Impeccably glossy lips are great. However, achieving the look sans sticky strands, inevitable dryness, and constant re-application is no small feat. In fact, we'd argue that it's borderline impossible. Most of the time we simply throw in the towel, wiping away a freshly applied gloss job before we've given a makeup look the fair shot it probably deserves. But please don't misunderstand—that doesn't mean we don't fondly admire the way lip gloss looks—we just have zero patience for hair in our mouth and thrice hourly touch-ups. A solution: the ingenious gloss-stain-balm hybrids known as lip oils.
Lip oils boast the iconic shine of a gloss, hydration of a balm, and long-wearing endurance of a stain. They've completely stolen our hearts as of late, and if our recent obsession is any indicator, we think they'll be your pout's newest addiction, as well.
Keep reading for the seven lip oils our editors can't stop swiping.
Ask any Byrdie editor, and they'll tell you this lip oil is basically sent from the heavens—to be specific, from Aphrodite. In fact, after just one look at the plush, over-sized doe-foot applicator, it was love at first sight. Though available in an array of colors, it translates virtually sheer and nourishes lips with hydrating agents like jojoba, hazelnut, and mirabelle plum for a full and shiny result.
This luxurious lip oil by Kiehl's has over 4000 hearts on Sephora's website, and we can see why. Apothecary Cherry (shown above) boasts a juicy, sheer, red formula that gives the illusion that you've been eating, well, cherries. There are four other variations, including an untinted option, just in case you'd prefer to opt for more of a natural finish. This formula is exceptionally lightweight and leaves behind an undeniable glow, all while nourishing with ingredients like coconut oil, moringa oil, and acerola cherry extract.
If you seek shine with a consistency so light you'll honestly forget you're wearing anything (true story), this lip oil treatment from Hourglass has you covered. Not only does it yield a luxe, highly-lacquered finish, it's also equipped with 14 hydrating essential oils (everything from vanilla to clove) and even boasts an antibacterial 24-karat gold-plated tip for the ultimate application experience. After all, isn't the swipe half the fun?
For full-steam-ahead hydration and pigment, this is one of the best lip oils money can buy. It's available in 12 eye-catching shades (and boasts a wallet-friendly price tag), so we totally encourage purchasing the entire range. Plus, if you're not huge on shine, this one is a beautiful, semi-matte alternative.
This peachy-pink lip oil imparts a non-stick glossy shine and is infused with delicious ingredients like peach essence, coconut oil, and replenishing vitamin E to keep lips full, hydrated, and lustrous for hours on end.
Loved for its lightweight consistency, this lip oil from Elizabeth Arden offers a diffused, sultry finish that we've only ever experienced post-workout (or lip-lock). Expertly enriched with a potent blend of oils that provide plumping and moisturizing benefits, this one is a sweet addition to your current lip lineup.
This drugstore lip oil by Milani earns an A+ from us. Aside from it being affordable, there are also five variants—all of which possess different benefits. For example, Conditioning Grapeseed works to nourish and condition the lips for a soft, hydrated pout. Each of these delicious lip oils incorporate naturally healing ingredients like jojoba, avocado, and Tsubaki oils. You'll have healthy, hydrated lips no matter which hue catches your eye.
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