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Did you know that your lips are mainly made of fats and proteins – and that saliva contains specific enzymes meant to break them down? That’s right, this is why you should resist the urge to lick your lips when they feel dry; saliva actually causes your lips to flake even more!

Instead, reach out for a trusty stick of lip balm to help soothe those chapped lips. Now, there are more choices than ever, with lip balms specially designed to brighten up duller lips (we’ve previously done a whole article on tinted lip balms!), dry lips, and super-sensitive lips!

Go on, dig into our list of 20 lip balms for every lip concern you may have, so you no longer have any excuse NOT to reach out for a tube!

Dior Lip Glow (Most luxurious!)

Best Lip Balm Dior Lip Glow

Great for: Trying something pretty!

Formulated with Dior’s ‘Color Reviver’ technology, Dior’s Lip Glow responds to the chemistry of our lips to create a wash of colour that is entirely unique to us. But of course, besides the natural tint, the Lip Glow is packed with ingredients like mango butter that will provide 24 hours’ worth of hydration.

Lip Glow now comes in nine versions, which includes the Original Glow, the Matte Glow which also acts as a velvety base for matte lipstick and the Holographic Glow that comes with an iridescent finish for slightly more glamorous but still natural-looking lips.

Dior Lip Glow retails for S$50 at Dior counters and Sephora.

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  1. Kiehl's Lip Balm #1

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

Best Lip Balm Kiehls

Great for: Dry lips

This is a long-time cult favourite that many people swear is the answer to dry and parched lips. It comes in a few different scents now but our all-time fave has to be the classic unscented one as it does not contain fragrances that are potential skin irritants.

What’s most attractive about this balm is its quick-absorbing formula that is long-lasting and not sticky. It has been carefully formulated for maximum hydration and efficacy with ingredients like squalane, a botanical lipid that is molecularly similar to the natural lipids in our skin and hence, is absorbed rapidly; aloe vera for its skin-soothing properties; and vitamin E to help neutralise skin-damaging free-radicals. This little unassuming tube of goodness certainly deserves a spot in your drawer!

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 retails for S$17 at Kiehl’s.

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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Best Lip Balm Bite Beauty

Great for: Dull lips

A little goes a long way with this hard-working lip mask! It is extremely soothing to dry, cracked lips thanks to its dense and heavy consistency, and it dries off smooth as it is absorbed into the lips. Handcrafted with agave nectar and jojoba oil with no parabens, sulfates or phthalates, this lip mask promises hours of emollient nourishment.

The tinted versions are great for when you need a little colour in the day, and you can choose from five shades: a pale pink lavender, a sheer bronzy maple, a subtle champagne rose-gold pink with a pearl finish, a sheer candy-apple red and a clear natural.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask retails for approximately S$35 (USD26) at Sephora stores.

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  1. Dermal Therapy Lip Balm

Dermal Therapy Lip Balm

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Great for: Extremely dry, chapped lips

Made by an Australian brand, Dermal Therapy’s lip balm is designed to soften and hydrate lips that are severely dry. Its key ingredient is urea, a component of the natural moisturising factor (NMF) produced by the skin. In other words, it is able to draw moisture from the environment and into the skin, like a hydration magnet.

Besides that, urea is a well-known emollient that gently sloughs off dead skin cells to soften and smooth the lips. In fact, its formula is so moisturising that you’ll notice visible results in just one day!

The conditioning lip balm is also infused with a blend of camphor, menthol, and clove oil, which has an antiseptic, anti-itch, mild pain-relieving, and cooling effect on the lips to soothe irritation, stat. You may experience a slight tingling sensation from the menthol, but that’s completely normal. In fact, it can offer some sweet relief, especially on a hot, humid day.

Its lightweight texture is non-greasy and sits comfortably on the lips. If you’re on drying medications, such as Accutane, or if you have lip eczema, this formula works well to relieve cracked lips too.

Dermal Therapy Lip Balm (Original) retails for S$6.70 at Dermal Therapy official stores on Shopee, Lazada, Watsons, Guardian, and Unity.

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Eau Thermale Avene Cold Cream Lip Balm

Best Lip Balm Avene Cold Cream

Great for: Sensitive lips

Avene is well known for tailoring its products for sensitive skin, and this lip balm is no exception. Its creamy and nourishing Avene Cold Cream Formula is rich in vitamins E and F to help repair and soften lips.

It also contains sucralfate to aid recovery, linoleic acid to lock in moisture, shea butter to hydrate and provide comfort and of course, the famed Avene Thermal Spring Water to soothe lips.

Eau Thermale Avene Cold Cream Lip Balm retails for S$18.30 at Watsons.

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EOS Shimmer Lip Balm Sphere in Sheer Pink

Best Lip Balm Eos

Great for: Dull lips

Millennials love this brand for its instantaneously recognisable spherical pod packaging that comes in a rainbow of colours and flavours. Celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Hilary Duff have been spotted using this lip balm. And the product is really effective too, of course! 

Made with vitamins, jojoba oil and shea butter and touted to be 95% organic and paraben-free, this balm’s formulation is both moisturising and hydrating! While it comes in a range of scents, we especially love this tinted version in sheer pink, as it provides a healthy glow to your lips, complete with a pretty shimmer.

EOS Shimmer Lip Balm Sphere in Sheer Pink retails for S$7.74 on iHerb and Shopee.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Hydrabloom

Make Up For Ever Artist Hydrabloom

Great for: Dull lips

This Make Up For Ever tinted lip balm gives an instant flush of colour that gives you that my-lips-but-better look. Promising 24-hour hydration, it contains hyaluronic acid spheres that keep moisture in. This same ingredient also gives lips a fuller appearance

It looks great on its own and can also be used on top of your favourite lip colour to bring extra comfort to parched lips. Another tip: apply thick layers of it on your lips before you sleep to use it as a “lip mask”.

Make Up For Ever Artist Hydrabloom retails for S$33 at Sephora.

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Innisfree Canola Honey Lip Balm Intensive Moisture

Best Lip Balm Innisfree Canola Honey Lip Balm

Great for: Trying something delicious-smelling!

Innisfree Canola Honey Lip Balm Intensive Moisture contains Jeju canola honey extract and canola seed oil. Harvested from yellow canola flower gardens strictly in the month of April, the canola honey nourishes the skin with its flavonoids and proteins. Jeju canola honey and seed oil and canola extract provide a blanket of moisture while strengthening the skin barrier for soft, kissable lips.

Innisfree Canola Honey Lip Balm Intensive Moisture retails for S$10 at Innisfree and Shopee.

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Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15

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Great for: Dull lips

Fresh’s range of lip balms are yet another cult classic for many beauty junkies. We love that its tinted range offers a wide selection of buildable colour without compromising on the stellar moisturising job it does.

It slicks on smoothly, feels lightweight on the lips and offers SPF15 protection; plus points to its ultra moisturising formula that contains its signature sugar – a humectant that prevents loss of moisture.

Other key ingredients include moisturising oils like meadowfoam, blackcurrant seed oils, and grapeseed oil with its antioxidant properties. 

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 retails for S$36 at Sephora.

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Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm

Best Lip Balm Clarins

Great for: Sensitive lips

This is a soothing lip balm with a non-sticky gel texture that is deeply restorative for dry, chapped and peeling lips. It is rumoured to be a favourite for many celebrities, thanks to its effectiveness and lightweight texture! 

It contains essential rose wax to comfort and protect the lips, Ceramide 3 and shea butter to hydrate and repair, natural rice oil extract to soothe and nourish, and a proprietary ingredient – Maxi Lip Complex – to stimulate the production of natural Hyaluronic Acid and collagen in the lips.

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm retails for S$36 at Clarins.

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Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Best Lip Balm Burts Bees

Great for: Dry lips

This one is a veritable classic, and that’s because it does such a good job at keeping dry lips moisturised and hydrated. The classic recipe contains its signature beeswax and vitamin E – and many who have used it swear by it. Take note, though, if you’re allergic to beeswax, then this may not be a good option. This favourite lip balm is also paraben-, phthalate-, SLS- and petrolatum-free.

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm retails for S$10 at Sephora.

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L’Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick

Best Lip Balm Loccitane

Great for: Sensitive lips

Made from shea butter, a natural ingredient that women in Sub-Saharan Africa use to nourish and protect their skin and hair, this lip balm is non-greasy and non-sticky as it works its magic on your dry lips.

Shea butter is very effective at healing cracked lips, as it has anti-inflammatory properties and is easily absorbed into the lips. It also acts as natural protection from the sun, which helps protect your lips from free radical damage.

The shea butter used in this lip balm is from Burkina Faso, harvested by women in a fair trade and sustainable partnership, so you can be assured of the ethical source of the shea butter used in this.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick retails for S$16 at L’Occitane.

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Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Formula

Best Lip Balm Vaseline Lip Therapy

Great for: Sensitive lips

This is surely a case of old is gold in your beauty drawer! Made from 100% pure petroleum jelly that has been triple-purified to remove impurities, it contains no other additives, which makes it awesome for sensitive lips.

One dab of this scent-free jelly provides instant relief for dry and cracked lips while the petroleum creates a barrier to lock in moisture so that those cracks can get to heal. It goes on silky smooth and does not leave your lips sticky – even more reasons to love this.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Formula retails for S$4 at Watsons and for S$4.10 at Guardian.

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Marc Jacobs Lip Lock Moisture Balm

Best Lip Balm Marc Jacobs

Great for: Dry lips

It’s rich, creamy, and smooth as butter – which is why this is such a favourite for those with dry lips. It carries a tiny hint of mint that is a refreshing touch on those parched lips, and also contains SPF18 so you can be sure your puckers are protected from those UV rays. Its formula is made from natural oils and butters including andiroba, buriti, shea and avocado; all of which are extremely moisturising.

Marc Jacobs Lip Lock Moisture Balm retails for S$34 at Sephora.

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Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm (Best colour payoff!)

Best Lip Balm Clinique1

Great for: Dull lips

This unassuming crayon-like lip balm from Clinique is an absolute winner for being a star at providing full-coverage lip colour and hydration for your lips at the same time. A sumptuous concoction of oils and butters, such as mango butter, shea butter, and jojoba oil, helps deliver soothing hydration for dry lips.

There are seven different shades to choose from and fans love how each one fills fine lines and smooth over flakey lips. We’ve got so much love for these!

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm retails for S$30 at Sephora.

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Blistex Medicated Lip Balm SPF15

Best Lip Balm Blistex Medicated Lip Balm

Great for: Dry lips

Blistex Medicated Lip Balm is a pocket-friendly lip balm that promises to eliminate dryness by sealing in moisture and preventing recurrence. It glides on smoothly and provides a cooling sensation with its menthol ingredients. It also contains sunscreen to provide complete care. 

Blistex Medicated Lip Balm SPF15 retails for S$7.50 on Shopee.

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Badger Company Classic Lip Balm Unscented

Best Lip Balm Badger

Great for: Sensitive lips

If you have really sensitive lips, this lip balm may be the one for you. It contains only four natural ingredients: olive oil, beeswax, castor seed oil, and rosemary leaf extract; all of which are extremely moisturising and provides natural protection for your lips.

With no added fragrances or artificial colours, this is probably as natural as it gets! It glides on smoothly and leaves your lips lightly moisturised without any stickiness or tackiness.

Badger Company Classic Lip Balm Unscented retails for S$3.49 on iHerb.

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First Aid Ultra Repair Lip Therapy

Best Lip Balm First Aid

Great for: Dry lips

Chapped and dry lips are never a good look, so we’re always on the lookout for an effective lip balm to heal and nourish those parched lips when the need arises! This Ultra Repair Lip Therapy is the lip version of First Aid Beauty’s highly-rated top-to-toe moisturising cream, so you are assured of a winning formulation.

It is made of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, glycerin, and the brand’s very own Fab Antioxidant Booster that contains licorice root, feverfew and white tea extracts. When worn, this balm dries semi-matte and is neither slippery nor sticky at all.

First Aid Ultra Repair Lip Therapy retails for S$20 at Sephora.

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Hurraw! Lip Balm (Delicious flavours!)

Best Lip Balm Hurraw1

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Great for: Dry lips

This lip balm is well-loved for its non-sticky texture, all-natural ingredients, and unbeatable price point! It comes in a whopping 24 flavours and scents, each made with 100% natural oils and produce. 

For examples, the Chocolate flavoured balm contains unsweetened raw chocolate, and the Orange flavoured balm has cold pressed orange oil to thank for for its amazing scent. There is surely a flavour for everyone – or opt for the classic unscented version if you simply cannot decide. Whatever you choose, you can make your choice knowing they’ve all got that amazing smooth texture and are 100% au-naturale!

Hurraw! Lip Balm retails for S$5.50 on Shopee.

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Glossier Balm Dotcom in Birthday

Best Lip Balm Glossier

Great for: Trying something fun!

This is a hydrating and long-lasting lip balm that – wait for it – goes on your lips with a little magical sparkle thanks to its subtle glitter! It smells just like birthday cake to remind you of your special day, so you’re bound to feel special when you slick this on.

Fun factor aside, this lip balm’s formula looks really impressive too. It contains natural emollients like castor seed oil, beeswax, and lanolin; natural moisturisers packed with Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids such as cupuacu fruit extract; and antioxidants to fight skin damage from free-radicals such as rice bran and rosemary leaf extracts. It is also cruelty-free.

Glossier Balm Dotcom in Birthday retails for S$16 (USD12) on Glossier and Shopee.

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