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. The first and most popular iteration of this high-shine gloss is a universal rose nude that works on all skin tones. Rih and her team have since released more shades for all skin tones, including clear for people who just want a little bit of shine. Not even the glittery shades are gritty, and the texture locks onto your lips for hours.
Kopari created a hydrating formula full of coconut oil and shea butter. This one is more like a balm than a gloss, and not because it doesn't deliver on its glossy promise. It has a gloss effect, but the primary benefit of this product is that it packs a serious moisturizing punch. It's perfect for any time it's dry out—it won't melt off, smear, or dry up.
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.
Blended with vitamins A and E, this lip gloss has a serious plumping effect. It'll give your lips a lustrous shine. Just know that the plumpers are definitely real—you might get a surprise with how tingly your lips are.
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.
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.