Lip gloss is a wonderful, wonderful thing. It's shiny and shimmery, glinty and ethereal. It can be sultry or subtle, and oftentimes it'll even plump your lips as you wear it. A lot of the time, lip gloss can also be sticky. So much so that we have horror stories of our hair, faces, and any other opposable limbs getting stuck, smudged, or practically glued to the product on our lips. It's annoying—especially on a windy day—and we're done dealing with it.
Luckily, cosmetics companies have gotten the hint. Brands have started formulating offerings that are lightweight, moisturizing, and, yes, you guessed, non-sticky. So to celebrate, we've rounded up our favorites of the lot, each one off ering up long-lasting wear, pretty shades, and a lot less goop. Keep scrolling for our picks.
Inspired by the filters certain apps offer to plump up your lips (whether or not you're for or against digitally enhancing your face, you have to admit it's an astute jumping-off point for product formulation), Charlotte Tilbury's formula envelops your lips with firming marine collagen for a hybrid experience that feels just as much like a treatment as it does makeup. Mustard sprout extract hydrates, plumps, and enhances lip volume to define the contours of your lips and create a fuller appearance while a blend of coconut oil and peppermint extract nourish, soften, and create a cool, fresh feeling directly after you apply.
Then, the pearlescent pigments come into play, offering a milky, pink sheen that reflects light, making your lips look fuller.
Fenty's Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer delivers glassy, shimmery shine courtesy of its milky pearl shade (Diamond Milk) or über-flattering rosy nude (Fenty Glow). It's like a dewy highlight for your lips. Conditioning shea butter hydrates throughout the entire time you wear it while the peach-vanilla scent is warm and sweet, drenching your lips in a sparkly party. Then again, would you expect any less? It was handpicked by Rihanna.
It may look yellow, but Crop Natural's gloss applies like a crystal clear lacquer. There's no synthetic coloring, it's nourishing, and it's 100% naturally derived. "It won't mess with whatever lip color you're wearing, it stays on, and it's not sticky, so you can rub your lips together with zero abandon," assistant editor Erin says of the formula. She adds, "Hours later, it will still look great."
Glossier's lip gloss is a consistently wonderful go-to. It's clear, it's pocket-sized, and gives off a cushiony, crystal clear shine without any of the heavy, gluey feeling other products leave behind. It's also formulated with vitamin E to moisturize as it shimmers.
For instant volume and shine, try Dior's invigorating lip plumper. It offers a blend of collagen- and marine-based fillers to smooth and moisturize your skin, leaving your lips super glossy and voluptuous-looking after the first application. Then, after two weeks of consistent use, your lips will look noticeably more defined. That and it feels cooling, smells of vanilla mint, and serves up a pretty sheer pink tint.
Kopari's balm offers a glossy, melty shine that isn't sticky in the slightest. It's a blend of coconut oil, vitamin E, and shea butter to keep dryness at bay (no matter the season). I reapply a few times during the day haven't experienced that dry, chapped feeling since I bought it. It feels like a balm but looks like a gloss, the best type of low-key hybrid product I can think of. Plus, it smells like vacation.
I use about a million lip balms in a day (my bag, coat, and desk are filled with them), but this one is my most recent favorite because, like the Kopari option, it applies like a gloss (with none of the goopiness). It's made with vitamins C and E, as well as omegas-3, -6, and -9 to replenish your lip's hydration levels. It also comes in a few different tints if that strikes your fancy.
This mint-scented lip gloss has everything you want—creamy, iridescent shades, tons of shine, and long-lasting wear. It feels comfortable and lightweight, never sticky, and invigorates your lips each time you apply.
Mented offers a diverse range of shades and finishes, with gloss that feels and looks shiny and smooth (with just the right amount of color). Plus, they're buildable, so you can go from subtle to bold in just a few swipes.
Leave it to Pat McGrath to cloak your lips in a never-sticky gel formulation lip gloss that offers soothing and smoothing properties and epic shades. A favorite of Maya, our assistant editor, this product is a must-have if you're looking for the perfect gloss to add some shimmer and divine color to your lips.