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Accentuate Your Puckers With These Non-Sticky Plumping Lip Glosses

These will guarantee maximum shine without any ickiness

After years of matte lip craze, lip glosses have made a comeback in recent months as mega beauty brands introduced high shine formulas that promise to smooth lip surface and top off your lips with a dramatic gleam. Best part — these new age formulas feel more cushiony than ever, don’t feel sticky like their late ’90s predecessors, and most of all, feel lightweight on lips. And no matter what your preference may be, you’ll be spoilt for choice as there is literally something for everyone: from glitter-infused, pearlescent, holographic, metallic or good old vinyl effect.

That’s not all — the latest lip glosses are also enriched with lip conditioning ingredients like botanical butters and antioxidants to nourish and protect lips from UV damage. For a fuller pout, apply lip gloss directly onto the centre of your lips on both upper and lower lips and blend towards the sides. Or dab a bit of product onto your lips with your fingers to add a natural shine that’s perfect for everyday wear.

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Enchanting, $40
Youtube makeup tutorial sensation, Huda’s namesake makeup collection is finally available in Singapore via Sephora, and we couldn’t be happier. Known for her dramatic looks, expect nothing less than pigment-packed products that enable everyone to create bold and head-turning looks effortlessly. Case in point: the Lip Strobe in Enchanting. Packed with pearl pigments, this iridescent lip gloss dresses your lips with glimmering glitters to sculpt and plump lips for a mesmerising effect at every angle. The texture is fine and non-sticky so it glides onto lips evenly and looks fab for hours on end. Les Merveilleuses Laduree Lip Gloss in Shade 12, $45
Beyond its adorable packaging, the formula that it holds is the true star. Made with moisturising oils that improve lip plumpness and to impart a high shine gloss, the formula also contains a Water Reaction Gel that is responsible for its fine and uniform texture. Expect a lustrous effect and staying power that doesn’t bleed or drip. THREE Cosmetics Lyrical Lip Ami, $48
This pink shade coats your lips with tiny light-reflecting pearl pigments to enhance the fullness and shape of your lips in just one single swipe. It also has a semi-sheer texture, making it perfect to layer over other lip colours to allow your favourite hues to show through. It also lasts for several hours without touch-ups, yet doesn’t feel sticky at all. Pat McGrath Labs Lust Gloss Kit in Skin Show Warm, about $129, at Net-A-Porter
Widely regarded as “The Mother of Makeup”, Pat McGrath’s eponymous makeup line was announced to be worth 1 billion, just three years after it first launched. But that came as no surprise to beauty insiders as Pat McGrath is one of the most influential makeup artists. For years, she’s the creative mind behind the most memorable makeup looks at the biggest fashion shows and also consulted with major beauty brands. Needless to say, every product she creates under her own name is spectacular, including the epic Lust Gloss Kit. Each of the four lip glosses are made with lustrous oils that nourishing lips to keep them soft and smooth. Thanks to its revolutionary formulation, lips are coated with translucent colour with multi-dimensional shine and instant plumping effects. Pony Effect Enamellic Glossy Lip in 07 Icy Rose, $31.90, at selected Watsons stores
Not your regular sheer gloss, this is more of an opaque lip colour that gives a glossy finish. Thanks to its high concentration of pigments, the colour payoff is just like that of a lip lacquer: vivid and high-shine. Moreover, it is infused with botanical extracts to keep lips soft and supple without any stickiness.   HERA Sensual Tint in 07 Red Shoes, $43
Made with lightweight adherent oil, its ultra-fine, non-sticky fluid texture glides onto lips smoothly for a natural tinted effect that’s super glossy. And thanks to its Pigment Paste Technology, the colour payoff is vibrant and luminous. Using the uniquely designed applicator, you can also easily control the colour intensity that you desire to create your preferred look. Lancome L’Absolu Lacquer in 468, $48
Experience comfort like none other with this lip lacquer as it has an oil-in-water emulsion texture that provides an even and thin application without feeling heavy or sticky. Its glycerine-rich formula also means your lips are kept soft and smooth for up to eight hours with one single application. Plus, you can easily layer on multiple coats to build colour intensity without worrying about the product sliding. Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Lip Color in Poppy Topaz, about $43, at Net-A-Porter
As its name suggests, this lip gloss packs high intensity colour and shine in a lightweight liquid texture. Fortified with nourishing ingredients, slick this one to coat lips in ultra-lightweight pigments and long-lasting hydration sans stickiness. We also love that this coral-pink shade flatter virtually any skin tone and looks gorgeous over any lip stick. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fenty Glow, $31
With Rihanna’s game-changing vision of embracing diversity, you can be sure that one swipe of this high shine gloss coats lips in a perfect rose nude shade that flatters literally every skin tone. Not only is the formula enriched with shea butter to keep lips soft and smooth, the non-sticky gloss also makes lips look instantly more voluptuous. We also love that the supersized sponge applicator has just the right firmness to deliver the optimal amount of product so you get maximum shine without worrying about stickiness or sliding due to excessive product. Clinique Lip Pop Splash in Juicy Apple, $35
Forget lip glosses that promises dramatic shine but dries lips out. Formulated with skin-loving ingredients that help smooth and condition lips, it replenishes and locks in moisture for all-day comfort while drenching lips in a vinyl-like shine. This moisture-packed gloss is perfect on its own or over your favourite lip colour as it feels totally weightless so you’ll almost forget you’re wearing it.