For some, having dry lips is the worst thing ever. There's just nothing comfortable or attractive about having chapped lips. That's why we always have to make sure to keep some form of conditioning lip treatment in our pockets or purses. Sometimes, we'll even hide a lip balm under our pillow so that a few minutes before falling asleep, you can coat your sandpaper lips hoping they'll get nourished during the night. Essentially, lip balms are a lifesaver. But there are so many treatments around from luxurious to drugstore brands that claim to medicate, protect from the sun, exfoliate, and restore our lips to their natural health.
Now, some people would say that lip balm can be hard to resist because, for some reason, we can't leave the drugstore without buying one... even though we have five already. But if you're in the market for a brand new lip balm that absolutely works, (and just might change your life) then check out these top-rated drugstore lip balms that are major keepers.
25 L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lip Balm Pop – 440 Electric Pink
For $7.09, you can moisturize your frequently dry, flaky lips with the lovely L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lip Balm Pop in 440 Electric Pink. The formula, which contains jojoba and Shea butter also glides on smoothly and doesn't feel sticky whatsoever. The highly moisturizing formula typically lasts about two hours and provides a much more pigmented look than conventional lip balms.
Seriously, it looks like a lip stain or a dewy lipstick shade!
It's pretty rare to find a nude lip color that works, especially when you have fair skin, but this product looks really natural and will complement any makeup look while taking care of your lips.
24 Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, Cherry Me
There's nothing girlish about this moisturizing red-tinted lip balm. Alright, so it smells like cherries and the packaging is a little cutesy too. But don't underestimate its hydrating power! This lip balm feels buttery on your lips and the seriously hydrating formula will make your lips look and feel softer after a single application. Plus, it's only $4.14! You'll get a cute coat of shine and a glass-like finish that doesn't feel tacky at all. You can achieve intense lip repair right away and the hydration lasts you up to eight hours. So, if your lips are seriously jacked, you'll find them fully restored after one week.
23 Aquaphor Immediate Relief Lip Repair Lip Balm
If you want your lips to go from chapped and burning to virtually normal and silky smooth, then you need to try Aquaphor Immediate Relief Lip Repair Lip Balm for only $3.89.
The formula in this lip balm isn't goopy, but it is thicker.
You can tell it's working from the second you apply it. Plus, you can even dab a little on your under eyelids and use it as an eye cream because the formula's seriously hydrating. This lip balm doesn't have a distinctive smell, but it offers heavy duty protection for your lips, especially during the dry winter months. You'll feel how smoothly it glides on and the soothing effect is almost immediate.
22 Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
For $3,30, you can give your lips the gift of this amazing rehydrating formula, which includes a blend of botanical oils, vitamin E, Shea butter, and beeswax. You can put one of these balms in your gym bag, purse, or medicine cabinet, and enjoy the lovely aroma while you reapply during the day. Every time you glide it on, you get that refreshing tingle that comes from the infusion of peppermint oil in the balm. The thing you'll love the most about this product is that it's not slimy or greasy and it won't smear either. It smells good enough to eat!
21 Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1
Your solution to dryness comes in one high-end little gem. Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 for $21.60 is everything you dreamed of and more! This balm will hydrate your seriously cracked and chapped lips while providing them with intense moisture.
The balms' main ingredients include lanolin, wheat germ oil, vitamin E, and squalene, which provides your lips with a soothing and smoothing effect.
When you first put it on, it might feel a bit like you're putting on Vaseline, but seconds later you'll realize it's starting to moisturize while adding a little gloss to your pout. So pretty!
20 Carmex Classic Lip Balm Original Stick
To help heal your lips, glide on the amazing protective barrier that Carmex Classic Lip Balm Original Stick provides for $9.48. It's an all-time favorite of most makeup artists, and with good reason! The camphor and menthol provide a cool, soothing effect on your lips while the cocoa butter helps to moisturize and hydrate. It also comes with SPF 15 to keep your lips safe from the harmful effects of the sun's UV rays. You'll notice the overall look of your lips improving the more you use this balm. It's also non-sticky, but it might feel a bit heavy at first. Give it a month and watch your lips go from dry to sly!
19 Sephora Collection Super Nourishing Lip Balm
Using its formula of butters, oils, and vitamin E, this lip balm can moisturize and hydrate your lips for $17.89.
The hydrating power will have your lips feeling soft and looking fantastic.
It's probably one of the best lip balms you'll own, and it has a nice, silky texture that won't make your lips feel sticky, but it will help reduce your poorly hydrated lips. Plus, it's got a vanilla scent that is simply scrumptious, and your lips will stay hydrated for practically the entire day. You won't need to constantly reapply unless you eat a burger or two!
18 Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm
The translucent pink petroleum jelly-like formula of Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm glides on easily and doesn't make your lips sticky. For $10.86 your lips will feel silky and look smoother and softer in under a week, but you'll have to use it on a daily basis if you want to see those results. Challenge accepted, right? The combination of rose and mint actually leaves a temporary tingling sensation on your lips too. You'll love this product so much because it leaves your lips healthy and glowing with a hint of red tint. What more could you ask for?
17 Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Balm
Just twist the balm stick and you'll be on your way to healthier lips. For $5.85, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Balm will prevent windburned, cracked, chapped, chafed, and sunburned lips. All it takes is just one glide and you'll be on your way to protecting your lips from the harsh elements and the rough winter weather.
The balm will feel very smooth and will provide a nice sheen that won't give any color to your lips.
You won't have to worry about it feeling greasy because it's creamy and smooth and the fragrance of the cocoa butter is mild to nonexistent.
16 Hempz Herbal Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm
Hempz Herbal Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm comes in a tube that is easy to use and it's not too thick or too runny. It even works well in the summer or in the winter, which is an added bonus. Best of all, you don't have to apply tons of it! For $5.98, this balm will last you a really long time, and it will definitely go a long way thanks to the enriched 100% pure organic hemp seed oil and natural extracts that provide your lips with the hydration and nourishment they so desperately need.
15 Fresh Coconut Hydrating Lip Balm
Do you love the flavor of coconut cream? Then you'll love this lip balm for $18.
It won't leave your lips sticky, but it will keep them moisturized for 24 hours.
The hydrating properties, the shine, and the summery scent of coconut are an excellent combination that makes this an incredible find. It'll feel so dreamy on your lips that you'll find any excuse to reapply at any time throughout the day. You should also try putting it on before going to bed. By the time the sun rises, your lips will feel kissably soft and renewed.
14 EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
For $7.45 you can have this cute sphere that softens and hydrates your lips like there's no tomorrow. The secrets of its hydrating elements lie in the shea butter, which softens the lips, the vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant, and the jojoba oil, which deeply moisturizes the lips. What you'll get when you lay that sphere on your lips is a naturally scented barrier that is silky smooth and summery fresh. Plus, you don't have to worry about your fingers getting all sticky because you apply it straight from the sphere itself.
13 Pacifica SPF 30 Mineral Color Lip Balm
This product is any beach lover's dream come true. It offers UVA and UVB protection. It's designed so that it can apply evenly, and it's just $4.99. So, if you want something that protects your lips while you're outside, then try Pacifica SPF 30 Mineral Color Lip Balm.
You won't have to worry about patchiness or grittiness.
Plus, the product has virtually no taste and you can apply on your lips even if they're sun blistered or if you have a cold sore.
12 La Mer The Lip Balm
High-end products don't play around! The Miracle Broth used to create this balm is made from hand-harvested sea kelp and other minerals and nutrients that undergo a fermentation process so that it can be turned into this paste that will restore, nourish and protect your lips from the environment. So, if you suffer from severely dry lips, you should give this balm a try. The formula used was designed to ensure that you never have to worry about flaky, dry lips ever again. And they mean it! It also has a minty taste to it... so bonus! But you'll have to fork over $60 if you want to get it. To splurge or not to splurge, that is the question!
11 Bare Republic Mineral Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 30
If you want a lip balm that won't irritate your lips, then try this zesty-scented alternative that's only $4. It's made with mineral sunscreen, which will provide you with an SPF 30 level of protection that always comes in handy.
It also provides 80 minutes of water and sweat resistance and is perfect for all skin types.
So, whether you're out and about or you live in a city that's virtually 90% desert and 10% humidity, now you've got a lip balm that can keep your lips moisturized.
10 Korres Lip Butter
With its combination of shea butter, rice wax, and other natural oils, Korres Lip Butter can give your lips the moisture they need for only $12. And who could say no to supple lips? Not only do you get long-lasting softness and hydration, but you also get lips that are shiny and juicy. It'll feel as though you're applying a buttery silky balm on your lips, and you'll never have to worry about it feeling gloopy, slimy, or sticky. If your lips are so dry that they bleed, give this baby a try. It'll definitely do its job!
9 La Roche-Posay Nutritic Lips
For $15.99, you'll have the power in your hands to bring relief, nourishment, and moisture back to your chapped lips. Ingredients like beeswax and shea butter provide comfort in less than no time and this balm is perfect for those who have sensitive lips and don't want to risk getting an allergy.
Your lips have been dry for like... what? Forever?
This can heal them in an instant while protecting your skin, as La-Roche products are known for being hypoallergenic. The balm lasts a long time and isn't sticky at all.
8 E.L.F. Essential Lip Kiss Balm
This balm will give you baby soft lips and comfort that is long lasting for just $2. You don't have to worry about some neutral taste because this brand has a minty flavor. Meanwhile, the formula contains grape seed oil, jojoba oil, and Vitamins A & E so that you can glide your way towards better lips. Now you might find the balm to be a bit waxy, so you may want to apply a tiny bit at a time so you don't wind up with extremely greasy lips.
7 Ulta Beauty Juice Infused Lip Oil
The Alaria Esculenta Extract and Vitamin E act as an antioxidant that not only soothes your lips but also help prevent wrinkles and cracks. It will only set you back $9, which is a bargain given all the pros this product provides. Not only is it easy to apply, but it provides long-lasting protection that heals, soothes, and hydrates.
You'll get lips that feel moist and look extra shiny in one coat.
Once you realize that this totally solves your dry lips problems, you'll be tossing those old chapsticks in the trash.
6 Wander Beauty Beach Balm
Aside from getting a berry-tinted balm that provides you with natural-looking lips, you also add a buildable color to your lips. The ingredients alone will provide you with intense hydration and lock moisture in so that you won't get dried lips during the day. It also helps reduce fine lines on your lips. The beautiful glassy tinted color is worth $22 because this product actually does what it claims it can do, which is to deeply moisturize your lips. Just make sure to reapply, because it can come off while eating or drinking.
5 Naked Lip Balm By Skin & Tonic London
This fragrance-free, 100% organic lip balm offers ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil to get your lips all soft and smooth. So, if your lips are drier than the Sahara Desert and they're begging for help, then apply this product to those thirsty lips. It's only $5.
It's wonderfully hydrating and refreshing, too.
If you're constantly struggling with dry, unhappy lips and need help, try the Naked Lip Balm. It's not too sticky. But you might have to apply it a few times for it to really moisturize those super dry lips.
4 Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25
For $7.50, this lip balm will heal and soothe your dry, chapped lips with petrolatum and lanolin, which provide moisture. Meanwhile, the Octinoxate and avobenzone will provide your lips with SPF protection. You can get this product in five natural flavors that won't add a bunch of shine to your lips or make them taste too sweet. It's the perfect product for those who only want a lip balm, not a lip tint, or a flavorful balm. It also absorbs into your lips quickly but doesn't contain alcohol or menthol, which can actually make your dry lips even drier than they usually are.
3 Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
This lip mask is great because it actually does all the work while you're asleep. It's $26 and offers an intense treatment that replenishes and soothes your lips with jojoba oil and agave nectar. It will also provide your lips with emollient ingredients that keep them hydrated and super soft.
Give it a try and you'll be amazed by the way it moisturizes your lips even after 12 hours.
If you have dry or sensitive lips, then you need to add this to your collection. But fair warning, this may end up replacing every single balm you've tried before.
2 LANO 101 Ointment Coconutter Multi-Balm
The formula contained in this balm uses coconut milk and coconut oil, which is full of antioxidants that can prevent your lips from aging prematurely. It also contains ultra-pure medical grade lanolin to keep your lips coated with a super thick, rich layer of protection that gives you a gorgeous shine. When you put it on, you'll swear that it's going to last forever and keep your lips hydrated. Plus, it's got a delicious scent that is absolutely coconutty for only $13.50. Already, a favorite among all!
1 Kiehl's Buttermask Intense Repair Lip Treatment
This is a must-have overnight lip treatment that's designed to heal the skin on your lips. The wild mango butter will smooth and repair your lips while the coconut oil works to hydrate them. Put it on at night and it will repair those flaky lips and provide you with perfectly hydrated plump lips overnight.
The ingredients also give a little zing to your lips as it works to restore texture to your lips.
It's like magic in a jar and it's worth every single penny. Sure, it's kind of expensive, ($24!) if you consider "it's just a lip balm". But hunty, this isn't JUST a lip balm. It's THE lip balm! Plus, you won't have to worry about it feeling thick, sticky, or super heavy when applied. How many products have you tried over the years? Make this the year you'll be able to find one product that actually soothes your lips!