Crisp, cool temperatures; snuggly knit cardigans; and our favorite vampy lip—oh yes, the cozy months of fall definitely involve a few of our favorite things. But dry, cracked, and sinister scaly lips? Erm… no, thanks. Just as we swap out our summer shorts and sandals for fuzzy sweats and favorite booties, it’s equally crucial to replace our favorite summer beauty products for a collection that will handily transition us from fall to winter in one fell, flake-free swoop. Thus, here at Byrdie HQ, we take our collection of lip balms very seriously and have some high expectations.
Not only should our lip balm provide a solid hit of hydration (for at least a few hours), it should also feel soft, soothing, and pretty darn luxurious. Consistencies that are goopy, slimy, or sticky are forbidden, and we’re painfully fussy when it comes to fragrance and tint. Remember that little song “Lip Gloss” circa 2008? Well, we expect our lip balms to deliver a similar “my lips so luscious” result. Too much to ask? We didn’t think so, but after testing our fair share of balms, sticks, and salves over the years (it’s our job, after all), we’ve come to the somber realization that the number of products that truly deliver is few and far between.
However, every so often, we stumble upon a diamond in a rough that emerges (like a phoenix) from the bottomless depths of the Byrdie beauty closet. And since the cold months of fall and winter are fast approaching, what better time to disclose a list of the best, editor-approved lip balms? Keep reading for the formulas that we’ll be applying and reapplying all season long.
With the perfect balance of moisture and tint, this cult-favorite lip balm easily transitions from day to night and keeps lips hydrated with just a hint of color. Shea butter and a luxe mix of botanical waxes help guarantee eight hours of comfortable wear.
Like a tall, cool drink of water for overly parched lips, this beloved lip balm is favorited by celebs, makeup artists, and beauty editors alike.
Brilliantly reparative for cuticles, skin and—yes—your pucker, this luxurious salve is free from parabens and helps appease the look and feel of rough, irritated skin. If you're like us, you'll use it everywhere.
Swipe on this rosy-hued balm from Love + Sage for UV protection, enduring shimmer, and a subtle wash of pretty-in-pink color. Infused with shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba, vitamin E, and other exotic ingredients like manganese violet, it’s highly addictive. Plus, essential oils of rose and vanilla keep it extra easy on the nose.
A vanity and bedside staple, this multitasking lip balm is one of the best and cures even the most stubborn of scaly skin. We worship the scent for its floral glamour and adore the formula's soft (never sticky) consistency.
Favored by Byrdie Beauty Director Deven Hopp, this organic lip oil smells like peppermint and keeps lips plump and hydrated thanks to a rich infusion of cold-pressed jojoba seed oil. Plus, despite the conveniently small packaging, she swears it lasts forever.
With plenty of shades to choose from, this cult-favorite lip balm protects lips with SPF 15 while freshening the look and feel of your pout with buildable color and a lively citrus scent. Vitamins C and E soothe and soften, while sugar (a natural humectant) and black currant seed oils help retain your lips' natural moisture barrier.
When it comes to our hectic beauty routines, we fall head over heels for anything that can kill two birds with one stone. Throw in a potent, anti-wrinkle formula, and, well, the rest is history. This pretty, travel-ready compact from La Prairie features two separate compartments: one with an eye cream and one with a lip balm for effortless hydration and plumping—anywhere, anytime.
We're suckers for anything that comes in adorable packaging, and this nourishing lip balm from Too Cool for School definitely doesn't disappoint. Pick from five equally flattering shades and enjoy the sumptuous texture, which plumps lips and discourages lip lines and wrinkles. Plus, the formulation involves argan and evening primrose oils. In other words, it smells amazing.
It's true that this editor favorite costs a pretty penny, but thanks to camellia oil, the rejuvenating formula makes this lip balm worth every single cent.
EOS lip balms already had a fiercely loyal following, so you can imagine the pandemonium when the brand announced its brand-new crystal-clear formula. Weightless, nourishing, and chock-full of ultra-buzzy ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil, and avocado oil, it's naturally moisturizing and really fun to use.
Next up, protect your skin all season long with seven of the best sunscreens with zinc oxide.