Let’s face it: Lip balms are one of those (kind of) boring but essential beauty products. Especially during the dry months of winter. But when you add a hint of sheer color to the mix, things become much less basic. Tinted lip balms douse your lips in both hydration and color. They accomplish such a feat by topping off your makeup look with a just-bitten stain. They’re perfect for those times when you want to wear lip color, but don’t want to deal with lipstick. Because your lips can get dry in spring and summer, too. Here are the best tinted lip balms money can buy.
MAC Cosmetics Glow Play Lip Balm, $19 at MAC Cosmetics
This balm comes in several gorgeous shades and offers good-for-your-lips ingredients. Think shea butter along with mango seed oil and jojoba seed oil to keep pouts hydrated.
E.L.F. Cosmetics Ride or Die Lip Balm, $5 at E.L.F. Cosmetics
Infused with jojoba oil, this balm offers a sheer wash of color. And its shade range is pretty stellar.
Glossier Balm Dotcom, $12 at Glossier
One of Glossier’s most beloved products, this balm really hydrates thanks to its blend of castor oil, beeswax and lanolin.
Honest Tinted Lip Balm, $8.99 at Honest
Honest’s vegan tinted lip balms deliver moisture and great color payoff. With seven shades, you’re bound to find your perfect match.
Maybelline Baby Lips Glow Balm, $4.49 at Maybelline
The latest iteration of Baby Lips is just as hydrating as its predecessors. What makes it different: The rosy hue self-adjusts to your lips’ pH so it looks amazing on everyone.
Fresh Sugar Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 15, $24 at Sephora
This cult-favorite lip hydrator now comes in a poppy shade that leaves lips tinted with a pink-red hue.
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, $18.50 at Sephora
The mango and shea butters in this easy-to-apply tinted lip balm keep lips nourished and soft; the colorful shades make lips look just-bitten.