If you ask me what the most important item in my makeup kit is, I’d say lip balm almost instantly. I’ve suffered from dry and chapped lips since I was a teenager, and it has become somewhat of a crutch if not treated properly. I could either blame it on genetics or the fact that I often times forget to hydrate, but it’s impossible for me to go throughout a day without reapplying every other hour.
It was one summer trip abroad that really made me pay attention to the balm I use, when I forgot to pack one for a half day trip around the city. It was summer in Tokyo and the heat cause my lips to dry up so much that they started to bleed while I was on the subway! Luckily, my aunt caught sight of the blood and we made a quick trip to a convenience store to grab a tube, or else I would have been walking around with a bloodied lip and freaking people out.
Since then, I have a lip balm in every bag and almost every counter top at home just to be sure! That said, not all balms are created equal and trust me when I say I’ve gone on this crazy quest to find the best one no matter the price point. So out of more than 20 I’ve tried and finished over the years, here are 10 of the best I swear by for healthy, moisturized and crust-free lips!
10 Best Lip Balms to Shop Perfect for Dry Lips
1. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
This isn’t called a cult favorite for nothing. Best applied at night because of its initial sticky feel, you’ll surely wake up with supple rosy lips ready for lipstick! My reco is to get it in Berry if you like something fragrant and sweet to taste.
Lip Sleeping Mask Berry 20g, P900, LANEIGE, Lazada
2. Nivea Med Repair Lip Balm
This tube is a foolproof balm that can treat even subtle wind burns! If you’re worried about the tbe looking dirty after prolonged storage in your bag, the packaging actually isn’t prone to dirt!
Med Repair Lip Balm, P111, NIVEA, Lazada
3. Himalaya Lip Balm
Made with wheatgerm oil and carrot seed oil, this recent discovery of mine climbed up to my top 10 almost instantly! The feel after applying is pretty unique because it’s neither too waxy or sticky. Oddly enough, it feels and looks demi-matte on the lips! The dry down also makes it perfect to wear under lipstick!
Lip Balm, P99, HIMALAYA, Watsons
4. Nars Afterglow Lip balm
Looking for a balm that gives off a subtle tint? Don't miss out on this balm from Nars! What I love about this is that it leaves your lips looking and feeling moisturized even hours after applying! It also comes in a variety of flattering and natural-looking shades. If you’re looking for an MLBB, be sure to add Fast Lane to your makeup kit.
Afterglow Lip Balm in Fast Lane, P1500, NARS, Rustan's
5. Mentholatum Lip Pure Fragrance Free
If ou're in search for a lip balm that looks like a lipstick, then you’ll love this bullet! It leaves a bit of a glossy shine and works best alone or as a topper for a lip tint.
Lip Pure Fragrance Free, P195, MENTHOLATUM, Lazada
6. Dior Addict Lip Glow Reviving Lip Balm
If you’re planning to splurge on a lip balm, the Dior Lip Glow is more than worth it. The formula is incredibly moisturizing and leaves your lips with a natural and even flush of color.
Lip Glow Reviving Lip Balm in Universal Clear, P2141, DIOR, Zalora
7. Luxe Organix Lip Sleeping Mask
Made with vitamin E, shea butter and macadamia oil, this lip mask is definitely a drugstore dupe to more high-end lip masks out there! The squeezy tube applicator makes it super easy to apply without getting your fingers all sticky because of its thick moisturizing formula.
Lip sleeping mask, P179, LUXE ORGANIX, Lazada
8. Vaseline Lip Therapy
Though I’ve also tried the stick version of this balm, there’s something about the tub formula that works better. By that I mean, the mini tub balm keeps your lips moisturized longer compared to the stick and also feels less waxy. You can even use this as a lip mask if you apply a generous layer over your puckers at night!
Lip Therapy in Creme Brulee, P125, VASELINE, Shopee
9. Human Nature Sunflower Lip Miracle
Apply this tube like a treatment since the finish is oilier than your usual balms. The payoff is worth it though if you’re a fan of matte lippies since it really revives your lips! Plus, this is best to use after your lip scrub to keep your pout nourished and protected throughout the day.
HUMAN NATURE Sunflower Lip Miracle, P200, Shopee
10. Origins Lip Remedy
If your lips tend to flake because of how dry they are, Origins’ Lip Remedy will hydrate those crusty bits back to smoothness! Infused with menthol and camphor (a known ingredient to treat skin irritations), this unique formula can smoothen dry spots after a few minutes upon application. This is by far the best product to use to prep severely chapped lips before any kind of lipstick!
Lip Remedy, P650, ORIGINS, SM Megamall