Best Lip Glosses (2020) | Editor’s Top Picks

Best Lip Glosses (2020)

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 — 2020 Edition!  I’m curious if we’ll see more lipgloss releases as we enter 2020 because 2019 was definitely lipgloss-lite.

Every product recommended below has been tested and reviewed by me, your resident Editor-in-Chief, and I test thousands of products every year–so these are truly the best lipgloss formulas I’ve tried and they’ve earned their spot on 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!

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...

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.

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...

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...


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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 have performed well. Every shade is thoroughly tested and reviewed, and these are formulas where I’ve often tested every shade in the line of, so I really grasp each formula’s strengths and weaknesses!

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Top Rated Lip Glosses from 2020

Check out the current top 10 highest-rated lipglosses (individual shades) reviewed by the editor in 2020–this list will update automatically!

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10. Mythic Journey Colour Pop

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Colour Pop Mythic Journey Ultra Glossy Lip ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) has a clear base and flecks of multi-colored sparkle and pearl. At a glance, it...

Colour Pop Mythic Journey Ultra Glossy Lip ($6.00 for 0.11 oz.) has a clear base and flecks of multi-colored sparkle and pearl. At a glance, it...

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Wow! You’re getting these lists up so fast! Thank you so much for posting them before the Sephora sale time.

Fenty glosses have been the big winners for me this year. They don’t look terribly exciting in the tubes, but somehow they’re amazing looking on the lips. I wore Fenty Glow/Universal more than I have any lipgloss in a long time! Great formula, too: Not too sticky or too runny, nice shimmer dispersal, comfortable and moisturizing. They smell really yummy, too.

I really want to try some of the Pat McGrath glosses.

Because I love me a good glossy lip, I have at least one of each out of the first 5 brands mentioned, plus a few of the other brands mentioned. I love Fenty Gloss Bomb, PMG LUST Gloss and one not mentioned, MAC Lipglass.

I love the PM glosses so much! I really enjoy the Fenty ones, too.

And I rediscovered my Buxom glosses and realized that they’re really good. Haha. I like the Colourpop So Juicy lip glosses, too.

For some reason, I didn’t like the ABH ones and I’m not sure why.

Excited to try some of the ones you listed!

Lipgloss is mostly love/hate for me. It can really elevate and look incredible over lipstick, but I find it interferes with wear time and reapplying two layers on the go is just too much fuss. I also find if I want a glossier lip, I tend to grab lip balm instead..something that might actually hydrate my desert lips. It does looks fabulous in photos.

Sephora Ultra Shine and UD Hi Fi Shine are definitely my favorites. I have about 10 of the Ultra Shines and just love them. Colourpop will return to a favorite when the fix those darned brushes. I have quit buying them at this point. I got an Ofra gloss recently in an Ipsy and I like that formula as well. I’m such a gloss girl! I can’t wait to try some of the other ones listed here. I think the only other one on this list I’ve tried is the Huda Lip Strobe and I keep it because it can look cool as a topper, but I don’t like the stickiness and how it wears down.

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