5 Alternatives To This Sold-Out Lip Oil

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A key component of any successful no-makeup makeup look is a lip stain that delivers just a hint of color. The only problem? Until recently, most formulations were a gamble — and anyone who's had to sacrifice hydrated lips for sheer pigment knows the struggle.
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The beauty community flocked to stores when lip oils first hit the scene. Finally, a tinted product that moisturizes like a balm, but gives lips the glamorous finish of a gloss. Now, years later, beauty lovers everywhere are still digging lip oils. Case in point: Milk Makeup's Oil Lip Stain, which has sold out in two shades at Sephora.
One layer of Milk's lip oil gives a sheer layer of color, but the product can be layered for more opacity, too. It's loaded with vitamin E, rosemary, and olive oil to hydrate dry lips and a roller-ball applicator that makes sweeping the tint on easy.
Thankfully, Milk's oil is still available on the brand's website, but if you can't get your hands on a shade — or want to give another oil a try — check out our favorites in the slides ahead.
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Wear this lightweight tint on your lips solo or tap onto cheeks for a monochromatic flush.
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Our senior beauty editor, Alix Tunell, hasn't been able to put these lip oils down since she discovered them earlier this month. "They're so softening," she says. "They're dressier than a balm, but not sticky like a gloss. Plus, they give off a sheer hint of color that's impossible to overdo."
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If you're on the hunt for a lip oil with a little more color, try these from Burt's Bees. The hydrating formula (thanks to coconut and meadowfoam seed oils) is infused with a hit of pigment that can be layered for more intensity, while still appearing natural on our lips.
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These non-sticky lip oils are infused with a mixture of apricot kernel, jojoba seed, and coriander fruit oil to make lips feel incredibly smooth. Our favorite? Red My lips — the prettiest pink-meets-red hue.
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Lancôme's Juicy Shakers are unique thanks to the bi-phase formulation, which comes in 17 different shades. That means they must be shaken — just like a cocktail shaker — to blend the pigments before dabbing the color onto your lips.
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Don't be intimidated by the vibrant hue of this Clarin's Lip Oil. The hydrating oil transforms into a sheer, barely-there, glossy tint when smoothed onto lips.
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