According to Editors, These Are the 15 Best Lip Balms Ever Created

Bring up the topic of the best lip balms among a group of beauty lovers, and you're guaranteed to drum up some healthy debate on which lip balms are really worth buying. While some swear by luxury, break-the-budget formulas (such as La Mer's £58 lip balm), others have found their holy-grail lip balm for less than a couple of pounds in a drugstore.

Everyone has difference preferences for their lip balm of choice. Some might want a lightweight, waxy lip balm that delivers a quick hit of moisture in a swipe, or for others whose lips are forever parched or flaking, they may prefer a heavy-duty intensive lip balm to treat chapped lips. Different circumstances also call for different lip balms, which is where having a lip balm wardrobe can come in handy. Tinted lip balms are ideal for summer months when a lipstick feels too stifling in the heat, whereas the winter months call for a long-lasting formula that cocoons lips against the cold and central heating. 


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However, nothing beats a personalised recommendation when it comes to finding the best lip balms. A quick poll of beauty lovers, editors and the Who What Wear team confirmed that there was more than one lip-balm devotee in our midst—and every single editor had a ride-or-die lip balm that they wouldn't be without. Keep scrolling to see and shop the best lip balms ever, according to our editors.

The 15 Best Lip Balms

1. Eucerin Acute Lip Balm


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I've flirted with many lip balms over the years, but having constantly dry and sensitive lips means many haven't met my skin's high-maintenance needs. It was only when I had an eczema flare around my mouth that I found my forever lip balm. Eucerin's Acute Lip Balm was made for sensitive and reactive skin (check and check), and this was the only lip balm that soothed the eczema flare and eventually healed the cracked corners of my lips too. It has a cushiony texture that's instantly soothing, while evening primrose oil liquorice extract help hydrate and bring down inflammation. It also comes dermatologist recommended for medical dry lips. In fact, a friend of mine taking Roaccuatane (an acne medication, of which side effects can include very dry lips) also raved about this lip balm during her treatment.

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2. Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm


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"I must have been at university when Nuxe Rêve de Miel became something of a buzzy beauty item amongst the early wave of beauty bloggers and YouTubers. I had never comprehended spending more than a couple of pounds on a lip balm before, but what can I say? I was influenced," says Mica Ricketts, freelance content editor.

"Thankfully, though, this lip balm turned out to be my one and only. I apply it every single evening before bed, as its incredibly thick in texture. It uses antibacterial honey and nourishing shea butter to calm and nourish even the most chapped of lips, and I love that it doesn't have any hint of shine or stickiness. Plus, if you're in a pinch, then you can also use it to soothe dry cuticles and hydrate any parched areas of the skin."

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3. Glossier Balm Dotcom Lip Balm


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"My music teacher used to always shout at our class if we used lip balm, as she seemed to find them even more offensive than our giggling and terrible use of the recorder. So it has put me off lip balm for my whole life, and I've never used it," says Emma Spedding, freelance editor. "She claimed lip balm ruined your lips. (She was wrong.) My sister bought me three of the Glossier Balm Dotcoms for Christmas, and I am now obsessed. Yes, I'm partly giving in to the Glossier hype (down to the baby-pink packaging and the divine smell), but I also love how these slightly stain your lips, giving a subtler look for the day than a lipstick."

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4. Hermès Rouge Hermès Lip Balm


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"I have chronically dry lips," says Shannon Lawlor, freelance beauty editor and Who What Wear UK contributor. "Seriously, my lips are drier than just about anyone else's that I know. They're constantly uncomfortable, tight, sore and flaking. So needless to say, I am a big ol' fan of lip balm. The concept of leaving my house without a lip balm is totally alien. And because I hate my dry-lip situation so much, I like lip balms that are luxe and spark some joy. And I'm using the word luxe in its purest form. I keep a bullet of Rouge Hermès Baume de Soin in my handbag to swipe on while I'm out and about. I get countless comments on how plump it makes my lips look."

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5. By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Balm

6. Eve Lom Kiss Mix Lip Balm


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"The reason I love this lip balm? It moisturises for hours on end, it's teeny tiny but appears to last for a lifetim,e and it's a great base for the Bobbi Brown lip crayon I love to wear that can sometimes feel drying. It's also sufficient on its own thanks to the pinky hue," says Hannah Almassi, editor in chief at Who What Wear UK.

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7. La Mer The Lip Balm


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"It's highly inconvenient that my favourite lip balm is so expensive. Make no mistake—this is a real investment for your lips, but boy, is it worth it," says Nell Block, deputy editor at Who What Wear UK. "The minty balm feels delicate when applied, and there's no full-on grease slick that ends up in my hair or on my clothes. But it somehow manages to hydrate my lips in an instant. Is it actual magic? I think so."

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8. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm


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"I picked up this lip balm while passing through an airport. In all honesty, I didn't put a great deal of thought into it—I grabbed it and was on my way," says Joy Montgomery, senior commerce editor at British Vogue. "But when it came to trying it out on the long-haul flight (surely the best test for a lip balm), it passed with flying colours. I generally tend to buy tinted products that look nice but never deliver when it comes to moisturising your lips, but Elizabeth Arden's offering does exactly what it says on the tin: It kept my lips hydrated for those long eight hours. I couldn't ask for much more from a lip balm, really."

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9. Chanel Rouge Coco Baume


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"I've never been loyal to a particular lip balm. I always just slick on whichever happens to be in the bottom of the handbag I’m using. However, I recently tried Chanel's new Rouge Coco Baume, and while I don't want to get ahead of myself, this just might be the lip balm that I commit to," says Maxine Eggenberger, acting assistant editor at Who What Wear UK. "In all fairness, it's more of a lipstick/lip balm hybrid—a super-hydrating formula with buildable colour. As soon as I slicked it on my lips, I could immediately feel its nourishing effects, so much so that I couldn't stop rubbing my lips together. In terms of colour, there are seven to choose from, ranging from translucent white to just-kissed cherry. My favourite, however, is a shade called Natural Charm, which, as soon as I applied it, seemed to give my entire face an instant jolt of radiance. I can't speak to its long-term effects just yet, but I'm certainly impressed by what I've seen so far."

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Shop More of Our Favorite Lip Balms

10. Dr. Pawpaw Multipurpose Balm

11. Clinique Moisture Surge Lip Hydro-Plump Treatment

12. Palmer's Coco Butter Formula Lip Balm

13. Nars

14. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume Lips

15. Paula's Choice Hyaluronic Acid + Peptide Lip Booster

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Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.