Lip Gloss Too Sticky For You? Try One Of These Lip Oils Instead

While the mids 2010s may have signalled the rise of the matte lip, we’ve always been partial to a glossy iteration. Rather than lament the solely functional nature of a lip balm or risk the potentially hazardous hair-sticking-to-lips situation that oft accompanies a lip gloss, we’re turning to lip oils.

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A multitasking amalgam, a good lip oil combines the pragmatism of lip balm with the flair of lip gloss, resulting in a product that delivers the hydration and nourishment of a lip balm as well as the shine of a good lip gloss. Plus, tinted lip oils are a thing, adding the long-lasting colour of a lip stain into the mix. 

Perfect worn on their own or over your favourite lipstick, add one of these 8 lip oils into your rotation.

1. Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

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A universally-beloved favourite in the lip oil department, the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil combines sheer colour with a uniquely moisturising formula. A nourishing blend of plant oils including hazelnut, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils hydrate and comfort the lips, while providing your lips with a delicately tinted hue.

2. Clarins Lip Comfort Oil Intense

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A more pigmented take on their cult-favourite Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil Intense softens lips with a blend of hazelnut, cranberry, and jojoba oils while providing intense colour akin to that of a lipstick.

3. Revlon Kiss Glow Lip Oil 

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Available at an excellent price point, the Revlon Kiss Glow Lip provides your lips with a subtle tint while a moisturising complex of moringa and crambe abyssinica seed oils and mother of pearl hydrate and slightly plump lips. 

4. Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil

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One of the best lip oils for those in pursuit of plumper lips, the Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil utilises a nourishing mix of coconut, tsubaki, avocado, and meadowfoam oils to promote smoother, fuller lips. With a sheer hint of colour, it works well worn on its own for a natural look, or atop lipstick for an added hit of hydration. 

5. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Oil

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For all the lip gloss lovers out there, this one’s for you. A super glossy (yet non-sticky!) formula with a sheer tint, the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Oil uses an all-natural blend of meadowfoam and coconut oils to leave lips feeling soft and smooth.

6. Dior Lip Glow Oil

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This unique formula courtesy of Dior works to enhance your natural lip colour, while cherry oil nourishes lips and protects them from the elements. J’adore. 

7. Ciaté Fruit Burst Lip Oil

For a natural look, try a fruity lip oil iteration by Ciaté. With flavours like lychee & acai, mango & lime, and yuzu & grapefruit, these yummy lip oils deliver intense nourishment alongside a glossy finish. 

8. Morphe Glassified Lip Oil

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Ultra-moisutrising with a sheer tint, Morphe Glassified Lip Oil keeps your lips feeling supple and nourished with a blend of moringa, jojoba, and coconut oils. 


Words by AR Staff