In case you missed it, lip gloss is back and here to stay. While matte lipstick has reigned supreme for the past few years, we’re starting to notice glosses picking up steam in a major way. They’re no longer the pretty but inconvenient makeup products they once were and have undergone countless reformulations to provide staying power and shine. Gone are the days when you had to choose between eating your hair a few times throughout the day and dazzling the room with your shiny pout — and for that, we are truly grateful.
While we could go on and on about our fave lip glosses, we’ve narrowed it down to the best drugstore gloss finds money can buy. Peep our picks, ahead:
If you like high shine, lots of pigment and staying power, it’s time you stocked up on these $7 glosses. Available in drugstores everywhere, the shades range from neutral to poppy and bright. In other words, there’s no excuse for not having at least a few in your makeup stash. Our personal fave is Chocolate Apple, a reddish-brown shade that looks great on pretty much everyone.
Designed to layer over your fave lippies, we’ve found that this top coat is the perfect clear gloss all on its own. It’s glossy but not sticky, delivers a high shine finish and gives lips a glassy look. We’re positively obsessed, and at $6 a tube, you can buy two without breaking the bank.
Infused with lip-loving, nourishing ingredients like Vitamin E and Argan Oil, Loréal Paris’ Le Gloss definitely makes the list. It’s available in 16 highly pigment shades and doesn’t gunk up on your lips throughout the day.
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.