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Whether you're a lip gloss girl or not, it's here to stay. It adds an undeniable shine factor to anything it touches, which is why our lips love it and can't live without it. You can wear it on its own or layer it on top of matte lipstick for more of a glow.
We only speak the truth here, so I'll admit that some glosses just aren't it. We've all fallen victim to those sticky, goopy, and slimy formulations—been there, done that. Nowadays, new and improved glosses boast comfortable, long-lasting formulas for a fraction of the price. What's more, drugstore lip glosses are on the come-up, giving luxury lip glosses a run for their money. If you're looking for high-impact shine in opaque or bold tones, a collection of high-quality options is waiting for you in your local drugstore's beauty aisle.
Not sure where to start? Below, discover the best drugstore lip glosses that we can vouch for.
Best Shine: CoverGirl Katy Kat Lip Gloss
For starters, can you even deal with this cat-shaped applicator? More importantly, the gloss, dreamed up by Katy Perry, does not disappoint. Ranging in 12 shades of neutrals and brighter tones, this level of shine is insanely good. Perry, who admits to once being addicted to mattes, realized how full gloss made her lips look (san injections) and has been hooked on this shiny stuff ever since.
Best Plumping: Revlon Super Lustrous The Gloss
The array of rainbow-toned colors in this collection of glosses says a lot about its high-impact color payoff. It's a hydrating gloss that can stand alone or be layered on top of a complementary shade. It also has a plumping effect so lustrous lips are guaranteed.
Best Neutrals: Milani Amore Shine Liquid Lip Color
In just one swipe, this gloss comes through with ultimate shine and color. Its one-stroke service is perfect for women like me who despise reapplying. Not to mention it has collagen microspheres and polymers that give you plumper-looking lips in seconds.
Best Color Payoff: Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss
Coat your lips in high-impact color with this ultra-shiny lip gloss. We love the finish of this one because it's super eye-catching and the color payoff can't be beaten. The red shade, So Hot, is perfect for adding some extra drama to a red lip look or even when worn on its own.