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Best Lip Glosses (2020) – 13 Editor’s Top-Rated Picks

If you’ve been reaching for glosses this year for something easy to apply but offers some hydration and comfort, you’ll find this guide to the best lipglosses (2020 edition) will give you a lot of insight into the top-performing lipgloss formulas that I’ve tested and tried over the years. For later in the year updates, there were actually several formulas that were discontinued!

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!

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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…

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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.

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The formula is supposed to “seamlessly glide” onto lips with “multidimensional sparkle with a smooth, non-sticky finish” that has a “shimmering, move-resistant glasslike finish” and “otherworldly opacity.” The pigmentation varied from semi-sheer to mostly opaque depending on the shade, and “otherworldly opacity” combined with the brand’s promotional images and swatches all points in the direction of “pigmented’,” and I think there are at least a couple of shades that were designed as sheerer on purpose but lack any description suggesting they were different than other shades in the range. Read more…

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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…

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UltaColourPop

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The formula is supposed to be “ultra-shiny” (it is) with a “cushiony, comfy feel” (nailed it) that has a “burst of color” (sheer to medium coverage) that is “ultra-hydrating.” It has more of a smooth, gel-like texture, which is where it gets that “cushiony, comfy feel,” and it spread easily over my lips and felt comfortable to wear. Read more…

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…

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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…

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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…

The formula is supposed to have a “high-shine” finish that has the “cushion and slip of a lip balm” without being tacky designed to be sheerer. If you love a balmy, gel-like gloss that isn’t tacky, has a lot of shine, and a bit of sparkle to it (without being gritty), it’s a very comfortable, easy-to-apply formula. It’s not particularly long-wearing (three to four hours) but definitely hydrating and glass-like in its shine. Read more…

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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…

Our Methodology

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!

More product guides: Best Blushes, Best Highlighters, Best Eyeshadow Palettes, Best Single Eyeshadows, Best Lipsticks, Best Blush Brushes, Best Eyeshadow Brushes, Best Highlighter Brushes, Best Makeup Products of 2019.

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!

MAC Spark Joy Lipglass ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) has a translucent, nearly clear, base with flecks of silver and white pearl throughout. It had a…

MAC Spark Joy Lipglass ($19.00 for 0.1 oz.) has a translucent, nearly clear, base with flecks of silver and white pearl throughout. It had a…

Sydney Grace Lesley Lip Gloss ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, reddish-copper with moderate, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly…

Sydney Grace Lesley Lip Gloss ($10.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, reddish-copper with moderate, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly…

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