The Best Lip Gloss to Add to Your Makeup Bag

Shiny and glossy lips are back in style and many makeup brands have released new versions of old favorites or upgraded their gloss formulas. The super sticky lip is a feeling of the past, and most lip glosses now provide hydration as well as shine. From high-end brands to ones at the drugstore, there is a fabulous lip gloss for every set of lips out there.

Choosing a Lip Gloss for You

With so many varieties of lip gloss on the market, here is what you should consider before buying:

  • Color: Consider what color you want to have on your lips, as some glosses are clear while others offer bold and vibrant or subdued and elegant tints.
  • Wear: It’s annoying to have to reapply your gloss multiple times throughout the night. Not all lip glosses last long, so determine if your choice has a long-lasting finish or if you’ll just have to reapply it after dinner.
  • Wand Size: Different products have different wand sizes and shapes which impact the distribution of the product on your lips and the number of swipes you’ll need to fully coat your lips. This might be a little nitpicky, but if it’s something you care about, the wand is something to consider.


Created by the famed singer Lady Gaga, this Haus Laboratories lip gloss has gained some real popularity. Le Riot lip gloss is extremely high-shine gel gloss that is perfect for all-day wear. This product is cruelty-free and vegan. The features are volumizing with a mirror-like shine. You can apply this gloss directly to bare lips or on top of an existing lip product to transform the finish.

Best Overall


This lip gloss has extreme shine and is vegan and cruelty-free.

Best for Budget: NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Butter Gloss – Creme Brulee, Natural

NYX Butter Gloss is great for your lips and your wallet. This creamy, glossy lip gloss provides medium coverage for your lips and goes on oh-so-smoothly. It is never sticky, which means your lips will always be soft, supple, and kissable. This gloss is cruelty-free and not tested on animals.

Best for Budget

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Butter Gloss - Creme Brulee, Natural , 0.27 Fl Oz (Pack of 1)

A creamy, buttery gloss that has high shine and is never sticky.

Best for Dry Lips: Maybelline Lifter Gloss Lip Gloss

This next-level lip gloss from Maybelline delivers hydration, fuller-looking lips, and shine. This gloss is formulated with hyaluronic acid, which delivers high shine and causes the lips to look fuller. The gloss comes with an XL wand, so you can get all the gloss you need in just one swipe.

Best for Dry Lips

Maybelline Lip Lifter Hydrating Lip Gloss with Hyaluronic Acid, Amber, 0.18 Ounce

A hydrating lip gloss that leaves your lips feeling fuller and smoother.

Also Great: 6-PACKS Kiss Broadway Clear Lip Gloss

This six-pack of lip gloss comes with two of all three flavors. The mint oil creates a cooling effect; the rosehip oil reduces fine lines on lips; the coconut oil hydrates the lips. The formula is made from oil but has a glossy finish. These glosses are long-lasting and leave a simple shine while removing dryness. Since you get six, you can divide them into all of your bags so you won’t get caught without gloss.

Also Great

6-PACKS Kiss Broadway Clear Lip Gloss (Mint,Coconut,Rosehip Oil)

A six-pack of lip glosses in three oil flavors.

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