Lip oils will be this years must have lip product, particularly for the warmer days of Summer. Why? Well there is of course the novelty factor of an oil based lip product and then there is the practicality of glossy, well nourished lips all without the stickiness of a traditional lip gloss. Up until very recently lip oils where the invention of expensive, high end brands putting them out of reach for some, well that was until the launch of the new Barry M Lip Oils; two silky soft, lip treatments that won't break the bank and preform just as well as any of the pricier versions.
I have noticed that myself and others can be a little harsh when critiquing Barry M packaging without bearing in mind that it is not only a budget beauty brand, but one aimed at teenagers and pre-teens. So yes, undoubtedly the outer packaging is going to be bright, bold and if you want to snag a bargain I'm afraid you'll have to accept this as a fact. On the plus side the Barry M Lip Oils seem to be a tad more grown up: presented in a clear lip gloss style tube, complete with a doe foot applicator that is long and slim, for even and effortless application. It may not be the prettiest lip oil on the market but the Barry M Lip Oils are great for slipping into a handbag, pocket and/or beach bag and at just £4.99 should both shades appeal to you, you most likely can afford to treat yourself.
The Barry M Lip Oils come in two shades...well I say shades, when tints and perhaps scents is more fitting. You see, a lot like a lip gloss, the Barry M Lip Oils are not overly saturated with pigment; rather they at most offer a hint of a tint, and even then it depends on which variety you purchase and the colour of your natural lips to begin with. The lighter your lip tone the more prominent the shade will be and vice versa. The only tinted Barry M Lip Oil is the red tinged Berry Good, and even then it is a fairly subtle wash of colour (which you can see on my arm above) - pretty enough but perhaps not an instant replacement for your favourite red lipstick. The good news is that as the lip oils are so sheer they can pretty much be layered over any other lip product, regardless of the shade, and who doesn't enjoy a truly versatile product?
So what exactly is a lip oil? Is it just another passing beauty fad or is it something worthwhile investing in? Now obviously it depends on what you enjoy wearing on your lips but for anyone looking for a sheer splash of colour, that is glossy yet not at all sticky, all the while comfortable and hydrating - the answer is of course yes, they are worth every penny. Personally I loathe lip gloss, I hate the sensation and the thick, greasy and often tacky texture that goes hand-in-hand with such formulation, yet I do enjoy a lip plumping glossy finish once in a while, so a lip oil is the perfect alternative. Not only will a lip oil provide a high gloss sheen to the lips but the lightweight texture is a joy to wear, as well as being infused with lip protecting and hydrating oils - coconut, pomegranate and raspberry oils in the instance of the Barry M versions, which coincidentally provides the fragrance to each lip oil too.
Thick of lip oils as super glossy, hard-working lip balms and you won't go far wrong; as an added bonus as they are oil based they will survive a dip in the pool or sea, all the while protecting your lips from drying out from the water. A summer staple in the making!
Barry M Lip Oils £4.99 each via Superdrug - link.