Beauty trends are cyclical, and right now, as we gear up for the festive season, the team at Byrdie HQ is digging metallic lipsticks and glosses again. We've been major matte lip advocates for a long time, but with all sorts of Christmas celebrations hitting our diaries, we fancy something a little more frivolous. A soft shimmering lipstick or gloss is also extremely forgiving; you can slick it on from the bullet or wand with ease. Find the right shade, and it will help to illuminate your face. Matte lipstick, on the other hand, requires an expert application. A shimmering wash of color is as easy to apply as a balm.
So why the return to shimmers and metallics? We predicted this pendulum swing back in February, but our focus was on eyes and highlighter, and now we want to make everything shimmery, including our lips. It's totally in line with the '90s aesthetic that is still huge, and it's a breath of fresh air from all the matte lips that have been filling up our Instagram feeds. But don't think we want you to choose—we still love the power of a strong matte lip, but we're inviting you to try something a bit different. Makeup is created for play, after all. To help you, we've rounded up 13 metallic, shimmery lipsticks and glosses for you to choose from.
Keep scrolling to see our top picks.
L'Oréal's lip paints are surprisingly wearable on all manner of skin tones and almost melds with your natural lip color, so the overall effect is a soft shimmer, rather than a harsh, flat color.
INCredible's metallic offering is more like a thick high-shine gloss. This blue-meets-purple shade is like a strobe cream for the lips.
With a rich pigment and gorgeous shimmer, this rust-hued lip will look great with a tan.
Want to dip your toe in the trend with a subtle hint of shimmer? Try this plush, wearable coral lip gloss.
A rich, vampy berry lip, this is shot through with shimmering pigments that make your lips appear plumper.
A pretty, easy-to-wear pink lip gloss, this plumps lips while the shimmer makes the gloss appear even glossier.
A rich magenta shade, this metallic lip gloss gives lips a molten 3D effect and the shine quality is incomparable.
Don't want to give up matte? You don't have to—this lip cream combines a matte finish with a metallic shimmer.
Want a serious '90s look? Urban Decay has come up trumps with a brown lipstick that imparts a hint of golden shimmer.
A shimmering pale pink, this lipstick is matte rather than glossy. What's great about this shade is that the pretty color doubles as a highlighter for the Cupid's bow (we also pat it onto eyelids too, because why not?).
A deep purple-black, this will look seriously striking. Not sure how to wear it? Pair with a little black mascara, and warm up your skin tone with a wash of bronzer.
Seriously long-wearing, this velvety metallic liquid lipstick imparts a punchy color. The shade here is a "spiced" plum with a shimmering but not shiny finish.
Need any more convincing? Chanel is on board with the metallic lip trend, having launched a gold, shimmering gloss top coat that you can layer over a matte lipstick or a tinted balm.