The Best Tinted Lip Balms

Erin Lukas, InStyle

Some balms shine, some shimmer, and some stain, but they should all be the key to hydrating chapped lips. Dry air can be brutal, leaving lips raw, cracked, and flaky—a condition that makes wearing matte or vibrant lipsticks nearly impossible.

"Luscious Lips Made Easy: The Best Tinted Lip Balms"
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That’s where tinted lip balms come in: They singlehandedly solve the struggle of trying to wear a traditional lipstick on a weather-worn pout. These ultra-moisturizing formulas condition lips all while providing a lightweight wash of color in a range of finishes, and in whatever shade is currently your favorite. We’ve rounded up ten of the best nourishing tinted balms in a plethora of versatile shades to keep your lips their softest.

Fig + Yarrow Rose + Vanilla Tinted Lip Blush

A blend of avocado seed and rosehip oils nourish lips, while alkanet root gives this organic balm its subtle crimson tint.

To buy: $12; figandyarrow.com

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Pop Balm in Electric Pink

L’Oreal’s balm leaves kiss of color on the lips while its ultra-hydrating formula of jojoba and shea butter keeps them hydrated throughout the day.

To buy: $7; target.com

Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm in Black Honey

Dry and cracked winter lips don’t stand a chance with Clinique’s two-in-one pampering treatment for your pout. One side is a smoothing scrub, while the other is a moisturizing balm with a hint of sheer brown.

To buy: $8; sephora.com

CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Lip Balm in Gumdrop

If you’re still hesitant about trying out a vampy pout, this plum tinted balm is the perfect gateway into the trend and will also treat dehydrated lips.

To buy: $7; target.com

Benefit Cosmetics Cha-Cha Balm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm

Beat the winter blues by coating your lips with Benefit’s moisturizing mango-tinted Cha-Cha Balm. The easy-to-wear sheer hue is a welcome pop of color against your cold weather wardrobe of dark neutrals.

To buy: $18; sephora.com

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Sweet Violet

Burt’s Bees beeswax balm is a fan favorite for curing chapped lips. This tinted version, which delivers a pretty violet color with a few swipes, is an upgrade that will take your devotion to the classic formula to the next level.

To buy: $5; walgreens.com

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Tulip

Aside from its moisturizing and protecting ingredients like vitamin C and E, Fresh’s buildable coverage will win you over if you want to get in on the vibrant lip trend without letting a bright shade wear you.

To buy: $24; sephora.com

Revolon Color Burst Lip Color in Juicy Papaya

Give your lips a few generous swipes of Revlon’s ultra-hydrating balm with a trifecta of mango, shea, and coconut butter for your softest lips yet and a hint of a flattering shiny peach color that won’t stick to your hair like so many glosses.

To buy: $8; walgreens.com

Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint in Cherry

This tinted-balm offers long-lasting color like your favorite matte red bullets, but won’t dry out your lips thanks to its nourishing blend of natural ingredients including argan oil, vitamin E, and fruit butters.

To buy: $24; sephora.com

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine in Pink in Confidence

Once you wear YSL’s lipstick and balm hybrid, you might not want to let another product near your pout again. Its formula includes moisture-sealing hyaluronic acid along with antioxidants and emollients to keep lips smooth for the entire day, and delivers high-shine, wearable color like this everyday pink shade.

To buy: $37; nordstrom.com

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