By Olivia Cuccaro
Once reserved for teenage girls and pop stars, lip glosses are making a comeback in the luxury beauty world. Lighter than the matte styles that have been in fashion as of late, lip gloss adds a little shimmer – not to mention fullness – to your lips that’s perfect for spring. Whether you prefer to flaunt your natural look with a sheer gloss or sport a bright color, lip gloss effortlessly transitions your beauty regimen into the new season. See this editor’s picks below for the best luxury lip glosses.
It’s called Lip Maximizer for a reason. Enriched with collagen, this lip gloss is formulated with hyaluronic and marine-based fillers for a plump pout. It pulls triple-duty as a base, topper or stand-alone treatment.
Dior Addict Lip Maximizer, $33, dior.com
If the sticky texture has kept you away from glosses in the past, give this product from Chanel a try. In a variety of 24 colors, this has all the glitz of gloss without the tacky feel. Coconut oil, peptides and Vitamin E make sure it moisturizes too.
Chanel Rouge Coco gloss, $30, chanel.com
This gloss from YSL gives lips a subtle shimmer in an array of everyday colors. Its key feature is the curved applicator that spreads the product evenly on lips of all shapes. The 3D brush gives precise coverage to top and bottom lips so you don’t risk overlining.
YSL Gloss Volupté, $32, yslbeautyus.com
With a high-shine finish, this gloss is ideal for a bold look. The collection offers some brighter shades like magenta and fuchsia to make your lips pop against a neutral palette for day, or complement a smokey eye during a night out.
Marc Jacobs hi-shine lip lacquer, $28, marcjacobsbeauty.com
A classic red lip is more playful as a gloss. From Nars, this product is a bright orange-red to replace the heavier lipsticks worn during winter. It’s nourishing, wears comfortably and is also available in a selection of nudes and pinks.
Nars lip gloss in Eternal Red, $26, narscosmetics.com
From Lancôme, this gloss promises optimal shine and six hours of moisture. The formula gives a line-free, vinyl look with sheer to medium coverage.
Lancôme Gloss in Love, $27.50, lancome-usa.com
On the spectrum between sheer and satin, this lacquer-finish gloss is long-wearing and high-shine. The concentrated color and hold make it the best of both lipstick and stain, depending on how you apply it. The gloss can be layered to achieve the look you want, making it a versatile choice for your makeup bag.
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy lacquer gloss, $38, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com
For a softer look, the Naked Shine line offers a creamy texture in barely-there shades. It’s sheer with the added benefit of a lip plumper for smoother and fuller lips with daily use. Keep it on hand to wear alone or apply it over another lip product for shine.
Naked Princess Naked Shine, $26, nakedprincess.com
Love a dark lip all year long? Ilia’s “Gypsy” gloss has warm saffron tones that prove lip gloss has an edgy side. Ingredients include coconut oil, shea butter and Vitamin E for soft lips. Each Ilia product boasts up to 85% bioactive organic ingredients, making it just as good for the environment as it is for your lips.
Ilia lip gloss in Gypsy, $24, iliabeauty.com
Use this richly-pigmented gloss all over for a shiny lip, or try the makeup artist’s trick of applying only to the center for a full, natural look. Vitamins and botanical oils combat the dryness and chapping experienced during frequent travel, so add it to your suitcase.
Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss, $30, kevynaucoin.com