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Top 10 Sheer Lipsticks

The Subtle Lipstick You Can Wear For Any Occasion

The Subtle Lipstick You Can Wear For Any Occasion

If there’s one thing you need to add to your makeup bag right now, it’s a sheer lipstick. Perfect for everyday wear, sheer lipsticks are an easy way to add a touch of color and moisture to your lips without putting on a full face of makeup. Stash these lipsticks in your purse, your makeup bag, at your desk, or wherever you’ll want to easily access a lip product for a quick touch-up. Ahead, we’ve found the best sheer lipsticks for you to take your pick from. These lipsticks come in flattering shades, include moisturizing ingredients, and are easy to apply making them ideal for your on-the-go makeup routine. For the moments when you just want a splash of color on your lips, moisturizing comfort, and something to last all day long, these are the lip products to turn to. Shop our picks for the 10 best sheer lipsticks and get to swiping. Opening image: @ILIAbeauty

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October 8, 2018

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The Rankings

stila Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipstick
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stila Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipstick

USERS SAID: “These really are much more sheer versions of the classic liquid lipstick - they feel light as air and comfortable, and they're easier to apply because you don't have to worry as much about precision.”

BEST FOR: With ingredients like avocado oil and vitamin E, your lips will stay moisturized throughout the day.

Glossier Generation G

LOVED FOR: The easy application and accessible size

WHY YOU NEED IT: The lightweight formula is buildable if you’re looking to add more color.

Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner

USERS SAID: “I find this to be very emollient, and yet not slick. It lasts a long time and the color is a very natural, more intense color of my lips. Love it.”

ABOUT THE BRAND: ILIA uses organic and natural ingredients and even has Sephora’s “Clean” seal of approval.

Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick in Shimmer Finish

LOVED FOR: The smooth and buttery formula

USERS SAID: “I have dark hair, dark eyes, and pale (see my veins pale) skin. Nude lipsticks always look ridiculous. UNTIL NOW. Eat Cake is truly "my lips but better". You will not be disappointed!!!”

Nars Lipstick in Sheer Finish

USERS SAID: “As long as they make them I will never be without NARS lipstick in Dolce Vita, Damage, and Tolede. They are lovely and perfect every day lippies, moisturizing and comfortable to wear.”

BEST FOR: The non-drying formula maintains moisture and makes this lipstick easy to wear all day.

Laura Mercier Stickgloss Lip Color

BEST FOR: Swipe this one when you’re heading out the door, in between meetings, or just before happy hour for a splash of natural color.

LOVED FOR: The color options that easily match any everyday look

Lipstick Queen Lipstick

WHAT IT DOES: Although green in appearance, this lipstick turns into a rosebud shade once it reacts to the warmth of your lips and enhances your natural color.

USERS SAID: “I am new to wearing lipstick so do not want to start with a bold color. This lipstick is so unique and gives my lips a pretty rosy color.”

Clinique Almost Lipstick

WHY YOU NEED IT: This lipstick comes in a universally-flattering shade, making it an essential for anyone’s makeup bag.

BEST FOR: This lipstick is a rare gem that will flatter all skin tones.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine

USERS SAID: “Beautiful color! I love all Chanel lipsticks and this one as usual does not disappoint. Formula is lightweight and easy to put on and wear.”

LOVED FOR: The hydrating formula that makes this comfortable for all day wear

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Sheer

LOVED FOR: The smooth consistency that glides on when applying

USERS SAID: “The formula is really nourishing and doesn't dry out my lips. I keep this one in my purse because it's so easy to throw on without a mirror.”

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