If you have dry, cracked lips due to the weather, you need to moisturize ASAP. A great lip oil might be the ideal way to moisturize your pout.
Transitional weather, like going from high temperatures to cooler ones, can leave your skin feeling dry and tight—and that includes your lips. As we inch closer towards fall and winter, chapped lips aren’t going to go away anytime soon, and if you’re getting sick of using the same lip balm over and over again, then it’s time to try something new.
A lip oil made with rich, hydrating ingredients can leave your lips feeling softer and looking shinier and more moisturized. Unlike some balms, lip oils have a slicker look to them, but a good one still feels light and never looks oily. Here are some of our favorites.
Easily the top-rated lip oil out there is Clarins Lip Comfort Oil. This luxurious treatment oil hydrates, plumps, adds shine, and comes with a hint of color. It’s made with a blend of hazelnut and organic jojoba oils for a very moisturizing effect that also looks great.
There are several different shades available, each one offering just a subtle hint of color. The shades Candy and Tangerine are made with a unique formula that reacts to the pH of your lips for a customized shade of pink that looks very natural. The Mint shade is made with actual mint, which results in a slight plumping, and Honey Glam gives just the right amount of shimmer.
The Lilah B. Lovingly Lip Hyaluronic Treatment Oil isn’t just a lip oil, it’s also a treatment meant to make your lips healthier from the inside out. It’s made with some great ingredients, like hyaluronic acid for extra hydration and wrinkle smoothing, bilberry seed oil for antioxidants, omegas 3 and 6 to form a protective barrier on your lips, and vitamin E to soften and nourish.
I personally love how this one never feels sticky, glides on smooth, and gives just a bit of a glossy look to your lips that feels very natural and subtle. It’s lightweight enough that you can layer it over lip color as well to give some extra shine.
Think of this Ilia Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil as both a treatment and a lip color. It’s made with ingredients that truly help lock in moisture and hydration, like hyaluronic acid, salicornia herbacea extract, and meadowfoam seed oil. It feels really nice on your lips because it’s super lightweight and never oily or sticky.
It also comes in a variety of different natural-looking pinks and neutral shades that are perfectly subtle. And it’s clean, vegan, silicone-free, cruelty-free, and paraben-free, so you can feel good about using it.
It’s not the cheapest option available, but Dior Lip Glow Oil is a fan favorite anyway. If you want a lip oil that is super shiny and noticeable, this is the one to go for. It’s available in several different shades, and it offers a high-shine tint that looks like an elevated gloss but feels like a lip oil.
It’s made with cherry oil for protection against stress factors that can lead to that dry feeling, and it feels hydrating without ever feeling sticky or greasy. The minty-vanilla scent gives lips a bit of a boost.
Yes, every lip oil on this list is hydrating, but some are more moisturizing than others, like this Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Oil. It’s made with natural fatty acids that not only replenish moisture but also make lips look less dry and softer. Sweet almond oil hydrates and retains moisture, while still feeling lightweight.
This is a great no-frills lip oil that works really effectively for severely chapped lips, lasts for hours, and delivers just a bit of shine on the lips. It’s perfectly subtle with a great smell, and reviewers love how it makes their lips feel.
The Milk Makeup Glow Oil is a great multitasker and can be used for a glow on your cheeks and your lips. This isn’t for someone who’s looking for something subtle—it’s a high-shine formula with a slightly shimmery effect to it. It comes in a variety of different shades that don’t look too bright on either cheeks or lips.
This one is made with rice bran oil, an antioxidant that hydrates and easily absorbs into the skin for moisture. It leaves your cheeks with a shimmery glow almost like a highlighter and blush combined, and makes lips feel hydrated.
The most budget-friendly option by far is Chapstick Total Hydration Lip Oil, which comes in at just under $5 and still has great reviews. It’s made with vitamins C and E that heal and repair, as well as Omegas 3/9 that reduce the appearance of fine lines and hydrates the lips.
This one is also the best of both worlds: It’s basically like a lip balm and oil combined. The waxy base of the balm seals in moisture and protects, while the vitamin lip oil adds even more hydration and a sheer, shiny look.
For a lip oil that doubles as a nice dose of color, opt for Merit Beauty Shade Slick Tinted Lip Oil. It comes in a pretty wide variety of colors, from subtle neutrals to pinks and brighter reds. Vegan and cruelty-free, it’s made with a blend of rosehip oil and Omegas 3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids that act as antioxidants and form a protective barrier. Shea butter, grapeseed oil, and jojoba oil hydrate and lock in moisture.
The reason this one is more tinted than other options is because it’s more of a blend of lip oil and a light stain, so the color sticks more and feels less subtle. Unlike other stains, which can be drying however, this one feels great.
Whatever your needs, we’re sure one of the lips oils above will be a perfect fit for your lips and help you keep them hydrated and soft all year long!