July 18, 2019 8:15 am
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Through all of the changes in my makeup routine over the years, one product has stood the test of time: clear lip gloss. Why? Clear lip gloss was the first beauty product that I was allowed to wear as a child. Though this product is seemingly basic af, a good clear gloss paired with a lip liner, alone, or on top of a lipstick transforms a beauty look for the better. I’m happy to see that in 2019, more beauty lovers and brands are embracing clear gloss two decades after my initial introduction.

Adding a clear gloss to your makeup arsenal is a game changer; however, all clear glosses aren’t created equally. Many people refrain from gloss because it can sometimes be sticky and uncomfortable. Contrary to belief, there are many clear glosses out there that offer superior shine without the sticky feel. Whether you prefer your lip gloss with a wand or are open to something more innovative, like this one in a jar, there’s a clear lip gloss to match your personality and preferences. I present to you with 16 clear lip gloss options that are approved by a self-proclaimed clear gloss snob (me)—enjoy!

1Colourpop So Juicy Plumping Lipgloss in Princess Cut

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If you thought Princess cut diamonds were a girl’s best friend, wait until you get a load of this ultra shine plumping clear gloss. Sidebar: it has a refreshing minty feel if you’re into that sort of thing.

2Nicka K Lip Gel Argan Oil

Nicks K

This weightless lip gel costs less than your morning cup of coffee and honestly, who even needs caffeine?

3Lancôme Juicy Tubes Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss in Pure

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This clear lip gloss smells so yummy, you’ll never want to take it off.

4E.l.f.  Lip Lacquer


This non-sticky clear lip gloss is so lightweight that it feels like nothing is on your lips (except a little moisture). The ultra-flexible wand applicator is a great bonus.

5CTZN Globalm

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$19 CTZN Cosmetics SHOP IT Opens a new window

This newly launched gender-neutral brand launched the most innovative multi-tasking gloss we could ask for. This ultra-lightweight clear gloss can be used anywhere on the face because, honestly, makeup has no rules.

6Sephora Collection Colorful Gloss Balm in shade Balm Diggity

$8 Sephora Collection SHOP IT Opens a new window

As the shade name suggests, this 2-in-1 gloss balm is a winner, and the innovative formula will have you coming back for more.

7Black Radiance Perfect Tone Lip Gloss

Rite Aid
$1.99 original price Black Radiance SHOP IT Opens a new window

Aloe vera, grapeseed extract, and antioxidants are just a few of the nourishing ingredients your lips will love in this ultra glossy formula.

8Glossier Clear Lip Gloss


Glossier knows a thing or two about minimalist makeup and this clear gloss is all the proof that you need.

9Smashbox Gloss Angeles Extra Shine Lip Gloss


With such a clever name, it’s obvious that this clear lip gloss can’t be anything less than amazing. Let your lips shine from the Big Apple to the Hollywood Star Walk of Fame.

10MAC Lipglass in Clear


Straight from the makeup pros, this versatile clear lip gloss can pull off anything from a subtle shine to a glass-like finish.

11Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Power Plumping Lip Gloss

Too Faced

Plump up the volume (in your lips) with this fan favorite plumping lip gloss.

12Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss


Wear this clear vegan lip gloss alone or as a top coat. You’ll love this one if you like options.

13NARS Lip Gloss in Triple X


Your lips will live lushly with just a light coat of this glam gloss.

14Essence Shine Shine Shine Lip Gloss in Behind The Scenes


Looking to achieve the ever so popular wet lip look? This critically acclaimed gloss is all you need. For $3, you honestly can’t beat it.

15Dose of Colors Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in Save The Date

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$17 Dose of Colors SHOP IT Opens a new window

If you’re looking for a happy medium between clear and color, look no more. This clear gloss with pink shimmer undertones is right up your alley.

16L.A. Colors High Shine Lipgloss, Clear


If your lips need shine and moisture, this clear gloss enriched with shea butter and vitamin E is the answer to all your problems.