Tinted Lip Balms – Yay or Nay?

I love lip balm. I also love lipstick. So, when the two combine it’s definitely worth it’s down post, right?

Tinted lip balms can be a little bit of a tricky combination – they’ve got to be the right amount of balmy goodness and the right amount of colour. It’s all well and good having a bit of colour but if the balm doesn’t moisturise and nourish, it’s not worth calling it a tinted lip balm. So, let’s put three different balms to the test…
Gawd my lips are so wonky and misshaped. 
First up we have Benefit Lolli Balm* (£14.50) which is the priciest of the bunch at almost £15, is the most unusual of the balms mainly because it is quite purple toned which I rather like. I’m in two minds over this one, mainly because I like it but don’t feel like it’s worth the price tag. The colour pay off is the least of all the balms but I do find that the formula is really lovely as it gives the right amount of moisture and nourishment to the lips. The balm feels very comfortable on the lips which is a major must when it comes to balms. The packaging is gorgeous too so I definitely think this is one for those who have the spare money to blow on a lip balm. For me, I’d very much prefer a better colour pay off if I was to be paying lipstick prices for a lip product.
Middle of the range price wise is Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour in Rhubarb* (£8.16) which gives slightly better colour pay off than the Benefit offering but it is most definitely the least balm like (mind you it is marketed as an ointment) and has a very lipgloss like feel to it. This one for me, is probably my least favourite mainly because it’s a little bit of a mess to work with as you squeeze the product out of a tube and onto the lips. I’ve found a lot of product is dispersed and causes you do waste quite a bit. However, I do think the colour is very pretty and really easy to wear. Whilst it does feel nourishing on my lips, it is very sticky which really puts me off because 99.9% of the time, it’s going to end up stuck to my hair. However, if that doesn’t bother you and you prefer a natural product with SPF, then this one is for you.
Finally, the cheap and cheerful Blistex Lip Brilliance* (£1.30) which is the most scented of the three with a soft strawberry scent that really draws you in. The colour pay off is the best of the bunch as it gives a lovely, red tint to the lips which is slightly shimmery. It feels very comfortable on the lips and does not feel sticky. I’m undecided on the formulation of this, it sometimes feels really hydrating and other times it feels as if it just lays on the top layer of the lips, leaving a bit of a film.
After trying all three, I’d say it was a toss up between the most expensive (Benefit) and least expensive (Blistex) for the best tinted lip balm. Personally, I think I prefer having a regular lip balm to slather on my lips at night (yes, you Nuxe Reve de Miel) and I’ll more than likely be sticking to the lipsticks in future.
What are your thoughts on tinted lip balms?
Love, Kate xo
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