A little sparkle, a little shine and a little shimmer – but one thing is everything tinted lip balms should do is hydrate. And while some days we crave ultra-pigmented matte color, sometimes there’s nothing quite like a barely-there balm with a hint of shine. Lest you think that tinted lip balms are just lipstick’s little sister, think again: tinted lip balm has come a long way since the humble days of lip smackers (but there’s definitely nothing wrong with that), with makeup- Brands range from drugstore to prestige and their own semi-pigmented moisturizers, ointments and more.
There are the time-honored formulas like Smith’s retro tin of Rosy Goodness and Fresh’s favorite lip treatment, but the Nouvelle Vague lip balms are just as chic: Here’s looking at you, Dior Lip Glow and Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish.
And while many lipsticks these days, whether liquid or in the traditional spherical form, are loaded with good ingredients, nothing quite compares to the ultra-nourishing feel of a balm. Use to prep lips before blending in lip color (just make sure formula is fully absorbed first), or wear solo for a sheer veil of pigment.
Read on for 23 of our all-time favorites that we’ll dutifully use and reuse throughout the year.
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