Glitter used to be associated with tweeny roller balls and flavored lip balms, but that reputation no longer holds true. Instead, glitter offers a sophisticated, otherworldly addition to your beauty look, serving up glamour and fun in equal measure. Of course, the formulas have changed as well. No longer are you meant to sit in your bathroom, endlessly attempting to apply your shimmer without making a mess (and failing every time). Now, glitter lipsticks, glosses, and pigments allow for easy application and even more satisfying results.
They're creamy, comfortable, and easy to remove come bedtime.
With your impending holiday parties in mind, we searched the internet for the best and boldest offerings you can swipe on without a second thought and look like you spent hours in the makeup chair. Below, find our favorites, a collection of toppers and crystal-infused formulas to make any fête feel special. Keep scrolling for all the goods.
Huda Beauty's newest launch features three glitter-infused lipsticks inspired by some of your favorite things: New Year's Eve, after-parties, and cake. Each one is highly pigmented and non-drying, creating a loose glitter effect without all the mess. The formula includes pearl pigments and iridescent shimmer, as well as Brazilian nut and sweet almond oils so it feels as good on your lips as it looks.
Dior's Lip Glow is an editor (and celeb) favorite, and while we've chosen the sheer pinks and light corals in the past, this time around we're here for the Holographic Purple. The shade shape-shifts and sparkles as the light hits, giving off a shimmer finish along with its hydrating, nourishing properties to boot.
Milk Makeup collaborated with Wu-Tang Clan in perhaps the most unexpected partnership to date. Though, it resulted in the most beautiful lipsticks we've seen all year. This one, a rose-gold glitter formula, is an antioxidant-rich blend of lotus water, cherry blossom, and ginseng to protect your lips as it coats them in shine, dimensional glitter, and saturated shades.
Fenty's holographic lip gloss offers up a trifecta of creamy color, glitter, and shine. It's the exact beauty product punch you need to finish off your holiday look. The glittery goodness is not sticky, uncomfortable, or difficult to remove, but rather hydrating and easy to glide across your lips.
You know we had to have Fenty Beauty in here twice. The brand's products are drenched with glitter. This one, a subtler but still entirely glinty offering, delivers glassy, shimmery shine courtesy of its milky pearl shade. It's like a dewy highlight for your lips. Conditioning shea butter hydrates throughout the entire time you wear it while the peach-vanilla scent is warm and sweet, drenching your lips in a sparkly party. Then again, would you expect any less? It was handpicked by Rihanna.
A little goes a long way with each of these mini jars brimming with sparkles. However, with this particular formula, the glitter is extra small, which gives a more sophisticated look (as opposed to an all-out club look) when worn as a lip topper. You can apply each shade fully opaque with a brush or tap it on with your finger over your favorite lip color.
First, this liquid lipstick applies as a metallic-matte. Then, as you press your lips together, a multidimensional or holographic glitter appears like magic. And it really works. (We tried it.) Once set, the formula doesn't budge, keeping your lip look in place and hydrated all night.
Back in 1998, Too Faced launched with eight original metallic lipsticks. For its 20th birthday, it's reimagined and relaunched a collection of full-coverage, creamy shades—all with sparkles. Each glitter formula includes avocado oil for comfortable wear and multi-reflective glitter for the perfect holiday color payoff.
Jouer's weightless lip topper instantly refreshes and adds shimmer to any lip color you choose. It's formulated with coconut oil to moisturize while its light-reflecting pigments add sparkle and shine. Apply a thin layer and allow it to set before heading to the party.
Kat Von D created this liquid-crystal finish, a collection of glosses that offers rich, glimmery, non-gritty colors without any of the heavy discomfort traditional glitter yields. See, the sparkles are coated in gel to ensure an even application and easy glide, along with iridescent micro-pearls and reflective mirror crystals.
Pat McGrath's newest perfect-for-the-holidays launch is an iridescent lipstick that releases a full-coverage crystal coating of color with high-shine effects. It's infused with ultra-reflective pearl pigments to illuminate and hydrate your lips while adding some festive cheer to your look. This color, Nude Romantique, is a coral rose with golden-pink pearl, a natural-looking shade with sparkle.
Lime Crime's vegan lip toppers are not glossy but rather have a formula meant to top off any other lip product you choose. The water-based formula includes shimmer that lasts forever and feels like practically nothing. Plus, the shades are next-level cool.
Sea lavender is mixed into each glamorous tube of this Nars lacquer, helping to smooth the appearance of fine lines and keep your lips soft and plump. Once applied, the formula leaves behind deep shine and shimmering color. You're going to love it.
"It's like statement jewelry for your lips," the brand wrote on its website, and it couldn't be more accurate. It's metallic, it's nourishing courtesy of vitamin E and argan oil, and it highlights your lips with concentrated micro-glitter flecks.
Winky Lux's balm applies clear and reacts with your specific skin's pH levels to create a unique shade of pink that's just for you—and filled with glimmer. Plus, it's coconut-scented, so it smells and feels like a vacation.