Whether you fall into the no-makeup makeup camp or are just feeling lazy, a wash of tinted lip balm yields a multitude of benefits. A flattering dose of color will add a natural glow to the face, while supercharged ingredients such as coconut butter and hyaluronic acid (which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water) will leave lips softer, smoother, and more supple. Better yet, you can repurpose your choice balm with a swirl on the apples for a flushed cheek. A hero product that’s practical for every kind of beauty lover, here are the 14 tinted lip balm formulas you’ll want to keep in rotation.
Charlotte Tilbury Hyaluronic Happikiss Lipstick Balm
Charlotte Tilbury’s new Hyaluronic Happikiss Lipstick Balm comes in a sultry range of come-hither hues and is formulated with hyaluronic acid and C-peptide for a fuller-looking pout.
Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Balm
Leave it to Mother to strike the right balance between saturated color and long-lasting hydration. The Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Balm, which comes in sheer and shimmery finishes, nourishes lips with lychee extract and coconut butter while leaving a sheer yet vivid tint with glossy shine.
Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner
Ilia’s cult Tinted Lip Conditioner drapes the lips in a veil of cool-toned berry color while leaving them plumped and dewy, thanks to organic ingredients such as cocoa seed butter, orange peel wax, and sunflower seed oil.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Lip Pop
With its unique “scrub-to-balm” formula, K-beauty favorite Glow Recipe’s Lip Pop is formulated to exfoliate, moisturize, and deposit a juicy layer of color. It comes in two different shades of pink, warm Watermelon Glow and cool Blueberry Bounce.
Designed to outlast everything from an at-home workout to an afternoon full of Zoom meetings, Kosas’s deep berry Lipfuel balm is rich in hydration, thanks to a hyaluronic acid and vitamin E.
Glossier Cherry Balm Dotcom
Favorite flavor cherry red? Glossier Balm Dotcom’s sweet, sheer crimson tint is a treat for the lips with its all-star list of ingredients, from natural emollient lanolin to fatty-acid-packed cupuacu fruit extract.
Rituel de Fille Enchanted Lip Sheer
Inspired by ancient botanicals, Rituel de Fille’s natural Enchanted Lip Sheer balms offer a semi-matte veil of Earth-hued pigment suspended in natural oils, such as castor and jojoba, to quench dry lips.
Fresh Sugar Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF
Fresh’s award-winning Sugar Lip array of sheer rosy and berry tints is beloved for its pitch-perfect balance of buildable color and lip-loving ingredients including natural humectant sugar and mix of grape seed, meadowfoam, and black currant seed oils.
Fenty Beauty Slip Shine Sheer Lipstick
From peachy pinks to rosy nudes, Fenty Beauty’s Slip Shine Sheer Lipstick comes in a dynamic mix of shades and wears comfortably like a creamy balm as it imparts a splash of shimmering color.
Dior Lip Glow
Dior’s iconic Lip Glow comes in a variety of finishes, from matte to holographic, and supplies a bespoke, your-lips-but-better tint by utilizing a special technology that reacts to the moisture and pH levels of each wearer.
Chanel N°1 de Chanel Lip and Cheek Balm
Chanel only unveiled its new clean-beauty collection No. 1 de Chanel last month, but its multi-use balm, enriched with red camellia oil, already has an enthusiastic following; one that’s obsessed with the vibrant, lit-from-within flush it supplies the lips and cheeks.
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm
To be a devout lip balm user is to know that Maybelline’s Baby Lips is a cult classic for a reason. From the succulent shades to its potent yet lightweight blend of shea butter and centella, the drugstore mainstay supplies a hit of hydrating color and SPF 20 protection.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick Balm
A favorite for a dose of everyday high-shine glamour, YSL’s oil-infused Rouge Volupté Shine formula, which comes in a gorgeous range of hues, is an ultra-wearable cross between balm and lipstick with a sheer, almost glossy finish.
Makeup by Mario Moisture Glow Lip Plumping Serum
Designed for your lips to drink it up to dewy, plump effect, Makeup by Mario’s new melts-right-in Moisture Glow plumping serum harnesses a host of lip-loving ingredients including shea butter and avocado, kiwi, and argan oils.
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