As you revamp your makeup routine for consistently warmer days ahead, you might be struggling to figure out the best approach to seasonally-appropriate lip products. Lipstick can feel too heavy and drying, lip gloss can feel too sticky and plain lip balm lacks the color you're looking for.
Luckily, tinted lip balms solve all of those problems. They're the perfect way to add a pop of color to your lips while also soothing and hydrating them all season long.
Celebrity makeup artist and entrepreneur Camara Aunique shared why she adores tinted lip balms for her busy lifestyle. "I [like to] keep them in my car [or] my bag. I even sometimes use tinted balms on my cheeks to flush them out a bit without using blush," she said. A two-for-one beauty product? We'll take it.
Tinted balms provide a subtle amount of color without being overbearing. Plus, they're not as sticky or cumbersome as actual lipstick.
"I personally wear tinted lip balms [because] I like a little bit of color on my lip, especially while wearing masks — you don't want to wear something that's going to ruin the inside of your mask," added Aunique.
Tinted lip balms are an ideal lightweight lip product that is perfect for spring, summer and beyond. We found several tinted lip balms in various shades for every skin tone, all of which are highly-reviewed or bestselling picks.
Best tinted lip balms, according to shoppers
This lemon-flavored tinted lip balm contains key ingredients like carrot seed oil, avocado oil and coffee seed extract for benefits like softer, moisturized, smoother lips. It also provides sun protection with SPF 15. Ulta shoppers raved about the light pop of color and long-lasting moisture it offers.
When 95 percent of Sephora reviewers would recommend this product to others, you know it's a good one. Shoppers love how lightweight and buildable it is. One even described it as "feeling luxurious."
Touting benefits like SPF 30, hydration, moisture and a sheer tint, this lip balm is available in five shades of pinks and neutrals.
"Feels great, NO gross sunscreen taste or any other annoying flavor, smooth and moisturizing without making my lips dry out later in the day," one verified five-star Amazon reviewer shared in a review partially titled "Holy grail!"
Garnering nearly 150,000 "hearts" from Sephora shoppers, this sheer lip tint from Tarte comes in eight different colors that are perfect for every occasion. According to the brand, it can help restore softness and elasticity in addition to delivering hydration and subtle color.
For bolder and brighter tinted pink and red tones, Coola has got you covered. The colors have names like Firecracker and Summer Crush that will make you excited to try it. According to the brand, these lip balms offer 40 minutes of water-resistant protection and have ingredients that help the appearance of aging and thinning skin.
With nearly 100,000 "hearts" at Sephora, it's clear that shoppers are loving this hydrating lip balm from Rare Beauty. The creamy formula offers light-to-medium coverage and comes in eight shades that offer buildable color while keeping your lips nourished at the same time.
It's not hard to see why this tinted lip balm is an Honest bestseller. Between the skin-loving ingredients (pomegranate, acai extracts and avocado oil), paraben- and silicone-free formula and stamp of approval from dermatologists, what's not to love?
Available in various bold and eye-catching pink tones that are perfect for summer, Burt's Bees tinted lip balm promises eight hours of moisturizing relief and a beautiful, natural hint of color. Plus, 800 Ulta shoppers also rated this affordable find a perfect five stars.
When applying sunscreen to the face, most people forget about their lips which are also victim to potentially harmful rays. Fortunately, Sun Bum's tinted lip balm with SPF will keep your lips protected. Available in a variety of tones perfect for year-round wear (including one with the summer-themed name Sand Bar), it currently holds almost 3,700 verified five-star ratings on Amazon.
With almost 8,200 verified five-star ratings on Amazon alone, this SPF 20 tinted lip balm from Revlon is infused with natural fruit oils that, according to the brand, keep your lips hydrated for up to eight hours. One reviewer mentioned, "I love this color and it leaves your lips soft and smooth without the sticky feel that some glosses leave."
According to Sephora, 92 percent of reviewers would recommend this lip balm to other shoppers. If you're looking for a lip hydrator that offers color and a matte finish, this Nars tinted balm is a must-have in your winter beauty arsenal.
Out of Glossier's bestselling products, Balm Dotcom is one of the brand's top-rated drops. With nine shades to choose from (including their newest seasonal flavor, the sweet and floral Lavender), this balm is crafted with heavy-duty, hydrating ingredients like beeswax, rosemary leaf extract and castor seed oil.
Boasting over 700 five-star ratings at Walmart and over 500 at CVS, Baby Lips is definitely one of the most shopper-loved tinted lip balms out there. One verified reviewer and lover of this clinically-proven balm remarked, "I can't live without this lip balm."
Tinted, moisturizing, plumping — this lip balm truly checks all of the boxes. The brand says, "There's no other lip balm like it," and we have to agree. Not only does the formula react to pH levels to create your perfect shade, but it also includes plumping peptides to give your pout a fuller, suppler look.
Agave, shea butter, jojoba oil and other beneficial ingredients team up to bring you this luxurious — and completely vegan — lip butter. It's available in 18 different shades, all cheery and bright.
Jam-packed with nourishing mango and shea butters, this nourishing balm offers a solid pop of color to those looking for something less sheer. "This is my favorite lip balm! It’s perfect for everyday wear, going out or a quick Zoom meeting," wrote one Sephora customer.
"Looking for a great lip balm — not too gooey, not too waxy? This is it," raved one Amazon shopper about CoverGirl's Oh Sugar! lip balm.
Although it looks like a lipstick, don't be fooled. This option — loaded with lush ingredients like avocado butter and grapeseed oil — provides sheer, subtle color and lots of moisture.
TikTok users everywhere love this product — so much so that it's gone viral and is sold out at most retailers. It claims to be somewhere in the middle between a lipstick and a lip gloss — a silky balm that is Clinique's No. 1 bestseller.
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