Matte may be where it’s at in terms of lip color trends, but a good lip gloss is timeless. The sheen automatically makes lips look fuller, and some formulas pump up the volume even further. Try one of these gorgeous glosses and find your ideal pout-perfecting potion.
If you don’t know Lipglass, you don’t know the life-changing power of lip gloss. This is the crème de la crème of luxury lip gloss. Use a little for a beautiful hint of color, or use a lot and give your lips a shine that can be seen from space. This richly pigmented gloss is enriched with jojoba oil and comes in a plethora of colors. If you’d like to try it without buying the full size, MAC now makes “Lipglass Sized to Go,” smaller versions in a limited amount of shades. Yes, your hair will stick to this gloss if you get caught in a breeze, but it is so worth the minor annoyance.
In full size, try the gorgeous pinky-coral Lychee Luxe, or go with MAC’s latest Viva Glam collaboration with pop superstar Ariana Grande. It’s the perfect pastel pink shade, and sales support the MAC AIDS fund, which helps those living with HIV and AIDS. If you’re experimenting with travel sizes, go bold with the bright purple Dilly Dazzle.
$8.99 at CVS
The latest innovation from Burt’s Bees, creators of the iconic lip balm, is lip color, and they hit it right out of the park with this 100% natural gloss. Yup, you read that right. Every ingredient is directly from Mother Nature herself. Each shade imparts a beautiful wash of shimmery color and keeps lips hydrated and protected with beeswax and vitamin E along with sunflower and olive oils. It’s not even the slightest bit tacky or sticky. Of course, this comfort comes with a price; you’ll have to reapply often. But this stuff feels so fabulous, you won’t mind.
Sunny Day is a beautiful coral, while Summer Twilight gives lips the perfect berry stain.
$5.49 at Ulta
NYX has done it again. This time, they’ve created the perfect starter plumping gloss. This formula, enriched with vitamin E and aloe, comes in a range of flattering tints from the shimmery beige to bubblegum pink, making it a great option for those who are trying to get out of their clear gloss comfort zone. Also, while the tingling of some plumping glosses can be overwhelming, this one feels more like a mentholated lip balm.
Try Scarlett for that I-just-ate-a-popsicle cherry tint or Jessica for a neutral with a hint of sex appeal.
$22 at Sephora
Hardcore beauty junkies will love everything about this gloss. Too Faced claims that Lip Injection plumps up your pout for approximately four hours. You’ll feel the tingle from ingredients like capsicum frutescens resin, derived from chili peppers, a few seconds after applying. While the tingle can be intense, it should subside in less than 10 minutes. You’ll be left with subtly fuller lips and a delectable strawberry milkshake scent that will remind you of the flavored glosses and balms of yore. Also, Lip Injection has a beautiful high shine finish and contains nourishing avocado oil. Too Faced offers this warning on the company website: “If applied on skin, a temporary redness may occur. If any discomfort is present, remove and discontinue use. Keep away from children.”
The original’s barely there pink tint is perfect for a low-key look.
$9.95 at Walgreens
Every little thing this gloss does is magic. It uses your natural pH to transform from a clear gloss to the most flattering, gorgeous everyday shade you couldn’t whip up in a lab if you tried, and it feels quite comfortable on the lips. There are also light-sensitive pigments in the gloss that ensure your color is consistent in different lighting. What’s more, the genius packaging is next-level. There’s a mirror for touch-ups, and — wait for it — a light built into the cap. You’ll feel like a glamorous secret agent every time you reapply. What more could you ever ask for in a gloss?
pH Matchmaker comes in two varieties to create either a natural hue or the ideal pink for you, so go wild!