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Ask any woman what her first item of makeup was and it’s 99.999% likely to be lip gloss—probably a Bonnie Bell Lip Smacker. That gateway makeup has evolved from a glittery, sticky, fruit-flavored shellac to a long-wearing, satiny formulas in sophisticated pigments as seen on the runway at Rodarte, Fendi, and Kenzo.
Ready to get your gloss on? We’ve rounded up six of the most gorgeous (and grown-up) glosses on the market. Bonnie Bell herself would be impressed.
Indie brand Smith & Cult has caved out a space for their unique nail polish shades, and now they’ve branched out to equally chic glosses like this perfect nude-pink.
Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in Flesh Riot, $22; neimanmarcus.com
NARS has created an ideal hybrid of gloss and lipstick that hydrates and deposits rich color. This warm caramel looks beautiful on a wide range of skin tones.
NARS Lip Gloss in Stolen Kisses, $26, sephora.com
Although bolder than traditional glosses, this rich red has a dewy finish and is a great alternative to classic red lipstick you can wear any season.
Burberry Kisses Gloss in Military Red No. 109, $29, us.burberry.com
This pretty pink leaves lips supple and cushiony while lasting hours—and comes at a drugstore price.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Color in Timeless Rose, $11; drugstore.com
The richly pigmented gloss goes on velvet but clings like spandex to your lips. This sweet lilac shade lasts eight-hours, so you can make it all day (or all night) without reapplying.
Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Lilac, $24, smashbox.com
The insane shine makes this gloss, well, shine. This rich brick, red is a sophisticated day-to-night shade.
Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lip Gloss in Brickhouse, $22; urbandecay.com