These days, there are more to choose from than ever before. Per our previous point, do you want something simple and straightforward that’s going to do its hydrating duties and that’s it? Or do you want a balm with more bells and whistles, perhaps some color and treatment ingredients? You want it, you got it.
Ahead, the best lip balms for any and every lip preference. Swipe on and pucker up.
Best Overall: Burt’s Bees Original Beeswax Lip Balm
The definition of a true crowd-pleaser, this cult-favorite truly holds legend-status in the lip balm world. It’s super affordable (AKA you can easily stock up to ensure you have one on-hand at all times), but rivals any of its pricier counterparts when it comes to delivering lip-smacking levels of hydration. Credit a 100% natural formula infused with beeswax (duh) plus vitamin E. There are flavored options, but you really can’t go wrong with the OG, which has just the slightest peppermint flavor.
Best Tinted: Fresh Sugar Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 15 in Sugar Rosé Tinted
There are 14 shades and finishes of this cult-classic to choose from, and trust us, they’re all good. But, according to Karli Bendlin, Email Editor for Byrdie, it’s this subdued rosy hue that takes the cake. One swipe delivers a gorgeous wash of the pink color (which works surprisingly well on all skin tones), though it’s also easily buildable if you want more of a punch of pigment. Bonus points for the completely addicting sugary scent.
Best Drugstore: Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm
The drugstore is a treasure trove for all kinds of great lip balms, but if you’re forced to choose just one, make it this guy. A classic for years, it’s beloved among beauty editors, both for its creamy consistency, as well as the gorgeous shades it comes in, ideal for anyone craving just a hint of color.
Best Multi-Tasker: Lano The Original 101 Ointment Superbalm
As the name suggests there are in fact 101 different ways to use this ointment—we’re talking everything from dabbing it onto nipples that are sore from breast-feeding to using it on your dog’s dry paws (seriously). Go ahead and try them all, but don’t forget that it’s an awesome option for chapped lips, thanks to the pure lanolin it uses to create a protective seal against the elements.
Best Natural: Olio E Osso Natural Lip & Cheek Balm
This multi-purpose stick nabbed a coveted Byrdie Skincare Award in 2019; our judges raved about the velvety texture and long-lasting hydration. The ingredient list is squeaky clean, with plenty of natural moisturizers such as beeswax and olive oil. The clear option is great for lips as well as any other dry areas on face or body (or even hair), and there are nine tinted versions, too.
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