10 most popular lip balms at Sephora
Which lip balms at Sephora are best?
Chapped lips can be an annoyance any time of year, not just during the cold of winter. Lipstick stays put better on smooth lips, and dry, flaking lips are at risk of cracking and bleeding. Combat dryness and discomfort by stashing nourishing lip balms in your desk drawer, gym bag or purse to bring relief to dry lips whenever you need it. If you’re looking for a high-performing lip balm, Sephora carries some of the best products on the market that have gained a following for their soothing, hydrating ingredients.
Sephora lip balm features
Above all else, a good lip balm should be hydrating — not just in the short term, but also hours later. The formula should sink into lips to maximize the effectiveness of its ingredients, instead of sitting on top of your lips. Look for moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, cocoa seed butter or botanical waxes. These can condition lips and improve the resiliency of delicate lip skin. Additional ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and green tea extract work to further soothe and protect lips.
Lip balm with SPF
Since the skin of your lips is more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body, it’s important to not skip protecting them from sun damage. Some lip balms offer SPF of 15 to 20, which isn’t as high as many body products, but it’s enough to protect your lips and prevent burning or even skin cancer — as long as you’re diligent about reapplying it hourly.
Tinted or untinted?
If you’re suffering from severely chapped lips and just want pure hydration and comfort, a tinted lip balm may not be a high priority. However, a tinted lip balm is one of the simplest ways to restore healthy color to dry lips without risking further irritation. Plus, a flattering color may motivate you to reapply your lip balm more often — particularly important if you’re relying on its SPF protection.
Clean lip balms
As the beauty industry works to eliminate toxic or irritating ingredients from products, it’s becoming easier to find lip balms that are effective and affordable without relying on potentially harmful ingredients. Many of Sephora’s lip balms feature ingredients that are organic, cruelty-free or both, and they leave out ingredients like parabens, phthalates, sulfates and mineral oil. Some even come in recyclable or reusable packaging instead of plastic tubes.
Best Sephora lip balms
Fresh Sugar Lip Balm with SPF 15: available at Sephora
These cult-favorite lip balms feature smooth hydration in a range of coverage options, plus SPF 15 protection. Their name comes from the fact that they’re formulated with real sugar, a humectant that helps lips retain moisture. Choose from 13 buildable shades ranging from untinted Sugar to bold red Icon or rich Berry. They’re packaged in attractive metal tubes instead of plastic.
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm: available at Sephora
No matter your skin tone, you’ll be able to find a flattering shade from among the 14 color choices of this richly tinted, nourishing lip balm. It’s formulated with mango and shea butters for a hefty dose of hydration, and the balm delivers sheer, buildable color. For those sensitive to scented cosmetics, this formula contains no added fragrance.
Dior Addict Lip Glow: available at Sephora
Shoppers, makeup artists and beauty editors all praise this lip balm for its ability to adjust to the wearer’s pH for a universally flattering, customized flush of color. It’s formulated with cherry oil and shea butter to protect and nourish lips. Sunflower and rice waxes contribute a natural-looking shine.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25: available at Sephora
Available in five scents like mint, lemon and grapefruit, this Allure Best of Beauty-winning lip balm contains shea butter, green tea extract, avocado oil and more for lasting hydration. Plus, it delivers impressive SPF 25 protection — and it’s one of the more affordable options at Sephora.
Best Sephora clean lip balms
Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Treatment Lip Balm: available at Sephora
For extremely dry or chapped lips, this lip treatment can revitalize and nourish damaged lip skin for up to 24 hours. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, nourishing orange extract and smoothing sea fennel extract. It comes in two shades, untinted or sheer pink.
Tarte SEA Quench Lip Rescue Balm: available at Sephora
Available in eight shades (including untinted), this vegan lip balm soothes and hydrates lips with jojoba seed and coconut oils and vitamin E. Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea complex, an antioxidant-rich blend of algae and marine flower extracts, smooths and softens lips. The lip balm’s minty flavor comes from peppermint oil.
Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve: available at Sephora
A classic for more than 100 years, this affordable, multipurpose balm is formulated with surgical-grade petrolatum and essential oils to moisturize lips, elbows and more. It also gives lips — or cheeks! — a sheer pink tint. The metal tin holds almost a full ounce of lip balm, making it a steal at just $7.
Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve in a Tube: available at Sephora
For more portable, convenient packaging, consider the Rosebud Salve that comes in a tube with an applicator tip. This cruelty-free formula is more glossy, but it offers the same moisturizing benefits, pink tint and classic rose fragrance as the original.
Milk Makeup Kush Lip Balm: available at Sephora
Formulated with hemp-derived cannabis oil and shea, cocoa and mango butters, this rich balm is also cruelty-free and vegan. The untinted shade, Green Dragon, looks green in the tube but applies clear. Four other sheer pink shades are available. One of the shades has a subtle golden shimmer, a unique feature in a lip balm.
Caudalie Lip Conditioner: available at Sephora
This lightweight balm sinks into lips, deeply hydrating even extremely cracked lips. It leaves a non-sticky canvas that’s ideal for layering lipstick over. The antioxidant-rich formula is cruelty-free and includes shea butter, grape oil and plant waxes. It has a light, citrusy fragrance.
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