Available in 21 vibrant shades. Color and shine last roughly 8 hours, only requiring minor touch ups after meals. Adds depth to existing lipstick, but can also be worn on its own. Easy to use applicator. Goes on smoothly, not as sticky as other glosses.
Strong sugary scents do not appeal to all users.
Color is pigmented with a high gloss finish. Available in over 20 shades. Includes agave and moringa oils to keep lips hydrated. Feels lightweight and not tacky. Applicator picks up the perfect amount of gloss and is easy to work with.
Some find the color is too sheer for them.
True to its name, this gloss goes on as smooth as butter. Available in 26 shades. Leaves lips feeling soft like a lip balm. Color lasts all day. Not overly glossy. Sits at an impressively low price point.
Has an initial strong scent that doesn't appeal to everyone, luckily it fades over time.
Available in 4 sheer colors. Made with all natural ingredients and infused with helpful oils to soften and hydrate your lips. Easy to apply, sits well on top of most lip colors. Has a subtle, pleasant fruity scent.
Not everyone is a fan of the tube-style lip gloss.
Available in 13 different shades. Pigmented colors have a high-gloss finish without feeling overly sticky. Cruelty-free formula. Glides on smoothly, easy to apply. Has a sweet scent in the tube that fades away on your lips.
Some of the glittery shades feel slightly gritty when applying.
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Lip gloss is an excellent way to add shine and depth to your existing lip color. Alternatively, it can be worn on its own for a more subtle, natural look. But, finding the right gloss for you can be a challenge. Lip gloss has a bad reputation for being a gooey, sticky mess, but that’s not always the case. There are plenty of drugstore brand formulas that provide the shine and depth you crave, without the tacky lips your hair sticks to. Remember, while you can find highly pigmented glosses, they still won’t have the color pay-off that lipstick does.
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