These 13 Balms Will Get Your Lips Through Winter

Do you panic when you realize you switched bags and forgot your lip balm? Have you ever been stuck in an hourlong meeting without ChapStick and felt like you had a new understanding of what it would be like to be stranded in the Mojave Desert? Do you never finish a balm because you always have six in rotation? You're not alone — we're obsessed with the stuff, too.

Which is why our hunt for the perfect lip hydrators never ends. Whether tinted, in a pot, or SPF-infused, we've tried them all and we have some pretty strong feelings about them. We're sharing them, ahead.
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Are you a matte-balm fan or a gloss lover? Proponents of the latter will dig this slick, olive-and-jojoba oil-infused balm from John Masters Organics.

John Masters Organics Lip Calm, $4.50, available at DermStore.


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This classic lip balm is beloved by thousands of consumers, editors, and bloggers because of its hydrating formula that goes on matte, meaning it can be easily layered under lipsticks without compromising the finish.

Burt's Bees
Beeswax Lip Balm, $3.30, available at Burt's Bees.
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These slick balms contain a potent blend of vitamins (A, C, and E), oils (grapeseed, jojoba, and castor), and beeswax to hydrate and protect the lips. The tinted versions of the treatments are also some of the most pigmented balms we've ever tried.

Fresh
Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Sugar Coral, $24, available at Sephora.
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Sure, it may not be the most convenient option to slide into your pocket, but this cherry pot sure is cute — and it's even got sun protection built in.

TonyMoly Mini Lip Balm SPF 15, $10, available at Urban Outfitters.
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This tinted option imparts a semi-matte flush of color when slicked onto the lips.

Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Jump, $26, available at Ilia.
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This January, Lip Smacker will be launching a collection of teeny-tiny soda cups with tops that twist off to reveal an orb of lip balm that smells — you guessed it — just like your drink of choice.

Lip Smacker Sprite Cup Lip Balm, $3.95, available January 2017 at Lip Smacker.
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According to Maybelline, one Baby Lips balm or gloss is sold worldwide every three seconds. We can't say we're surprised by the news — the balm's glossy finish and sheer tint make it a staple in our makeup bags.

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, $3.99, available at Walgreens.
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This thick balm isn't the sexiest, but it is the best lip protector out there and a must-have for winter.

Blistex Lip Medex Lip Protectant, $1.69, available at Walgreens.
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This lightweight balm doesn't look like much in the tube, but once it's on your lips, it imparts a sweet, baby-pink shade.

Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm, $14, available at Birchbox.
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One layer of this sunscreen-infused balm will give your lips a sheer, juicy tint — perfect for applying sans mirror. It's also tiny enough to fit in your smallest clutch.

Milk Makeup Balm Tint, $18, available at Sephora.
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Zip, one of the newest additions to Glossier's Generation G lip balm family, is a warm, matte red balm that has quickly replaced our go-to crimson lipsticks.

Glossier Generation G Matte Lipstick in Zip, $18, available at Glossier.
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A thick layer of this balm — packed with honey, shea butter, and almond oil — will soothe even the most chapped lips and make you feel super-chic.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm, $15, available at Ulta Beauty.
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YSL's candy-scented, glossy balms come in 12 different hues. Whether you're on the hunt for tangerine, hot pink, or lavender, there's one in the lineup for you.

Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Balm Crystal Color, $37, available at Sephora.
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