Lip balms are probably everyone’s first ever beauty product that we’ve started using since we’re a child. There is always a place for lip balms on our vanity, in our bag, on our work desk, and pretty much everywhere else. Ask any of your friends: each has their lip balm, the one trusted product they carry everywhere. But with so many on the market, it’s almost impossible to know which one is the best.
We have rounded up a batch of our favorite picks. Read on to find the one that works for you.
Best Overall: DHC - Lip Cream
DHC’s Lip Cream is one of the most popular choices that has a serious cult following. Case in point: According to DHC’s vice president of marketing, Monica Pleumer, a tube of Lip Cream sells every three seconds worldwide. This lip balm contains vitamin E, aloe vera, and olive oil to pamper your pout with lasting moisture. It glides smoothly onto your lips to nourish while fighting against visible signs of aging, leaving behind a hydrated, dewy finish.
The original formula is clear with no tint, and you can also buy one of the tinted versions for a hydrating-but-better wash of color: DHC - Color Lip Cream.
Best for Dehydrated Lips: LANEIGE - Lip Glowy Balm
If you are familiar with Korean lip care, you must have heard of LANEIGE’s Lip Sleeping Mask. You can think of this Lip Glowy Balm as a partner in crime (a daylight derivative) to the coveted overnight treatment. Offered in four shades to give your lips a healthy tint of clear color, this lightweight lip balm contains murumuru and shea butters that provide a surge of hydration and lock in moisture.
See more top picks and shop for the best lip balms for dry, dehydrated lips:
Best Budget: TONYMOLY - Mini Peach Lip Balm
An adorable product at an unbeatable price, Tonymoly’s Mini Peach Lip Balm is a fruit-shaped lip balm that is simply too cute for words. This creamy, lightweight lip balm has a sweet, fruity scent and is loaded with fruit extracts that melt softly into lips to replenish hydration and plump the lips, as well as SPF 15 to protect the lips from harsh sun rays.
Best Splurge: IOPE - Deep Care Tint Lip Balm
IOPE’s Deep Care Tint Lip Balm may not be exactly budget-friendly, but it’s worth the splurge in our opinion to ‘deep care’ the lips with a tint of natural color. This lip balm contains Deep Care Complex™ and plant-derived ingredients to provide rich moisture and nutrients that are pleasant on the lips, keeping it hydrated throughout the day.
Best tinted: 3CE - Heart Pot Lip Balm
If you prefer a healthy tint of color, one of the best tinted lip balms is 3CE’s Heart Pot Lip Balm. The lovely heart pot opens to reveal the lip balm on one side and the mirror on the other side for quick touch-ups on the go. This lip balm is formulated with hydrating fruit oil and berry complex to moisturize the lips and form a protective barrier for a lasting, dewy gloss.
Best overnight: LANEIGE - Lip Sleeping Mask
Though some of the KOLs suggest you can wear a thin layer of LANEIGE’s Lip Sleeping Mask as a lip balm, it’s actually an overnight lip mask (as its name infers), so the formula is thicker than your typical balms. It is made with vitamin C, antioxidants, and the exclusive Moisture Wrap™ technology to melt stubborn dead skin cells and form a protective film over the lips to lock in moisture. All you need to do the next morning is to gently wipe the lips clean with a tissue or cotton pad, removing dead skin cells for refreshed, supple lips.
Up next, read on to see 4 K-pop makeup trends to complete your look this fall.