We Round Up The Most ELITE Clear Lip Glosses Of All Time
Clear lip gloss is more than just a makeup product, it’s a personality trait, a look, a vibe, a M O O D. And it’s beyond versatile as well: wear it solo as a gleaming add-on to your clean no-makeup makeup look, load it up over your lip or eye color for a glassy topcoat OR couple it with some brown or black lip liner — an undefeated combo that will continue to stand the test of time.
And as self-proclaimed lip gloss connoisseurs, we’ve rummaged through pretty much every clear lip gloss in Sephora and Ulta’s inventory, and time and time again, these 10 dewy lip glazes have us coming back for more. See any of your faves?
1. essence cosmetics Shine Shine Shine Wet Look Lipgloss in Clear, $4
The $4 lip gloss that literally shook up TikTok’s beauty sphere due to its ridiculously juicy finish and pocket-friendly price tag. If you love to dew too much with your gloss and are a sucker for borderline reflective finishes — this gem does the things. It gets 10s across the board from shine, texture, and coverage. However, one con (and we’re honestly nitpicking here) is that it’s not really long-lasting, but the next-level wet-look effect it creates makes up for this.
2. ColourPop Cosmetics So Juicy Plumping Gloss in Princess Cut, $8
We first discovered this lip gloss during Coachella in 2019, and OMG, it’s everything! It’s a lip-plumping formula with jojoba oil, peppermint, and vitamin E to hydrate, nourish and leave you with an irresistibly fuller and juicy pout. And the best part, despite its thickness, it doesn’t feel goopy or tacky on your lips. (A little tea…in case you need extra convincing…I snagged my Coachella Tinder crush while wearing this gloss, just saying 😏)
3. Maybelline Lifter Gloss with Hyaluronic Acid in Pearl, $10
Maybelline zhuzhs things up by adding opaque pearly pigments to their mix for a sexy, ultralight beam finish. This is the perfect golden hour lip accessory for a seriously glassy, light-reflective pout. And you’ll LOVE the subtle splash of hyaluronic acid in it for maximized lip comfort.
4. Tower 28 Beauty ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss in Chill, $15
There’s only one word to describe this particular lip jelly: DELICIOUS. It’s the dewiest, glossiest gloss ever with the most insane mirror-like gleam. Unlike customary lip gloss formulas that just add a glassy veil to your lips, this formula provides lip-loving perks as well. It consists of a blend of apricot kernel, raspberry seed, and rosehip oils that nourish, protect and soothe your pout , which is why it’s a winter staple for many lip gloss enthusiasts.
5. MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in Clear, $21
Every fashion week, MUA’s go in with this holy grail formula for pane-of-glass-looking lips. A little goes a long way with this baby, and it’s buildable too, so you can either achieve a lip-balm-like sheen or an in-your-face type of gleam — there’s no in-between, really. A great hack we learned from MAC pros: mix a tiny drop of this gloss with a few pigments of your favorite powder blush or highlighter and dab this onto your cheekbones for a Nam Vo dewy glow.
6. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb in Glass Slipper, $20
No lip gloss list is complete without giving a shoutout to Gloss Bomb, $20. When it comes to cult status beauty buys, this is rollerball gloss levels — a modern-day classic. It’s a high-shine formula that leaves your lips noticeably fuller and smoochable in just one coat, and its peach-vanilla scent is just *chef’s kiss*. It’s the perfect everyday gloss.
7. Lancôme Juicy Tubes Original Lip Gloss in Pure, $20
It’s the nostalgic tube packaging that first caught our eye, and once we tried it, we couldn’t get enough! It’s creamy, thick, hydrating, and most importantly, it lasts. Its noteworthy ingredients include vitamin E, which gives lips a supple, cushiony feel while boosting skin moisture for a seriously poppin’ lip gleam.
8. Huda Beauty Silk Balm, $21
You guys, this formula is so BALM! Sorry, we had to, but it’s honestly and truly amazing. Just envision the comfort of a lip balm coupled with the explosive shine of a gloss, formulated in an opaque blush pink shade that looks insanely gorg on all skin tones.
And we wanted to take things up a notch by incorporating an element of lip plumping sans the conventional tingling feel. So instead of using peppermint or cinnamon, we’ve used a mix of hyaluronic filling spheres, soybean, and licorice extract to help soften and subtly plump up your pout. And because our lips come in beautiful shapes and sizes, we designed a lip-hugging doe foot applicator in a curved and more universal size so you can apply the perfect coat in one go.
9. Kosas Cosmetics Wet Lip Oil Gloss in Jellyfish, $22
A lip treatment meets a lip oil meets a gloss — this product is so luscious but airy and gives the most insane jelly-like glow. When it comes to hydration, it doesn’t hold back. It has hyaluronic acid, avocado oil, and shea butter to soften, smoothen, and boost moisture retention.
10. Glossier Lip Gloss, $14
Glossier’s lip gloss is the girl she says she is, with its glass-like shine and minimal stickiness. We like to whip this out on our bare face or BB cream beat days when we want to rock that fresh off-duty model makeup look. Its consistency is hella thick but long-wearing, and it’s also infused with vitamin E and jojoba oil for a plush and soft pucker. The only complaint we have with this one is that it finishes up pretty quickly, so maybe add 2 or 3 of these to your cart next time you stock up.
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