Grab These Glittery Lipsticks Before They Sell Out

By Kelsey Castañon

You always want what you can’t have — especially when it comes to beauty products. That’s why we’re getting the inside scoop from your favorite retailers on what’s selling out right now , how to sign up for waitlists, and where to go to find the next best thing. Because if everyone’s buying it, you know it has to be good.

Just ask the Tin Man : High shine is the name of the metallic makeup game. Finding a happy medium between straight-up chrome and a glossy finish, however, can be tricky when it comes to lipstick — which is exactly why Ciaté London’s latest innovation is so brilliant. (And we mean that quite literally.)

It’s as if the brand couldn’t pick between finishes when creating its Glitter Flip liquid lipsticks, $19, so it didn’t — and instead settled on a trippy formula that transforms from matte to metallic to glitter with just a few lip smacks. It’s equal parts rock ‘n’ roll and glamour girl, with just as much edge as a David Bowie album cover and subtlety as Tinkerbell’s pixie dust.

According to Ciaté, the brand’s Glitter Flip lipsticks are the best-selling color cosmetics products to date. In fact, since their launch last month, one has sold every minute globally. Clearly, we aren’t the only ones enamored with the sparkly stuff.

How the product works is simple: Just swipe an even layer of the matte pigment onto lips (it already has hints of shimmer straight from the tube), and let the formula dry for a minute or so. Then press your lips together to “activate” the kind of sparkle you’d get from a glitter bomb, and watch as mirror-like flashes of light dance across your mouth like magic.

Curious to see the product in action? Click through to see us in two of the glittery shades, plus five alternatives to this crazy-popular lipstick.

When the product landed on our desks this morning, we needed to try it to believe it. Not only did the colors — we tested Iconic (a near-goth blue-purple) and Fortune (a bold amethyst), which you can see below — go on darkly pigmented at first, but it only took one press of our lips to turn each hue into a brighter, glimmering, and infinitely more fun version of itself.

Like all good things, however, this launch comes with a catch: The formula (like many of its liquid lipstick counterparts) isn’t exactly comfortable to wear. It may have stayed on through two cups of coffee and lunch, but it left our lips drier than a cracker. Then again, Cleopatra gave zero fucks that her gilded lipstick was made out of malachite paste, so long as it made history. We have a feeling this formula will, too.

Like Ciaté’s Glitter Flips, Kat Von D’s new Everlasting Glimmer Veils are loaded with ultra-fine shimmer — and they claim to last for 24 hours. We haven’t worn them quite that long and don’t know when we’ll have the excuse to, but they did take us through the work day without any gritty feeling.

Kat Von D Everlasting Glimmer Veil, $22, available at Kat Von D.

This glitter-loaded gloss’s versatility makes it a winner. The coconut oil-infused lacquer can be worn solo for a sheer, shimmery effect or layered on top of other lipsticks to give any hue to hit of golden sparkle.

Jouer Long-Wear Lip Topper in Tan Liner, $16, available at Nordstrom.

Unlike Ciaté’s offering, Wet n Wild’s metallic lipstick doesn’t contain any chunky glitter, but the long-wearing formula will still catch the light just-so thanks to a heavy dose of fine shimmer running through it. Fair warning though: Once the formula sets, this sucker won’t move, so be sure to slap a layer of lip balm on first if you’re prone to dryness.

Wet n Wild MegaLast Metallic Liquid Catsuit in Harbor A Crush, $4.99, available at Wet n Wild.

These glosses come in a host of gorgeous shades, including a number of duo-chrome iterations like Mystical, a shimmery pink-meets-blue.

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Mystical, $18, available at Sephora.

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