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 16 will.
When this beauty subscription service for busy-ladies-on-the-go launched a makeup line at Birchbox, this lip balm sold like gangbusters. Designed to enhance your natural lip color by adjusting to your natural pH, it's tailor made just for you.
Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm, $14; birchbox.com.
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 high-impact punch of color, too.
Dior Addict Lip Scrub, $33; sephora.com.
Crafted from mostly plant-based ingredients (shea butter! essential oils! argan and jojoba!), the Love + Sage lip balms are super softening for lips and don't contain any synthetic toxins or fragrances.
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 lips.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, $26; sephora.com.
Any avid lip scrubber knows that exfoliation is key to having a soft pout, which is probably where Tarte got the genius idea to combine a balm and a scrub 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.
Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub, $16; sephora.com.
"Don't knock it until you've tried it," was our first thought upon testing this game-changing 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 works like a charm on dry skin (yes, even your peeling cuticles).
Lano Lanolin 101 Ointment, $19; netaporter.com.
Don't let the cute-as-a-button 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* as a moisturizing sheen over your favorite lipstick.
Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Lip Balm, $15; sephora.com.
In Glossier we trust. Not only does this balm (dotcom!) come in easy-on-the-eyes packaging, but it also works on all dry spots—from ashy elbows to chapped lips. Plus with nourishing ingredients like castor seed oil, beeswax, and lanolin, it'll soften skin for days on end.
Glossier Balm Dotcom, $12; glossier.com.
The natural beauty experts at RMS made this balm so gentle that it can even be used around your eyes (!). The double-tasking lip and skin salve comes in delicious vanilla and cocoa flavors, but the non-greasy finish means that it won't feel like you're wearing a sticky-sweet dessert on your lips.
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 use as a moisturizing blush for some extra glow.
Smith's Rosebud Salve, $6; sephora.com.
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.
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15, $23; neimanmarcus.com.
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 the key to the overall charm of this lip balm, and the added SPF protection makes it especially ideal for outdoor wear.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, $8; sephora.com.
We like the unconventional shape of EOS' spherical lip balms because they're much easier to locate in a bottomless hand bag. The Kardashian beauty favorite boasts an organic blend of antioxidants and pampering shea butter and oils, too, for a spa-worthy lip treatment.
EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm, $3; amazon.com.
This Too Faced lipstick comes in 25 different shades that provide a much-needed color boost when you're trying to moisturize. But the silky finish—neither sheer nor matte nor shiny—is the real MVP.
Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream, $21; sephora.com.
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 for a smile that looks good today and maybe even better tomorrow.
Supergoop! AcaiFusion Lip Balm SPF 30, $9; shop.nordstrom.com.
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 of Curviest Caramel shimmers on lips.
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, $17; sephora.com.
Your lips will thank you later.