Do not get me wrong, I adore lipstick, and there are probably over 100 in my makeup collection. I don’t wear them all, but just knowing they are in my possession, should I want to apply them, gives me a sense of security. But sometimes – okay, most of the time – I’m not in the mood to do a full lip with liner.
That’s where a tinted lip balm comes in handy.
Over the years, I’ve tried and amassed an impressive assortment of lip balms that double as lipstick. Most of them fail my requirements, which include: adequate pigment, moisturizing my lips, and not being too sticky.
I have come across several unicorn-grade tinted lip balms and, today, I’m going to share them! You can thank me later.
Keep reading for our favorite lip balms that’ll perfect your pout with just the right amount of color and saturation, while still being totally moisturizing!
Best Overall: florence by mills Oh Whale! Tinted Lip Balm
Best Buildable Color: Kosas Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Acid Lip Balm
Best For Budget: Dr. PAWPAW Tinted Multipurpose Soothing Balm
Best Splurge: ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner
Best Protection: fresh Sugar Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 15
Best Hydrating: PYT Beauty So Extra Tinted Lip Balm
Best Clean: Tarte Sugar Rush – Lip Sip Vegan Lip Balm
Best Color Variety: Olio E Osso Lip & Cheek Tinted Balm
Best Sheen/Gloss: Silk Naturals Slick Stick
Best Healing: PÜR CBD Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm
Best Glow: MAC Glow Play Lip Balm
Dr. PAWPAW Tinted Multipurpose Soothing Balm is clutch in my lip world. It comes in various colors (the red in my personal fave) and can be used on cheeks too. It’s buildable, so you can go light or full-on vamp red.
PYT Beauty So Extra Tinted Lip Balm is super hydrating and enhances your natural lip color. It comes in three colors and PYT Beauty is vegan, made with all natural ingredients, and the container is made of recycled plastic.
I love this Olio E Osso Lip & Cheek Tinted Balm — it comes in 10 shades and provides hydration and buildable color.
PÜR CBD Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm adds a sheer pop of color to both lips and cheeks for a more natural look. The added CBD helps soothe dry, stressed skin and can help fight skin irritation.
You have to have florence by mills Oh Whale! Tinted Lip Balm! I have all five shades, even though I don’t wear coral lip color — it’s that good. It’s sheer, non-sticky, and lasts for hours before it needs reapplication.
Calling all nude lip enthusiasts: Grown Alchemist Tinted Age-Repair Lip Treatment: Tri-Peptide, Violet Leaf Extract is the one for you. Not only is it a perfect nude tint, but the Tri-Peptides support the skin’s natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid, noticeably adding volume while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and creasing.
The Tarte Sugar Rush – Lip Sip Vegan Lip Balm in Cherry Slush is always in my bag. With just one coat, you get that “just ate a red popsicle” flush on your kisser. It also comes in nude and both colors smell like creamsicles!
You can’t really go wrong with MAC, so it’s no surprise that MAC Glow Play Lip Balm is an excellent tinted lip balm. It comes in five colors and nourishes lips while adding color.
Kosas Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Acid Lip Balm is another one that’s always in my bag. It hydrates, plumps, is buildable, and its unique packaging mimics the shape of lips to reach the innermost corners.
Ok, so it’s not exactly a balm, but Silk Naturals Slick Stick sure feels like one! They’re technically a gloss but in stick form, so they feel like a balm but have a color pay-off that would rival any lipstick.
fresh Sugar Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 15 is a cult favorite that hydrates and smooths while offering sheer moisturizing color and SPF 15.
And last but certainly not least is the ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner. Dial the right colors up or down with this botanical blend that hydrates and helps lips look smoother.
Do you have a favorite tinted lip balm that didn’t make our list? Share it with us in the comments!
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