This Lip Color Has Never Failed Me—Here's Why

I've made this confession over and over again, but I'll say it again: I'm a beauty editor who is pretty low-maintenance when it comes to makeup. It's not that I'm totally apathetic to makeup, but it's not my favorite part about the beauty world. For me, I'm more obsessed with learning about skincare. I'm not one to spend hours perfecting my cat-eye or experimenting with a bold eye shadow look.

But I will say that there is one thing I am passionate about when it comes to makeup, and that's lip products. I love changing up my lip color and trying out new shades. I'm not one to shy away from a bold lip. There's a reason I have more lipsticks, glosses, stains, balms, and oils in my makeup inventory than my mascaras, foundations, concealers, eye shadows combined.


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So, yeah, I feel very strongly about lip colors. And while I like to play around with new hues, there's one that has never failed me: A pink lip gloss. What can I say? It's a total classic. Pink lip gloss was one of my first-ever makeup purchases. I remember I bought a cheap one at the drugstore—for the life of me I can't remember the brand anymore—and I thought I was hot shit. I would wear that lip gloss everywhere I went. It was a mainstay in my little handbag. In every awkward middle school photo of me, chances are I'm probably wearing it.

Of course, I've had a lot of pink lip gloss variations in my life, and I've never been disappointed by any of them. Pink lip gloss and its very many shades is so universally flattering. It goes with any outfit and works for any occasion. And if you're like me, wearing it gives you a boost of feel-good nostalgia. What more can you ask for in a makeup product?

Take a look at some of the best pink lip gloss options out there below.

1. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Fu$$y

2. MAC Lipglass Lip Gloss in Candy Box

3. Nyx Professional Makeup Butter Gloss in Cotton Candy

4. Uoma Beauty Boss Gloss Liquid Marble in Rose

5. Revlon Super Lustrous The Gloss in Sky Pink

6. Tower 28 ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss


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7. Pat McGrath Labs Lust: Lip Gloss in Pale Fire Nectar

8. Saint Jane Beauty Luxury Lip Shine in Elixir

9. Maybelline Lifter Gloss in Reef

10. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Hall of Fame

11. Kosas Wet Lip Oil Plumping Treatment Gloss in Malibu


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12. Milani Keep It Full Nourishing Lip Plumper in Sparkling Pink

13. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Ballet Pink

14. Kjaer Weis Lip Gloss in Cherish

15. Buxom Full-On Plumping Lip Polish Gloss in Erin

16. Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Lip Gloss in Star Dust

17. Ilia Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil in Petals

Managing Editor

Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.

In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).

She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.