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If there’s one skin-care/make-up product that I can’t ‘live’ without, it’s lipbalm. Summer or winter, I want to keep my lips moisturised. Over the years, I’ve tried more than 13 different lipbalms or lip remedies that I know which ones I prefer. The sad part is I now have a drawer full of lipbalms that I use alternately every once in a while.
♥ = I LOVE these!
♡ = Good-great but not in my top favourites.
Great for Winter / Year-Round
- Origins: Lip Remedy ♡ – $15 CAD
There’s a nice cooling sensation on your lips and it treats the chapped skin. I use this as a ‘primer’ before applying on lipstick. Comes out white.
Alternative: Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment ♡ – $4.99/5.49 CAD
This is my Dad’s favourite and the medicated drugstore dupe of Origins. Not only does it treat chapped lips, it can get rid of cold sores.
It doesn’t matter which Lip Balm gel you choose from Kiehl’s, they are all excellent for protecting and moisturising chapped or cracked lips.
- Lip Balm #1 ♥ – $8.50 CAD; scented $11 CAD
I keep getting these for free one way or another. This is more like a lip jelly that helps chapped lips. The mint flavour is very refreshing on dry lips. These lip balms contain Squalane, Lanolin, Sweet Almond Oil, as well as Vitamins A and E.Tip: warm your hands first and heat the lip balm in your palms. The gel will come out more smoothly and melt away the dry layer on your lips.
- Lip Balm SPF 15 ♡ – $12 CAD
I thought it would be like the lip jelly above but it came out just a tad more liquidy. Still good!
- Fresh: Lip Treatment SPF15 ♡ – $26 CAD / $22.50 USD
I received a mini lip duo from Sephora during my birthday month. I like the lemon flavour and find it quite moisturising.
- eos: Lip Balm Sphere (Summer Fruit) ♡ – $3.99 CAD
My friend recommended this to me after I’d shared this post. I can see why she loved it! Not only is this 100% natural, it’s small, it’s not cylindrical (no need to worry about it breaking off or getting jammed in the lid), and the flavour (Summer Fruit) is delicious! Once I couldn’t apply it on my lips anymore, I scraped out the rest, melted it and combined it with the leftover of a lipstick.
- DHC: Lip Cream ♡ – $9.50 CAD
This was one of my first lipbalms from my Mum. This Japanese brand uses olive oil and Vitamin E in this lipbalm, which really kept my lips smooth. One thing to watch for is that it will melt in the summer!
- Nivea: Essential Care ♡
There’s jojoba oil and shea butter in this trusty lipbalm. It certainly keeps my lips smooth though I’m more tempted to try the Kiss of Smoothness or Hydro Care.
- Blistex: Moisture Melt – $3.49 CAD
I was really excited to try this, mostly because of the melting beads inside the balm. Although I was hoping for a cooling sensation, this one makes my lips feel warmer for some reason. Gave me a lip glossy feel which was not what I wanted. 😦
- Burt’s Bees:
- Lip Shimmer ♥ – $7.99 CAD
Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Rhubarb (a raspberry tint) is my HG coloured lip balm! It’s minty (with peppermint to keep your lips cool) and moisturising with Shea butter and fruit oils. There are 11 shades to choose from. I’ve tried Cherry (red) but didn’t find that it had the same effect as Rhubarb. In fact, I can’t say the other colours are quite so popular.
- Tinted Lip Balm ♥ – $7.99 CAD
I received my first tinted lip balm in Pink Blossom from my friend. I was quite impressed by how it not only kept my lips smooth with Shea Butter and botanical waxes but gave me a more natural coloured lip tint. The 9 shades available are natural (somewhat sheer). These lip balms go for $7.99 USD/CAD each and last around 10 months if you use it regularly. My two favourites are Rose and Red Dahlia.
- Lip Shimmer ♥ – $7.99 CAD
- Pomegranate Replenishing Lip Balm – $4.89 CAD
I was hoping it would be something creamy like the tinted lip balm but I find this one a bit too solid for my liking (still works though). It also leaves a slight hint of colour on your lips.
- Fresh: Sugar Kisses Tinted Lip Treatment ♥ – $26 CAD / $22.50 USD
This was part of the mini lip duo and came in Rosé. The lip colours come off sheer and are made with black currant oil, grapeseed polyphenols, and vitamins A, C, and E. Plus, there’s protection against UV rays. If you do purchase this lip balm, it’s best to keep it somewhere cool. These lose their form pretty quickly so be gentle with them!
- Maybelline: Baby Lips SPF 20 – $4.99+ CAD (or $3.69 at Walmart)
An acquaintance once raved about her favourite lipbalms being Maybelline’s Baby Lips. Thinking it was just Lipsmackers, I ignored the post. I decided to do some research and saw that all 6 of these balms (2 clear and 4 shades) come with SPF 20 (as opposed to SPF 15 like most balms) and visibly renew lips in 4 weeks. They’re meant to keep lips moisturised for up to 8 hours but I did not find that to be the case for me. Although I liked the texture, scent, and tint (I bought Grape Vine), I found that I’d have to reapply every hour or so to keep my lips smooth.
- Covergirl Smoochies Lip Balm – $3.99 CAD (sale)
These lip balms provide the most colour for tinted lip balms and there are 12 shades available. Most of these are pearlised. They do keep your lips hydrated but you’ll be reapplying within a few hours. There’s an artificial raspberry smell which can be rather annoying.
Hope these recommendations and reviews helped! 🙂 xx
Love the post! Thanks for letting me know about it from my dilemma last year. I wound up using the Fresh ones (also the free Sephora ones, but I will be buying larger tubes!) and the Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1.
I love the Fresh ones and am grateful Sephora gave us free mini lip duos! My friend just recommended the EOS lip balms (those ball lip balms) to me and I’m also tempted to try Blistex’ Moisture lip remedy. (As if I need any more!)