I can't swipe on a lip gloss without singing that Lil' Mama song. Think back to 2008. You know the one. ("They say my lip gloss be cool/My lip gloss be popping.") And I'm about to have it playing in my head on repeat because lip gloss is back in a major way.
Unlike most lipsticks (particularly matte lipsticks), a good lip gloss can actually moisturize dry lips — instead of bringing attention to every dry spot and fine line. And the formulas have come a long way since your high school days. Instead of goopy, sticky formulas that made you fear even the slightest breeze (hair + lip gloss is not a good combo), the best new glosses are supershiny without any tackiness. Plus, there are so many exciting finishes to play with, including a whole host of unicorn-level holographic glosses.
Here are 14 cool lip glosses that will have all the boys chasing you after school (or, to bring things back to 2018, get you a lot of right swipes). Get ready to work it.
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Best High Shine Lip Gloss
Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss, $20
With four finishes, 20 shades and chic space-age packaging, there's pretty much no way to go wrong with Urban Decay's latest and greatest new lip gloss.
Best Moisturizing Lip Gloss
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Lip Shine, $8.99
This lip gloss is so comfy and hydrating, you'd swear that it was a tinted balm — except for the fact that it's got pigment and shine to spare. Score!
Best Galactic Lip Gloss
Laura Geller Beauty Color Luster Lip Gloss Hi-Def Top Coat, $19
"Hi-Def" sounds about right: This ultra-sparkly lip gloss will put your lips into sharp focus. It styles itself as a top coat but you can also wear it alone for a double take-causing pout.
Best MLBB Lip Gloss
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, $18
Rihanna designed her first lip gloss to be universally flattering and it certainly lives up to that claim, boosting your natural color to sparkly new heights in a gorgeous neutral My Lips But Better hue.