Truth: there was a point during the year when I thought I might actually run out of lip balm. And then (naturally) five of them magically appeared in my mailbox, so let’s start with the ridiculously affordable options.
If you’ve been to the drugstore—recently, not recently, one time in your life—you’ve probably seen these chubby, slightly flattened tubes sporting yellow bees on the side. I could tell you that Lypsyl is Sweden’s #1 best-selling lip balm, that it’s the only balm made with ultra-silky Swedish beeswax, that the company has been around for over 100 years…
But you’re probably more interested in how well they work, yes? Of the two flavors I received, Original Mint ($3) goes on with a thinner slip, while Honeyberry ($3) has a slightly thicker feel and the addition of SPF 15. Scentwise, Original Mint—which smells exactly like it sounds—is more my speed; Honeyberry will appeal to you if you like fruity scents (think an almost candy-ish grape).
Both have an instant smoothing effect, and Honeyberry in particular has a waxy, semi-matte finish that plays nicely with lipstick. Moisturizing? For sure. The most moisturizing balm my Sahara-desert dry lips have encountered? Of course not, but for $3, this is a solid daytime choice—particularly if you’re not a fan of waiting for balm to sink in.
I like to apply first thing in the morning pre-primping, then follow it with something heavier in the afternoon. In the event of peeling or flaking, it softens up those dead patches of skin, doing the prep work for whatever your SOS lip treatment of choice is. Mine, in case you’re curious, is makeup artist favorite By Terry Baume de Rose—which happens to cost 20 times as much as one of these tubes.
You could say it’s my version of high-low styling.
What’s your favorite budget balm? If you’re in need of some seriously next-level TLC, head over to Refinery29, where I polled the pros on giving chapped lips a facial! (They have awesome tips, I promise).
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