You could pretty much whack Bella Hadid’s face onto anything, and I’d try it. Spam? I’m eating it. Crocs? I’m wearing them. So I, and the rest of the Gen Z girls, had no choice but to be enchanted with Dior’s lip products when Bella Hadid became a brand ambassador.
Now I’m not saying this is the only reason that me and the rest of Tiktok are obsessed with the Dior Lip Oil, but the Bella Hadid effect sure didn’t have zero effect on us all wanting to try them.
Yet, it’s been a few years, and I’m still obsessed with my Dior Lip Oil: picking one up as a pre-holiday treat in duty-free has become my holiday ritual, and I know that when I pop open that cap, summer is well and truly here.
If you’ve not tried Dior’s Lip Oil, you might be wondering what makes us so crazy for this pocket-sized lip product. Personally, lip balms and oils have always been my preferred lip product over an opaque matte or liquid lipstick. In fact, I once wrote an entire ode to them, and shared my all-time lip oil favourites.
Why is the Dior Lip Oil so good?
Dior in particular gives an intense, high-shine finish with an oh-so-subtle hint of colour (there are eight shades altogether), from ‘Mahogany’ to ‘Coral’ and ‘Berry’.
I’d describe the texture as somewhere between an oil and a gloss, which has been formulated with cherry oil to nourish lips and keep them hydrated through the day. It’s not as plumping as some other formulations I’ve tried (more on those below), but it keeps your lips looking naturally full and smooth.
Plus, that packaging. You can’t knock its chicness.
At £32, there’s no denying the Dior Lip Oil is a treat. So while you save, look for an excuse to splash out, or butter someone up to buy it for you, there are tons of affordable lip oils which give a very similar finish.
Shop the original Dior Lip Oil
Now, there are some questionably dodgy unbranded ‘dupes’ knocking about on Tiktok from Amazon and AliExpress, and I seriously don’t recommend buying one of those. Especially when some of your favourite (and legit) high street brands are offering some seriously good dupes of their own.
The best Dior Lip Oil dupes
I’ve tried and tested a whole heap of lip oils to see which ones are most comparable to the Dior Lip Oil. These are the ones that made the cut…
Revolution Pro Eternal Rose Lip Oil Rosy, £7
Star rating: 3/5⭐
Shade range: 1
Finish: Glossy, sheer, tinted
Key ingredients: Rose oil, jojoba oil
Revolution has pretty much become known for its extensive range of, shall we say ‘takes’ on popular luxury products. But that doesn’t mean you should dismiss the quality of the products; this lip oil gives a gorgeous glossy shine to the lips with a subtle rose tint that’s a close match to Dior’s Lip Oil in shade Rosewood.
The applicator is thinner than Dior’s, which is thick and cushiony, and the formula feels thinner, however it does contain rose and jojoba oils to keep lips soft and nourished.
NYX Fat Oil Lip Drip Gloss, £7.49
Star rating: 5/5⭐
Shade range: 8
Finish: Glossy, tinted, sheer, plumping
Key ingredients: Cloudberry oil, raspberry oil, squalane
I love, love, LOVE this lip product from NYX, so much so that I have one in every colour stashed in my various bags. Although it markets itself as a gloss, I think the texture, finish and feel are almost identical to Dior’s Lip Oil.
Like Dior, it also comes in eight shades, a lot of which are like for like, if not slightly more pigmented (‘Missed’ is a similar pink hue to Dior’s uber-popular ‘Raspberry’).
It’s formulated with cloudberry oil, raspberry oil and squalane to give it a deliciously hydrating formula, and I do find this one plumps my lips slightly more than Dior, if that’s your thing.
Clarins Lip Comfort Oil, £22
Star rating: 4/5⭐
Shade range: 10
Finish: Glossy, tinted, sheer
Key ingredients: Organic sweetbriar rose oil, hazelnut oil, jojoba oil
Ok, technically I’m not sure if this can be referred to as a dupe as I’m pretty sure Clarins came out with its lip oil first, but it is a whole £10 cheaper than Dior, so it’s going in here. This is one of my favourite lip oils of all time and deserves way more attention than it gets.
With 10 sheer shades that come in almost exactly the same hues as all of Dior’s and a cushiony, nourishing formulation that envelops the lips and keeps them looking juicy and full, this is a strong dupe.
Even the applicators and packaging are similar, sharing a wide, soft doe-foot wand and chic metal lid. The main point of difference is that Clarins has more of a true ‘lip oil finish’, whereas Dior’s feels slightly thicker and more like a gloss.
Oh, and this smells otherworldly good…
Doll Beauty Lip Oil, £12
Star rating: 4/5⭐
Shade range: 2
Finish: Glossy, tinted, sheer
Key ingredients: Sweet almond oil, jojoba oil
Coming in at just over £10 is Doll Beauty’s Lip Oil: a smooth, non-sticky lip oil that comes in two summery tints, ‘Kiss Chase’, a hot pink, and ‘Smoochie Coo’, a peachy tangerine.
‘Kiss Chase’ is a near spot on dupe for Dior’s Lip Oil in Pink, whereas ‘Smoochie Coo’ is a similar hue to Dior’s Coral. You’ll be hard pressed to tell the difference when on the lips; the finish and texture are almost identical, with a thicker oil texture that gives a gorgeous glaze to the lips.