We tried four popular lip glosses from $5 to $85. Here's the best one.

  • We tested lip glosses from NYX, Fenty Beauty, Pat McGrath, and Christian Louboutin to find the best one.

  • The lip glosses were evaluated on how long they last, how shiny they are, and whether they feel sticky and uncomfortable.

  • NYX's $5 Butter Gloss came out on top as the best lip gloss with its incredible shine and staying power.

Following is a transcript of the video.

Today is a great day, because we are going to be testing out four different lip glosses, ranging from $5 to $85. The 2000s revival that we've been seeing in fashion and makeup has brought lip gloss back in the biggest way. And even though there are about a million lip-gloss formulas out there, for me, the perfect lip gloss has incredible shine, it's as long-lasting as a lip gloss could possibly be, and it's not too sticky. I don't mind a little bit of stick, but if I see those goopy-goop lines every time I open my mouth, we're gonna have some problems. Because the lip glosses that I'm gonna be trying out have different finishes, I'm not gonna be focusing on color payoff or anything like that. We're just gonna judge them on their performance, and I'm gonna be sticking to the same foods and just drinking water for the next few days, just to ensure a fair wear test.

The first gloss that we're gonna try out is our $5 option. This is the NYX Butter Gloss. I have been using this lip gloss since I was in high school. I remember back in the day of YouTube, all the beauty gurus were talking about this lip gloss and how amazing it was. To this day, people still really, really love it, so I'm excited to see how it's gonna compare to the other high-end lip glosses. I feel like usually a problem I have with lip gloss is that I can kind of feel it on my mouth, which I don't love. This, it's like I'm wearing a lip balm. It is so light and barely there. I'm obsessed.Advertisement

The NYX Butter Gloss actually survived most of the day. I feel like maybe around the seven-hour mark was when I started to notice the wear and tear on my lips. It's definitely dried down quite a bit, but I can still see some of that, like, sheen and shine from when I first applied it. It's definitely not the same, but it's, like, still pretty cute. Like, I feel like my lips look hydrated. It stayed comfortable all day long, and I think I'm really happy with how this one lasted. I'm pretty impressed. Five bucks? This is not bad at all. If anything, this is probably one of the better lip-gloss formulas I think I've ever tried.

Moving on to our next lip gloss, this is the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb. I feel like this was the lip gloss that kind of took everybody out of, like, the matte-lipstick era that we were all living in. It was this lip gloss. It's just really universally flattering. Like, I really believe that. And it's got all these little glitters in it that make it look so shiny and pretty on the lips. Before I put it on, I have to talk about how freaking good this lip gloss smells. It smells like... I think the actual scent is vanilla mango. This lip gloss looks amazing, just like I was expecting it to. I've repurchased this at least five times already just because it is so flattering. The only thing is, I am getting a little bit of these, like, goopy lines when I smack my lips together like this. It's very, very slight. I think it just has to do with this being a thicker formula than the lip gloss that I tried yesterday, but it doesn't feel sticky at all.

I'm not mad at how the Gloss Bomb wore throughout the day. I've used this lip gloss before, so I pretty much knew how this was gonna go down. It isn't the most long-lasting lip gloss. I feel like you do need to reapply at least once or twice if you're planning on wearing it all day long. Um... but is it a great, amazing, beautiful, gorgeous, delicious-smelling lip gloss? H--- yeah. And I think that I will still continue to buy them.
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The next lip gloss that I'm gonna be trying out is the Pat McGrath Lust lip gloss. If you follow Pat McGrath on Instagram, you will see what I mean. The way that they do these application videos on these models, they just look incredible. Like, the lip gloss just looks out of this world. So shiny, so plumping and beautiful. It's not that goopy. It's actually probably the least goopy out of the two that we've tried. [lip-gloss tube smacking] I love this noise. It's ASMR time. [whispers] With Nico. Oh, God, I could apply this lip gloss all freaking day long. It's so smooth. OK, a little more, and then I'll stop myself. [laughs] It's so shiny. I keep looking at my lips in the monitor. Look at that! Oh, my God! What else is there to say about this lip gloss? Like, it just looks amazing. That's it. It looks great. It is so shiny and delicious-looking on the lips. I love this formula. It's so, so nice. And the smell is really, really nice. Like, I keep sniffing my own mouth.

I think that the Pat McGrath gloss has actually faded pretty nicely on me. It's almost all gone. I still feel like there's barely any gloss on my lips. You can still see, like, a little bit of shine, but I feel like that has a lot to do with the shimmer in the actual gloss. I do think that it keeps my lips very hydrated. Like, they still feel really soft and glossy. Not glossy. They feel really soft and like they have a slip to them. This is the Christian Louboutin loo-bih-lack... Loubilaque [laughs] lip gloss, and this is $85. I needed to include this lip gloss in this test not only because it is the most expensive lip gloss I could find, but it also has pretty positive reviews on Sephora's website. It's got four out of five stars right now. Mind you, that's, like, out of 13 or so reviews, which is not a lot by any means, but that's still, like, something. It's pretty positive. Sephora only sold two shades of this lip gloss, and both were chock-full of glitter. Like, there is so much glitter in these lip glosses, and it makes me really nervous because usually that means that it's gonna dry my lips out a lot as the day goes on. Oh. It smells... like baby wipes. Like straight-up baby wipes. That is the weirdest scent for a lip gloss I have ever smelled. Ah, wow. [laughs] Oh, no. Oh. It's like that really, really grainy type of glitter. I hate that. I hate that! You know when you have a glittery lip gloss and you rub your lips together and you can, like, feel every particle of glitter like sand? I hate that. This is too expensive to be doing that, miss. Don't hate how it looks on the lips. It's not bad. It just feels horrible and smells, like, horrible.Advertisement

This gloss has been one of, like, the least impressive lip glosses I think I've ever tried. Is that mean? Should I start it off on, like, a more positive note? Um... this Christian Louboutin gloss is super glittery, and it left behind a ton of glitter on my lips, but it didn't dry my lips out like I thought it was gonna. Thank God the scent faded. It didn't get rid of the memories, though. Like, the memories are still fresh in my mind. I can smell the baby wipes every time I look at this tube. It looked really pretty, but that kind of faded pretty fast. I was kind of hoping that I'd have a better experience with it considering the reviews, but it just wasn't for me. So, I guess I'll see you tomorrow, where we can talk about all the lip glosses that I tried. Goodbye!

I tried a lot of lip gloss this week, most of them pretty good, but there was one that was literally awful, and that was the Christian Louboutin Loubilaque lip gloss, which is $85. Like, at $85, I expect you to be good. Like, I just don't think there's any excuse. By far the best lip gloss I think I tried out this week has to be the $5 NYX Butter Gloss. This one wasn't sticky, it was super shiny, and it lasted me longer than any of the other lip glosses that I tried out this week. And it has, like, a million color options, I think, if you're looking for that. So, I don't know, I feel like this is definitely the way to go if you want a gloss that'll last you most of your day.

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