Annie Walton Doyle is a writer based in Manchester, UK.…
Lip balms are like opinions – everyone has one that mostly sucks. Many lip balms & moisturisers are just barrier creams – the gateway drug to full lip balm addiction. In a world where we can turn our homes into sentient beings, why haven’t we invented a genuinely successful way to moisturise our lips?
However, there are some lip balms and moisturisers out there that are worth your while. So, I have five of the best if you’re in the market for soft, pillowy lips.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
This balm is simultaneously thick and slippy, which balm connoisseurs will know is hard to find. It sticks around for a while but doesn’t have that horrible clay-like matte feeling. Worn by day, it is a substitute for a gloss. The mask claims to be plumping, which I can also vouch for. Antioxidants get into the lips to nourish, while hyaluronic acid forms a protective shield to stop them from getting chapped in the future.
Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom
I’m a fan of all of the Glossier Balm Dot Com offerings. The balms are incredibly thick and waxy and coat the lips for protection all day (or night). But for me, Coconut is the stand-out. It’s tint-free, making it great on lips, cuticles, elbows, knees, or under-eyes. But really, where this comes into its own is the delightful creamy yet fruity coconut scent.
Burt’s Bees Salted Caramel Lip Balm
A stick lip balm is an ultimate convenience, particularly on the go. Nobody wants to plunge their fingers into a tub and apply it to their mouth while on the move. But many stick lip balms aren’t up to snuff, often leaving lips feeling more dried out than ever. Not Burt’s Bees, though. The beeswax helps to form a barrier over the lips to prevent moisture from escaping the skin’s surface. The limited edition salted caramel flavour is also absolutely divine.
Frank Body Cherry Bomb Lip Tint
A tinted lip balm is the ultimate life hack for lazy girls (and I count myself among your number). You can apply what is essentially skincare but also brighten up your face and give the illusion of making some effort! What’s not to love? For such occasions, my favourite option is the Frank Body Cherry Balm Lip Tint. It gives lips a beautiful, just-bitten look, tastes delicious, and helps hydrate your pout all in one!
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres
The La Roche Posay Cicaplant Levres is a miracle cure if you’re struggling with persistently dried-out lips. I don’t know what’s in this stuff, but it is magic. When all else fails in the lip balm department, this is the product I have on standby to restore order, comfort, and softness to an otherwise stressed-out mouth.
Annie Walton Doyle is a writer based in Manchester, UK. She typically writes about beauty and other "personal aesthetics," with a healthy dose of both social commentary and stupidity. When not touching makeup, she enjoys pubs, knitting, nature, and mysteries. Find her on Instagram @anniewaltondoyle.