The 25 Best Lip Glosses to Keep Your Lips Plump, But Not Sticky
Sticky, goopy and over-the-top scented lip glosses (we’re looking at you Coca Cola flavor) are a beauty pick of the past. Nowadays, we want to show off our pouts without a mouth full of flyaways. So thankfully, formulas have evolved to give you a hydrating, plumping and lightweight finish rather than a thick and gluey coating. Here, 25 of the best non-sticky lip glosses to stock up on for that coveted plump and shine.
1. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer
With over 10,000+ reviews, there’s no surprise that the Gloss Bomb is an all-time fave. Thanks to its main ingredient—shea butter—lips can look and feel smooth, plumped and shiny. Because of the popularity of the OG shade, there are now five more glosses to add to your collection.
2. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick
Looking for a sheer finish with a subtle hint of natural color? Make any of the six-shades your go-to. A mix of kahai oil and vitamin E keep your lips soft and hydrated with a seriously high-shine factor.
3. Glossier Cushiony Glass Shine
If you’re on Instagram, chances are you’ve scrolled upon this sheer gloss. But don’t let the minimalistic packaging fool you, the vitamin E and jojoba oil combo leave lips moisturized all day long.
4. Ilia Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil
Best Lip Oil
For a richer color that sticks, reach for this tinted lip oil. It uses hyaluronic acid powerful botanicals for a cushiony feel that leaves lips looking plump and hydrated.
5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss
Whether you’re searching for a metallic, high shine or shimmer finish, look no further than this all-encompassing shade collection (22 glosses to be exact!). Whichever you choose, get ready for a pigmented lip look that shines.
6. Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss
Another hyaluronic acid formula, this blend is ideal for achieving that glossy look you love without any of the side effects you don’t. Editor Brianna raves about the nourishing gloss, saying, “I rubbed my lips together and they didn’t stick to each other, and the subtle shimmer made them appear a bit plumper. But the best part IMO is that it felt like a nourishing balm. I even began using it as such when my lips felt dry.”
8. Mented Cosmetics Deep Tan Nude Lip Gloss
Best for Dark Skin Tones
You can never go wrong with a nude lip. This gloss layers well to help you achieve a natural or bold look, depending on the number of coats you apply.
9. Bobbi Brown Crushed Oil-Infused Gloss
Best Creamy Texture
A mix of botanical oils (aka avocado and jojoba oil), hyaluronic acid and vitamin C and E make for a creamy texture that is lightweight and soothing on the lips—no sticky buildup here.
10. NYX Butter Gloss
No need to break the bank. This $4 gloss from this beloved budget beauty brand will get the job done and leave your lips silky smooth.
11. Buxom Full-On: Plumping Lip Polish
The product name says it all: Swipe on this stick and look forward to the appearance of plumped lips. If you need a second opinion, look to the over 12,000+ reviews about its naturally pouty powers.
12. Laura Mercier Lip Glacé
This gloss features anti-aging, anti-oxidant and plumping ingredients that goes on smooth. It provides sheer to medium coverage, making it perfect for daytime or a night out.
13. Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gloss
Let your lips shine bright with this $12 gloss. Choose between 24 ultra-shine or shimmer shades that won’t feel heavy, greasy or sticky.
14. INNBeauty Project Lip Oil
Best Gloss-Lip Oil Hybrid
The benefits of a lip oil plus the shine factor of a gloss equal this beauty hybrid. The plant-based ingredients (aka red root oil, jojoba oil and pomegranate) nourish and plump lips while leaving a subtle tint. Plus, it smells very fruity.
15. Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss
Best Gloss-Lip Balm Hybrid
Just like a balm, this formula relieves dryness and nourishes lips. And just like a gloss, it leaves behind a shiny, tinted layer. And can we talk about the packaging? This tube is giving us a major dose of nostalgia.
16. Pat McGrath Labs Lust Lip Gloss
The luxe option has a creamy texture that makes the application lightweight and comfy on your lips.
17. Essence Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss
Reach for this $3 gloss for lots and lots of shine. With over 1,000+ reviews, the nude, shimmer, bold or bright shades can stand alone or be a great topper to your fave lipstick. Did we mention already that it’s $3?! Stock. Up.
18. MAC Lipglass
Swap your bold colors for a neutral shade instead (with a hint of glitter, of course). Jojoba conditions lips and the high-shine pigment delivers a glassy pop of color.
19. Tower 28 Beauty ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss
Best Clean Pick
This vegan lip jelly has natural ingredients (aka apricot kernel oil, raspberry seed oil and rosehip oil) that help soothe, nourish and repair lips.
20. Lorac Alter Ego Lip Gloss
This collection is filled with only dark glosses, perfect for the colder seasons. The combo of antioxidants and vitamin C and E can protect lips from dryness. But it’s the doe-foot applicator that really brings the look together with its even and smooth finish.
21. Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy
When the OG ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil are involved, chances are your lips will get the star treatment they deserves. Plus, the lightweight gloss’s antibacterial and antimicrobial components offer the look of a gloss, but the benefits of a balm. Win-win.
22. Becca Liptuitive Glow Lip Gloss
Best Universal Shade
Let the lip gloss adapt to your natural lip color. The avocado oil, vitamin E and shea butter combo make this a must-have hydrating pick.
23. Huda Beauty Lip Strobe Metallic Gloss
Step up your glitter game. Try out one of the 12 shades for a bold, glimmering lip.
24. KVD XO Vinyl Lip Cream Lip Gloss
Best Vegan Pick
A vegan and cruelty-free gloss that packs an ultra-pigment punch? Yes, please.
25. Almay Goddess Gloss
Best Colorful Shades
This high-shine gloss has colorful shades that are great to wear alone, mix and match or layer over your favorite lippie to upgrade your look. Plus, it stands out amongst the crowd for being fragrance-free, so forget about any nauseating scents.