Lip glosses can lock in a beautiful glow and highlight the contours on your lips, all with the simple swipe of a wand or a squeeze from a tube. A good clear lip gloss with a bold shine can be the cherry on top of your favourite makeup look if you buy the right one – the problem is that there are so many to choose from, it's impossible to know where to start!
To help you find your match, we've shopped from sites like Boots and Amazon for high-end and drugstore brands such as Maybelline, e.l.f., and MAC. Some of our picks are classics, while others have gone the extra mile by adding moisturising ingredients or a sprinkle of glitter for when you're feeling extra glam. Before we take a look, why not have a read through our buying guide?
Take a look at this useful information so that you can easily narrow down your options and make a good decision on your brand new clear lip gloss. Don't forget to read about the ingredients to help you understand what type of product you're using!
The two main types of applicators are wands and tubes, with each one offering a different coverage. Wands comprise of a small padded brush on the end of a stick that you dip into the product; it's the classic way of applying lip gloss. They offer a great deal of precision and you can apply as many coats as you want.
On the other hand, you can squeeze the gloss out of a tube and swipe the built-in applicator across your lips for a light and even coverage. Whether you want to use your clear gloss for a more natural look or you'd like to lather it on for a brighter shine, you can decide how much you apply.
The brush wands are low maintenance and don't need to be cleaned and wiped to remove excess like the tubes do, although both of them are reliable options for your new clear lip gloss.
With such a wide variety of beauty products available to us today, it's crucial that you know which ingredients make a good-quality product. Moisturising ingredients like oils and certain vitamins are the best way to determine the effectiveness and reliability of a lip gloss.
If you have sensitive skin or suffer from chapped lips, plant oils such as jojoba oil will be of great help. Jojoba oil contains vitamins E and B, along with some key minerals like zinc and copper which will soften the lips whilst protecting the deeper layers of skin beneath them.
You can also look towards products containing jojoba, avocado, castor seed or other oil blends to banish dryness, dullness, or cracking on the surface of the lips.
Palmitic acid is another useful ingredient in cosmetics. It's a saturated fatty acid found in plants, animals, and microorganisms and is a major component of palm oil. However, while it's extremely nourishing, palm oil is often avoided due to its lack of sustainability and eco-friendliness, which you may like to bear in mind.
Another popular moisturising ingredient is cupuaçu butter; a soft, creamy butter used to reduce the effects of dry skin. Containing the two essential fatty acids, linolenic acid and lauric acid, it is known for its healing effects and ability to restructure damaged skin.
Don't worry about it looking white though, as once it's added into your gloss, it becomes transparent and locks in moisture to create an even brighter shine.
There's a more familiar relative of cupuaçu butter to consider too – cocoa butter. Similarly high in fatty acids, it can heal dry skin conditions, improve blood flow to the lips, and hold in moisture by forming a protective barrier.
There are two main elements that make up a good moisturising product: humectants and emollients. Humectants will bind water molecules and bring them up to the surface layer of your lips, while emollients will lock that moisture in, keeping them feeling soft for hours.
Vitamin E is one of the best moisturising ingredients for your lips as it's both a humectant and an emollient. In addition, it's a natural antioxidant so it can reduce the effects of ageing and soothe damage to the lips caused by harsh environments.
This rich vitamin is a quick and simple way to keep your lips looking plump and youthful.
A subtle shine or a glamorous glow, which will you choose? A plain gloss can be used as a top coat for your lipstick, or simply over your natural lip. It helps to contour the shapes and highlights on your lip, for example, the cupids bow and the curve of the lower lip.
For a more two-dimensional yet equally as beautiful and bold effect, you can choose a gloss with added shimmer. Adding shimmer to your lips can brighten your complexion and can complement your cheekbone highlights and eyeshadow.
If you favour a natural look, you'd prefer a gloss with as little shimmer as possible, but for fun nights out, a shimmery gloss is a great choice!
After reading our buying guide, hopefully you have some good ideas in mind of the product that you'd like. Shimmer or sheer gloss, we've got what you need right here. Not only that, but we've even arranged them in a ranking from one to ten in order of fabulousness!
|Moisturising Ingredients||Vitamin E, jojoba oil|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Castor seed oil, vitamin E|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Vitamin E|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Cupuaçu butter, moringa oil, agave|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Jojoba oil, vitamin E|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Jojoba oil|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Palmitic acid, lanolin, vitamin E|
|Moisturising Ingredients||Avocado oil, cocoa butter, sunflower seed oil, grape seed oil, vitamin E|
Soap & Glory
Stay Glossy Lip Gloss
Lip Volve Gloss Transforming Lip Topper
Super Lustrous The Gloss
Gloss Me Up Lip Gloss
Sexy Mother Pucker XL Lip Gloss
Ultimate Glass Glow Lip Gloss
Shine Shot Lip Topcoat
Clear Lip Gloss
A Moisturising Lip Gloss With Vitamins and Oils
For Getting the London Look on a Budget
The Clue Is in the Name – Sleek and Glossy
Lip Gloss With a Bold, Glassy Shine
Fabulously Shimmery With a Dose of Cupuaçu Butter
A Subtle Shine to Add to the Collection
A Clear Gloss With Plumping Agents
A Trendy Designer Gloss for Your Favourite Handbag
A Shiny Gloss With a Prismatic Shimmer
Back to Basics With This Reliable Essential
|Moisturising Ingredients||Avocado oil, cocoa butter, sunflower seed oil, grape seed oil, vitamin E||Palmitic acid, lanolin, vitamin E||Jojoba oil||Jojoba oil, vitamin E||Cupuaçu butter, moringa oil, agave||Vitamin E||Castor seed oil, vitamin E||Vitamin E, jojoba oil||-||-|
|Volume||14 ml||5.5 ml||37 ml||7 ml||3.8 ml||6.5 ml||10 ml||8 ml||14 ml||8 ml|
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So there you have it – from shine quality to how the ingredients can affect your skin, that's everything you need to know in order to get selfie-ready lips. It's time to pick your favourite gloss and get ready to do your cheesiest grin, or maybe a sultry pout, if you prefer!
Author: Annie Speight
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