15 Non-Sticky Pink Lip Glosses That Rival Your Middle School Faves
You know you're getting older when you get an invite to a decade party in memory of the decade that you grew up in. Early 2000s-themed celebrations are all the rage these days, with attendees touting their bottles of wine in their monogrammed Louis Vuitton Speedy bags, and popping the double collars of their Lacoste polos on the dance floor. And you can't forget the baby pink lipgloss to top it off... no less than six layers, please. But unlike our middle school days, the new crop of pink lip glosses are non-sticky — and are hydrating enough that they won't attract your flyaways like a moth to a flame.
“A subdued, glossy pink feels fresh and won't appear dated,” Gilbert Soliz, the Global Makeup Artist for Marc Jacobs Beauty, tells The Zoe Report. “The less opaque the lipgloss is, the more natural it'll appear. Make sure it’s sheer and translucent.”
But instead of piling on the goop, lips look just-shiny-enough when you blend and buff gloss into the lips. “Press it onto the lip,” Nina Soriano, an editorial makeup artist who works with V Magazine, instructs. “Dab a little in the center of your lips, top and bottom, and press with your ring finger rather than rub, using the pigment like a stain. You will still get the shine but you can control the level of density.”
Rosy hued lipgloss also feels fresh when layered on top of your usual lip liner or lipstick, no matter the color. Soriano suggests applying a light layer of lipstick as you would a lip stain, then pressing pink gloss — like Dominique Cosmetics Lemonade Lip Gloss — on top to create a layered effect. For an everyday take on the trend that you can wear to the office, “apply nude or brown liner with a nude lipstick,” makeup artist Sean Harris tells TZR. “Top it with your favorite pink lipgloss, and welcome to sexy pink lips for 2018.”
In terms of texture, there’s an unmistakable lack of stickiness in the latest lipgloss launches — and that may have something to do with the change in consumer demand in between the early 2000s and now, especially when it comes to natural, non-toxic ingredients. (The natural beauty sector is estimated to be valued at $13.2 billion by the end of 2018 and the natural beuty market has grown by 7 percent in the U.S. in the past year, according to Fast Company.)
“Lip glosses are usually made of ingredients that add moisture and shine, courtesy of oils or polybutene,” Ron Robinson, a cosmetic chemist and founder of BeautyStat.com, tells TZR. In other words: The lipglosses of your youth mostly relied on the chemical compound polybutene to make them sticky and thus, more long-lasting. Today, the newer products feature a larger concentration of natural oils, like castor and grape seed, to bring the sheen. Generally speaking, contemporary formulas tend to be wax-heavy (like RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Honest, which has a more balmy feel) or rich in oils (like Clarins Instant Lip Comfort Oil, a high-shine option).
Despite the safer ingredients, gloss doesn't wear as long as your lipsticks or pencils due to the oily base — so you probably have to reapply throughout the day. Wow... we really are living in 2008, huh?
Ahead, the shiny, hydrating, but definitely not sticky pink lip glosses that pros love.
Your Lip Addiction Oil Treatment
Makeup artist Nina Soriano loves this treatment's blend of camellia and avocado oils that add shine and plump lips in tandem.
Lemonade Lip Gloss in Pink Lemonade
A lightweight formula like Dominique Cosmetics' can be layered on without flaking up.
Volupte Tint In Oil in I Rose You
The dusty tone of YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil in I Rose You will pair perfectly with your go-to nude.
Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in Sweet Escape
Marc Jacobs Beauty
“The formula feels comfortable on the lips without feeling sticky," makeup artist Gilbert Soliz says.
Lip Shine in Embrace
This formula, made of oils and mineral pigments, is great for the environment and your lips.
Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Candy
Hazelnut and organic jojoba oils teamed with a hint of tint are the "perfect kiss of color and care," according to the brand.
Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in Orgasm
NARS' universally flattering, cult-favorite shade gets a glossy upgrade with the brand's Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer formula. Expect the sparkle-flecked, peachy-pink color you love with a dose of sheen that feels very 2018.
Wunderkiss Gloss Lip Liner in Berry
You probably haven't seen this before: A just-released lip liner with a glossy finish, perfect for keeping high-shine color in place.
LUST: Lip Gloss in Flesh 4
Pat McGrath Labs
Flesh 4 is the sole reason why I gave up matte lipsticks for an entire summer (and part of the fall, too). This pretty, high-shine mid-tone brown looks good with literally any shadow or blush... or when I'm wearing nothing on my face — which is most days — it makes me look like I actually tried.
Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fenty Glow
It's not called the Universal Lip Luminizer for nothing — this rose gold gloss manages to look incredible on every skin tone. But what else would you expect from Rihanna?
From the brand that actually may have kickstarted the whole gloss-is-back trend, this lip gloss has a sheer hint of pink and makes lips look ultra-shiny (for a surprisingly long time, too). Order in multiples to stash one in your bag, one in your desk... you know the drill.
Lip Vinyl in Flexin'
"I love Milk Makeup’s Lip Vinyl in Flexin'," makeup artist Alexx Mayo tells The Zoe Report. "It’s a great pink shade with a nice undertone and super easy to wear."
Lip Gloss in Boho
The soft, subdued hue makes this lip gloss a natural fit for everyday wear; either on its own or layered over a nude lipstick.
Glow Lip Gloss in Rose Quartz
The shine-to-pigment ratio here is spot-on for the new season.
Dazzleglass in Baby Sparks
"I love MAC Dazzleglass in Baby Sparks for a pink glossy lip with a pop of sparkle," Harris tells The Zoe Report.