Oils are going through a major comeback this season. Not in skincare (as these will always remind staples), but… in makeup. Ever since Too Faced relaunched their Sweet Peach line, everyone seems to be obsessed about lip oils from the collection. Around the same time, many other brands come out with lip oil options.
While many people are excited about this beauty invention, some seem to be concerned whether lip oils are a new fancy name for a classic lip gloss. Today we’ll be breaking out the lip oil phenomenon and review some of the products in this category that I had a chance to test out.
To put simply, lip oils are lip products that combine moisturizing features of oils with a shiny finish of a lip gloss. The main difference between the two is that many lip oils claim to be non-sticky. In addition to hydrating properties, certain lip oils deliver extra lip volumizing or wrinkle fighting benefits.
While most of the lip oils are colorless, some provide a sheer, lip gloss like coverage. When it comes to durability, it’s close to nothing: every time you have a snack or even coffee, you have to reapply the product. The good thing is that since the main ingredients in these products are oils, these are supposed to be less harmful if digested than your typical moisturizing or liquid lipstick.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with a few popular lip oils and straight off the bat I have to say not all of them delivered the desired outcome: hydrated and smooth lips. While I was lucky to discover some awesome lip oils, some turn out to be just okay.
To make this lip oils review a bit more entertaining, I decided to list the products in order of how I tried them so you can see the evolution of my opinions about those trendy lip products.
It was the first lip oil that I ever tried and at first I didn’t realize that it was a new product category. I picked this adorable pink tube among other new products by the brand and really loved it. While it did feel like a typical lip gloss (meaning: sticky!), I used it all the time. In fact, I preferred it over my typical lip balm even when I’m at home which really speaks about the product’s moisturizing qualities. I’ve been using this lip product so often that I even included it into my January Favorites post. A month later, I’m almost completely out of this product and definitely plan on repurchasing it (online, because it’s sold out in all drugstores around me).
Pros: Features a super handy applicator, helps with chapped lips, and very affordable.
Cons: Sticky; gold letters on the tube come off. At first, I didn’t like the taste and smell of the product, but then I got used to it.
Color Range: This lip oil comes in 8 translucent shades, all featuring different oils. Each oil is designed to address a specific concern, whether it’s lack of moisture, a need to repair or protect your lips.
- 01 Moisturizing Almond Coco
- 02 Healing Lemon Honey
- 03 Rejuvenating Peach Mango
- 04 Conditioning Grapeseed
- 05 Repairing Primrose
- 06 Revitalizing Grapefruit
- 07 Protecting Pomegranate
- 08 Nourishing Raspberry
The Verdict: It’s a good one!
At first, I thought that this is a more expensive dupe of the Milani lip oil (because the color of the product and the applicator are almost identical), but after just a few applications I realized that it’s a completely different product. Clarins lip oil doesn’t have the weird taste that almost discouraged me from using the Milani oil. It feels less greasy on the lips and features just a tiny, not irritating, fragrance to it. I’ve been a long-term fan of the Clarins products and I believe that they feature only the best ingredients for your skin. This notion is especially relevant to this particular product. It stays on my lips longer than any other lip oil and it’s capable of treating even the most severe “winter lips” situations. Even though it’s more expensive that the Milani lip oil, I do believe it’s a much better option.
Pros: Really helps to improve the condition of lips; smells, tastes and looks luxurious. Features 100% plant oils.
Cons: It’s on a more expensive side.
Color Range: Comes in three translucent shades:
- 01 Honey
- 02 Raspberry
- 03 Red Berry
Price: $26 for 0.1 oz./7 ml at Sephora.
The Verdict: It’s a perfection!
I received this one in a PR package and immediately tested it as Burt’s Been is one of my favorite all-natural drugstore brands. I loved the taste and the coverage this lip oil provides, as well as an impressive list of oils that it features. What I didn’t like is a brush applicator that made it difficult to distribute the oil on the lips. Also, while I understand that it’s a drugstore brand, the packaging didn’t feel luxurious enough for me. But if you are more about the formula than the product’s look, this lip oil is a decent option—especially considering the affordable price of the product.
Pros: It’s 100% natural, cruelty-free, non-sticky.
Cons: Cheap packaging. Applicator is not the best.
Color Range: This all-natural lip oil comes in 6 tinted shades:
- Crimson Breeze
- Caramel Cloud
- Misted Plum
- Rustling Rose
- Showering Sunset
- Whispering Orchid
The Verdict: It’s okay!
While I totally understand the hype with the Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette (it’s one of my current favorites), at first I was very skeptical about the lip oil. While the swatches looked amazing (especially on pale skin girls like me), I was not certain that I’ll be into the peach fragrance scent. I don’t mind the scent of the eyeshadow palette, but I assumed that the lip product is a completely different story.
As predicted, I also didn’t like the strong peach scent this product features. While I do not mind peach fragranced eyeshadow palette (in fact, I very much enjoy that particular scent), having peaches in such close proximity to my nose was not something that I enjoyed. While Ben noticed and complimented the smell of peaches while kissing me, it was a bit too much for me to smell peaches all day long. Saying so, I decided to save this product just for the date nights. Especially because this shade of peachy pink makes my lips look so kissable.
Pros: The color is amazing! The product tingles a bit immediately after application, but it’s very comfortable to wear afterwards.
Cons: Strong peach scent.
Color Range: This product comes in 8 semi-pigmented shades:
- Peach Fuzz (Peachy Nude)
- Papa Don’t Peach (Spiced Peach)
- Peach-Sicle (Creamy Peach)
- Pure Peach (Peachy Pink)
- Peach, Please! (Coral Pink)
- Poppin’ Peach (Bright Peach Pop)
- Peach Tease (Electric Peach)
- Tickle-Me-Peach (Watermelon)
The Verdict: It’s a really good one, if you don’t mind the peach scent.
After I tested so many other lip oils I decided to pick this one up just to see if it’s a dupe for the Clarins lip oil (as the shades of those products looked similar). Well, there is nothing identical about these products! For starters, the flavor is different: the lip oil by Clarins smells like raspberries, while Ulta Beauty one is a pomegranate one. The finish is not the same either: the Ulta lip oil felt like a typical sticky lip gloss. Finally, the applicator was just okay: it’s a typical flat wand that requires a few dips so you have enough product to cover your lips. Overall, I felt that this lip oil just doesn’t work for me, especially because it’s more expensive than the Milani lip oil. Personally, I would go with the latest instead.
Pros: Smells good!
Cons: Sticky and doesn’t feel like lip oil.
Color Range: Comes in 6 non-pigmented flavors:
- Cranberry + Pomegranate
- Black Raspberry
- Jojoba + Peach
- Sweet Rose
- Green Tea + Avocado
Price: $9 at Ulta.com.
The Verdict: I’m not a fan.
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While working on this post I found many more exciting lip oils that I didn’t mention in this review such as YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil, Lancôme Juicy Shaker Lip Oil, Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil, Butter London Sheer Wisdom Lush Lip Oil, and Julep Your Lip Addiction Lip Oil Treatment. Please let me know in the comments area below if you’d like to read the second part of this lip oil roundup featuring the above mentioned products. Also, please tell me about any other lip products that you tested and would recommend trying.