There's probably a purse hiding in the back of your closet that's a veritable graveyard of lip balms (RIP random tube from 2007). For some reason or another, they didn't make it to VIP status—but these 15 will.
Apa Lush Lip Balm, $35
It's on the pricier end, but this sugary-sweet balm is worth it if you're looking for a lightweight lip softener with staying power—and zero color. You'll have to dip your finger to swipe it on, but you'll never feel a sticky residue against your skin, which is a major plus.
Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm, $14
When Arrow's beauty line for busy-ladies-on-the-go launched at Birchbox, this lip balm sold like gangbusters. It's designed to warm up to a rosy, natural tint by adjusting to your natural pH, and adds a subtle hint of shine, too.
Nude Cinnamon Lip Nourish, $30
You wouldn't be the first who hasn't heard of the Aussi beauty brand Luk Beautifood. But, if you're looking for something sheer, don't mind a little fragrance (they're all scented with a rich blend of spice oils), and want a buttery-soft finish, these balms are it. They come in beautiful cloth packaging, too, so they make excellent gifts for literally anyone, but especially yourself.
Dior Addict Lip Scrub, $33
Because no one likes wiping sugar off their fingers from a DIY sugar scrub, Dior packaged their new grainy sugar balm in a chic little pen that exfoliates dry skin and delivers a subtle color boost.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, $26
Are you really covering all your skincare bases if you're not also masking your lips? Bite Beauty's asking all the hard questions with this agave-enriched mask that's made to revive badly chapped skin.
Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub, $16
Any avid lip scrubber knows that exfoliation is key to having softer, smoother skin, so it's a blessing to find this hybrid balm and scrub all in one mess-free pencil. Impressive Thing #1: The sugary scrub sloughs off flakes. Impressive Thing #2: The balm moisturizes skin until it's baby soft.
Lano Lanolin 101 Ointment, $19
"Don't knock it until you've tried it," was our first thought upon testing this sheep-based lip balm. Sourced from wool grease (AKA wax secreted by sheep), there's nothing quite like this dense ointment that soaks into lips and visibly softens dry skin (yes, even your peeling cuticles).
Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Lip Balm, $15
Don't let the cutesy packaging fool you into thinking that this lip treatment has only elementary benefits. This oil-based balm comes with a hint of shine, so it's good on its own, but *great* layered over your favorite lipstick.
Smith's Rosebud Salve, $6
Beyoncé loves using Smith's retro rosebud salve to prime her lashes, and it's the multi-purpose appeal of the balm that makes it a celebrity and makeup artist favorite. Use the subtly tinted salve to keep stray eyebrows in place or dab on your cheeks as a moisturizing blush.
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15, $24
With ingredients that are good enough to eat, this beauty-editor favorite also gives lips a subtle tint in hues ranging from red to coral and honey.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, $8
We're not ashamed to say that we're stealing this one from the fellas, since Jack Black's lip balm works so damn well. Natural butters and vitamins are key to the appeal of this lip balm, and the added SPF protection makes it ideal for outdoor wear.
EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm, $7
We like the unconventional shape of EOS' spherical lip balms because they're much easier to locate in a bottomless bag. This Kardashian beauty favorite boasts a blend of antioxidants, shea butter, and oils for extra soft lips.
Supergoop! AcaiFusion Lip Balm SPF 30, $10
If high SPF is a priority for your lip balm, look to this transparent formula that won't leave your lips looking ghostly white. The restorative ingredients help your skin take on environmental nasties and encourages cell renewal.
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, $17
Balm meets tint in this crayon that delivers hydration and color. This reinvention of Clinique's original lip color adds a trace of shine, so even the palest shade, Curviest Caramel, shimmers on lips.
Your lips will thank you later.