Fall Is Coming: These Are the Best Lip Balms for Dry Lips

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.

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