Summer and winter can wreak havoc on your pout. That’s were lip balms come in handy. To help you avoid spending money on products that don’t work, I tested ten lip balms and reviewed them below.
I wore each lip balm for three days and rated them on their smell, taste, feel and, most importantly, how well they wear. I live in Los Angeles so SPF is very important. If a balm has a hint of color or yummy taste, that’s a plus for me. I listed the results starting with my favorites on down.
My top three favorites were Blistex, Nivea, and Burt’s Bees. These three balms were moisturizing, inexpensive, and wore well. I did reapply Blistex several times because I couldn’t stop licking my lips! These three top balms have a sheen, but are not greasy. Burt’s Bees has a hint of plum tint, but lacks SPF. Top rated Blistex was the second cheapest balm I tested!
EOS was a runner up, but at $3.99 it was the most expensive balm I tested. EOS comes in a ball-like container (it looks like a lemon in the picture above). It is naturally flavored and PABA-free. It was moisturizing and I would buy it again if I found it for less.
Softlips fared well, but the tube broke and I had to push the product down to close it. Lip Smackers was one of my favorites when I was young, but their new natural line made from beeswax was not the best. It was grainy and tasted like wax.
Vaseline’s balm reminded me of petroleum jelly as it was greasy and looked like jelly. I wouldn’t recommend this for everyday wear, but if it’s extremely windy or dry, it will protect your lips. Just make sure to wear your hair back or your locks will stick to your lips. If you buy it and don’t like it, apply it to your hairline to protect your scalp when coloring your hair.
I’d like to find other uses for ChapStick, Carmex, and Chap-Ex. They were thick, waxy, and tasted like medicine. My lips did not feel any more soft or moisturized than usual. Instead, these products acted more like a block that stayed put. Carmex was my least favorite! I wouldn’t dare steal a kiss from anyone wearing this balm. After applying my lips tingled. If you’re in really cold weather, ChapStick would work in a jiffy as it will block the wind.
What lip balms do you swear by?