Your Chapped Lips Will Love These Hydrating Tinted Lip Balms
Lip balm is one of our desert island beauty essentials—so much so that we tend to hoard them. (Have you ever met a woman who owned just one?) For any makeup lover, tinted lip balms are a must-have because they give a sheer wash of color while also hydrating your lips—the color benefit of a lipstick without the heaviness or subsequent dryness. We’ve been thoroughly impressed with some extraordinary new versions that have come across our desks in the past few weeks as well as the time-tested classics we always keep on hand. Boasting hardworking hydration and uncompromising color, the best tinted lip balms serve up the best of both worlds for your pout. Available in an expanding range of color, sheer, and vibrant pigments and even different finishes like semi-matte and shiny, tinted lip balms deserve a place in your makeup bag. Suffice to say that we can’t stop applying.
Tarte Quench Lip Rescue ($19)
Packed with antioxidants and essential oils, this lip balm gives a subtle hint of color while intensely moisturizing your lips. It’s made with a blend of ingredients that restores the appearance of softness, elasticity, and firmness. Plus, this balm can be worn over your lipstick as a shiny topcoat.
Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner ($26)
Cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and vitamin E hydrate and nourish lips while pomegranate seed extract fights free radicals in this balm made with only natural ingredients. These have a subtle tint that’s easily buildable, plus they protect your pout with SPF. It’s a win-win.
Lanolips Tinted Balm ($14)
Lanolin—the main ingredient—is a very effective moisturizer because its molecular structure resembles and mimics skin’s natural oils. This means that your lips will end up intensely hydrated with just a hint of shine. Because of the lanolin, the texture is similar to that of a gloss, but it doesn’t have the unwanted stickiness. Our lips felt soft and hydrated with just the slightest flush of color for hours.
Castor seed oil and beeswax create a protective barrier that keeps moisture locked in. Rose Balm Dotcom gives lips a pretty pink tint, while Cherry Balm Dotcom gives a popping red tint.
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm Woppin Watermelon ($18)
Don’t let the cute crayon-like packaging fool you—this product is a moisturizing powerhouse. The stick allows for extra precision, so nothing’s stopping you from drawing on some sheer, long-lasting color while hydrating and smoothing any dryness.
This story was originally published on May 14, 2016, and has since been updated.