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Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Best Lip Balms, Ever

This category covers the very best lip untinted lip balms (tinted balms will be featured next week!), regardless of price. Feel free to weigh in on your favorites. This list is actually comprised of two separate lists:

1) The Beauty Insider's Picks: My own personal list of the best products in that category, in no particular order

2) The Popular Vote: The results of a poll I did of over 1000 beauty-savvy consumers, in order of popularity

The Beauty Insider's Picks

1. Acqua di Parma Relaxing Orange Lip Balm: A sleek blue metal tube holds an extremely moisturizing, sophisticated balm with a subtly orange flavor. It’s moisturizing without being shiny or greasy. $27
2. Blistex Clear Advance: This balm in a grey tube is designed for men, but don’t let that stop you. This is completely non-shiny, which makes it great under lipstick, plus it’s long-lasting, has a subtly fruity flavor, and an SPF 30. $1.99
3. Laura Mercier Lip Silk: This extremely emollient lip balm comes in a tube, and has a consistency similar to petroleum jelly, but thicker. It delivers very intense moisture and shine, with a nice subtle flavor. $18
4. Clinique Superbalm: Extremely emollient and protective, this lasts on your lips all night long. The consistency is almost like petroleum jelly, but it does a better job of hydrating your lips. You’ll wake up with a silky smooth pout. $11.50
5. Fresh Sugar Lip Balm SPF 15: I love the metal tube with a twist off cap and the great sugary-citrus flavor. It’s moisturizing without being too shiny, and it has sunscreen. $22
6. MAC Lip Conditioner SPF 15: A simple white pot holds a soft, easy to scoop out balm that is intensely soothing to dry lips. $11.50
7. Smith’s Rosebud Salve: Like everyone, I love the retro-chic tin and the rosy scented balm. $5.50
8. Sephora Operation Smile Lip Baume SPF 15: What’s not to like about this balm? It hydrates parched lips, protects with sunscreen, and the proceeds benefit a great cause. $5
9. Nuxe Reve de Miel Honey Lip Balm: This chic glass pot contains a divinely-textured balm with a subtle grapefruit flavor that nourishes dry cracked lips with yummy ingredients like honey and rose musqueta, and without mineral oil. It’s so soothing, it can even be used on sores and burns. $17
10. Prada Shielding Balm SPF 15/Lip: Intensely moisturizing, Prada packs powerful hydrators like shea butter and panthenol and a non-irritating sunscreen into one sleek, minimalist tube. $38

The Popular Vote
1. Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $5
2. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, $2.50
3. Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, $5.50
4. MAC Lip Conditioner, $9.50
5. Carmex Cold Sore Reliever and Lip Moisturizer, $2 (approx.)
6. Chap Stick Lip Balm, $1.50 (approx.)
7. Prada Shielding Balm SPF 15/Lip, $60
8. Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment, $10
9. Philosophy Kiss Me, $10
10: The Body Shop Lip Butter, $6

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