Balm Battle Royale

I’m going to make this quick and simple. You’re walking down the pavement in the middle of the winter: you’re cold, you’ve got a load of assignments due and revision to do, and your lips are chapped. That’s the last thing you need to worry about. So, I’ve chosen some of my favourite lip balms that can help you battle dry, delicate and chapped lips. 

  1. Glossier: Balm Dotcom (Original) (£10.00) 

This is the hydrating lip balm that could end all of its rivals. A cult classic, and a personal favourite, this lip balm has our favourite ingredients: castor oil, beeswax and lanolin. The original formula can double as a skin salve, so slather it all over those lips, cuticles and elbows. It locks in all the moisture you need and is great for sensitive skin. It also comes in seven other shades and tints. It’s definitely worth trying this product out!

  1. Kiehl’s: Lip Blam (Pear) (£10.00) 

I’ve recently been seriously into fruity lip balms, perhaps it has something to do with missing topical scents from the summer. Kiehl’s has some of my favourite scents with Cranberry and Mango as delightful options. This little tube can last forever, granted that you don’t lose it, as is the case with many lip balms. It’s great for healing those painful and dry cracked lips without the residual stickiness that comes with some lip balms. This is a perfect solution for the drying effects of the wind and cold weather. 

  1. Blistex: Medplus Repairing Lip Balm SPF 15 (£2.69) 

This may take the crown according to my friends, they cannot stop raving about these lip balms. This is the balm that will give your lips that extra dose of TLC. It has more of my favourite ingredients like Jojoba Oil and Cocoa Butter. I don’t know how to explain it, but this lip balm has an instant soothing effect, and that is why it is beloved by many. It’s affordable and powerful, what’s not to love?

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  1. EOS: Organic Lip Blam (Strawberry Sorbet) (£4.33) 

Ah, the lip balm of my teen years, the time when my lips were probably over hydrated (if that’s even a thing). I had to put this one on the list for its lasting hydration power, keeping your lips soft and moisturised around the clock. Plus, there are so many ‘flavours’ to try in this range so you can never be bored. The Vitamin E and Shea Butter are the best parts of this lip balm, besides the Strawberry Sorbet scent, so be sure to pick this one up. 

  1. Fresh: Sugar Spice Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 £19.50 

I love the products from Fresh, but this lip treatment is one of their best, as it’s super-hydrating. The botanical oils that they put into this balm will have your lips feeling nourished for hours. The SPF is an added bonus, it’s always a good thing to have sunscreen. There are so many shades to choose from in this range of lip treatments, you’d be crazy not to give one of them a go!

  1. Nuxe: Baume Levres Reve De Miel (£10.50) 

This is one lip balm I have not lost, mainly because it’s in my cabinet waiting to be used during the evening, but because it’s too precious to me to ever lose. Firstly, the smell alone will make you want to devour it. This balm will resurrect the driest lips and restore them to their original glory. Use this one, especially in the evening, and you’ll be waking up every morning with the most beautiful pout. Walk into those lectures and seminars with the most dewy lips. 

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  1. Vaseline: Lip Therapy (Original) (£1.00) 

A godsend. A miracle. A throwback. You can never, ever, go wrong with this lip balm. This lip balm will radically transform your lips. It’s the best rated lip balm and, iconically, one of the least expensive lip balms you’ll come across. The two things you need in this world for moisturising your face is Nivea for your face and Vaseline for your lips, at least that’s what my mother has always taught me to do, and she’s not wrong because they work like a charm. 

  1. Chanel: Rouge Coco Baume (£31.00) 

I love this lip balm. Now, it’s not for the driest lips or for those lips that are in need of saving, but it is an excellent primer for your favourites lip products. Before I start applying makeup, I’ll slide this on over my lips, and by the time I finish, my lips are ready for any lipstick, lipgloss or tint. Even on it’s own, it makes for a gorgeous sheer and shiny make-up look. 

  1. DHC: Lip Cream (£7.15) 

This is the chapstick to end other chapsticks. This balm makes a great base for lipstick, but it is also creamy and has to most divine consistency. This is another one of those Vitamin E goodies on the list. It instantly hydrates your lips. A little top tip from me: use this chapstick and add a layer of lip gloss over it for a dewy effect. 

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  1. Drunk Elephant: Lippe Balm (£15.00) 

Our final contender is another cult classic. This nourishing balm will leave your lips feeling buttery and soft, just like the lip balm itself. It’s great for all skin types, including damaged and delicate lips. The ingredients – avocado, mongongo, cranberry and marula oils – illustrate how awesome this formula is at replenishing and hydrating those lips. Pick this bad boy up for a youthful and kissable pout! 

You’ve seen the contenders, now choose your fighter!

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