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Lip oils are having a moment right now and we definitely understand why. If you have dry or cracked lips, they’re a great way to hydrate, soften and repair your pout. Lip oil is also versatile because it has the moisturizing properties of a lip balm with the shine of a lip gloss, so you get a lustrous finish minus the tackiness. Wear lip oil on its own or pair it with any lipstick to give it more shine. Simply put, lip oils are a must in your beauty bag—especially when it’s as good as the Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil ($40), which customers can’t get enough of. Need more options? From Kosas ($22) to Rare Beauty ($9), we rounded up the 20 best lip oils, according to PureWow editors, experts and shoppers.
The Best Lip Oils at a Glance
Meet the Experts:
How We Chose the Best Lip Oils
We tapped a few PureWow editors to test and review the top lip oils in the market. During our testing period, we took into consideration a few key features such as the formula, texture, pigment, longevity and price. The list also includes popular picks from TikTok, Instagram and Reddit, as well as from trusted retailers like Sephora, Ulta and Amazon.
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With over 1,500 5-star reviews, and a stamp of approval from TikTok, this viral lip oil is at the top of our list. The main ingredient, cherry oil, aims to hydrate and protect your lips. Reviewers say it has a rich texture that glides on seamlessly, while leaving a subtle tint behind. The minty vanilla scent is a bonus. "The lip oil glides on smoothly and the high-shine hits it out of the park. It's super hydrating on my lips and I can definitely see why it's a fan-favorite," says Chelsea Candelario, PureWow associate editor.
Searching for an affordable lip oil? This one by Provence Beauty gives you a juicy pout for under $10. The rich formula features pomegranate extract, which is packed with antioxidants to protect your lips. You’ll also find plum and apricot oil, which both moisturize and soften your pout. “These are shockingly good for the price. They're super smooth and glossy (and not-at-all sticky). They have a fruity scent that you can almost taste and the ones with color give your lips a nice just-bitten look (cherry cola lips, anyone?),” says Nicole Briese, PureWow commerce director.
Selena Gomez knew exactly what she was doing when she launched this tinted lip oil. Formulated with jojoba and sunflower oil, it locks in hydration, soothes cracked skin and protects against environmental stressors. As one editor mentioned in her review: “The most noteworthy thing about the lip oil is its unique jelly texture and juicy finish, which looks like a gloss but isn’t sticky in the slightest. When you apply it, it transforms into a lightweight oil that keeps your lips hydrated all day long. We also appreciate the subtle minty tingle it offers.”
We’re already big fans of their hair oil, so it’s no surprise that Gisou’s lip oil ranks high on our list. It’s formulated with honey, a rich humectant that prevents moisture loss and adds hydration back to the lips. There’s also hyaluronic acid, which experts say helps seal in moisture, especially for extremely dry skin. “I love that it leaves my lips feeling soft and hydrated even when I'm ready to reapply. I’ve incorporated in my go-to lip routine with a neutral liner for a natural look. A little goes a long way, too, so I never run out,” says Olivia Dubyak, PureWow commerce editor.
Kosas named this a “wet lip oil” for a reason. It’s definitely the most pigmented of the bunch and it leaves a nice juicy shine. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and evening primrose oil, the lip oil locks in hydration and protects your lips. It’s also packed with peptides to plump the area—minus any tingly effect. “This lip oil is glossy and glides on my lips like butter. It’s very hydrating and I love that I can just rock it without needing to apply lipstick beforehand because of the striking pigment. Combined with its high-shine finish and I can’t stop making a fishy pout like it’s 2010,” says Candelario.
This lip oil has it all. It’s packed with squalane, apricot, avocado, jojoba and pomegranate oils, which combined hydrates and enhances your natural lip color. Nourishing formula aside, the lip oil also has a plumping effect that left one editor in awe. “OK, I already have big lips, but this lip oil enhances them even more. Once applied, I felt a slight tingle that made them appear fuller,” says Candelario. “It also doesn’t play around in the gloss department, so expect lots of shine. However, the color is subtle, so if you want pigment you might want to apply lipstick first.”
This tinted lip product adds just enough color so it’s not overpowering for those casual days. Ingredients include squalane, which softens and hydrates the lips, jojoba oil for moisture retention and vitamin E for protection against pollution and UV rays. According to one editor, this product changed her mind about lip oils. “In my opinion, lip oils don't get enough love. Imagine the hydration of your go-to balm paired with the shine of your favorite gloss...match made in heaven, no? These are moisturizing without feeling thick and goopy and imparts just the right amount of color for a brightening but barely-there pop,” says Catrina Yohay, PureWow executive managing editor. “The doe-foot wand also makes application a breeze, whether I'm dashing out the door without a mirror or on a moving train. Plus, the recycled glass packaging feels so much more luxe than a plastic tube (huge props to the French).”
Enriched with fruity extracts (like Barbados cherry and wild cherry) and an oil blend (of sweet cherry, jojoba and rosehip), this pick smells and feels amazing on the lips. As one editor notes, this lip oil stands out for its pleasant scent and creamy formula that aims to condition and soothe dry lips. “The cherry treat lip oil is most definitely a treat for my lips. The doe-foot applicator helps glide it across my lips and leaves them feeling so moisturized. And, oh the scent is so comforting and so deliciously sweet that I have to stop myself from licking my lips,” says Candelario.
This lip oil is praised for its high-shine finish and skincare benefits. The gel-based formula includes jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid to give you a more hydrated, juicier pout. Reviewers also mention the small specks of glitter that add even more shine and shimmer—so much so that you won’t have to reach for your lip gloss anytime soon.
10. Nooni Lip Oil
We can’t talk about this K-beauty product and not mention the extensive shade range. It has 12 shades ranging from “Appleberry” to “Appleclear.” While the whole collection keeps lips supple and hydrated, each lip oil features different key ingredients. Some include raspberry seed oil, cherry extract and jojoba oil, which can change the tint, while others offer different benefits (i.e., nourishing, volumizing, etc.) and they’re available in different fruity flavors to suit your preferences. Note: Shoppers say less is more with this product, so apply a thin layer and let it sit to get the most natural-looking hue. “I love everything about this lip oil, it glides on smoothly, smells lovely (not too strong), leaves a nice tint and moisturizes your lips. It’s like having a 2-in-1. Just trust me and buy the lip oil, you will love it,” shares one Amazon reviewer.
With a name like "lip cloud" we had high expectations. Fortunately, we weren't disappointed. Formulated with tri-peptides and ceramides, the treatment works to plump, soothe and protect the lips. It also features hyaluronic acid, coconut oil and apricot seed oil to deeply nourish your pout and prevent moisture loss. “The texture is very lightweight and feels more like a lip balm than a lip gloss. That said, it does leave a nice shine. Plus, I appreciate that it's not sticky or tacky at all," says Candelario.
While the pigment is out of this world, the creamy texture is noteworthy, too. Formulated with shea butter, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil and rosehip oil, this pick works to condition and soften lips. “The first thing I noticed was how refreshing it felt on my lips. The lip oil is so creamy and lightweight—plus, the ‘Pink Beet’ shade offers just enough tint without being too much on my pout,” says Candelario.
This lip treatment is a triple-threat that elevates our pout. Its blend of baobab, camellia and passion fruit oils delivers a high-shine finish, while providing long-lasting hydration. Whether you choose “Excellence” (a rosy brown) or “Smitten” (a bright pink), the oil is sheer, comfy and lightweight. "I tried 'Smitten' and it turned my pout a juicy pink. I like that it has a slight plumping effect and lasts a long time, however, it is a bit sticky," notes Candelario.
The first thing you’ll notice is the fruity fragrance (unless you snag the “Cookie” or “Piña Colada shades). Then, you’ll appreciate how the red-root and jojoba oil combo works to moisturize dry, chapped lips after one swipe. The formula also has fermented pomegranate, which gently exfoliates, while the plumping complex makes your lips look more supple and full. “These lip oils have been a staple in my bag for years. If I’m ever in a pinch or just need something on my lips, I can count on these to give me a juicy, hydrating pout. I really appreciate the slight tint for those casual days—and the scent is to die for,” says Candelario.
While we want our lip oils to have some glossy benefits, sometimes we want a more subtle finish. Luckily, this tinted oil from ILIA is glossy and not-at-all tacky on the lips. Key ingredients like hyaluronic acid and meadowfoam seed oil offer long-lasting hydration that lasts all day. The formula also has salicornia herbacea, an extract that’s known to prevent water loss and improve hydration levels in the skin. As one editor previously said, the lip oil is “extremely hydrating and leaves the lips with a kiss of color that is easily buildable but is quite sheer.”
This oil offers a sheer shine that makes your lips look soft and supple. Formulated with vitamin tree fruit oil, this Kaja pick deeply nourishes your lips and the large applicator makes it easy to apply in one swipe. “This lip gloss is stunning! It gives a natural gloss tint to the lips while deeply hydrating and nourishing the lips all day! It smells so good and it’s so easy to throw in the bag,” shares one Sephora shopper.
Enriched with clean ingredients, this lip oil offers skincare benefits to give you a more hydrated pout. The formula includes collagen, which helps to maintain moisture, as well as prickly pear oil and squalane for added hydration. Shoppers note that it’ll leave a subtle tint that’s great for an everyday look on its own or it can be paired with any lipstick to give it more shine. As one editor shares, “My lips felt supple and plump after one swipe of this lip oil. The color is light, but overall I love how juicy my lips look and feel,” says Candelario.
18. NYX Fat Oil
This viral product was all over TikTok and cemented itself as a dupe for another popular pick on this list (see #1). Packed with raspberry oil, cloudberry oil and squalene, this lip oil adds moisture and shine back to your pout. According to NYX, it can deliver hydration for up to 12 hours sans any stickiness or dryness. “The color payoff looks so good. I used 'Status Update' and it leaves a subtle brown tint without being too much. The formula applies smoothly on my lips and packs a ton of shine," shares Candelario.
A lip conditioner during the day and a lip mask at night, this oil gets two thumbs up from a dermatologist. “It's packed with hydrating humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, and skin barrier-supporting emollients like polyglycerides, sunflower seed oil, triglycerides, shea oil, camellia seed oil and rosa canina fruit oil,” explains Dr. King. “Plus, shea oil has both emollient and occlusive properties, so this also helps to lock in moisture. Aloe vera adds anti-inflammatory properties and vitamin C adds antioxidant properties.”
This lip oil stands out as it has SPF 32 to protect your lips against the harsh rays. “It offers mineral sun protection from titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, combined with oils and humectants to moisturize the lips,” adds Dr. King. The formula also features a blend of argan, castor and sunflower seed oils, which soothe and condition the skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
What to Consider When Shopping for a Lip Oil
To further narrow down your selection from our extensive list, here are a few features to consider when deciding on the right lip oil for you.
Are Lip Oils Actually Good for Your Lips?
Yes, as Essa explains, “Many lip oils are formulated with nourishing ingredients that can be great for the lips. They provide moisture and a nice shine on the delicate lip area. However, it really depends on the ingredients used, as some lip oils are more effective than others.”
Are There Any Downsides to Using Lip Oil?
“Often, lip oils aren’t as long-lasting as lip balms and require more re-applications. Also, some users may find them to be a bit too glossy or sticky. Additionally, not all lip oils offer the same level of hydration, so effectiveness varies,” shares Essa.
Are Lip Oils Better Than Lip Balms?
One is not better than the other. It all boils down to your preference. “Lip oils and lip balms serve slightly different purposes, so one is not necessarily better than the other. Lip balms are thicker and create a barrier on the lips, providing protection from external elements with a more matte finish on the lips,” says Essa. “Lip oils are typically lighter formulas and provide a glossy finish while also moisturizing the lips. Choosing between the two will come down to personal preference and your needs.”
How Often Should You Apply Lip Oil?
As many times as you like! Treat lip oil like any other lip product you’ve used. “You can apply lip oil as often as needed, typically when your lips feel dry or you want a glossy finish. Many people apply it several times a day, but the frequency can vary based on personal preferences,” says Essa. In sum, swipe on lip oil whenever you need some moisture and go about your day. Easy peasy.
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