This was a nostalgia-driven purchase - in my high school, this was THE gloss to use. The balm has a glossy texture and glides on easily, coating my lips with a rosy flush of color. Smells like raspberry candy - slightly oversweet for my non-teenaged taste. Doesn't work well with my lips - dries it out. Within 2 hours my lips were majorly peeling and I had to apply another lip balm to soothe them. Will not repurchase.
2) EOS Balm in Sweet Mint ($3.29)
There was a lot of hype surrounding these balms when they first came out (due to their unique shape and adorable packaging) followed by backlash as many bloggers claimed they weren't anything special. This spherical minty balm is fun to apply - you can get both lips in 1 swipe. It feels creamy and tingly but doesn't leave any residue on your lips. I would say that these help keep your lips in good condition, but are not AMAZING - especially if your lips are severely chapped. On the plus side, these are 95% organic and paraben/petroleum/pthalate-free. Not a must-have.
3) Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm ($3.99)
The original Burts Bees lip balm comes in old-school tin packaging. It has a very solid consistency and requires a lot of effort to get the product on my lips - I usually end up with an exfoliating effect as I apply it (due to repeated rubbing). It leaves my lips feeling soft but sticky and waxy. The high peppermint oil content makes my lips feel tingly - but once the tingling wears off, my lips feel dry and I need to reapply the balm - which I don't like. Will not repurchase.
4) Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter ($12)
I don't know if I chose the wrong version, or I received a bad batch - but I'm surprised at how much love the Korres Lip Butters get (especially the Jasmine version) when my one is such a dud. It applies a beautiful glossy flush of color - but within 5 minutes my lips start peeling - it's not pretty. I may try the Jasmine one some day - but will not repurchase this Wild Rose version - my lips just can't take it!
5) Nivea Milk & Honey ($2.99)
This cheerful yellow balm glides on easily. It immediately hydrates my lips leaving them glossy and healthy-looking. The effects last a long time - my lips still feel moisturized up to 2 hours later (if not more), so I don't feel the need to constantly reapply. It also immediately heals any dryness or peeling reaction from using other lip products. My favorite lip balm - if I could only own 1 balm, this would be it. Will ALWAYS repurchase!!!
6) Burts Bees Honey Lip Balm ($2.99)
My favorite balm before I discovered the Nivea honey balm. This is a good basic balm with a pleasant natural scent. It softens your lips and leaves them looking healthy and soft, but not overly glossy. It is MUCH better than the original Burts Bees balm in the tin. Although this is not as rich or moisturizing as the Nivea balm, I like this because the ingredients are more natural - this is the balm I use on my kids. Will ALWAYS repurchase!!!
7) Elizabeth Grant Moisturizing Stick ($12)
This watermelon-scented lip balm looks and feels like a lipstick. It goes on smoothly and immediately makes my lips feel softer, but the moisturizing effect doesn't last too long (around 30 minutes to an hour). It's non-glossy texture makes it a good lipstick base, but it's not an essential product. Will not repurchase.
8) Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 ($7)
A cult-favorite, this balm softens lips and leaves them hydrated for a long time. However, while it's good, it's not too exciting: it looks and feels like a lighter version of Vaseline - I might as well just use Vaseline instead. Not a must-have..
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IN MY DREAMS (check out the price tag!!!)
This year's free Birthday gift for Sephora Beauty Insiders is the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Duo($22). Since this gift is so FANTASTIC, I was paranoid that Sephora would run out before my birthday month (in July). Lucky for me, I was recently sent a set by the gorgeous and kind Skylette - thanks sweetie! I've only used it for a couple of days so far - but it may be my new favorite balm. It glides on smoothly and is very hydrating. It has a beautiful natural scent and the rose version adds a lovely flush to my lips. This gift was a smart move from Sephora - I'm sure there are a lot of FRESH converts waiting to purchase the full-size once their minis are finished - including me and my sister!
Which lip balm works best for you?
DISCLAIMER: I purchased all these items myself except for the Elizabeth Grant Stick (came in my Glossybox) and the Fresh Sugar Duo (was a gift).