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Liquid lipsticks, lip glosses, lip tints, lip balm, lip stains – we’re sure most of us have, at one point, gotten confused about the distinction between all these lip products. Today, we’re going to add one more to your list: lip toppers.

These are essentially lip products that you apply on top of a lipstick to achieve an effect different from the original.

There are those to change up the shade of your lipstick, the finish of your lipstick, or simply to make your lipstick last longer. After all, we can never have enough lip products, right?

If you have resigned yourself to the lipstick junkie in you already, get ready for these 10 show-stopping lip toppers:

1. Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

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This is a long-lasting and water-resistant lip topcoat that comes in a whopping 12 shades: from gold to purple to green, there’s a shade for everyone.

This topcoat creates a customised look when layered over your favourite lippies, and come in shimmer, glitter and metallic finishes.

Spice up your MLBB (my lips but better) lippies with a coat of turquoise glitter, or create a rose gold look by adding some gold shimmer – the possibilities are endless!

Additionally, this topcoat creates a water-resistant barrier to make your lip colour last longer. No matter which shade you pick, this topcoat promises to transforms your lips “from beautiful to beyond”.

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats retail for SGD 30 in Sephora and Urban Decay stores.

2. 3CE Glass Gloss

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In love with the wet makeup look? The 3CE Glass Gloss is a lip topper that not only softens and hydrates your lips, but also leaves them with a smooth and juicy finish. If you have a matte lipstick that you just feel like changing up, adding a layer of this lip topper would do just the trick.

This lip topper has another lesser-known function – smear a small amount of the product on your eyelids for a glossy eye makeup look! If you like shiny things but hate shimmer or glitter on your lips, this is the product for you.

3CE Glass Gloss retails for SGD38 on Sephora.

3. Kose Lip Gel Magic

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Many of us hate having to reapply our lipsticks throughout the day, so you can imagine how excited we were to find Kose Lip Gel Magic – a lip topper that prevents your lipstick from smudging or transferring.

After your lip colour is on, just apply a pea-sized amount of this gel all over your lips. Leave the gel alone for a few minutes to set, and the magic is done! You now no longer need to worry about your lip colour smearing all over cup rims, utensils, clothes, or just fading off in patches after a meal.

Although this lip topper improves your lipstick’s wear time, it is still easy to remove with makeup wipes. Many beauty bloggers have given this product great reviews – just Google it if you don’t believe us!

Kose Lip Gel Magic is available on Qoo10.

4. Jouer Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Topper

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The Jouer Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Topper has been attracting a lot of attention lately because of how gorgeously Insta-worthy they make lips look. These are sheer glosses with shiny specks in them, infusing that little bit of zest and shimmer into your day.

These lip toppers also contain great stuff for your lips including Jojoba Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, and Vitamin E to keep them nice and moisturised – because nobody has time for chapped lips.

The original lineup consisted of five shades, including Rose Gold and Skinny Dupe (golden nude). Recently, Jouer has added a sixth shade to the range: Sweet Tooth, a metallic shimmery candy pink, which was produced in collaboration with Jeffree Star.

Jouer Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Topper retails for USD16 on Beauty Bay, Beautylish, and Jouer Cosmetics (shipping fees apply).

5. Lime Crime Diamond Crushers

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Source; Lime Crime Diamond Crushers in Trip

These iridescent lip toppers use prismatic technology to glitter up your life. They contain light-reflective shimmers and there is a whole spectrum of colours available, from “black rainbow” hues to holographic glitters.

They are lightweight, long-wearing, and are said to smell amazing too. While most of the shades available may be too wild to be worn on a daily basis, having one on hand for special occasions is going to be handy as they’ll really make your look pop.

Lime Crime Diamond Crushers retail for USD18 on Lime Crime (shipping fees apply).

6. Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer

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lip top coats Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer

While all of the above lip toppers transform your matte lippies to a shimmer or glossy lip, the Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer does the complete opposite: it converts your creamy lipstick to a matte.

It was created to reduce the number of lipsticks that makeup artists had to carry around in their kits, and mattifies any cream lipstick formulas into a soft velvety look that has been super in-trend.

Naturally, this lip topper also improves the wear of your lip look. We love it when we can transform the rest of our lippie collection with just one product!

Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer retails for SGD42 on Sephora.

7. Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lip Mixers


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L to R: Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lip Mixers in Glitter and Pearl

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Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lip Mixer in Glitter

As if it wasn’t enough that Shu Uemura released 33 new shades of lipsticks for us to choose from, their new Rouge Unlimited collection also includes lip mixers that breathes fresh life into your other existing lippies. We particularly love the texture mixers, which come in Glitter and Pearl variations.

Go easily from daily work makeup to party-ready with just a simple swipe of the glitter topcoat, which imbues your lips with a high-sparkle effect. Pearl is even more mesmerising with its opalescent shimmer effect, making any lipstick a mermaid lipstick.

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lip Mixers retail for SGD 38 each at all Shu Uemura counters.

8. Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Top Coat

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Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Top Coat in Excitation

Chanel is the expert in understated but classy glam, so we’re not surprised that they’ve come up with the new and limited edition Rouge Coco Gloss Top Coat in Excitation.

The gloss itself is transparent, with subtle gold flecks suspended within. If you’re the type that likes a little bit of that my-lips-but-sparklier shine, then this elegantly natural glitter top coat was made for you.

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Top Coat retails at all Chanel Fragrance & Beauty stores.

9. Lipstick Queen Black Lace Rabbit

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The Lipstick Queen Black Lace Rabbit is actually not as jet-black as it looks in the tube – its formula is sheer enough so that it acts like a lip top coat, smoking out your existing lip colours into more sultry nighttime looks.

Lipstick Queen Black Lace Rabbit retails for USD22.93 on Net-a-porter and SGD37 on Escentials.

10. Kevyn Aucoin Molten Lip Color Top Coat

Just three little lip top coats is all you need to change the world.

Kevyn Aucoin has been a huge name in the beauty world for decades and they’ve nailed it once again with their lip top coats. All three shades of top coats produced are exactly what the world has been clamouring for for the past few years.

Whether you want to warm up your lipstick with some rose-gold flecks, cool it down with some futuristic duochrome shifting blue tones, or simply add a bit of shimmery opalescent oomph, Kevyn Aucoin has got it all down pat.

Kevyn Aucoin Molten Lip Color Top Coats in Rose-Gold, Cyber Opal, and Cyber Sky retail at Net-a-porter.

Feature image from The Happy Sloths.