Lip balms have undergone an extreme transformation over the years, moving beyond their plain, colourless formulas in twist-up tubes. In the past, the most excitement we experienced from a lip balm was when it came in flavours like Coca-Cola, Fanta, or Sprite, often brought back from the US by our relatives. However, today’s lip balms have transcended the limits of flavour and fun, tackling a myriad of lip concerns.

Lip balms are no longer confined to being winter essentials. Tinted and non-tinted, scented and unscented, they have become daily beauty must-haves, with many even going viral. Let’s check out some of our favourite lip balms that go above and beyond hydration.

1. Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Color Replenish Lip Balm


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This hydrating balm may appear pale pink in the tube, but it adapts to your unique lip chemistry, revealing a shade that complements your natural lip colour while delivering a burst of moisture.

2. Hyphen Vitamin Infused Peptide Lip Balm – Vanilla


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This flavoured lip balm is super-hydrating. It has a non-sticky formula, vitamin, peptides, squalane and more that helps heal dry lips, leaving behind sweet vanilla notes and a juicy glossy feel.

3. Laneige Lip Treatment Balm


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With a pearlescent piñacolada scent, this hydrating lip balm uses coconut oil to nourish the lips. Peptides and adenosine help reduce the appearance of lip wrinkles while providing a cooling sensation. Additionally, it includes a convenient applicator for hygienic use.

4. Nivea Lip Balm


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In a market filled with tinted lip balms, this classic tinted lip balm stands out. It gives beautiful tint and has an array of fruity varieties to choose from.

5. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sunscreen SPF 15


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This lip balm stick, a favourite of the Late Queen, provides up to eight hours of intense nourishment and hydration. It helps moisturize, soften, and smooth dry and chapped lips, all while protecting against the effects of UV exposure with SPF 15.

Whether you’re looking to add a pop of colour, combat the effects of blue light or keep your lips soft and hydrated there’s a lip balm to suit your needs.