The Best Lip Glosses for 2018

By Pretty City Editors

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This week, we asked PrettyCity readers to share which one beauty product they couldn’t live without. Turns out glittering lips beat pretty peepers 2 to 1, with 1,871 respondents picking lip gloss and balm over mascara. (Powder, bronzer and concealer couldn’t even compete.)

And, since we like to think of ourselves as Beauty MDs, we’re prescribing glosses that shine and balms that soothe...pick two products and sparkle in the morning :-) 

Our A to Z "gloss-ary" of the best lip glosses on the market now.

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Image via Google.

C is for Lip Balm by CO Bigelow

For those times when lip gloss is out of place – like at the gym— we swear by Mentha Lip Shine from CO Bigelow.  This minty lip balm shines like a gloss while keeping lips hydrated and breath fresh; most nights, we even wear it to bed. Get it for $7.50 at Bath and Body Works, here.


F is for Lip Gloss by Fusion Beauty

LipFusion’s Color Shine Sheer Plumping Gloss is a go-to gloss thanks to flattering colors, incredible sheen, and long wear. The company says that a proprietary formula involving marine collagen plumps "immediately” plumps lips. We love the color and the volume; our current faves include “Crave,” a shimmering pink and “Bare,” an of-the-moment nude. Get a hue to suit you for $38 at

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G is for Lip Gloss by Givenchy

You won’t find Givenchy’s Gloss Interdit at drugstores and you probably can’t purchase a Bugatti at CarMax either. 

The plumping and smoothing gloss comes in a sparkling selection of colors – we like “Lilac Confession” and “Impertinent Nude.” We can’t bear to wear a gloss that tastes bad and so we’re especially fond of the delicious “flavor” that the folks at Givenchy call a scent, with top notes of bergamot, litchi, and red fruit.

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G is for Lip Gloss by Girlactik

Girlactik Beauty’s Star Glosses come in so many shades; you may never wear lipstick again. Long lasting and not-too-sticky shades such as “BurlesqueRed,” “Flirty” and “Orange Twist” keep lips moist and shiny, and these glosses are so sparkly... we are obsessed! Buy the gloss for $18 online at

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H is for Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss

At about $6 a tube, Hard Candy delivers affordable plumping and shine with their Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss.

This shiny, volumizing, and hydrating lip gloss gives lips the appearance of being fuller while serving up serious shines in a variety of flattering hues. Available in a range of sheer and full color shades, we love "Swan Lake," a sheer nude, and "Magic Mauve," an-oh-so-pretty pink. Have you tried this cheap and chic plumping gloss? Which is your fave hue? 

(Win it! Now though April 15 enter to win your own trio of this Hard Candy gloss on Insta, Facebook or here.)

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L is for Lip Gloss by L'Oréal 

Who says lipgloss has to shine? L'Oréal reimagines the traditional gloss in a whipped matte gloss that offers up highly-pigmented hues with a velvety matte finish. If you haven't tried L'Oréal's Infallible line lately, you may not know about the unique shape of their applicators which truly make it easy to shape and add dimension to lips with lip gloss.

Get glossed for $9.99 here.

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R is for Lip Gloss by Rimmel London

Rimmel's OMG is one of our most affordable favorites; get it for $5 or less at most drugstores and mass retailers.

Thanks to Rimmel's ‘Gloss Lock’ technology, these glosses serve up non-sticky, lightweight shine that lasts up to 6 hours. Plus, infused with Argan Oil and Vitamin E, Oh My Gloss! leaves lips hydrated and smooth.

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T is for Lip Gloss by Tarte

We all have our oh-so-pretty staples and ours is Tarteist Lip Bling. We love that this gloss is free of is free of parabens, mineral oils and petros as well as boasting green packaging and a cruelty free promise. Oh, and it's Gluten Free! Get the gloss for $20 at

What's your favorite gloss? Do tell! Share the scoop in the comments below or find us on Facebook + Instagram.