Why You Should Buy a Lip Oil

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YSL Volupte Tint in Oil
YSL Volupte Tint in OilPhoto: Courtesy of YSL

After years of eradicating the oil from your moisturizer, face wash, and makeup, it’s baaaack. There are face oils, body oils, and the newest iteration: lip oils. Lip oils were sort of around last year, but this summer, several new versions have hit the market, suggesting beauty companies really want your lips oily. If that doesn’t sound appealing, don’t worry: Lips oils are really just an upgraded version of lip gloss, delivering the shiny color without any of the sticky gunk.

My favorite of the lip-oil crop right now is YSL Volupté Tint-in-Oil, which delivers a layer of semi-sheer color, making your face look instantly brighter and livelier. As an oil, it also seals the moisture into your lips, so they never get flaky or chapped. All of the options smell delicious, in a pleasing, slightly artificially fruity Lip Smacker kind of way. The Red My Lips shade was super flattering on everyone who tried it at the Cut office, but all the shades make a good case for having pretty, oily lips. 

YSL Volupté Tint-in-Oil, $32