Clear Lip Gloss: What's the difference?

July 08, 2019

Clear Lip Gloss: What's the difference?

There are many clear lip gloss options on the market today. Knowing which clear lip gloss is best for you, though, can be difficult when there are so many choices. We are here to take the guesswork out of shopping for a colorless gloss.

If your only goal is to have some shine on your lips, then pretty much any lip gloss will likely suit your needs. If you are concerned about ingredients and actual benefits, though, taking a look at the differences is important. You don't really just want any lip gloss on your lips.

There are many cheap lip gloss options, especially when it comes to clear gloss.

Eyes Lips Face (also known as e.l.f) has a $2 clear lip gloss. If you are seeking shine and nothing more, this could be right up your alley. Ingredients:

Polybutene,   Caprylic/Capric   Triglyceride,   Paraffinum   Liquidum   (Mineral   Oil),   Silica  Dimethyl   Silylate, Microcrystalline  Wax  (Cera  Microcristallina),  Tridecyl  Trimellitate,  Ethylhexyl  Palmitate,  Theobroma  Cacao (Cocoa)  Seed  Butter,  Diisostearyl  Malate,  Persea  Gratissima  (Avocado)  Oil,  Vitis  Vinifera  (Grape)  Seed Oil,Fragrance(Parfum),Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Neotame, Retinyl Palmitate (Va), Tocopheryl Acetate

In this budget friendly clear lip gloss, the number one ingredient is Polybutene, a polymer. Polybutene is classified as "expected to be toxic or harmful" by Environment Canada Domestic Substance List. Additionally, it can be quite irritating. There are also petrochemicals -- crude oil derived ingredients -- such as mineral oil and microcrystalline wax. While this drugstore brand does include some naturally beneficial ingredients like meadowfoam seed and sunflower seed oil, the not-so-good ingredients outweigh those with benefits.

Okay, so we can see that a popular $2 clear lip gloss contains polymers and petrochemicals. Are high end options better? Not necessarily.

I was browsing the popular Smashbox Gloss Angeles the other day. This clear lip gloss is $19. Here are the ingredients:

Polybutene, Polyisobutene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Octyldodecanol, Diisostearyl Malate, Malic Acid, Isostearyl Alcohol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate.

That is all. And this is nearly 20 bucks. There is only a single natural ingredient in this gloss that I would recommend for lips: malic acid, which is a fruit-derived exfoliant. This will help lips shed any dry cells. Yes, you'll get lots of shine, but not much else.

Glossier is one of the most talked about glosses in 2019, but let's take a look at the ingredients in their clear lip gloss:

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecanol, Polybutene, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 (CI 15850)

This clear gloss features artificial dyes, heavy polymers, phenoxyethanol, and synthetic fragrance.


Looking for an affordable AND healthy clear lip gloss? Seed Clear Sheer Satin Lip Gloss is just what you've always been looking for! Why? The ingredients speak for themselves:



Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica (Abyssinian) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol

When you are shopping for clear lip gloss, you are inevitably looking for something free of color to deliver a slight shine and give you healthy looking lips. You likely don't want to spend a fortune either. Do you want something with ingredients that make a difference, though? Of course!

Seed has a clear lip gloss that will check everything off your wish list:

  • Free of harmful chemicals
  • Affordable! It is a true treatment for the lips and under ten dollars.
  • No stickiness or tacky feeling
  • Natural ingredients
  • Makes the lips feel AND look soft and healthy

You will not find any questionable ingredients in our lip gloss. What do the ingredients in Seed Satin Lip Gloss do?

  • Apricot Kernel Oil softens dry lips
  • Grape Seed Oil protects
  • Castor Oil delivers shine
  • Abyssinian Seed Oil is anti-inflammatory & skin conditioning
  • The only other ingredients are beneficial plant based oils and protective Vitamin E!


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