12 Best Lip Glosses for Long-Lasting, Mega Shine—And No Stickiness
There’s a reason why the phrase “everything old is new again” has stood the test of time. It’s continues to ring true—and not just in fashion. Case in point: lip gloss.
After years dominated by matte lipsticks and liquid lacquers (often in bold crimsons and corals), it appears shiny, silky, and slightly subdued glosses are making a big comeback. And, happily, the new formulas have come a long way: Unlike the glosses of the 1990s and early ’00s (meaning overly sticky, blindingly shiny, and over-the-top scented), today’s iterations have been reformulated to be less sticky and longer lasting, infused with reflective shimmers (key for a subtle, pretty sheen), and—best of all—loaded with nourishing skin care ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, to quench dry lips. Not to mention that they’re also available in just about every imaginable finish and color—from your traditional clear shine to iridescent shades of purple to full-on nudes to glittery golds to shimmery pinks—so there’s options that flatter fair skin, dark skin, and everything in between.
Ahead, we asked professional makeup artists to share the best lip glosses, including perennial cult-favorites from brands like Glossier and Fenty Beauty, splurge-worthy luxury buys, and a couple of budget-friendly drugstore picks—all of which are guaranteed to make you shine.