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        Hall of Fame
        Best Lip Gloss 2016

        Chanel

        Best Lip Gloss 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Chanel

        Skimming right over the typical pitfalls of lip gloss (tacky, goopy formulas that stick to your hair like flies to honey), this shimmery standout delivers soft, sophisticated color with an elegant feel. It's long-wearing and has light-reflecting particles that act like Swarovski crystals, illuminating lips while making them look plumper, says Johny Saade. Grayson concurs: "When someone wears this lip gloss, I can't seem to look anywhere else." The only problem we can see? Overstatement. All 32 hues, from iridescent opal to hot cocoa, are versatile editor faves. 

        Chanel | $30
        Best Lip Gloss for Dark Skin 2016

        Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in No. 3

        Best Lip Gloss for Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in No. 3

        An opaque finish means this gloss will shine but not disappear

        Make Up For Ever | $24
        Best Lip Gloss for Medium-Dark Skin 2016

        Urban Decay Naked in Walk of Shame

        Best Lip Gloss for Medium-Dark Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Urban Decay Naked in Walk of Shame

        Skip sheer, sparkly balms and look for a saturated apricot cream.

        Urban Decay | $20
        Best Lip Gloss for Fair Skin 2016

        Nars Orgasm Lip Gloss

        Best Lip Gloss for Fair Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Nars Orgasm Lip Gloss

        In a word: brilliant. The winning balance of rose, peach, and gold hues never fails to sparkle.

        Nars | $26
        Best Lip Gloss for Fair-Medium Skin 2016

        Maybelline New York Vivid Matte Liquid in Nude Thrill

        Best Lip Gloss for Fair-Medium Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Maybelline New York Vivid Matte Liquid in Nude Thrill

        Shift into a new neutral with this creamy brown-based rose.

        Maybelline | $8
        Best Inexpensive Lip Gloss 2016

        NYX

        Best Inexpensive Lip Gloss 2016
        WINNER 2016

        NYX

        If gushing over reasonably priced lipgloss can sometimes make you feel like you're back in high school, rest assured that this $5 find shouldn't be relegated to school lockers. Not too sheer or garishly shiny, the 34 buttery shades "have strong pigments with just a bit of sheen," says Krinsky, so you'll feel fully grown-up and chic wearing them. Insider tip: Make like Krinsky and DIY a custom look by blending together hues (hey, with a bargain like this, it's a lot easier to splurge and play makeup artist). 

        NYX | $5
        Editor’s Pick
        Editor's Pick

        Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer 

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2015

        Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer 

        It looks like a lip gloss, feels like a lip gloss, but one look in the mirror—hours later—will tell you that this lacquer is a heck of a lot more. A generous splash of vitamin E helps keep color in place without any shriveling. 

         

        Smashbox | $24
        Best Lip Gloss for Fair-Medium Skin 2015

        Tom Ford in Naked

        Best Lip Gloss for Fair-Medium Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Tom Ford in Naked

        The inviting taupe tone that we with fair to medium skin wish we had in our birthday suits.

        Tom Ford | $46
        Best Lip Gloss for Fair Skin 2015

        Tom Ford in Sugar Pink

        Best Lip Gloss for Fair Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Tom Ford in Sugar Pink

        Drenches lips with a soft cotton-candy hue that’s not overly sweet.

        Tom Ford | $46
        Best Lip Gloss for Dark Skin 2015

        Chanel Glossimer in Spark

        Best Lip Gloss for Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Chanel Glossimer in Spark

        A raspberry base spiked with flattering copper flecks makes a statement, not a scream. 

        Chanel | $30
        Best Eco-Friendly Lip Gloss 2015

        BareMinerals

        Best Eco-Friendly Lip Gloss 2015
        WINNER 2015

        BareMinerals

        “These glosses glisten and make lips look instantly fuller,” says Kimberly Bragalone. Hydrating shea, avocado, and murumuru butters plump, while vitamins A, C, and E play defense against environmental stressors.

        Bare Minerals | $18
        Best Inexpensive Gloss 2015

        L'Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche

        Best Inexpensive Gloss 2015
        WINNER 2015

        L'Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche

        While some drugstore glosses deliver leave a sticky shimmer suited for fangirls at a 5SOS concert, this silky formula is all grown-up thanks to five nourishing oils and sixteen alluring shades—from ballet slipper to pinot noir. “They’ve got great staying power with a good sheen that doesn’t dry,” adds makeup artist Julie Harris.

        L'Oreal | $10
        Best Lip Gloss 2015

        Chanel Glossimer

        Best Lip Gloss 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Chanel Glossimer

        The wand may be square, but the modern colors and innovative texture are anything but. “It’s not too sticky, and it has push and body,” VanLeeuwen says. Wear it solo for a glassy shine and a whisper of color, or layer it on top of your favorite stain. “It marries with other colors beautifully.”

        Chanel | $30
        Best Lip Gloss for Medium-Dark Skin 2015

         Estée Lauder in Peach Glass 

        Best Lip Gloss for Medium-Dark Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

         Estée Lauder in Peach Glass 

        What looks like opaque coral on the wand is just right on the lips.

        Sephora

        Estee Lauder | $25
        Best 2014 Long-Wearing Lip Color

        MAC Pro Longwear

        Best 2014 Long-Wearing Lip Color
        WINNER 2014

        MAC Pro Longwear

        Lipstick that lasts all night can also be a flaking, cracking nightmare. But Beau Nelson, who works with Kristen Stewart, calls these two-step shades (one end’s a base; the other, a gloss) "a creamy, comfortable-to-wear staple for moments when you can’t touch up."

        MAC | $24
        Best 2014 Lip Gloss

        Dior Addict Ultra Gloss

        Best 2014 Lip Gloss
        WINNER 2014

        Dior Addict Ultra Gloss

        We demand a lot from our gloss: shine without stickiness, glimmer minus gloppiness, and sheerness with staying power. This one delivers in three distinct finishes: sparkly, pearly, and pure. All are "see-through while still giving a luscious punch of color," says Kim Bower, who works with Christina Ricci. Now, was that too much to ask?

        Dior | $31
        Best 2014 Fair to Medium

        Dior Addict in Angelique

        Best 2014 Fair to Medium
        WINNER 2014

        Dior Addict in Angelique

        With its ultra-sleek shine, the apricot pout perfector is not that innocent.

        Dior | $30
        Best 2014 Lip Gloss for Medium to Dark Skin

        Marc Jacobs in Kissability

        Best 2014 Lip Gloss for Medium to Dark Skin
        WINNER 2014

        Marc Jacobs in Kissability

        The warm berry gloss smells like a Starburst and looks deliciously sweet on lips.

        Marc Jacobs | $28
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