Best Lip Oils
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Not quite a balm and not quite a gloss, lip oils are essentially the love child of both. Perfect for those who struggle with dry lips, these nourishing tubes are infused with a myriad of oils that leave your lips with the finish of a shiny, tinted gloss, as well as the moisturizing benefits of a balm.

You now no longer need to complain about the stickiness of a lip gloss or be bored to tears with the utilitarian nature of a lip balm again. Allow these jojoba-, hazelnut-, olive fruit-, and sunflower seed oil-infused options to be just the soothing solution you’re looking for. Swipe them directly onto your lips for a mirror-like finish or top your favorite matte lipstick with one for a more dimensional look (and shock of hydration) just as K-pop star Jessica Jung loves to do.

Aesthetics aside, the lip oils will also treat lips like a concentrated hydrating serum. Many are formulated with moisture-replenishing and -attracting ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to make sure your lips stay smooth even when you’re not wearing them.

With more and more beauty brands jumping on the lip oil train, we rounded up over a dozen of the best tubes and sticks we’ve tried to date — non of which are greasy, heavy, or sticky. As you scroll through, you’ll notice they range from drugstore finds for dipping your toe (or rather, the appropriate doe-foot wand applicator) into the novel lip product category from Burt’s Bees and Milani to high-end options from Dior for the ultimate glossy finish.

Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil

Although the many shades of the Best of Beauty-winning Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil appear to be one color in the tube, they shift into a custom “my lips but better” (MLBB) hue based on your pH. The eight-shade array of purples, pinks, and oranges is also packed with cherry oil, which protects lips from environmental aggressors with its antioxidants. We’d be remiss not to mention that the wide doe-foot applicator lets the product glide onto your lips like a dream, too.

Merit Shade Slick Tinted Lip Oil

Consider Merit Shade Slick Tinted Lip Oil as a buildable, very intuitive hybrid: it moisturizes like a traditional oil but provides the colorful effects of a lip stain. Opt for a splash of neutral brown (Taupe), red-orange (Cara Cara), or deep berry (Sangria), but rest assured all eight shades use rosehip oil and shea butter for maximum hydration and a gorgeous glossy lip.

Milani Fruit Fetish Lip Oil

Up your fruit intake (in a sense) with Milani Fruit Fetish Lip Oil, a high-shine gloss available in four fresh flavors: Passionfruit Coconut, Strawberry Melon, Raspberry Peach, and Cherry Lime. Each option leaves a pigmented pop of color with every layer while soothing vitamin E and fruit extracts (think apple, raspberry, grape, and apricot) make good on their promise of non-sticky moisture. No wonder this under-$10 option has won over Beauty TikTok.

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U Beauty Lip Plasma

U Beauty Lip Plasma delivers impressive results that make the hefty price tag well worth the splurge. A single application provides hydration thanks to peptides, ceramides, shea butter, and beeswax, but after four weeks of consistent use? Expect enhanced natural color and diminished fine lines for fuller-looking lips. Plus, AHA, PHA, and salicylic acid provide gentle exfoliation.

Ilia Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil

Ilia Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil deserves a round of applause from folks who want prominent color but don’t want to skimp out on moisture. In addition to intense hydration (hyaluronic acid, meadowfoam seed oil, and salicornia herbacia acid are to thank for that), hues range from rustic orange to soft lavender that can be layered over your favorite lipsticks for enhanced color intensity.

Nooni Lip Oil

Nooni Apple Lip Oil is available in four formulas: Applecoco for high shine and exfoliation, Applemint for subtle plumping and hydration, Appletea for soothing dryness, and Appleberry for a luxe tint that provides the perfect pink stain. The commonality between all four formulas is apple water, a superstar ingredient for long-lasting moisture.

Kopari TriPeptide Lip Cloud

Peptides, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid are the secret sauce fueling Kopari Tri-Peptide Lip Cloud, with each swipe providing a plumping effect that won’t cause your lips to sting like other formulas on the market might. Plus, a large doe-foot wand makes application a breeze and each swipe provides high shine alongside a refreshing minty flavor.

Haus Labs PhD Hybrid Lip Oil

Available in four subtly gorgeous shades (Tint, a sheer pink, is shown above) Haus Labs PhD Hybrid Lip Oil serves up nonsticky shine, line-smoothing hydration. The lightweight formulation is bursting with moisture-boosting squalane, plumping collagen, and soothing prickly pear oil. Lipstick, who?

Versed Silk Slip Conditioning Lip Oil

Just like a négligée, the Versed Silk Slip Conditioning Lip Oil coats lips in a barely-there layer of – in this case – sesame, camellia, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils. All you need is a drop from the pretty pink tube for lasting hydration.

iNNBeauty Project Glaze Lip Oil

Honor the breakfast foods and sugary glosses of your youth with iNNBeauty Project Glaze Lip Oil, a vegan lip oil that provides high shine sans stickiness. Flavors like Fruity Cereal, Glazed Donut, Candy Apple, and Berry turn every swipe into a decadent treat, plus, fermented pomegranate provides subtle exfoliation to keep your lips flake-free.

Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Oil

The Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Oil has the same lip nourishing powers as the brand’s classic lip balm – just with a sheen. Sweet almond oil teams up sunflower seed oil and shea butter to coat lips in a slick-yet-smoothing formula.

Em Cosmetics Everglass Lip Dew

For a lip-approved version of “glass skin,” look to Em Cosmetics Everglass Lip Dew — each swipe delivers intense, reflective shine while nourishing jojoba and rosehip seed oil provide ultimate moisture. A range of six neutral shades, from Caramel Nude to Deep Rose, are perfect for everyday wear and you’re destined to find the perfect, my-lips-but-better match.

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Clarins Lip Comfort Oil

Thanks to the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil’s gel-like texture, the hazelnut- and jojoba oil-infused elixir lasts longer than a latte, delivering comfort to even the most-chapped skin with a giant and impossible-to-smudge doe-foot applicator. Over the years, Clarins has bolstered the shade range of its beloved lip oil, so if you want your shine to have a hint of glitter or color, you’re sure to find whatever you have in mind.

Then I Met You Honey Dew Lip Mask

Although it’s not classified as a lip oil, the Then I Met You Honey Dew Lip Mask technically is. It’s spiked with avocado and olive fruit oils for the same kind of dewy hydration as every other product on this list. However, exfoliating lactic acid and vitamin c-rich honeydew extract are added to the mix to prevent your lips from future flaking.

NYX Professional Makeup #ThisIsEverything Lip Oil

As if the sweet vanilla-cherry-blossom scent of the NYX Professional Makeup #ThisIsEverything Lip Oil weren’t addictive enough, the shine this affordable lip oil imparts will initiate it into regular rotation in your routine. Pick from a handful of translucent hues, including Sheer Sky Blue (which looks exactly as the name suggest but give lips a brightening effect).

Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss

Hyaluronic acid and evening primrose oil in the Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss are the perfect pair to simultaneously hydrate and adorn lips with a vinyl-like glow. Of its five fun shades, Jaws (seen above) is our favorite for its cherry popsicle tint.

Ciaté Burst Hydrating Lip Oil

Watermelon, Lychee & Acai, Yuzu & Grapefruit, and Mango & Lime sound like the flavors of sorbet or summer cocktails, but they’re the star oils of the variety of Ciaté Burst Hydrating Lip Oils offered. Although each smells different depending on which one you choose, you can expect the same level of thirst-quenching shine with the help of healing vitamin E.

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