Introducing Unsung Heroes, where we sing the praises of beauty products that don't get enough love. From the totally weird to the surprisingly essential, we'll be highlighting the life-changing little things that we obsess over.
In the beauty world, oils are considered a big deal. We could write a novel about the myriad of beauty oils and all of the kickass benefits they reap, but let’s be real: Somebody probably already beat us to it. It’s 2015, and oils are about as essential to our beauty arsenals as denim is to our wardrobes—so if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, you should probably get on that ASAP.
As far as we’re concerned, oils are freaking fab anytime of the year. From cracked skin to parched hair, oils seem to be the cure-alls, yet there’s one kind that’s flown under the radar for far too long. Allow us to introduce you to lip oils. Falling somewhere between a balm and a gloss (sans stickiness), these skin-softening products are packed with a multitude of nutrient-rich oils to penetrate deeply and leave our kissers feeling damn fantastic. These hydrators take lip-conditioning to a whole new level, and some are event tinted for added lusciousness.
Click through to find our favorites, and of course, the one that speaks to you.
YSL never fails us in the lip department and their new Volupté Tint-In-Oils are obviously no exception. It's packaged like a luxe gloss (lightweight and non-sticky) but don’t be fooled: Cracked lips don’t stand a chance against the blend of apricot kernel oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, and possiflora edulis oil.Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil, $32, available atSephora.com
This plumping pick makes us reminiscent of our DuWop Lip Venom days (#neverforget). Infused with 99% natural cinnamon and hydrating oils such as castor seed, argan and French olive, lips are left nourished, sweet-smelling and pouty in one swipe.
Bite Beauty Cinnamon Plumping Lip Oil, $22, available at Sephora.com.
This fancy pick by Hourglass is enriched with not two, not three but fourteen essential oils that provide short and long term lip care benefits. Also, the packaging is fit for a queen and it smells incredible.
Hourglass N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil, $42, available at Hourglass.com.
Available in an array of delicious, popsicle-esque hues, this natural, petroleum-free formula melts into the lips and adds a gorgeous hint-o-color. The key ingredient? Argan oil, of course.
Josie Maran, Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil, $18, available at Sephora.com.
If you’re a solid balm kinda’ person, then this stellar budget buy is definitely right up your alley. In addition to argan oil, this oil-balm hybrid contains grape seed oil, castor oil and many more.The Body Shop, Wild Argan Oil Solid Oil Lips, $8, available at TheBodyShop.com.
If you’re not down with the oily feel but want all the benefits they boast, try this unique, gel-like formula that also offers a touch of color to your pout.Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, $23, available at Lordandtaylor.com.
Another awesome drugstore option, this lip-quencher contains virgin coconut oil and olive oils along with eucalyptus for a cooling effect that we’re very much into.Yes To, Coconut Cooling Lip Oil, $4.99, available at yestocarrots.com.