Let's take it back to the early 2000s when lip gloss was having a major moment. Which gloss was your vice? I was a MAC Lip Glass ($17) girl and would go through tubes every two weeks like clockwork. I'd ask my mom to take me back to the mall's MAC counter so I could re-up on a fresh one for my tween shenanigans. Fast-forward to now—gloss is a having a resurgence. Brands are coming out with new and improved formulas left and right that are non-sticky, hydrating, and will give your lips a gorgeous shine.
Believe it or not, I'm a freshly converted gloss girl. I'm admittedly addicted to matte textures that I don't have to touch after I apply them. But get this—good lip glosses are the same and take minimal effort. For so long, I had this false impression that glossy textures were more high-maintenance and would require me to apply them over and over again, which is not my style. But I was wrong. There are long-lasting lip glosses out there that will stay put and are comfortable to wear. I recently fell in love with a gloss that garners me compliments every time I wear it.
This gem from Pat McGrath changed everything. Learn more about it below, plus more of our favorite long-lasting lip glosses that will outlast summer's sweltering heat.
This Pat McGrath Lust Gloss in Flesh 4 feels like it was made for me. Any time I post a selfie on Instagram wearing it, my DMs go crazy—full of girls wanting to know the shade ID and men complimenting me. I'd like to call it my signature gloss for a fire selfie.
The mother of makeup hit the nail on the head again with this winning formula that's far from sticky. Imagine a silky veil of color swept across your lips that lasts for hours.
Sometimes you want a glossy lip sans glitter. This crystalized finish will give your lips a light-catching shine and is filled with skin-first ingredients.
Fenty Beauty is inclusivity at its finest. This high-shine gloss is a universal rose nude that works on all skin tones, and the texture locks onto your lips for hours.
Kopari created a hydrating formula full of coconut oil and shea butter. It has a gloss effect with the moisturizing benefits of a balm.
This cult-favorite line of glosses are dirt cheap but offer major color payoff. In an array of neutral, wearable shades, this texture lives up to its smooth name.
Infused with oils, this glossy texture leaves a tint on your lips that lasts even after the shine has worn off.
This lip gloss looks gorgeous layered on top of a matte lipstick for extra shine, or wear it alone for a sheer, high-shine look.
These bright-colored hues cloak your lips in a luxurious shine. Each shade shows up and stays put for an extended amount of time.
Blended with vitamins A and E, this lip gloss has a serious plumping effect. It'll give your lips a lustrous shine.
If you don't want to sacrifice shine for a vivid shine, this option is for you. Make Up For Ever is a brand known for its high-performance products, and these glosses are no exception. Available in a bold color range, this shine is far from subtle.
Your selfie game is about to get a whole lot better. Just attach a PopSocket onto your phone to take that Insta-worthy pic in one try (no, really).
This nourishing formula has a doe-foot applicator that makes gliding it on simple and easy.
Touch up your lips with this enhancing gloss that'll give you instant volume with its pumping powers and a noticeable shine.
A new favorite of mine, this Jennifer Lopez x Inglot collab is everything. Everyone knows this lip gloss is one of Jenny From the Block's staples. You can re-create her luscious-looking lips with this creamy gloss, available in a multitude of nude shades.
Ilia is a brand dedicated to clean, natural ingredients. So you know this gloss won't dry out your lips because its made of healthy vitamins that'll give you a dose of hydration in shades that scream summer.
It's advertised as a liquid lipstick but comes in a shimmer-shine finish that is to die for. This metallic gold shade looks stunning layered on top of a lipstick or even worn alone.
Give gloss a chance with one of these long-lasting formulas.