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4 Lip Oils We Love

Move over, lip gloss – this lip product is trending for simple, supple shine

Written by: 100% PURE ®
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Take a second to check in with your lips. How are they feeling? For us, we’ve been feeling the effects of the cooler temps and icy winds – and our lips are getting the worst of it.

Right now, nothing feels better than soothing lip products that make us look cute and feel even better. Our secret to supple lips: lip oil. Not a balm and not a gloss, but something magical in between. Most days we can’t imagine applying lipstick to our already chapped lips, but that doesn’t mean we want to go bare!

When we need a boost of moisture but still want something pretty on our pouts, we turn to a super trendy lip oil. Learn more about the beauty substitute that feels like a therapeutic treatment, but looks like a gloss!

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What Is Lip Oil?

A lip oil combines the smooth silkiness of lip balm with a pigmented sheen, similar to lip gloss. But lip oils are more than just a creamy, lightweight gloss – they sink into the lips with soothing brilliance and deliver nourishing nutrients to preserve and soften our skin.

While balms are softening and protective for our lips, they can feel a bit heavy and don’t offer much in the way of color. We use face oil last in our evening routine, to seal in moisture and protect our skin – applying lip oil is the same principle. It’s lighter than a balm and works to preserve our lips’ moisture levels and hydration, while providing healthy shine and a soft glow.

Speaking of shine, did we mention that lip oils are a unique beauty category with a wide range of colors and finishes? Lip oils come in a wide range of colors – from sheer to full coverage – providing glow and a natural, beautiful sheen. Ready to try some lip oil on for shine? See our 4 favorites below – all made with clean, cruelty-free ingredients.

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Our Top Picks for Clean & Natural Lip Oil

Jouer Essential Hydrating Lip Oil
A medley of jojoba and apricot oils meet with enriching vitamin E for a lip product that slips on and stays put all day long. Softening and lightweight, this Jouer lip oil sinks in while leaving a subtle shine on our lips’ surface. This irresistible lip treat comes in a sheer peachy-pink shade for a universal my-lips-but-better tint. The Jouer Essential Hydrating Lip Oil is vegan, cruelty-free, and made with 99% plant ingredients.

Ilia Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil
If you want to try lip oil that’s turned up a notch, this is one to reach for. Injected with silky, buildable color in flattering floral shades from soft pink to rusty orange, this range of 6 lip oils packs a serious punch. The Ilia Balmy Gloss Lip Oil feels like silk pajamas for the lips. It glides on light as a cloud, bringing just a hint of shine but lots of nutrients.

We love the blend of shea butter and sunflower oil, with touches of citrus like tangerine and grapefruit. Our favorite shades are the soft coral-pink Petals, and the juicy strawberry tinted shade Saint.

Versed Silk Slip Conditioning Lip Oil
If the last lip oil on our list feels like silk pajamas, this one feels like wearing silk pajamas while sleeping on a silk pillowcase in silk sheets. One slide of this sheer shade makes any set of lips feel instantly rejuvenated.

Versed Silk Slip Conditioning Lip Oil comes with vitamin E and jojoba oil, along with sunflower seed oil for deeply penetrating hydration and skin repair. Further conditioning comes from macadamia seed oil and shea, making it rich and creamy with a sexy natural shine.

Vegan and cruelty free, this squeezy tube has made itself at home in our purses, on our nightstands, and even at our desks for a hit of hydration and conditioning whenever we need it.

Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil
There’s something deeply satisfying about a luxury lip product – and this lip oil is where luxury and clean beauty collide. A lavish blend of botanical oils like calming rose, brightening lemon, and anti-aging green tea create a soothing symphony on our lips. With a powerful boost of skin-smoothing vitamins A and C, the result is fewer fine lines and a light plumping effect.

To top it all off, the Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil looks and feels incredibly luxe. Its antibacterial 24K plated gold applicator is designed to glide smoothly along the curves and contours of our lips. This vegan, enriching lip treatment works amazingly day or night for lips that feel pampered and renewed.

How to Wear a Lip Oil

Another thing we love about this super conditioning lip product is how no-fuss it is. Creating looks from our go-to Zoom-appropriate glow all the way to a sparkly holiday face is a piece of cake. Here are a few ways we wear lip oil:

  • Wear it alone for a subtle, natural, and healthy-looking sheen. Apply to clean, dry lips for longer wear.

  • For super dry lips, apply your lip balm first then follow with a lip oil to seal in moisture.

  • Glide on your favorite lip oil then layer a bit of berry or pink lip stain in the center for a K-beauty inspired pout.

  • Use a lip brush to line the lips with a nude or nude-pink lipstick for fuller lips with a subtle sheen.

  • After applying the lip oil of your choice, layer on a shimmery or pearlescent gloss for a kiss of holiday spirit.

  • For the juiciest lips on earth, apply a lip gloss over your lip oil.

  • Be sure to apply a layer of lip oil a few minutes before any additional lip colors. This ensures that both layers stay put for deep conditioning and dryness prevention.

We carefully hand-select products based on strict purity standards, and only recommend products we feel meet this criteria. 100% PURE™ may earn a small commission for products purchased through affiliate links.

The information in this article is for educational use, and not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should not be used as such.

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