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#BigLipstickEnergy: Why Right Now Is the Best Time to Try a Lip Oil

The lip balm-lip gloss hybrid you're missing.

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I'm a serial lipstick dater. So many lip products slide onto my desk. Some I double-tap and have all the heart eyes for. Others I ghost and leave on seen. This is #BigLipstickEnergy, an honest breakdown of how I feel about the latest lip launches. Read on for the three lipstick flings I'm keeping in rotation for now. Next week, I'll have a new roster.

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Wet Lip Oil Gloss In Jellyfish
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Kosas sephora.com
$27.00

THE DETAILS:

Let's play a little guessing game: How many times have you reached for your balm during quarantine? Too many times to count? That's what I thought. You shouldn't skimp on hydration while indoors 24/7, but if your lips are craving a switch-up, try this lip oil, which feels like a balm and looks like a subdued gloss. It includes hyaluronic acid for moisture, peptides for plumping, and primrose oil for extra protection. It's also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free so it'll suit the most sensitive of skin types. 

WHY I'M OBSESSED: 

When I'm tired of lip balm and want something that's going to show up better on Zoom calls, I swipe on this lip oil. It has a wet effect that does indeed have a lustrous shine—like glass skin, but for my lips, which is my vibe. 

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Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir
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Charlotte Tilbury Charlottetilbury.com
$40.00

THE DETAILS:

Charlotte Tilbury's latest launch will comfort your lips during this very weird time. It's a crystal-filled "supercharged" lip oil made of plant extracts to coat your lips in moisture and long-lasting shine. The brand suggests treating it like a lip conditioner during the day and a lip mask at night—it's that moisturizing. That's thanks to the hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, rose extract, and botanical oils floating around in the formula. 

WHY I'M OBSESSED:  

I'm partial to Charlotte Tilbury; literally everything she touches turns to gold. Although I haven't tried this lip oil just yet (it just launched), I'm looking forward to getting my hands on it. It definitely deserves to be on your radar now for several reasons: For starters, it boasts a serum-in-oil texture, which is unique for a lip product. Secondly, the oil targets fine lines and the look of dehydration (cracks, flakes), which happens to us all.

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Sugar Rush Lip Sip Vegan Lip Oil in Cherry Rush
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Tarte ulta.com
$15.00

THE DETAILS:

What makes a lip oil different from a lip gloss is the texture and the ingredients. This oil, made of jojoba, hazel, and sunflower seed oils, has a sheer tint and a lightweight glossy texture that will lock your lips in all-day moisture. The color is buildable so the more swipes, the bolder, the fewer swipes, the more toned-down the shade looks. Its completely clean formula, which is free of harsh chemicals, tastes like raspberry sugar cookies. You won't be mad at it. 

WHY I'M OBSESSED: 

The best way to describe the texture is if lip gloss and lip balm had a baby. It's glossy, but not sticky, and balmy, but not translucent. I love the lip-bitten cherry effect this tint leaves behind. After an hour, the texture sinks into my skin and the moisture-rich feeling withstands many cups of matcha and smoothies, which I appreciate. If you want a subtle shade with hydrating benefits of a balm, this is the one for you. 

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