There are a few key pieces needed to crack the no-makeup makeup puzzle: a dewy base that covers imperfections yet still looks like skin, barely-there lashes that define but never clump, and, of course, the perfect whisper of color on your lips. The latter is, in our opinion, the hardest part of a fresh face to get right. While a hint of color on the lips is one of the easiest ways to brighten your entire complexion in just a few seconds, it's very easy to go too heavy or too light and miss the mark completely.
That's why the advent of lip oils have been so handy. A product that marries the best parts of a nourishing balm and a colorful gloss? Sign us up. In the past few years, lip oils have flooded our feeds and local makeup stores, so we've been able to try dozens of different variations. Some are tinted, some pack longer-lasting benefits, and some come with funky applicators and interactive packaging. Feast your eyes on the very best lip oils we've tried to-date, ahead.
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Upgrade your go-to clear gloss with this luxe oil, which has a viscous (but not sticky) texture that leaves lips more nourished and shinier for longer. Smoothing, nutrient-rich omegas impart a subtle plumping effect — plus, those are real rose petals floating around in there.
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Chapstick is adding not one, but two new hydrating lip oils to their collection this summer: One is a slick, vitamin-enriched formula that comes in tinted and non-tinted varieties, and the other is a deeply moisturizing night serum that rehabs rough lips while you sleep. Both will be rolled out at mass retailers in August.
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This shea butter-packed oil-to-gel balm has a sheer, rosy tint that deepens once it hits your lips, making it an easy option to swipe on without a mirror.
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At first glance, this golden oil may look intimidating, but the sheer gloss has super-fine gold shimmer running through it that leaves a gorgeous sheen on the lips. We love wearing it solo or layering it over lipstick for a boost of moisture and shine.
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Except for what we learned from The Little Mermaid, we may never know what a mermaid's beauty routine would look like — if they were real and all. But if you're still wondering, Rodin's newest collection will satiate your curiosity with a full line of mermaid-themed products, featuring this illuminating lip oil.