The 15 Best Lip Oils for Hydration, Shine, and Color
Not quite a balm and not quite a gloss, lip oils are essentially the love child of both. These nourishing tubes goo infused with a myriad of oils multitask with the finish of a shiny, tinted gloss and 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 brands jumping on the lip oil train, we rounded up over a dozen of the best tubes, crayons, and sticks we've tried. None of the 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 Nyx to extreme luxury ones, like one with a 24-karat gold applicator, to indulge your lips in.