Come summer, most women’s lipstick game takes a beating. Drying matte liquid lipsticks can be a hassle to wear, and switching to balms means there’s just no colour pay off, only hydration. Lip glosses were the bridge a few years ago, but today, most are sticky and shiny. Thankfully, beauty labels realise that there is a sweet spot between high-performance liquid lipsticks and no-colour balms. Say hello to summer-perfect lip oils.
With more and more beauty labels jumping onto the lip oil bandwagon, it’s easy to see why it scores high on the beauty radar. Think of it as a cross between a balm and a lipstick with a hint of colour and maximum hydration plus easy application.
This month, Indulgeo Essentials, a homegrown label unveiled their lip oil, inspired and formulated by makeup artist and skincare addict Namrata Soni. It comes in a variety of flavours, is infused with 24K gold flakes, and forms a protective layer to shield from harmful UV rays. “Matte lipsticks really kill the skin on your lips because of the high alcohol content in them. We needed something that protects the lips from chapping and peeling, at the same time having the effect and look of a matte lipstick,” says Soni.
Here are the best lip oils to take you through summer.
This is the OG lip oil to buy this season. Available in an array of colours, it is sheer, non-sticky, and nourishes with hydrating agents like jojoba, hazelnut, and mirabelle plum.
Price: Rs 1,900
This Instagram-able shaker ensures your lips have that just-bitten look. Bonus: It is the world’s most pigmented lip oil that is all about non-sticky shine. The oil comes in a variety of shades and contains intensely hydrating oils, from peach kernel oil and sweet slmond oil to cranberry oil and Muscat rose oil.
Price: Rs 1,500 (approx)
Launched this month, Kiehl’s new lip treatment, Love Oil for Lips, softens the delicate lip area while leaving a natural-looking shine. Lightweight and luxurious, it features a healthy sprinkling of coconut and moringa oils, alongside acerola cherry extract. The unique formula is perfect for dry, sensitive lips, and comes in four tinted shades, including Neon Pink, Botanical Blush, Apothecary Cherry, and Midnight Orchid. Wear it as is or layer with your existing lipstick.
Price: Rs 1,400
These lip oils come with cinnamon oil, an all-natural lip plumping solution, and an exotic blend of edible-grade cold pressed oils like argan, jojoba and, evening primrose, infused with the finest Jamaican coffee beans and French vanilla pods. Unrefined beeswax is used to give it an incredibly moisturising effect while also forming a protective layer on your lips.
Price: Rs 1,500 for a pack of 3
If you’re looking for a splurge, this place your money on this one. Its sheer formula takes after the plumping version of Louboutin’s signature red, and is all about keeping your lips soft, smooth, and hydrated. The packaging is a winner on all counts, while the jojoba oil base makes it ultra-light and non-sticky.
Price: Rs 5,000 (approx)
This range features better pigments and a nourishing formula that can be used both on the lips and cheeks. Hydrated with safflower, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils, this one is luscious yet lightweight.
Price: Rs 1,650
This cute nourishing lip oil comes with cornflower and pink helichrysum petals that are designed to hydrate the lips, making sure they are soft and shiny. It’s also buildable, and comes with a beautiful scent of floral extracts, all set in pretty holographic packaging.
Price: Rs 1,150