11 Products That Prove Lip Gloss Is Here To Stay

As much as it pains me to admit it, lip gloss — the product that had once stuck to my hair, made kissing annoying, and smeared all over my Starbucks lids — has now become a beauty-bag mainstay. I never thought I’d write these words, but...lip gloss? I think I'm in love with you.
Thanks to a shift in formulations, lip gloss has graduated from a gloopy, sticky mess to a lip-pampering, shine-enhancing product. Gone are the days of lackluster, uncomfortable glosses best equipped to collect grime in your handbag. A slew of high-shine lacquers offers sheer or opaque pigment, hydration, and superior texture, and they're available just about everywhere. Ahead, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite glosses on the market today. Because let’s face it: Gloss — like Full House and chokers — has made a major comeback.
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Fans of nude, pink, and berry tones — and furry friends — will love Tarte's highly pigmented glosses. The vegan formulas contain a generous dose of smoothing and hydrating castor-seed oil.

Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint, $20, available at Tarte.
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In recent months, we've noticed an onslaught of lip products that marry the high-shine quality of traditional glosses with the opaque pigmentation of liquid lipsticks. Say "I do" to Maybelline's new Color Jolt Lip Paints, a prime — and ridiculously affordable — option.

Maybelline
Color Jolt Instant Lip Paint, $9.99, available in July at Ulta Beauty.
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Not only is the faux lipstick tube handy, but the tapered doe-foot applicator makes it super-easy to draw within the lines. Our favorite shade of the bunch? Artifice — a fiery orange-red that we'll be rocking for sunsets, bonfires, and beach days alike.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick, $35, available at Sephora.
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Lancôme's new bi-phase lip oils combine the sweet-smelling glossiness of the brand's iconic Juicy Tubes ('90s kids, remember those?!) and its cocktail-inspired Shaker lipstick from 1946. The result is a fun, shakable product that comes in a whopping 20 shades.

Lancôme
Juicy Shaker, $21, available at Lancôme.
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Dip your toes in the metallic-lips trend with this gloss from Wet n Wild — it'll only set you back a couple of bucks.

Wet n Wild
MegaSlicks Lip Gloss, $1.99, available at Wet n Wild.
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Like Maybelline's Lip Paints, Kylie Jenner's glosses don't skimp in the pigment department. They come in the shades Like, Literally, and So Cute, and are literally perfect for neutral- and brown-gloss-lovers because they're, like, so cute.

Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly), all of the glosses are sold out on Jenner's website. But we've put together an entire list of similar finds to satiate your desire for King Kylie-inspired hues.
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Looking for a classic, Hollywood red? Look no further than this candy-apple, fire-engine, red-soled blend from Bésame.

Bésame Cosmetics
Sweetheart Glaze Lipgloss, $20, available at Sephora.
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These low-maintenance glosses are perfect for anyone looking for a flush of sheer, natural color. And because all of W3ll People's products are made in the U.S. and never contain harsh chemicals like parabens or pthalates, we feel slightly better about the seven pounds of lip product we allegedly ingest during our lifetimes.

W3ll People
Bio-Extreme Lipgloss, $21.50, available at Birchbox.
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Upon first application, this plush pigment lends a viscous, glossy finish; once it fades, you're left with an even and long-lasting stain that won't fade or crackle.

Touch In Sol
Waterdrop Tint, $22, available at Sephora.
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Sometimes, simple is sublime. This no-nonsense formula goes on like a delicately tinted balm, sans distracting glitter or sparkle.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream, $20, available at Sephora.
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For those of you who want to have a little fun with your makeup, we offer this shade-changing lip gloss. Yes, it looks ghastly green in the tube, but upon touching your lips, it transforms into a lovely princess pink (hence its name, Frog Prince).

Lipstick Queen
Frog Prince Lip Gloss, $25, available at SpaceNK.
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