Not too long ago, wearing lip gloss felt about as grown-up as ordering chicken fingers at a fancy restaurant. But, oh, how the makeup tables have turned. One of the few bright and uncomplicated spots in this otherwise downer of a year is the reembracing of these juicy nostalgic potions that take lackluster pouts to freshly-glazed-doughnut levels of delight — because we all deserve to have a little more fun.
New fall 2020 lineups from top beauty brands are overflowing with a parade of just-launched lip glazes — which, IMHO, points directly towards gloss making its big comeback. With Zoom swiftly replacing everything from work meetings to happy hours, a little lip shine goes a long way to perk up your look and lighten up your mood. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the glossiest tubes that we’ll proudly slick on our smackers all autumn long — from Fenty Beauty’s Luscious Lip Balm to Maybelline’s Lifter Gloss and beyond.
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For a gloss experience that looks as good as it feels, we love this new Honest Beauty formula, which comes in six pretty shades. and contains pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid, and jojoba seed oil for added hydration benefits.
Honest Beauty Gloss-C Lip Gloss, $, available at Ulta BeautyFenty Beauty Pro Kiss’r Luscious Lip Balm
If we were betting folks, we’d wager that you’ve never seen a lip balm that looks this good. If you want to avoid glassy, dramatic shine, then allow us to point you towards Fenty’s new liquid lip hydrator, which drenches your pout with moisturizing ingredients that leave behind a healthy, juicy finish.
Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss’r Luscious Lip Balm, $, available at Fenty BeautyMaybelline Lifter Gloss With Hyaluronic Acid
At under $10, this hyaluronic acid-infused gloss holds its own against formulas that go for double. For starters, the rainbow of neutral tones suits a wide range of complexions, and the oversized doe-foot applicator (which makes it easier to apply in fewer strokes) stands out in a sea of drugstore tubes.
Maybelline Lifter Gloss With Hyaluronic Acid, $, available at Ulta BeautyJuvia’s Place Lip Reflect Gloss
According to reviews, there’s not a bad shade in the bunch when it comes to this pigmented gloss — which BTW, also smells like fresh lemon bars.
Juvia’s Place Lip Reflect Gloss, $, available at Ulta BeautyStila Plumping Lip Glaze
Nostalgia factor aside, Stila’s reboot of the iconic twist-up gloss from the ’00s is a total win across the board. The upgraded formula doesn’t stick to hair and has a subtle plumping effect and fresh minty flavor.
Stila Plumping Lip Glaze, $, available at StilaTower 28 ShineOn Milky Lip Jelly Gloss
Let us count the ways we adore this creamy, decadent gloss inspired by our fave plant-based milks: it creates a natural (shimmer-free) finish, softens, …read more