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8 Lip Glosses That Will Give You Early 2000s Nostalgia and Shine Without the Stickiness

Tamara Pridgett

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You could be rocking Baby Phat, Aeropostale, or something from Limited Too, but it was your lip gloss that really made the ensemble. In the early aughts, it was the one accessory you truly couldn't leave home without. (Heck, Lil Mama even turned it into a hit song.)

If you're still not over your lip gloss infatuation (remember the cherry lip gloss they sold at skating rinks?) but can do without formulas that leave your hair—and fingertips, napkin, passing dust particles... should I go on?—stuck to your lips, we've got you covered.

The grownup versions of our middle school lip gloss faves are moisturizing, full of shine, and have a barely-there feel that is 100-percent stick-free. And because more has always been more when it comes to one's lip gloss collection, we've rounded up the best non-sticky lip glosses to toss in your bag for every occasion—from running quick errands to a movie date night.

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Tower28 Beauty ShineOn Lip Jelly — $14.00

If we had to pick just one lip gloss to wear forever, it would probably be the Tower28 ShineOn Lip Jelly. You get everything you love out of a gloss sans the stickiness. While the classic clear gloss is a must-have, we also recommend trying the pigmented shades like Fire and Spicy for a pop of color.

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Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer — $19.00

Rihanna—early 2000s royalty that she is—knew exactly what she was doing when she created this lip gloss. Unlike the glosses you had when you were 12, the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer will give you the ultimate shine while hydrating and conditioning your pout.

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Pat McGrath Labs Lust Lip Gloss — $28.00

Mutha didn’t play when she introduced us to the Lust Lip Gloss collection. These glosses are ultra-light, stick-free, and come in high shine, shimmer, or glitter finishes. No matter which one you choose, your lips will draw focus.

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Ilia Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil — $26.00

There are so many things to love about this Ilia lip oil, but our favorite has to be the fact that it feels like you have nothing on your lips. Ilia is known for incorporating skin-care heroes into its makeup products, and the standouts here include hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate your lips, salicornia herbacea extract for smooth “supple-looking lips,” and meadowfoam seed oil to lock in moisture.

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The Lip Bar Lip Gloss in Trophy Wife — $14.00

This lightweight gloss is both nourishing and full of color. If you love the feel of a lip balm but the glaze of a gloss, this is the product for you.

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Kosas Wet Lip Oil Plumping Treatment Gloss — $27.00

This hybrid lip treatment and gloss was created to give your pout an extra ooph while providing you with that early aughts shine you can’t get enough of.

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Ere Perez Beetroot Cheek and Lip Tint — $27.00

We love multi-purpose products like this cheek and lip tint by Ere Perez. This gloss uses beetroot extract to give you enough saturated color for a bold lip.

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Mented Cosmetics Lip Gloss — $15.00

This lip gloss is buttery smooth and perfect for your day-to-night transitions. The formula features castor seed oil, which allows the gloss to go on smooth while moisturizing your lips.

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