With spring in the air it’s time to swap out your heavy winter balms for something sheer, supple with fun hints of color!
Don’t think you can find that and still have hydration without the heavy? Have we got some treats for you…15 of them in fact.
NARS, Afterglow Lip Balm $28.00
An indulgent, high-shine lip balm that’s infused with a yummy blend of anti-oxidants? Yes please!! This balm looks so fantastic you may go ‘stick free all summer. Fragrance and alcohol free, this gorg balm by NARS packs a punch of Monoï Oil, a coveted ingredient in luxury moisturizers and high-end hair products. Super hydrating, it’s also a natural skin protectant, and bonus – doesn’t clog pores. Our fav on the list, it delivers high shine without the sticky feel (so wear it with confidence when masking up is needed). Comes in 8 shades to choose from. Not sure which to go for? Grab it in the cult-favorite color Orgasm, whose pinky-peachy shade looks amazing on all skin tones.
If you’re looking for some anti-aging in your lip balm, 3G by RMS Beauty should be on your list. With nourishing Vitamin E and Shea Butter (which repairs skin and slows cellular degeneration) this balm can really be a daily ritual for you and your lips. Comes in 4 shades that are made from organic plant and minerals.
Getting pouty never looked better with this volumizing lip balm from Beauty Bio. With a combination of collagen and hyaluronic acid, it’s gentle enough to be applied as needed to give your lips a boost. 90% of women who tested the product said their lips appeared fuller and felt soft and moisturized. The tinted Rose version gives just the lightest hint of soft pink.
If vegan and cruelty-free are high on your list for skin products, this little “sweety” should be in your hands right now. With a plant enriched formula this amazing balm actually changes color based on the PH of your lips to your very own personal shade of rose. The dreamy peachy scent had us head over heels.
Made in the USA this balm is the chronic! (…we’ll see ourselves out now…). But seriously, Hemp seed oil is incredibly moisturizing and good for your skin. Combo that with its other ingredients including mango butter, Shea, vitamin E and just a touch of organic mica and this balm delivers on its claim of great shine. Just be careful the Cupcake scent doesn’t give you the munchies.
When would you buy a balm that does its best work when no one can see it? If your morning lips feel like sand paper rubbing together, this tub is your answer. Chock full of natural emollients like castor and sunflower seed oils as well as Shea butter, this balm is designed to be used overnight as a powerful foe against drying night air. That said, it’s great for day use too with just a little hint of peach tint and a gentle shine (without the sticky).
First of all, can we talk about this crazy adorable little jar? Okay, now that that is out of our system, this rosy-tinted balm has both jojoba oil and Shea butter to moisturize while lactic acid helps gently exfoliate for baby soft lips. And did we mention the angel cake scent? Winner!
Most balms are light coverage but if you’re looking for something that has all the hydration of a balm but the stronger pigmentation of a lipstick – you’re welcome. This liquid-form balm from YSL has medium pigment coverage, with a shine that’s more dewy than glossy, but it is packed full of good stuff including Vitamin e, coconut water, macadamia oil, jojoba oil, pomegranate extract, and apricot kernel oil.
This tiny tin from Peek takes us back to our childhood and fun memories of digging fingers into slider tins from the drugstore. Unlike those glossy globs of our youth, this balm includes adult-worthy ingredients such as ginger root, sesame oil and lichee extract. It also carries a little kick in the form of chilli pepper (aka the plumping ingredient). Comes in 3 shades and goes on very sheer, making it ideal for day-long layering.
Made with real cherry extract from Luberon Provence, this light balm from L’occitane sits comfortably on the lips, smells (and tastes) delicious and contains plenty of the hydrating ingredient Shea butter. At 12 ml this tube is just the right size for easy carrying around all day long.
A little hydration and a whole lot of color is what Givenchy’s Le Rose Perfecto balm gives you. Coming in at over 10 color options ranging from beigey-nude to plummy pinks to solar red (as seen above), this medium to full coverage balm can easily be worn in lieu of lipstick.
When you’re feeling extra, let this balm show it to the world. As with most McGrath Lab lip products, you have a lightweight veil of hydration infused with soothing emollients, antioxidants and vitamins that protect from free radicals and restore softness and elasticity. But their Astral collection kicks things next level with micro-shimmery sparkles that create a kaleidoscope of colors on your lips. Comes in 5 color options.
Enriched with organic rose petal oil and 6 romantic shades, Guerlain’s KissKiss balm is somewhere between a light to medium color coverage. Great for those days when you want to give your lips a flush of color, but still keep it looking natural.
Born backstage and loved by Dior make-up artists for its custom rosy tint effect and subtle shine, this balm’s secret lies in its famous ‘Color Reviver’ technology which reacts to the unique chemistry of each person’s lips to give them a natural flush of custom color that suits each skin tone. What’s better than that? How about a duo – because sometimes you want a little hint of pink and sometimes you want a little peach. This amazing deal is limited time only though, so if you want it, get it here and now before it’s gone girl, gone…
ChapStick, Classic Cherry Chapstick $3.29 (3-pack)
Last but certainly not least, there is really no way you can have a top tinted lip balm list without the O.G. of them all. ChapStick’s classic cherry has an SPF of 15, slides on smooth, smells great and adds just that little bit of cherry tint. It’s America’s favorite lip balm for a reason. And at under $4 bucks for three? What are you waiting for?