix from time to time. Do be aware that colors frequently sell out online, so when you see your favorite in stock you definitely want to order a few for backup. Rose is our personal go to and a versatile option for just about any skin tone or complexion, but Berry is also very popular—as well as Clear if you’re looking for a base primer to be worn under any product.
Provides a very sheer color and sheen, without too much pigmentation or shine, but that also means you’ll need to reapply multiple times a day to maintain that tinted color. Really this is the perfect lip product for anyone that’s afraid of color but wants to spice up their day to day look with a little something extra.
If you’re looking for something with a bit more staying power and pigmentation, Yves Saint Laurent’s Volupte Tint-In-Balm is a very similar product that will last longer and provide a less subtle appearance. Do be aware, however, that with that increased staying power comes that increased price tag ($32…ouch). It really is a beautiful gloss, though!
$19 isn’t cheap for a product that needs to be applied several times throughout the day, but if you’re not a fan of high pigmentation or shine this is a product definitely worth trying.
While this is also a drug store lip gloss, it is also one of the most pigmented, high coverage lip glosses we’ve come across—so we had to give it a bit more credit than that. Add to that the non-sticky formula, nourishing formula, and, of course, the unbeatable price, and this drug store gem landed itself a top spot on our list.
While we’re having a bit of trouble finding the downside to this product, while, in theory the cake scent sounds like a great idea, some reviewers said it was a bit too sweet and overwhelming for extended periods of time.
Compared to other products on our list, the formula and ingredients of this lip gloss don’t necessarily stand out. However, it is paraben, aluminum, and cruelty free, plus the rich formula is created to melt into your lips (like butter) to hydrate and nourish, without feeling heavy or sticky. It’s also super shiny and provides medium coverage, so overall it’s a great option no matter what you may be looking for in a lip gloss.
The colors and shade range of this product are undoubtedly a stand out amongst other top lip glosses. Not only do the 26 color options provide something for everyone, but this product provides medium, allover coverage and is incredibly long-lasting for a lip gloss.
Some reviewers said this gloss was a bit streaky and didn’t have must to offer in the way of staying power. However, if you give yourself a good, even coat of gloss, we promise you will not be disappointed by how long this $3 drug store lip gloss stays in place.
NYX Professional Make-up Butter Gloss is by far the cheapest on our list, but it doesn’t stop there. This product is nourishing, provides medium coverage, features great staying power, and comes in under $5—there is truly no reason not to try this product.
This cult favorite by Buxom is a game change, but don’t just take our word for it—there are over 9,000 5-starr reviews on Sephora.com that echo our sentiments. Full-on Lip Polish delivers refreshing shine, along with a touch of tingle that will boost collagen to plump and enhance your natural lip.
Some reviewers did not see much of a difference in terms of plumping. However, a number of older reviewers with thinning lips indicated that with continued use they really did see a difference.
Free from parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, this lip gloss by Buxom features a unique complex of peptides and hyaluronic acid to create a voluminous lip look. Additionally, it’s enhanced with vitamins A and E that will not only make lips appear fuller, but will hydrate and moisturize to leave lips looking and feeling healthier.
Full-on Lip Polish by Buxom is available in a wide range of shades and finishes—over 80 in fact! From high-shine to metallic and shimmer, this lip gloss offers something for everyone. While our personal favorite is the strawberry pink shimmer of Kanani (don’t let the appearance of the bottle scare you, this is a subtle, summery shade that is perfect for any occasion), a few other best sellers are Dolly’s mauve shimmer, Samantha for an irresistible nude, and Natalie if you’re looking for a sheer cherry red. Dominique is also a great option if you’re looking for a metallic plumper that looks great as a top code over any lipstick or gloss.
While the plumping effect may not stay with you for very long, the color lasts must longer than a traditional gloss with little to no touchup needed and also provides a pretty pigmented color.
As a surprise to no one, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer is our top lip gloss overall. Even if you’re not typically a fan of lip gloss, this luminizer is sure to win you over. Oh, and on top of that, Rihanna said she created this product because she “wanted the girls to get kissed more”—so if that’s what you’re looking for click that “Get It” link now!
Only available in three shades. However, Rihanna created Fenty Beauty to serve a more diverse population of makeup lovers, so these colors are designed to complement all skin tones and types.
Created with shea butter, and free of parabens and phthalates, to condition and smooth. Perfectly formulated with a hint of color and shimmer to deliver that high-impact glossy look, without feeling gritty or sticky on the lips. Something else we love about this product is the size of the wand—the XXL design means your gloss will go on smooth and flawless without the need for multiple applications, meaning less wasted product.
Really, this is the only area where we see any room for improvement. Right now this gloss only comes in three shades: clear, shimmering pink, and rose nude. The good news is, however, these colors are curated to perfectly complement the largest range of skin tones possible, so we’re confident you will be able to find a shade that looks great on your complexion.
Not the longest staying power compared to other products on our list, but should last at least 3-4 hours—through eating, drinking, and talking—before it needs to be reapplied.
At $18, this lip gloss is pricier than a number of Faves on our list, but that is a small price to pay for a versatile product that has been ranked as a best-selling gloss by top beauty authorities, including Allure and Glamour (and, of course, us).