Those of us prone to dry and chapped lips will understand the struggle when it comes to finding a lip ointment that will absolve our woes. Balms are usually the go-to, but lip oils are where you ought to look if you’ve got a chronically malnourished pout, for the latter category is doubly-rich and built to repair.

Lip oils don’t just earn a place in your makeup bag on a day-to-day basis, but they’re especially resilient come winter vacations — the last thing you want in single-digit temperatures is to deal with cracked lips, so heavy-duty hydration is a must.

Beyond just the ability to nourish, lip oils, despite its name, can be lightweight, feeling more like a gloss than a douse of petroleum jelly on your mouth. Brands these days also make lip oils with tints, so you can wear them with a full makeup look, or for a pop of colour on no-makeup-makeup days.

We’re done espousing the virtues of lip oil. It’s time you try it out for yourself by shopping our favourites.

1
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

Clarins’ lightweight lip oil is so lightweight, you feel like its barely there. Fortified with plant-based active ingredients like jojoba and hazelnut oils, this is a lip saver in a tube. Available in seven hues, including a peppermint blue that applies completely sheer on the lips.

S$36. Available at Clarins.

2
Christian Louboutin Beauty Loubibelle Lip Beauty Oil

Christian Louboutin Beauty is renowned for its lipsticks, but the have a lip oil that gives the market a run for its money. If you’re looking for a lip oil that hydrates and offers intense colour payoff, then the Loubibelle Lip Beauty Oil is the one for you. Available in the brand’s signature red hue, this lip oil can also double as a cheek tint for convenience.

S$108. Available at Tangs.

3
Rodin Luxury Lip & Cheek Oil

Made for the lips and cheeks, this tinted lip oil from Rodin is as versatile as they come. Made with a quartet of oils, namely sunflower, jojoba, safflower seed and olive, this lip oil is a burst of hydration in a tube. Be spoilt for choice as this product is available in five shades, ranging from a nude pink to a rich berry.

US$35.12 (S$47.60). Available at Net-A-Porter.

4
Dior Lip Glow Oil

Dior has hinted to an upcoming product that has us steeped in Diormania — the Lip Glow Oil. Made with cherry oil, this product offers a seriously high-shine finish and such lasting comfort, your lips feel instantly renewed with one application. Expect five shades to pick from, all infused with a mint-vanilla scent that makes you feel like you’re wearing candy in the best way possible.

S$50. Available at Dior counters islandwide from 1 January 2020.

5
Hourglass No.28 Lip Treatment Oil

Hourglass’ signature lip oil is designed with anti-ageing properties to take nourishment a step beyond. Formulated with botanicals and actives, this lip oil not just moisturises, but helps reduce fine lines while it softens and plumps the lips over time. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy applying your lip product on with a 24-karat gold plated tip? We can’t argue with that.

S$82. Available at Sephora.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.