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13 Of The Best Sheer Lipsticks And Balms For Everyday Wear

Whether you're low maintenance or just like the natural look, sheer lipsticks are great.
10/09/2018 05:45am ET
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We’re all for a bright, bold lipstick, but sometimes all you want is a hint of color ― that “just kissed” look without (necessarily) having kissed anyone.

That’s where sheer lipstick comes in. It’s basically a hybrid between regular lipstick, lip stain and balm that delivers just the right amount color (which you can layer depending on your mood) and the benefits of each respective product. For instance, it often comes in a handy stick format, like lipstick, offers sheer color similar to a stain and feels hydrating like a balm.

If you’re low maintenance when it comes to makeup, or you lean toward more natural looks, sheer lipsticks are a great option for everyday wear. They easily enhance your natural lip color without making you look too done up, and there’s much less risk of creating a harsh, uneven outline. (If you are one of those people who can apply lipstick perfectly every time, we salute and envy you.)

Check out 13 of our favorite sheer lipsticks and balms below. We highly recommend storing them in purses and coat pockets so you have one on hand for any occasion:

1
Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Lip Balm
Pat McGrath
2
Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick
Marc Jacobs
3
Sephora Melting Lip Clicks
Sephora
4
Glossier Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick
Glossier
5
Isoi Bulgarian Rose Lip Treatment Balm
Amazon
6
Clinique Almost Lipstick
Clinique
7
Chapstick Total Hydration
Chapstick
8
Jane Iredale Just Kissed Cheek And Lip Balm
Jane Iredale
9
Laura Mercier Sheer Lip Color
Laura Mercier
10
Savannah Bee Company
Savannah Bee Company
11
Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain
Target
12
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine
Barney's
13
Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment
Fresh
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