While everyone has strong opinions about what the best lip balm is, it’s safe to say the humble product is universally loved and used by all. Lip balm is almost certainly a mainstay in your routine—whether you swear by a tinted formula, a fragrance-free pot, or a balm that borders on gloss. No makeup bag is complete without one, and you can’t expect to get through a winter of cracked, flaky lips without a trusted option. more information
There are endless lip treatments to choose from, and while some people others opt for luxe investment balms. The same goes for our editors, who, combined, have tried just about every single old and new formula that’s made its way into our bags Whether you’re looking for something with intense hydrating properties like the cult fave or a subtle flush of color like read on for the best lip balm options Glamour editors say they would never want to live without.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
A “swipe and go” lip balm has never worked for me, someone with big lips that are always dry. My life hasn’t been the same since I bought this Laneige lip mask last year. It has a softening balm texture that isn’t sticky and wears off naturally throughout the night or day, which is when I mostly use it. It also has a light berry smell that makes me nostalgic for my childhood cherry lip balms. —Khalifa Hawkins, producer
Glossier Balm Dotcom
As a devoted drugstore-balm user for most of my life, eventually, my curiosity got the better of me (the tube is just so cute!) and I caved. Now I’m addicted. This balm keeps my lips moisturized for hours during the day, and when I apply it before bed, I wake up with super soft lips. I love the original’s subtle floral scent—it’s like aromatherapy—and the tinted options are just as incredible. This berry one tastes like a Jolly Rancher; it’s so good! In particularly stressful times, I grab it out of my purse (it’s always in there) and put it on just for its soothing smell.
Biossance Squalane+ Rose Vegan Lip Balm
Most lip balms that promise a natural flush and a slight plump are nonsense in my opinion, but this one truly delivers. I see a noticeable difference in the tone of my lips. They look much more…vibrant, I guess is the word, without looking like I put on any type of tint or lipstick, which isn’t my thing. It’s also not shiny, so I’m in no danger of blinding my colleagues on Zoom with overshimmered lips.
Bite Beauty Agave+ Daytime Vegan Lip Balm
Don’t let this unassuming tube fool you. This is hands down the best lip balm out there. It’s become my everything while working from home, where my apartment AC and heat are always just a little too intense. It’s not necessarily a tasty balm (it doesn’t taste bad, just neutral), but where it stands out is its thick, buttery consistency that’s intensely hydrating and leaves the slightest of sheen behind on your lips. I’m obsessed.
Sara Happ The Dream Slip
If you think your lips don’t need a skin-care routine, think again, and then head on over to Sara Happ’s line to get educated. Much like night creams are thicker and richer, this nighttime balm is super thick and almost sticky and works to rejuvenate your lips overnight. I’ve been using it for just over a month, and I’m hooked. I love waking up and still feeling the blanket of moisture on my lips from the night before, and it’s cut down on my lip balm use throughout the day. The best part, though, is that it plumps your lips over time and makes them feel incredible.
Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm
I’ve never met a Summer Fridays product I didn’t love. So splurging on its new felt like a worthwhile gamble. I was not disappointed. The tube is small, but the tiniest amount goes a long way. The formula is thick and slippery and feels substantial, which helps keep me from anxiety-biting my lip throughout the day. It’s deeply hydrating, so when I use it before bed, I wake up with lips that feel soft and smooth.
Kiehl’s Lip Balm
In the winter, all I want is a no-frills lip moisturizer I can rely on. Enter Kiehl’s lip balm #1. It heals and softens without fail; plus, it contains aloe vera and vitamin E for extra hydration. It’s simple but effective
Lano Lips Tinted Lip Balm
This may be TMI, but I don’t just get chapped lips…I tend to pick them too. So I need to have a balm that’s almost a gloss to stop my hands from going anywhere near my mouth (who wants tacky fingertips?). I use Lano Lips Tinted Lip Balm every day—it’s moisturizing to help heal and the subtle color evens out my lips Maybelline Babylips Glow Lip Balm
I like all of the Baby Lips balms—they’re super moisturizing for my chronically dry lips but don’t leave a waxy or filmy residue. I’m partial to the pink Glow version, which leaves behind the perfect pink tint and a touch of shine and moisture and is a great dupe to some of the fancy
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
Burt’s Bees is a classic for a reason, and that’s because it’s excellent at sealing in moisture. And since it’s so affordable, you can stockpile multiple tubes and keep them in all your bags and coat pockets.
Nivea Smoothness Lip Care
I swear by this lip balm. And as someone with perpetually dry lips, trust that I would never steer you wrong. It goes on so smooth and shiny, but never feels greasy or tacky like some sticks.
Dior Dior Lip Glow
Your lips haven’t lived until they’ve been enveloped in the buttery goodness that is Dior Lip Glow. Despite the early-aughts packaging, it’s a sheer, subtle balm (not gloss!) that leaves your lips with a very natural color tint. If satin pillows for lips are what you’re going for, scoop this up.