Lip gloss has only recently returned from a years-long departure that was initiated by the matte trend. For a while there, we were seeing matte everything—matte lipstick, blush, foundation, and eye shadow, all of which were accented by a blinding Instagram-ready highlight. Nowadays, the love is shared a little more equally, thanks to the radiant and light-reflecting look being back in the mainstream, and that applies to lip gloss too.
These lip glosses aren't the old-school Lip Smacker types of the early 2000s, though. Instead of goopy glosses that smell like a jar of strawberry jelly, these grown-up versions are smooth and luxurious—understated, even. Some have even been updated or reformulated sans synthetic chemicals, fragrances, and the like. (Some of our favorite formulas are organic.) How's that for a modern update on old-school beauty?
Vapour Beauty's lip glosses are organic and plumping, which is a combination that you don't come across very often. They're able to fake fuller lips thanks to natural liposomes, jojoba oil, vitamin E, and green tea extracts. The latter two ingredients are antioxidant-rich, meaning they protect the lips from environmental aggressors and signs of aging. Our favorite shade from the collection is Bitten, which is a sheer merlot color.
W3ll People is one of our favorite natural beauty brands. If you haven't yet, try its mineral makeup and bronzer sticks—they're amazing. Plus, the brand is carried at Target, which means we're able to pick up a few of our favorite products when running errands. This clear lip gloss is vegan, nontoxic, and certified organic. It utilizes peptides, liquid crystals, aloe, and shea butter to hydrate, plump, and nourish the lips.
Kjaer Weis is a high-end organic makeup brand that we count on for a number of products, including clean lip gloss. The formula is super silky and soft, the packaging is chic, and we're just generally obsessed. This shade is called Fascination, and it's a soft petal-pink color we wear over bare lips or our favorite nude lipstick.
This organic lip gloss from Hush + Dotti is a little bit under-the-radar compared to other brands out there. We like it for its sheer color and non-sticky finish. It's also supremely hydrating thanks to coconut, jojoba, and grape-seed oils. (Seriously, it's one of the only lip glosses that makes our lips feel as hydrated as they would while wearing a traditional lip balm.)
Ilia is a must-have brand if you're passionate about clean beauty. These lip glosses are 68% organic, but even so, they get an honorable mention on this list for being available in a number of universally flattering shades, like this peachy-pink one called The Butterfly and I. We'll be reaching for this one to complement beachy and bronzey makeup looks.
This lip balm/gloss hybrid appears to be matte when it's in the packaging, but as soon as you dip your finger in and smooth it across your lips, it transforms to a brilliant shine. It's made with root and berry extracts, so consequently, the tint is berry-colored. It reads somewhere between a raspberry and a blackberry shade. Every ingredient is organic (except beeswax, which can't be certified).
Au Naturale produces cosmetics that are organic and vegan. The brand's lip glosses come in a range of shades, from neutral to vibrant, and they're more pigmented than traditional lip glosses. To us, they look like a hybrid between lip gloss and liquid lipstick.
So this one is technically a lip moisturizer, but the combination of shea butter, vitamin E imparts a strong shine that's worthy of being called a gloss. It's organic, hydrating, convenient, and lightly fragrant (thanks to orange and vanilla extracts), which is why it's been a mainstay in our makeup bags ever since its launch.
Now that you have organic lip gloss picks, move on to making the rest of your beauty routine organic, by learning more about what the term "organic makeup" actually means when it comes down to it.