Lip Oils Are The “It Girl” Of 2022 (+ Juicy Options To Try)
Sit down for a sec, balms. Lip oils are officially here and they’re the juicy and nourishing treat your lips deserve. While lip oils aren’t exactly new, they are certainly enjoying a rise in popularity as of late. They’re a total nod to the ultra-glossy lips of the ‘90s and early ‘00s, but with less stickiness and more chic factor.
So, what are lip oils, exactly? They’re a mix between a balm and a gloss and — true to their name — have a shiny, oil-like look and feel. The hero ingredients of these products are oils, many of which have nourishing and hydrating properties that are basically like a drink for your pout. Many also contain a touch of pigment for a gorgeous, sheer wash of color! Digging this shiny bae? Here are seven lip oils to try.
This tasty lip oil is inspired by one of the best treats of all time: chocolate chip cookies. It’s formulated with conditioning jojoba and red root oils, fermented pomegranate to gently exfoliate, and coconut flower extract and stevia for a hint of sweetness. The color is a super sheer, universally flattering milk chocolate tint.
Available in six shades ranging from a juicy peach to pinkish purple, Pacifica Beauty Glow Stick Lip Oil, $11, gifts your pout the perfect blend of hydration and barely-there color. What makes this one special is that it has the traditional lipstick bullet shape — which makes for easy application — only instead of that thick lipstick texture it slicks on like an oil.
Sunflower, carrot, sweet almond, and macadamia nut, and chia oils team up in this luxe, color-free lip oil from LYS Beauty. Altogether, these ingredients help hydrate, moisturize, and create a plumping effect. We love the cushiony feel of the formula, which creates a high-shine, long-lasting finish.
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We love a good nostalgia moment, and Shop Miss A Oh Honey Lip Oil Rollerball, $1, is happy to indulge us. Not only is the packaging adorable, but it’s only a dollar. While the ingredient list isn’t quite as enticing as the others here, this one gives you that ’90s era glossy look and TBH we can’t resist the rollerball or price tag. (In addition to strawberry, it comes in Peach, Apple, and Honey flavors).
5. Wander Beauty Lip Retreat Oil, $22
If you’re craving higher color payoff in your lip oil, reach for Wander Beauty’s luxurious Retreat Oil, $22. Each of the three shades are formulated with avocado, apricot, and rose canina fruit oils and then infused with vitamin E for an extra nourishing touch. The doe-foot applicator makes it easy to apply on-the-go, too.
6. Truly GLOAT Big Juicy Lip Oil, $16
How can you say no to Truly‘s FUN vibes and organic, vegan formulas? The simple ingredient list includes coconut oil, aloe vera, sunflower seed oil, vitamin E, green tea extract, and hyaluronic acid — a winning combo that makes for plump, hydrated, soft lips. The formula itself feels silky and slick and it can be worn alone or used as a lip prep before lipstick.
Leave it to Vicky B to give us our spendy splurge of the day. This crystal clear gloss makes blackcurrant oil the star of the show, an ingredient rich in omega fatty acids. It’s also infused with nourishing vitamin E, conditioning aloe butter, and a plant-derived lipid complex that helps strengthen the skin barrier to better lock in hydration.
What are your thoughts on the lip oil trend? And which of the above picks speak to you most? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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