Winter is in full force, and I think we all can agree that nothing looks or feels worse than the sting of cracked lips on your way to catch the subway. Yes, matte lipstick is stunning, but that isn’t going to moisturize chapped lips. Though I can’t deny the benefits of traditional lip balm, there isn’t the same excitement without having the option to dress up your lip shade. So what did the beauty gods do? They made tinted lip balm. It’s a perfect way to dress up your outfit with a pop of color but without drying out your lips. Ingenious, really. So, I’ve rounded up some highly reviewed tinted lip balms to keep your lips hydrated and kissable from December on 💋
Best Tinted Lip Balm With Jojoba Oil: BECCA’s Hydra-Light Plumping Lip Balm
Infused with hyaluronic acid and formulated with a peptide complex, BECCA’s hydra-light lip balm locks in moisture while smoothing the appearance of lines. With five different shades currently available at Ulta, this product has versatile shades and is perfect for everyday wear. You can even build on this balm with your favorite lipstick. The options are endless!
Best Cruelty-Free: Glossier’s Balm Dotcom
From its 3,200 reviews, the average person can understand why Glosser’s The Balm Dotcom lip balm is a cult favorite among e-girls. Made with moisturizing castor oil, beeswax, and lanolin, this product will prevent your lips from being chapped while acting like a protective layer against environmental elements. You can choose between eight different flavors and four tints that are subtle, yet fashionable. Who can beat that?
Best Drugstore: Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother Gloss
There’s nothing like a great drugstore find. Neutrogena MoistureShine Tinted Lip Soother Gloss has an SPF 20 for sun protection and glycerin, cucumber, and chamomile for moisture. The lip shine is long-lasting with a fabulous sheen, so your pout can look good all day long. And the best part is, that this gloss is packaged in a portable, travel-size container for your post-COVID extravaganza.
Best With SPF: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
Yes, this lip balm is a bit pricier than Burt’s Bees, but with 9K reviews on Sephora, and 6700 of them being overwhelmingly positive, I’d say it’s worth the $24. Made with literal sugar to help with moisture, along with meadowfoam, black currant seed oil, and grapeseed oil to smooth and soften, your lips will be hydrated all day long. Plus it comes in 14 shades to choose from and has added SPF 15, because yes, your lips also need protection from the sun.
Best Cheap: Honest Beauty Tinted Lip Balm
Sometimes, I wish I had Jessica Alba’s life. I mean to have a sustainable company, providing clean consumer products AND having a blockbuster film career. I mean, really what can be better? In lieu of swapping lives, I’ve turned to Honest beauty products, namely its tinted lip balm. Its formula locks in moisture for over six hours, using avocado and pomegranate oils to keep lips feeling soft and smooth.
Best Natural Color: Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner
With 400 glowing reviews, Ilia tinted lip conditioner could be the tinted lip balm you were waiting on all your life. A famed clean beauty brand, Ilia has infused this product with sesame seed, shea butter, and cocoa seed butter to keep your lips juicy all day long. Plus it comes in eight sultry shades for plenty of variety. Grown woman vibes are definitely worth the $28.
Best for Hydration: Glow Recipe Watermelon Lip Pop
I’m such a stan for Glow Recipe, specifically their watermelon sleeping mask, so it’s no surprise reviewers love their lip balm. It’s a three-in-one scrub, moisturizer, and lip tint that has watermelon extract to hydrate, coconut flakes to lightly exfoliate and remove dead skin, and coconut oil for some more moisture, as well as flower AHAs to smooth and soften your lips. This tint specifically colors your lips according to your own special pH balance, so no one’s gonna walk around with the same shade as you. Love to see a K-Beauty brand thrive like this.
Best for Sheer Color: Fenty Beauty Slip Shine Sheer Lipstick
So ok, this one is a lipstick, but it’s super sheer, which is why it deserved a mention in this little roundup of mine. Fenty Beauty never misses. Ever. Their Slip Shine Sheer lipstick, while $22, has raving reviews on their website, and comes in 10 shades. It’s formulated with castor oil to keep lips moisturized all day, and they look good on any shade—a plus when beauty is overseen by a Black woman! Also also, this product is cruelty-free!
Best for On-the-Go Beauty: Laneige Lip Glowy Balm
With over 2k reviews, Laneige Lip Glowy Balm has tons of fans. It’s got five cute shades named after different fruits and is super lightweight, as it’s infused with shea butter for extra hydration. It’s also free of sulfates or any other bad things for your skin, just moisture and vibes here. And if this is just as good as their lip- and water sleeping masks, you’ll definitely be satisfied.
This story was originally published by Ignacia Fulcher on 09/18/2020 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 01/15/2021.