Pucker up: the best lip balms to try right now


Never underestimate the power of a good lip balm. Overshadowed and obscured by richly pigmented lipsticks and high-shine glosses, balms play an essential supporting role in lip maintenance. They are a makeup bag must every season, but especially so in summer. Balms deliver much-needed hydration, SPF protection (did you know lips are extremely susceptible to sun damage?) and some even offer anti-ageing benefits. Here’s our roundup of the best balms in the biz. Add one or two of these to your summer rotation.

1. Mecca Cosmetica Lip De-Luscious Glide With SPF 15

Little wonder this is the bestselling balm at MECCA—it was the no.1 most requested product by our customers. They loved the OG Lip De-Luscious, but wanted it in a stick form versus a pot for easy, express application. Mecca Cosmetica heard the call and created Lip De-Luscious Glide With SPF 15 in three delectable shades (keep an eye out in February for a new fourth shade). These silky balms provide a hint of tint across the lips and are infused with vitamin E and pomegranate seed oil for your softest, most kissable lips yet.

2. La Mer The Lip Balm

This luxe balm from La Mer, a makeup artist staple, strengthens the lips’ natural moisture barrier to prevent future damage to your pout. Steeped in the brand’s famous nutrient-rich Miracle Broth, this treatment calms, restores and conditions the lips in one swipe from your pinky finger. A must for anyone who is suffering from seriously dry, chapped lips no matter the season.

3. Frank Body Lip and Cheek Tint

Frank hit us with the original balm and didn’t waste any time creating tinted versions that could be worn on cheeks, lids and lips. These versatile tints are enriched with coffee seed and coconut oil to plump your pout in the most delicious way possible. Available in ‘Cherry Bomb’, a deep cherry red, and ‘Send Nudes’ (cheeky!), a neutral hue that provides subtle colour, each can be pressed into the lips, patted into the cheeks for a natural flush and popped onto your eyelids for a modern glossy effect.

4. Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Lip Cushion

Lips are often overlooked when it comes to investing in anti-ageing ingredients, but if you’re taking the time to apply a balm then why not make it a power-packed one? This wonder from DDG rejuvenates the lips, locks in hydration and strengthens the lip border. In contrast to everyday versions, it’s packed with hyaluronic acid (which holds 1,000 times its weight in water), marine algae and antioxidants. The cushiony formula smooths the look of fine lines while giving your pout plumpness as well as more definition and structure.

5. Tatcha Gold Spun Camellia Lip Balm

By far the most boujee lip balm doing the rounds, the Tatcha Gold Spun Camellia Lip Balm will have you feeling fancy when you pull it out of your bag and have your lips feeling scrumptious the moment you swipe it on. With over 500 five-star reviews on, it’s one to try for soft, pillowy lips. The main ingredient is camellia oil, lauded in Asia for its ability to seal in moisture, backed up by a generous sprinkling of 24-karat gold flakes that leave a subtle gleam on the lips. It’s the new gold standard in lip care.

6. By Terry Baume de Rose

Roses are definitely having a moment right now, but Terry de Gunzburg has been all over this skin-healing ingredient for many years. By far one of her most well-known treasures, Baume de Rose has a rich, decadent texture and a hint of rose-scented fragrance. One application of this and you’ll notice instant, long-lasting smoothness—it provides a hint of pale pink colour, too. And as for the roses? High in protective antioxidants and natural oils, roses help lock moisture into the skin and can assist in calming inflammation. Plus, who doesn’t love smelling like they’ve been frolicking in a rose garden all day?

7. Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil

Here’s another lip wonder that harnesses the power of 24-karat gold, this time in the form of the applicator, which has been designed to dispense the rich oil evenly and hygienically while providing a soothing effect. This vegan oil is infused with ingredients that shield lips against the environment, deeply nourish dry or chapped skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by plumping the outline of the lips. The lineup of 28 ingredients (hence the name) includes vitamins A, C and E plus a potent mix of essential oils like lavender and geranium, and plant oils like jojoba and evening primrose. Your lips won’t know what hit ’em. It deserves a spot on your bedside table.

8. Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm

If you’re a Drunk Elephant fan, chances are you’ve already got one of these stashed in your desk, your glovebox and your gym bag. Such is the Drunk addiction. The winning formula is spiked with marula, avocado and cranberry oil to replenish thirsty lips in a flash. Plus, it’s loaded with antioxidant-rich green tea leaf and plenty of vitamin C to ensure pesky free radicals don’t wreak havoc on your pout. With its smooth, butter-like formula, it’s a decadent treat to apply morning and night, or whenever you need, really. This one plumps lips too, with peptides and algae making everything look a little fuller.

9. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter

This exotic and versatile lip butter from your favourite Brazilian brand smells good enough to eat. Why is it versatile? Well, it’s enriched with açaí and coconut oil plus cupuaçu butter, which all provide hydration to not only lips, but to cuticles, elbows and even the high points of the face for a subtle glowy sheen. Infused with a tasty dulce de leche fragrance, your lips will smell like caramel and appear plump and juicy. What more could you want?

10. Malin+Goetz Lip Moisturiser

This lightweight lip gel is packed with plant protein-based ingredients and fatty acids sans fragrance, flavour or any colour. A good choice for the man in your life who’s always nicking your La Mer. The fatty acids absorb immediately and continue to provide a layer of impressive hydration. Like the best balms, it’s extremely moreish—you’ll be reapplying multiple times each day.

Words by Emily Deacon
January 2019


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