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Lip Glosses That Are Nothing Like the Ones You Wore In Middle School
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Back in the day, you weren't cool unless you had ultra-shiny lips and a tube of lip gloss stashed in your desk for touch-ups during 4th period. For many of us, lip gloss was our gateway into makeup, even though it often acted as a sticky magnet for our hair.

Thankfully, lip gloss has come a long way since then. Unlike the tacky, sticky glosses of the early aughts, today's formulas won't make your pout feel gooey. Instead, they're infused with skin-conditioning ingredients and pack major pigment. 

Even during the matte lipstick boom, we never stopped loving gloss. So, we did the leg work to find the nine best lip glosses on the market to keep in your purse.

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LAWLESS Forget The Filler Lip Plumper Line Smoothing Gloss

$25; sephora.com

Give your lips a slight oomph without the sting and burn of old-school formulas with this new take. Available in six shades, this lip gloss plumps pouts up to 40% and replenishes moisture levels thanks to ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and shea butter. 

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Tower 28 ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss

$15; sephora.com

"Tower 28's lip glosses offer just the right amount of color and shine — but never get goopy or sticky," says Erin Lukas, Beauty Editor at InStyle. "While all of the shades are gorgeous for everyday wear, my go-to is Oat, a sheer peachy pink."

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Maybelline Lifter Gloss

$7; amazon.com

This drugstore pick went viral on TikTok for giving users super glossy lips that felt elegant upon touch and nourished the lips thanks to its hyaluronic acid-rich formula. It's available in 20 shades, from clear to glittery brown. 

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Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

$20; ulta.com

We stan Rihanna and everything she does, so it's no surprise that this Fenty pick is a win. "This gloss gives me just enough color and shimmer without going overboard," says Kayla Greaves, Executive Beauty Editor at InStyle. "It's also hydrating and not sticky in the slightest, which I appreciate."

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Glossier Lip Gloss

$14; glossier.com

For a more low-key shine, this Glossier tube is it. It gives the lips a sort of I-just-licked-my-lips sheen, and we love that its non-sticky formula is infused with nourishing vitamin E and jojoba seed oil. Plus, it comes in four great shades.

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NYX Butter Gloss Non-Sticky Lip Gloss

$5; ulta.com

If this lip gloss looks familiar, it may be because it went viral on TikTok for its ultra-staying power that outperforms dozens of other popular formulas. TikTokers said that unlike competing products, this one doesn't lose its shine or pigment over time and lasts all day. Thankfully, it comes in 24 shades, and at just $5 a pop, it won't break the bank to try a few.

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$28; sephora.com

"Leave it to Pat McGrath to convince me to wear shimmery lip gloss as an adult," says Lukas. "The pigment on these glosses are so impressive and have just the right amount of sparkle so I don't look like I'm trying to relive my high school days in the early aughts."

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Ami Colé

$20; amicole.com

Unlike other glosses, this lip product nourishes with baobab seed and camellia oils, leaving lips feeling soft and luscious," says Greaves. "Plus, the universal color makes it a perfect nude for all shades."

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Dior Addict Lip Maximizer

$35; saksfifthavenue.com

Get yourself a plumping gloss that feels like cashmere on the lips — and yes, we're talking about this Dior pick. Packed with hyaluronic acid and mallow flower extract, it'll nourish your lips while also giving it a long-lasting shine.