I have to admit… Lip balms were my obsession as long as I can remember. If I don’t have one handy I can end up having a nerve break down (well maybe it’s a bit of an overstatement but you know what I mean). I naturally surround myself with loads of different lip balms, because it’s always a good idea to test new ones (or I get bored by some of them). And I have VERY dry lips.
My latest addition to the lip balm family is Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF15 (Price 15g -£16) comes in a gorgeous shiny silver tin that opens and closes easily (not like some of the ones in metal tin packaging!). The texture feels rather solid when you touch it and if you use a finger to pick up a product, it takes a very thin layer of it but a thin layer is all you need. It softens and heals dry lips softly and SPF 15 protects it from sun damage. Since it does not feel greasy at all, works great as a base for lipsticks. This balm contains avocado and olive oils, wheat gem and looks like has a soft pink colour but the colour is not pigmented enough to show up on the lips. Fragrance wise, it has a slight delicate scent which is very hard to describe but to me personally it relates to the scent of tinned Nivea cream that our moms and grandmothers used to use.
Elizabeth Arden has a whole range of miracle products for dry skin called the Eight Hour Cream: The Original Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (Price approx. 30ml - £12, 50ml - £16 ), the Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant (Price approx.14,6ml - £16) and the Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF15 (Price approx. 3.7g- £16). They are star products when it comes to helping my lips to stay hydrated and soft for a whole day. I always carry The Original Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant in my professional makeup kit and use it on the clients. It is designed to be used anywhere on the dry skin and works perfectly as smoothing, healing and hydrating product. It has a somewhat gel- cream texture and very strong herbal scent (but Elizabeth Arden released a version with no scent if it bothers you). The colour of the products does not look very attractive, but it ends up being colourless when you apply it. I also tend to use it on the eyelids, when I want that extreme glossy finish to makeup, just keep in mind that this balm is extremely sticky. You get loads of product that you can use universally on any dry skin patches you might have on the body, so this is the one that I will personally keep repurchasing till the end of life (well probably). The Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant in a metal tin package lives next to my bed, it has a bit more solid but still very similar texture to Skin Protectant and much more pleasant scent (still herbal but softer and sweeter) and does the job brilliantly. The Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF15 comes in a more convenient stick type of package and has sun protection so it’s a great addition to have it on the go. It has the softest and lightest scent of all in the family, but also the lightest moisturizing properties, so this one would not be my pick. All in all these are one of the best lip healing products in my opinion because they are not only highly moisturizing but also keeps the hydration for a very long time (hence the Eight Hour name).
Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm (Price15ml - £12) the name itself brings the controversy. This medical proved formula used to be used by nursing mothers to heal their dry hurting nipples. The product is designed to be used anywhere on the body to heal the dry skin- lips, nipples, cuticles; it’s supposed to help with healing eczema, sun burns (I have not tried it for this purpose so I cannot say much about it). They call it the ultimate multipurpose balm. It contains 100% ultra pure medical grade Lanolin and even babies can use it. The texture is quite hard so it is rather difficult to get the balm out of the tube and you need to warm up the product before using it. It applies very thinly, leaves soft shine so there is no greasy feeling and contains no taste or scent. The advice on the package suggests to also use it for lipstick priming, cheek shine, eyebrow taming, glossy eyes, eye glitter, mixing pigments. I would prefer if the texture was creamier but all in all it's a great product.
Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Balm (Price: 10g - £10.99) was on my list ‘to try’ for ages and I have no idea what took me so long to try it. This is one more product that will serve you not only as a lip balm, but also to nourish and hydrate any extremely dry skin patches and cuticles (the 101 in the name stands for 101 purposes that you can use it for). I feel like this is very similar to The Original Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream but has a slightly softer texture and there are different scents you can choose from (mine is Peach- it smells like fresh juicy peaches and makes my mouth water whenever I smell it). They use ultra pure medical grade lanolin (just like Dr. Lipp original Nipple balm, but the biggest difference between these two is the texture- Lanolips is much softer and thicker), it also contains Peach Kernel Oil, Vitamin E and aroma, all of the ingredients are derived naturally (keep in mind that the ingredients differ depending on the choice of a scent). This is probably my number 1 lip balm at the moment.
Let’s talk about something that gives not only hydration but some colour too. Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector ( Price 12ml- £18) is my staple to have in the purse. This product not only hydrates, softens and plumps up the lips but also makes the lines somehow magically disappear (only while the product is on the lips, not for ever of course) and gives this beautiful soft colour and sheen. There have 8 colours to choose from, all the shades being very soft and natural (I have shades 01 rose shimmer and 02 apricot shimmer, rose being my fave of the two, but I want to get more…). It has a lightweight thin non- sticky texture and gorgeous soft sweet scent. I would say it does not work as a hard core medical lip balm, but it has enough hydration for every day situation. The soft plush applicator makes applying it a pleasant experience too. Also works beautiful as a gloss on its own or over a lipstick.
The most luxurious in my collection is Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care balm (Price 10g- £27). And I’m saying most luxurious mainly because of the price and the packaging. Yes it looks so beautiful on my makeup counter that I can just sit there and stare at Chanel logo on it… But that’s really not the main reason to buy a lip balm. The texture is super luxurious too, it looks solid but the minute your finger lands on to the balm, it feels so soft but not greasy. The product contains camellia flower (the way they describe the whole thing is just beautiful and I have to copy paste it: With the HYDRA BEAUTY skincare line, CHANEL Research reveals the power of its iconic flower, the camellia, and its exclusive ultra-hydrating active ingredient: Camellia Alba PFA.* This key active ingredient helps skin restore and maintain optimal moisture levels in the cells. *PFA: PolyFractioning of Active Ingredients. A specific process developed by CHANEL that allows for the creation of ultra-pure cosmetic ingredients.) It is absolutely lovely slightly glossy hydrating product with soft pleasant fragrance and amazing feeling texture. It is though not the balm I reach for when I need a hard core moisturizing and healing properties.
Dr. PawPaw Original Balm for lips, skin, hair and beauty finishing, cuticles and nails (Price 25ml- £6,95) is another of the staples in a makeup artist kit. The range of uses of this balm is endless. I use the clear one but they also have peach pink and red tinted ones (ingredients vary depending on the colour). Before I tried it I had an illusion that this must be very similar to Elizabeth Arden The original 8 Hour Cream and it is in a way of being so multipurpose, but the texture and feel of it is different. Dr. Paw Paw is not sticky at all and has no scent, it’s moisturizing and soothing properties helps to calm down any irritations and add the shine. I also like to use it lightly as a hand skin repairing balm whenever my hands are in a critical situation. The ingredients list is pretty short: Petrolatum, Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Carica Papaya (Fermented PAWPAW), Potassium Sorbate.
Maybelline Baby Lips (Price £2,99) bursted with popularity a while ago probably because of cute packaging, variety in selection and very affordable price. It claims to have 8 hour moisture that I would not agree with. It does soften the lips for a little while and can work as a quick touch up, but would not be enough for very dry damaged lips. They have loads of different scented and tinted ones and seems to keep coming out with more limited edition picks. For some reason the colourless one did not impress me at all, so I got rid of it but I kept the Peach Kiss which has a juicy peachy scent and adds a lovely slight peachy tint and shine. I would highly recommend it for teenagers who are getting into a makeup world but not quite yet ready for full on lipsticks.
Oldie but goodie Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm (Price £2,69 - £3,25) was on and off in my life since I can remember. I used to only have an access to the one in a tube and a jar in the original scent when I was younger and when I saw that they are also available in a stick type of packaging and has different scents… well, it just made me happy. They all have a minty cooling/ tingly feeling on the lips and you will either love it or hate it (I personally am not a fan of it). I’ve never had the one in a jar, but I seem to always have a tube and stick laying down somewhere… Even tough stick one is more convenient and has more scents to choose from, I feel like (and the ingredients list confirms it) the one in a tube is more hydrating, smoothing and feels more emollient. Most of the scented Carmex lip balms also provide SPF 15 which is great because nobody wants sunburned lips. It’s a great product to treat dry lips quickly, but I feel like the effect is not as long lasting as I would like it to be.
Malin + Goetz lip moisturizer (Price 7ml - £10) is a combination of a lip moisturiser and a gloss. It is fragrance free, provides a super shiny finish and has a texture of fluid gel. And it makes your lips feel very slippery. The description says that this product contains absorbent fatty acids which nourish upon impact whilst providing a continual layer of hydrating protection throughout the day. I would say it does not provide enough moisture that my super dry lips needs, but it helps to smooth them out instantly.
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (Price 4,25g - £3,69) is another of the chap sticks that I will probably always keep repurchasing for the on the go situations. It is 100% natural which is awesome and comes in a stick form. There are few scents that you can choose from and I have the original Beeswax at the moment which has a very soft spearmint scent. The ingredients list vary depending on the scents but they all are loaded with great hydrating oils. These lip balms has a pleasant cooling feeling but it’s much softer then Carmex and provides an instant hydration. I would say it is a staple basic lip balm with a great quality.
This Works Turbo Balm (Price 10g - £12) comes in a tiny non flashy white plastic jar and looks like it is a very solid balm but it melts the second you touch it and feels like non greasy oil. It is described as a portable boost of hydration for when and where you need it. And I cannot agree more with it. It would be my pick for whenever I travel and want an easy multitasking product. This balm is 100% natural and is made of Tahitian Monoi Oil (to hydrate), Cocoa Butter (to enrich), and potent Rose Oil (to strengthen) keeping that in mind it has no added fragrance and it smells like rose but very lightly. It feels very light on the lips, it makes the lips super slippery for few minutes but it absorbs really quickly, so you cannot feel it any more. It’s a lovely on the go product but the moisture does not last long at all and would not be enough if you have severe dry lips.
These are still loads of lip balms that I want to try and I will not rest before I tried them all!
**Prices mentioned are all average, based on popular UK based websites and are correct at time of publishing.