By Alison McGill
As temperatures drop, your skin and hair aren’t the only things that need added hydration and TLC. Lips can be very hard hit when cold starts to settle in. Dryness, cracking and peeling are big (and painful!) beauty issues over the fall and winter months. Incorporating ultra-hydrating lip balms into your daily beauty regime will help keep lips conditioned and protected
If you’re like us and don’t want to give up a statement slick of colour on your lips, it’s time to invest in some punched up, highly pigmented tinted lip balms. Today’s best formulas offer both maximum hydration and colour saturation. The finish of these tinted lip balms lands somewhere between the soft sheen of a luster lipstick, and slick shine of a lip gloss.
Here are seven tinted lip balms we’re currently crushing on.
Gucci Glow & Care Shine Lipstick, $58
If it’s Gucci, you know it’s going to be gorgeous! This high-shine sheer lipstick is packed with hyaluronic acid to imbue lips with a plumping and smoothing effect. Available in 19 shades, we’re not sure what we love more, the lippy or the chic packaging.
MAC Cosmetics Glow Play Lip Balm, $26
The best thing about the five shades of Glow Play Lip Balm is how bold they are. If you love MAC lipsticks, these will be your newest obsession because you get all the impact of a traditional bullet with the added benefits of mega-moisture thanks to the shea butter, mango and jojoba seed oil infused formula.
Charlotte Tilbury Hyaluronic Happikiss, $40
These tinted lip balms created by the British makeup maestro deliver exactly what you think they would: bold colour and ultra-glam shine. Available in 10 beautiful-for-all shades including the cult classic Pillow Talk, these tinted lip balms deliver 24-hour hydration and visibly plumped lips almost immediately upon application. Bet you can’t buy just one!
Elf Hydrating Core Lip Shine, $7
A choice brand of beauty TikTokers, Elf Cosmetics is a hit not just for their on-trend products and vegan formulations, but for its incredible price point. This tinted lip balm is a star product of the brand, loved for delivering a subtle hit of colour and a dose of hydrating vitamin E which is packed into a heart shaped core in the middle of the balm’s bullet.
Ilia Balmy Tint Hydrating Lip Balm, $37
This clean tinted lip balm is beautifully buildable which means you can choose to wear just a subtle blush of colour or apply a few layers to punch up your pigment. We love the pretty colour range offering everything from rosy neutrals to rich cranberry and red shades.
Dior Lip Glow, $46
This cult fave is now available in over 13 shades, but it started as one iconic product: a clear conditioning lip balm that when applied to lips magically encouraged a warm, natural and rosy glow. We still love the OG offering most of all and have a few in our stash to use at home, on the road or in the air.
Covergirl Clean Fresh Tinted Lip Balm, $8
Infused with pomegranate oil and hyaluronic acid, this lip balm will be one you reach for on the regular. It’s creamy, moisture quenching formula soothes and smooths irritated dry lips in an instant and the poppy shades are on point for delivering a high-impact finish.