Why Lip Oils Are So Much Better Than Lip Gloss
There are many different lip products to choose from. We’re talking glosses, liquid lipsticks, balms, lip stains, lipsticks, exfoliants and even lip top coats. But there’s a lip product you may not be familiar with: lip oils. They may not be as well known as some of the others, but that could change. Especially since more and more brands are adding oils to their product offerings.
If you’re a fan of face oils or oil-based shampoos, it’s high time that you discovered lip oils. What sets them apart from the other products on the market is that they are oil-based, just like the name implies. The resulting product is packed with moisturizing ingredients to keep your lips soft and flake-free. What’s more, they deliver a glossy finish and a hint of color, without the stickiness we associate with lip glosses.
Read on for 12 lip oils to add to your makeup stash.
Lip oils offer shiny, hydrating color — without the stickiness of gloss.
Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss, $27 at Kosas
This hybrid lip treatment and gloss visibly plumps and protects. And it does so while providing a juicy slick of color. There’s hyaluronic acid and avocado oil to hydrate along with shea butter to soften.
Dior Lip Glow Oil, $35 at Sephora
Protect and enhance your pucker with this best lip oil. It’s nonsticky and nongreasy with a balm texture. The shades actually work with your own lip color to create a truly custom hue. Cherry oil protects against stress factors and drying plus the oil boasts a minty-vanilla scent.
Merit Shade Slick Tinted Lip Oil, $24 at Sephora
Merit’s tinted oil is infused with rosehip oil and shea butter. Landing somewhere between an oil and a light stain, the shades add the perfect pop of color. With repeated use the oil helps maintain healthy moisture levels in your lips.
NYX Professional Makeup Slip Tease Full Color Lip Oil, $7 at Ulta Beauty
Looking for major color payoff? This full color oil has you, and your lips, covered. The hues go on super smooth and set to a satin-matte finish. The formula is lightweight and luxe, making it ideal for warm weather.
Milk Makeup Glow Oil Lip + Cheek, $15 at Sephora
Milk Makeup’s option serves double duty. It can be used on your lips and your cheeks. The sheer, shimmering tint contains antioxidant-rich rice bran oil to hydrate by easily absorbing into skin.
Hourglass Cosmetics No 28 Lip Treatment Oil, $49 at Hourglass Cosmetics
Normally it's all about the oil formula, but it would be wrong not to mention the packaging here. The tube has an opulent 24-karat gold-plated tip. It's not just for show, either. The antibacterial palladium tip gives your lips a pleasant cooling sensation as it dispenses the nourishing formula.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Tinted Lip Oil, $6 at e.l.f. Cosmetics
Even liquid lipstick devotees will not be able to resist this wallet-friendly lip oil. Dry lips will be a thing of the past thanks to the mix of vitamin E, jojoba oil and apricot oil. And unlike your lip balm, the oil leaves your lips with a sheer wash of wet-look color.
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, $26 at Clarins
Swipe a bit of this lip oil on your lips and it will prime, add shine and give you comfortable wear. You can wear it by itself, under your lipstick for a smoother finish or on top of a lip color like a gloss. This mint lip oil is also infused with jojoba oil and raspberry, which help nourish your lips. As for the mint, it gives you that signature freshness plus a cool finish.
Julep Your Lip Addiction Lip Oil Treatment, $12.99 at Amazon
This product is enough to convince you that oils can be lightweight and nonsticky. It contains four lip-healing oils that nourish your lips, including rosehip, avocado, grape seed and camellia. The treatment also rivals any gloss thanks to its super shiny formula and tint of color.
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Oil, $8.99 at Burt's Bees
Coconut and meadowfoam seed oils are the nourishing ingredients in this budget-friendly oil. They provide your lips with ample hydration without any sticky residue. Twist the pen applicator and the brush will dispense the sheer glossy color. FYI: The formula is also 100 percent natural and the packaging is even 100 percent recyclable.
Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Lip Oil Duo, $6.98 at Walmart
There are products that allow you to slather argan oil over your entire body. When it comes to your lips, this duo takes care of things. Both provide a flattering hint of color and shine. Furthermore, the dermatologist-approved formula delivers long-term results by working to revive your lips' texture and enhance their natural color.
butter LONDON Sheer Wisdom Lip Oil, $22 at butter LONDON
The first time you glide this nourishing lip oil across your lips, you will realize that you made a wise decision in picking it up. The treatment melts into your lips on contact. It goes down deep to keep lips hydrated while leaving behind a sheer wash of color. The applicator pen may be skinny, but it's filled with a triple action peptide formula to firm lips plus cloudberry oil, chia seed oil, prickly pear seed oil and coconut oil to hydrate.