Lip glosses used to be a massive hit in the earlier 2000s, but were quickly surpassed by matte liquid lipsticks that have now become a mainstay in the makeup world. At the tail end of 2016 though, beauty influencers were flaunting more and more glossy lip looks, and brands followed close behind.

With popular labels like Kylie Cosmetics and Too Faced growing their lip gloss ranges to meet a potential demand, we’re calling lip glosses a burgeoning trend for the coming spring season. They’re the long-awaited answer for anyone who’s been resenting the matte lips wave thanks to how it accentuates fine lines and drier patches, with the added benefit of making your lips look juicy and plush. It’s about time too, since metallic and holographic lipsticks are on the up-and-up.

The second coming of lip glosses sees more opaque products steal the lime light, as compared to the highly-glittery, sheer formulations from days past. To help you achieve pouty perfection, here are five of our favourite lip glosses.

1
Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer in "Love Drunk"

When they say high shine, they mean it. “Love Drunk” is a party-ready brownish mauve with gold shimmer that makes your lips a bling-fest when the light hits. The smooth formula is a huge win, given that it glides on thickly with barely any tackiness. Gloss lovers with warm, tanned skin should get on this colour as it truly complements deeper tones.

Available at Sephora. 

2
Chanel Lèvres Scintillantes lip gloss in "Bliss"

Nude, milky glosses are set to be a massive thing. This Chanel gloss in “Bliss” is exactly that. It’s a creamy, coral-based nude that is deeply hydrating, and it only takes one swipe to cover your lips. This is a formula with a fair bit of stick, but the rich, MLBB (my lips, but better) effect it imparts is well worth it.

Available at Chanel Beauty boutiques.

3
NARS lip gloss in "Sixties Fan"

Lip glosses used to be a massive hit in the earlier 2000s, but were quickly surpassed by matte liquid lipsticks that have now become a mainstay in the makeup world. At the tail end of 2016 though, beauty influencers were flaunting more and more glossy lip looks, and brands followed close behind.

With popular labels like Kylie Cosmetics and Too Faced growing their lip gloss ranges to meet a potential demand, we’re calling lip glosses a burgeoning trend for the coming spring season. They’re the long-awaited answer for anyone who’s been resenting the matte lips wave thanks to how it accentuates fine lines and drier patches, with the added benefit of making your lips look juicy and plush. It’s about time too, since metallic and holographic lipsticks are on the up-and-up.

The second coming of lip glosses sees more opaque products steal the lime light, as compared to the highly-glittery, sheer formulations from days past. To help you achieve pouty perfection, here are five of our favourite lip glosses.

Dark lipsticks may be a fall staple, but here’s to hoping dark lip glosses become a year-round fixture. NARS’ “Sixties Fan” is a cool-toned pomegranate shade with a semi-sheer finish (think wine-stained, almost). It’s a thinner gloss, making it comfortable for those who don’t enjoy tacky formulas. Pair this with winged liner for an easy, vampy look that’s no fuss.

Available at Sephora.

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YSL Beauty Gloss Volupte in "Corail Trapèze"

“Corail Trapèze” is a brighter coral gloss that warms to your lip colour and turns slightly pinkish. Though not extremely long-wearing, the formula is lightweight and not sticky at all, feeling more like a creamy gel on your lips. If you’re searching for a gloss that is hydrating, and can make your lips look naturally plump, this is the one for you.

Available at TANGS.

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Kylie Cosmetics lip gloss in "Posie K"

With cool-toned mauve being such a trendy colour, it stands to reason that a mauve gloss has to be on this list. “Posie K” is incredibly opaque and milky, with barely any stickiness to it. It doesn’t cause any discomfort (unless you hate scented glosses) and is rather moisturising thanks to the inclusion of Vitamin E in the formula. The hype is well-deserved.

Available on Kylie Cosmetics.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.