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The Only Guide to Drugstore Lip Balms That You Need

Beauty & Style

March 20, 2023

Lip balms are, and always will be, my holy grail. My first proper introduction to makeup(as is the case with many other teenage girls), a good and moisturizing lip balm can work wonders. But these days, a high-quality lip balm can be confused with a high price point and finding one that works for you and your needs in an affordable range can be difficult. So look no further as these are the best lip balms I have ever purchased, and will definitely be purchasing them again.

note: please check lip balm ingredients before purchasing in case any of these lip balms contain irritants for your particular skin type.

1. Vaseline Lip therapy

Shop here: Vaseline® Lip Therapy® Rosy Mini

Vaseline Lip Therapy is a brand of hydrating and nourishing lip balms created to protect and relieve dry, chapped lips. The formula contains Vaseline petroleum jelly, which creates a protective barrier on the lips to lock in moisture and prevent moisture loss. This helps to keep lips soft, smooth, and healthy-looking, all for 2 dollars.

I've been using these lip balms since I was 8 and they have never disappointed me. They smell amazing, last easily over 10 hours, and feel hydrating on the lips. They instantly heal chapped and dry lips and keep them looking plump and smooth 24/7.A must-have!

2. Nivea Lip balms

Shop here: Nivea Lip Care

Another cult classic and for good reason, these Nivea lip balms have my heart due to their versatility in longevity, shade range and hydration. Collecting every single lip balm Nivea offered was a hobby I took very seriously, but looking back, these lip balms actually stand the test of time. They give off amazing colour payoff and look natural and glowy on the lips.

They smell amazing and last for 5 hours, leaving the lips feeling hydrated and supple. I would personally recommend the cherry and strawberry shine as they give my lips and cheeks the most natural tint and shine. The lip balm typically retails for around 3-4 dollars and often comes in dual packs.

3. Carmex lip balm

Shop here: Carmex Daily Care Lip Balm

The best part about this lip balm is that a combination of substances in the hydrating, thick composition work together to soothe and defend lips. It has ingredients like menthol and camphor, which tingle when applied to the lips and reduce pain and irritability. The balm also has lanolin, beeswax, and cocoa butter, which offer intense hydration and form a barrier to keep moisture in.

I love the consistency and feel of the balm on my lips, and its scent drives home nostalgia. They do have a very particular scent though, but I personally am a fan of it. Carmex usually retails for around 3.50 to 4 dollars.

4. Lucas Papaw ointment

Shop here: Lucas Papaw ointment

Quick to soothe dry and chapped lips, the Lucas papaw ointment can truly do it all. The versatility of Lucas Papaw Ointment is one of its primary advantages. In order to calm and treat dry or irritated skin, it can be used on the lips, face, and body.

Papaw fruit has enzymes that aid in decreasing inflammation and assisting in the breakdown of dead skin cells, hence stimulating skin rejuvenation. Furthermore, petroleum jelly and wax are included in the ointment to help lock in moisture and shield the skin from further harm. It typically retails for 12.50 dollars, the most expensive on the list but totally worth it as people (me included) have seen drastic results in just one week.

5. Dot and Key gloss boss

Shop here: Dot and Key gloss boss

A line of lip balms called Dot and Key Gloss Boss Lip Balms has gained a lot of attention recently. These lip balms are made to hydrate and nourish lips while also giving them a glossy appearance. These lip balms are an excellent choice for anyone searching for a glossy, nourishing lip balm(and they smell heavenly).

They offer excellent value for the money and are competitively priced (approx 2.50 dollars per balm). Finding a hue that complements your skin tone and sense of style is simple now because of the variety of shades available. I would honestly recommend trying them out and seeing the difference they bring out to your lips for yourself.

6. Aquaphor Lip repair ointment

Shop here Aquaphor Lip Repair Ointment

A well-known product called Aquaphor Lip Ointment is known to give dry, chapped lips comprehensive care and protection. The thick, rich formula feels incredibly soothing and hydrating on the lips. Also, it is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, which is excellent for people with sensitive skin. I thoroughly recommend Aquaphor Lip Ointment to anyone searching for a premium lip balm that offers all-day hydration and defence, as it does so much for your lips at a shockingly low price point of 4 dollars per tube.

7. Maybelline Moisturising lip balm

Shop here: Maybelline cherry me

For 5 dollars, this lip balm sure does pack a punch from a fan-favourite lip balm brand."Cherry Me" is a lovely pink-red tint that looks great on a variety of complexion tones. The tint is sheer and appears natural, making it ideal for daily wear. Before reapplication, the hydrating lip balm lasts for 4-5 hours.

Overall, I would advise anyone seeking a hydrating lip balm with a light tint to try Maybelline Moisturizing Lip Balm in Cherry Me. If you want a coloured lip balm that both nourishes and protects your lips, try it out!

8. Rosebud Three Lavish Layers Lip balm

Shop here: Rosebud Three Lavish Layers Lip Balm

These lip balms are honestly my favourite on this list. Not only do they look incredibly pretty, but their hydration and formula are jam-packed with nutrients your lips need. They last easily over 6 hours and have a natural sheer tint that makes your lips look glowy and fresh.

I personally love using them on my cheeks as well, as they are non-sticky but give my skin a dewy fresh glow. I highly recommend purchasing the entire set, which is about 15 dollars, but individual lip balm retails for about 6-7 dollars. Honestly, a must-have in your purse as this lip balm easily has the potential to work into your everyday routine after only a couple of usages. If you have to get anything from this list, get this set.

9. Burt’s Bees lip balms

Shop here:9.Burt’s Bees best of burt lip balms

The brand Burt's Bees is well renowned for its natural and environmentally friendly skincare products. Their lip balms have a smooth, creamy feel that glides smoothly across the lips and keeps them moisturised for about 5 to 6 hours. The product feels lightweight and hydrating, and the tint is often sheer and looks natural, making it perfect for everyday wear.

Overall, if you're searching for a high-quality, natural lip balm, I fully recommend Burt's Bees Lip Balm. Given how effective it is, it offers outstanding value for the money at a fair price (about $12 for 4). Give this one a try if you want a lip balm that is both environmentally friendly and hydrates and protects your lips!

10. Sun Bum original SPF 30 lip balm

Shop here: Lip Care Products | Cruelty-Free Sunscreen Lip Balm | Sun Bum

A well-known product, Sun Bum Lip Balm is made to moisturise and shield your lips from the sun's UV radiation. The lip balm has a moisturising, lightweight feel that easily glides onto the lips. It gives the lips a great amount of hydration, making your lips feel supple and moisturised.

The lip balm also has a mildly pleasing tropical smell. The Sun Bum Lip Balm's SPF 30 protection is one of its best qualities. Also, it has an 80-minute water resistance rating, making it a fantastic choice for outdoor sports like swimming or surfing.

Overall, Sun Bum Lip Balm is an excellent choice for anyone searching for a lip balm that can protect them from the sun. The balm retails for 10 dollars for a pack of 3 and 4 dollars for 1 single balm.

Drugstore lip balms are a great, affordable option for anyone looking to keep their lips moisturized and healthy. Many brands of drugstore lip balms use natural and nourishing ingredients, making them just as effective as more expensive lip balms, despite what some people may believe.

Finding the ideal lip balm ultimately comes down to personal preference and requirements, but drugstore options are a fantastic place to start for anybody looking to make lip care a regular part of their routine. Hopefully, my list of affordable lip balms helped you with finding a lip balm that could be a staple in your routine!

Jiya Chhugera
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Jiya Chhugera is a 12th-grade IBDP student who is extremely passionate about advocating for women's Reproductive/menstrual rights, gender equality, and equal access to education globally. The Vice president of her school MUN as well as managing editor of her school magazine, the DP Herald, she enjoys creating literary works and articles talking about pop culture and socio-economic issues that prevail in our society to this day.