Lip Gloss Is About To Be Everywhere This Summer — These 8 Are Our Faves

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There's no convincing me otherwise: summer is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty. Just look at sweat-slicked skin that helps your white linen dress cling to all your curves, all-natural highlighter that radiates health — with cheekbones carved by the gods — and for those of us that still want to wear a hint of makeup in 95 degree heat, lip gloss stands as the quintessential warm-weather beauty staple.

The true allure of lip gloss isn't just that it's like a walking advertisement to make out with someone hot (sultry girl summer is very much in full swing, FYI) but rather the sense of ease that surrounds it. With lipstick, you usually need a mirror to make sure the color ends up roughly within the lines of your lips, but with a gloss, you're free to apply anytime, anywhere, ideally in the back of a convertible with your hair whipping in the breeze.

Given all the advancements in makeup over the last few years, the latest and greatest formulas still manage to capture that nostalgic feeling of the early Aughts with cooler colors, tastier scents, and a bevy of good-for-your-skin benefits, especially for lip oils and gloss-balm hybrids (the 2020s chic older sisters). With that in mind, it's time to stock up your new beach basket bag with a new shade or two of the best lip glosses for summer 2023. Shop eight of our favorite options below.

Best Classic Red Lip Gloss
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Best Classic Red Lip Gloss

Revlon Super Lustrous The Gloss in Fatal Apple ($8)

A candy-apple red is the perfect sexy accessory for your summer wardrobe. Revlon's non-stick formula not only delivers a comfortable, long-lasting wear but your lips will also feel crazy moisturized all throughout the day.

Best Sheer Tinted Lip Gloss
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Best Sheer Tinted Lip Gloss

Merit Shade Slick Tinted Lip Oil in Les Deux ($24)

While technically a lip oil, this dreamy formula has all the grip of a classic gloss to keep the gorgeous color on your lips for as long as possible. The sheer pink color is ideal for the Barbie-themed summer ahead.

Best Plum Lip Gloss
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Best Plum Lip Gloss

BeautyPie Wondergloss Collagen Lip Oil in Plum Naked ($30)

Packed with collagen to plump and antioxidants to soothe and protect, this high tech oil gloss is just begging for a spot in your summer beauty lineup. The luxe plum shade is also ideal for a dreamy date night makeup look.

Best Brown Lip Gloss
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Best Brown Lip Gloss

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Cream Color Drip Lip Cream in Honey Waffles ($22)

Trust me, a honey butter brown lip gloss will help your (faux) tan pop like a '90s supermodel. Would Rihanna provide you with anything less?

Best Classic Pink Lip Gloss
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Best Classic Pink Lip Gloss

Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in 175 Baby Doll ($29)

Love the look of a gloss but miss the moisturizing feel of your favorite balm? This cult-favorite formula combines the best of both worlds, and the peachy pink shade is absolutely stunning on any skin tone.

Best Shimmer Lip Gloss
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Best Shimmer Lip Gloss

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Pink Ginger ($23)

Metallics are still going strong for summer '23, which makes this rosy bronze gloss an absolute must-have for your beauty bag. The hint of shimmery gold is precisely what a summer goddess deserves.

Best Nude Lip Gloss
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Best Nude Lip Gloss

Makeup By Mario Pro Volume Lip Gloss in Rose Nude ($22)

Don't be fooled — lip gloss can also serve serious romance vibes. A rich, rosy shade is ideal for your most minimalist chic summer looks, and this volumizing formula will ensure your pout is on point.

Best Clear Lip Gloss
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Best Clear Lip Gloss

Tower28 Shine On Lip Jelly in Chill ($16)

Want to rock your natural lip color but add in mega watt shine? This beauty-editor favorite formula never fails to leave your lips delectably soft with a glossy finish that is sure to turn heads.