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With more and more beauty labels embracing lip oils, 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.

Come spring, 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 lip oils.

Last year, Indulgeo Essentials formulated a lip oil inspired 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. This year, we have another homegrown label RAS Luxury Oils come out with a unique formulation – a one of a kind – ‘Oh So Luxe’ Liquid Lip Balm which is just one easy swipe of moisture surge that your lips need and made specially dry or flaky lips.

Here are the best lip oils to take you through this year.

Clarins Instant Lip Comfort Oil, Rs 1,900

Clarins Instant Lip Comfort Oil

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.

Lancome Juicy Shaker, Rs 1,500 (approx)

Lancome Juicy Shaker

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 almond oil to cranberry oil and Muscat rose oil.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, Love Oil for Lips, Rs 1,400

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, Love Oil for Lips

Launched last year, Kiehl’s 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.

Indulgeo Essentials Lip Oil, Rs 590

Indulgeo Essentials Lip Oil

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.

Christian Louboutin Beaute Rouge Louboutin Loubibelle Lip Beauty Oil, Rs 5,000 (Approx) 

Christian Louboutin Beaute Rouge Louboutin Loubibelle Lip Beauty Oil

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.

Clinique Pop Oil Lip & Cheek Glow, Rs 1,650

Clinique Pop

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.

RAS Luxury Oils  ‘Oh So Luxe’ Liquid Lip Balm, Rs 690

The liquid lip balm is so effortless on the lips and is perfect for the girl-on-the-go. And the ingredients are magic – Shea, Mango, Cocoa amongst other precious oils that not only nourish but give your lips that much-needed care. An added plus, this also takes care of pigmentation.

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.