As we head towards autumn and winter, chapped lips can become a problem with cooler weather and central heating leaving them lacking in moisture.
There’s plenty of products on the market to that promise to make your lips smooth and plump, but it can take a while to find one that really works.
You can pick up lip balms for as little as £1, or pay a great deal more for designer brands.
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This week, we decided to put a range of lip balms to the test to see if we could find the perfect product for your pout.
It’s fair to say some failed to live up to expectations, but there was a stand out lip balm that our tester will be buying again and again.
Take a look at the scores below and we’ve also included details of where you can buy the lip balms we tested. Let us know your favourite lip saviour in the comments section.
Evolution of Smooth Visibly Soft
Along with the rest of your normal skincare, looking after your lips is hugely important, especially if they’re prone to becoming dry and flaky.
If there’s one thing I’ve always got in my bag, it’s lip balm. I’ve grown used to having it with me and I’m really good at keeping on top of my lip care.
My lips aren’t typically overly dry, but when I’m run down or sick they become sore and flaky – in fact, that’s always my first sign that I’m not feeling my best.
I usually stick with Vaseline but was feeling adventurous when I popped into my local Home Bargains recently and picked up the Evolution of Smooth (EOS) Visibly Soft lip balm for £1.99.
I felt like I’d snapped up a bargain, since EOS products tend to start from £5 and up.
According to the product description for the Visibly Soft lip balm, it is “enriched with rich cocoa and Shea butters, plus a blend of four moisturising oils”.
However, I certainly didn’t feel the benefit of the product – and it definitely hasn’t given me “ softer, smoother lips” as promised. Instead my lips have felt drier and quite sore.
While the design of the product is pleasing to the eye, I wouldn’t use it again. I’ll be sticking with Vaseline from now on.
Every now and then you come across a beauty item that brings to an end years of searching for just the right product. For me, that was Carmex. My lips can edge on the dry side if I don’t regularly use something to hydrate them and as well as feeling uncomfortable, it can make me look really drained, even if I don’t feel it.
If my lips look smooth and plump, however, I instantly look healthier and more awake.
I’ve tried products like Vasaline, Blistex and the Nivea Lip Balms before but none have had truly impressive results, with the effects wearing off quickly meaning I was constantly having to top up.
But after trying Carmex I won’t look back. You can buy it in a 10g tube or a small pot, from stores including Boots and Superdrug and it comes in ‘Classic’, ‘Cherry SPF 15’ and ‘Strawberry SPF 15’. The package promises ‘long lasting relief’ and I was delighted to find it lived up to its claims.
A slick of the ‘Classic’ balm on my lips left them feeling soft, moisturised and even slightly glossy. It had a slight and pleasant tingle to it and I didn’t need to top for for around two to three hours. On a day when I had particularly dry lips, one application was enough to quickly banish any flakiness and leave them fully hydrated again.
I’ll certainly keep buying this from now on and at around £3 it won’t break the bank either.
Price: Around £3
Nivea Pearly Shine
One of the most important aspects of my skincare routine is keeping my lips hydrated, especially during the winter months. I’m a big fan of wearing bright lipstick, which doesn’t mix well if your lips are chapped or dry.
I have used Nivea Pearly Shine Lip Balm for as long as I can remember, as it keeps my lips smooth and hydrated and is budget-friendly. Nivea is a brand I tend to reach for often, as its products are reliable and available at numerous shops.
The Pearly Shine Lip Balm is perfect for day-to-day wear, with its light pink colouring and shine keeping your lips looking healthy. I use it before applying bright lipstick, or on days where I’m opting for a more natural look, as its pink tint gives the illusion of a neutral lipstick.
A staple to my beauty regime, Nivea Pearly Shine keeps my lips healthy and hydrated all year round.
Where to buy: You can bu Nivea Pearly Shine from Superdrug, and stores such as B&M and Tesco.
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter
I used to get dry and chapped lips pretty regularly but this lip balm has come to my rescue.
Sol de Janerio is one of my favourite brands – though it is a little pricey, its products do what they say on the tin. In the case of its Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter, that’s leaving lips “looking smoother and feeling softer”.
I am completely obsessed with this product. I put it on every evening after finishing my skincare routine and wake up with smooth, soft lips. I also put it on while I’m doing my makeup just to give my lips an extra boost of hydration.
Since I started using this lip balm two years ago, I haven’t once had dry or chapped lips.
The lip balm contains a blend of cupuaçu butter, which is the Amazon‘s answer to shea butter, as well as antioxidant-rich açaí oil and conditioning coconut oil.
It’s a generous stick of magic that has completely transformed my lips. I no longer worry about them getting chapped or flaky and I hope this product is never discontinued.
It lasts a long time – I usually buy two or three per year and I use it twice a day – so even though it’s much more than I’d normally spend on a lip balm, it’s well worth it in my opinion.
Plus, it smells divine.
Where to buy: You can buy Sol de Janerio Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter from LookFantastic, Cult Beauty, Feelunique, Space NK and more
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