Pigmented Lipglosses | 2019 Editor’s Favorites

I’m hopeful that as we see more luminous lip color formulas gain popularity that we’ll see some resurgence in glosses, too! If you like your gloss more pigmented, this list of favorites is for you (there’s a separate one for sheerer glosses). I tested and reviewed just over 130 lipglosses over the last year, so there was some variety available, but I’d love to see a few more brands get more into the gloss game in 2020!

Pat McGrath’s LUST Lip Gloss added quite a few shades to enjoy during 2019, while I continued to find favorites in the Urban Decay Hi-Fi Gloss range (like Hot Love).  Hourglass also debuted their Unreal Lip Gloss formula, though I’ve only tested a few shades but definitely seems like a promising range, generally.

If you’re unfamiliar with how I like to do my year-end favorites, here’s the low down: I pull from the products I reviewed in 2019, regardless of whether they were new, limited edition, or an established range I’ve only just gotten around to reviewing. These are personal favorites, so they may or may not be the highest rated products reviewed during the year (though they will tend to be better rated, naturally!). (You can check out best of 2018 if you missed it.)

Temptalia’s Favorite Pigmented Lipglosses | 2019

02.

02. Secret Lover Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $30.00/0.15 oz.

A

Pat McGrath Secret Lover LUST Lip Gloss ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and golden shimmer throughout a...

Pat McGrath Secret Lover LUST Lip Gloss ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and golden shimmer throughout a...

03.

03. Carnal Desire Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $30.00/0.15 oz.

A-

Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, pink-red with flecks of gold, red, and fuchsia sparkle. The gloss had...

Pat McGrath Carnal Desire LUST Lip Gloss ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, pink-red with flecks of gold, red, and fuchsia sparkle. The gloss had...

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11. Shadow Man Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $7.00/0.11 oz.

B+

Colour Pop Shadow Man Ultra Glossy Lip ($7.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish-copper base with lots of deep, gold shimmer and micro-sparkle. ...

Colour Pop Shadow Man Ultra Glossy Lip ($7.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish-copper base with lots of deep, gold shimmer and micro-sparkle. ...

12.

12. Sunset Rose Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

PPermanent. $30.00/0.15 oz.

B+

Pat McGrath Sunset Rose LUST Lip Gloss ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium coral with warm undertones and a moderate amount of gold sparkle. It had...

Pat McGrath Sunset Rose LUST Lip Gloss ($28.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium coral with warm undertones and a moderate amount of gold sparkle. It had...

13.

13. Ale Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $6.00/0.11 oz.

B+

Ale is a medium-dark, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which went on fairly...

Ale is a medium-dark, reddish-brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which went on fairly...

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Glossover Breakdown

91%

Average Score
A
10
B
6
C
0
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
9
pigmentation
9
texture
9
longevity
9
application
5
Total
91%
product
9
pigmentation
9
texture
9
longevity
9
application
5
Total
91%

Your Year in Review: Pigmented Lipglosses

I thought it would be interesting to read through how readers used products throughout the year, what favorites emerged, what products fell by the wayside… so, if you want to join in, copy and paste the questions below and add your answers via a comment!

  • Where did more opaque gloss fit in your routine this year?
  • What would make you wear opaque gloss more often?
  • What was the most used more pigmented gloss you wore during the year?
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Seeing swatches of more sheer products always reminds me (duh!) of how one can wear a sheer shade that Is similar to an opaque shade you would never consider. Do Bite liquified and Nars VLGs fit into this category, or are they different, due to being ‘hybrids?’

I tend to go with however the brand categorizes it – whether they make it seem more like a gloss or a lipstick!

Where did more opaque gloss fit in your routine this year? It fits in for those days when I prefer to wear a gloss instead of lipstick. Not a super common occurrence, but often enough for me to own several really fantastic opaque glosses.

What would make you wear opaque gloss more often? I’m not sure that anything would make a difference, TBH.

What was the most used more pigmented gloss you wore during the year? Probably PMG Heavy Petal LUST Gloss, MAC Star Memoir Lipglass and MJ Atomic Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Laquer.

Where did more opaque gloss fit in your routine this year? I loved bright and more complex shades. I wore them instead of lipstick to change things up. I’ve worn more gloss this year than I have in a long time.

What would make you wear opaque gloss more often? More complex and interesting colors. I’d like to see more like NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquers, Fenty Beauty’s Summer Daze and Summer Nights trios, and NYX Duo Chromatic lipglosses. I’ve found small indie glosses are much better for unique colors and finishes, but they’re usully not full coverage level of pigmentation. They usually run medium.

What was the most used more pigmented gloss you wore during the year? NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquers in Abruzzo, Cape Town, and Everglades; MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour in Ruby Princess, MAC Lipglass in Queen P, and Apocalyptic Beauty Lip Gloss in Hellmouth. (The last two are more medium coverage, but are pigmented enough to wear on their own.)

Where did more opaque gloss fit in your routine this year? When I didn’t want to fuss with a lipstick.

What would make you wear opaque gloss more often? See above

What was the most used more pigmented gloss you wore during the year? Pat McGrath Divine Rose and Blood 2

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