7 Natural-Looking Lip Colours That Will Last The Whole Day

We scoured the shelves and scored the best oils, tints and balms.


Gotlhokwang Angoma-Mzini |

By Gotlhokwang Angoma-Mzini; photograph by James Garaghty

We scoured the shelves and scored the best oils, tints and balms.

Prefer natural lip colours to rich colour-coated sticks? And especially ones that last? We hear you sista. The heat, the pool, the dry air – all these factors work against your lips, giving you that hungry, haven’t-had-water-in-a-week look. Give your mouth a little love, and the soft, plump results will make your entire face look younger. Keep your purse and pockets packed with our long-lasting natural-looking lip faves.

1. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour Metallic (R149)

Think: a moisturising, velvety feel in a 100 percent wax-free, gel formula that’s now available in eight high-definition metallic matte shades. Our fave colour is in HD Gleam – it’ll bring out your own lip colour. Available at .

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2. GlamGlow PotMud Wet Lip Balm Treatment (R290)

This lip balm treatment is designed to create instantly softer, hydrated and, dare we say, kissable lips. Formulated with sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, murumuru butter, shea butter, tamanu oil and babassu oil for a pamper-like experience. Available at .

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3. Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (R315)

Make lips appear feather-soft without that slip and sticky feel. This lip-care product contains plant oils to nourish and enhance your lips’ natural beauty. Available at .

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4. Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil (R295)

Glaze your lips with this tinted lip oil that contains both the hydrating benefits of an oil the pigment of a gloss, bridging the gap between colour and care, to rejuvenate lips with a non-greasy feel. Pout engaged! Available at .

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5. Yardley BB Lip Colour (R83)

BB for your lips. Yip! Cloak your lips with this colour enriched with anti-ageing antioxidants vitamins E and F. It also sports grapeseed oil and shea butter to moisturise, hydrate and protect your lips – SPF 10 to further protect your pout from sun damage. Available at .

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6. Lancôme Juicy Shaker

Ban the boring balms. This baby contains nourishing lip oils with beautiful pigments for plump but natural looking, glossy lips. Formulated to be non-sticky and non-drying, it’ll leave you with lust-worthy lips. Available at .

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7. Smith & Cult Lip Stain (R469)

This lip stain reacts to the pH in your lips to bring out a subtle tint. Unlike traditional stains, this rich balm boosts moisture levels and leaves colour behind long after it’s worn off. Available at

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