Searching for the best lip gloss can often feel like an impossible task. The perfect candidate has to look amazing, last on our lips, not have any wacky smells or tastes and—perhaps most importantly—not be sticky. What’s a girl to do as she shops for the perfect glossy lip? Turn to us, of course. We tested dozens of brands to find the best lip glosses ever, and while most of them had us reaching for the nearest tissue, these all-stars definitely made the cut.
One of the hardest things to find in the makeup aisle (aside from the perfect red lipstick) is a lip gloss that isn't sticky. We tested dozens of brands to find the best lip gloss, and while most of them had us reaching for the nearest tissue, these all-stars definitely made the cut.
The true test of any lip gloss is if you can rub your lips together without any traction, and this recently revamped Ultra Plush Lip Gloss from Benefit ($16, ulta.com) passes with flying colors. The color is pretty sheer, leaving lips shiny with just a hint of color.
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For such a pigmented gloss, this Sephora Cream Lip Stain ($12, sephora.com) goes on silky smooth. Once it dries completely, you'll forget it's even there.
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When you apply Maybelline ColorSensational Lip Gloss ($7.49, drugstore.com), it feels like you're doing something good for your lips. The formula contains honey nectar, which makes it feels creamy, not sticky.
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Bliss' Long Glossed Love Glossy Lip Stain ($24, blissworld.com) is everything we've ever wanted in a super-shiny lipgloss: fantastic wear, an amazing range of colors, zero sticky feeling. As a bonus, it's a stain as well as a gloss—so you're guaranteed a gorgeous, flattering hint of color even after the shine has worn away. Score.
There's a reason NYX calls this Butter Gloss ($5, nyxcosmetics.com): that's exactly what it feels like on your lips. There are 12 colors to choose from, so you can get sheer to medium coverage, based on your preference.
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Unlike a lot of lip glosses that go on thick and syrup-y, Jesse's Girl Glow Stick Gloss ($4.99, jessesgirlcosmetics.com) is seriously smooth and creamy.
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Not only are Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe Lip Glosses ($8.99, target.com) moisturizing, but the color is sheer, so you can apply it when you're on the go. We're also really into the sleek, chic packaging.
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After recently trying Aveda Lip Shine ($17, aveda.com), we'll officially never leave home without it. It adds the perfect amount of shine without gluing your lips together—and the colors are incredibly beautiful and flattering.
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