The 15 Best Lip Balm Brands of 2022

Sophie Willis
Jan 13, 2022

Lip balms mainly moisturize and protect the lips. Most of them prevent dryness and reduce lip wrinkles, and some even plump lips with cool and comfortable feeling. Some lip balms are tinted to combine beauty and lip care in one while preventing UV rays. If you don’t wear makeup, lip balm is also a must-have in our daily life. Even the most expensive lipsticks need to be applied on healthy lips. Makeup artists say that lip balm is a lip primer, which moisturized the lips and made the lipstick last longer.

We rounded up a host of brands with a cult following, like LA MER, Dior, SHISEIDO and so on. Each brand boasts a wide range of super-quality products, most of which are the winners of multiple beauty awards. Now, if you’re ready to get the perfect lip balm, scroll down to check the following list of brands we’ve compiled for you.

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  • 1. LA MER
  • 2. Dior
  • 3. SHISEIDO
  • 4. Fresh
  • 5. Mentholatum
  • 6. Blistex
  • 7. JO MALONE
  • 8. DHC
  • 9. URIAGE
  • 10. Kiehl's
  • 11. BURT'S BEES
  • 12. Vaseline
  • 13. Elizabeth Arden
  • 14. CARMEX
  • 15. EOS
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LA MER

LA MER is a brand founded by Dr. Max Huber in 1946, and has been a member of Estee Lauder Group since 1995. LA MER has also become one of the most attractive skin care brands for women by its various best sellers such as essense facail cream and extract eye repair cream.

In terms of lip moisturizing, LA MER only launched The Lip Balm emphasizing repairing function. Infused with various anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant ingredients, it can effectively relieve many lip problems such as dryness, peeling and even bleeding. It adds vitamin B3 to prevent cheilitis. The creamy lip balm is soft and the mint formula brings a cooling sensation. It helps relieve the wound, leaving your skin comfortable with a subtle and satisfying chocolate fragrance.

The Lip Balm is moisturizing without greasy, and also offers excellent staying power. It is versatile that can be used as a sleeping lip mask, a lipstick primer, or for daily use. In terms of packaging, the lip balm is encased with a round box instead of regular thin tube. You should apply it with a cotton swab, so it is not convenient for outdoor activities.

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Dior

Dior is a French luxury brand founded in 1947, and now is affiliated with the world's biggest luxury group LVMH. Dior adheres to elegant and gorgeous styles in perfume, fashion and makeup at the outset. Dior lip products are high quality and fashionable. The colored lip balms offer both moisturizing and coloring. Among them, the Dior Addict collection is the most famous one.

The colored Dior Addict can create vivid lips which are so attractive. The products are in pearl and matte textures. This lip balm is comfortable and hydrates without greasy with moderate moisture. According to official tests, the pearl hydrates extraordinarily for 24 hours. The matte also has good moisturizing effect in full texture. It can be matched with your daily light makeup or original look.

A new version of this collection was launched in recent years without sunblock function. It should be noted that people with allergic lips should avoid Dior Addict lip balm, because its color-changing agent and fragrance may cause allergies or cheilitis.

 

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SHISEIDO

Shiseido is a famous Japanese cosmetic brand founded in 1872, which is favored by numerous consumers in Japan and the world at large. Shiseido becomes top-notch and world-renowned cosmetics group as its products are sold in 85 countries.

When it comes to Shiseido's lip balms, many people must remember Moilip medicinal lip balm. Moilip is the first choice for dry lips, chapped lips, cheilitis and sensitive lips in winter, for  its excellent repairing function. Infused with anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic ingredients, it extraordinarily soothes and heals cheilitis and sensitive lips by packing Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B5 and alikes. You may feel refreshing, and comfortable when applying. Many consumers with extremely dry lips and cheilitis said that it can enlight your lips effectively just a few days.

Moilip medicinal lip balm can be  squeezed out easily, which is more hygienic than the rotary-type. It is very popular and recommended by many actresses. Moilip medicinal lip balm is high performance. It can be used for healing chapped lips and inflamed lips and other special cares. If you just need a lip balm for daily use, you’d better choose non-medicinal lip balm.

 

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Fresh

Fresh is a high-end skincare brand founded in Boston in 1991 and now under LVMH. It has a comprehensive product line covering skincare, body care, perfume, and household supplies. Fresh's hero products Soy Face Cleansing Milk, Sugar Lip Treatment and various facial masks are frequenters on the Allure Beauty Awards. Fresh earned a good reputation for its extraordinary use feeling and effects.

Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment has won awards of the Allure Best of Beauty. The soft lip balm has an excellent bendability and moisturizing effect, so it is hydrated enough for applying in the autumn and winter. Moreover, it can enhance color when use it as a primer. With SPF 15 blocks, this lip balm can resist ultraviolet rays to a certain extent and reduce the lip pigmentation caused by the sun. If you are pregnant, this one is not for you as it contains some high-risk ingredients. Covered in a metal shell which is a thermal conductivity, it easily melts under high temperature.  

Fresh also launched a product designed for people who prefer colored lip balms, which feels similar with the classic series. There are many shades for options, but it is not recommended for children or pregnant women.

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Mentholatum

Mentholatum was founded in the United States in 1889. Mr. Hyde, the founder, successfully created Mentholatum Medicated Lipbalm which soon became a household medicine. Besides, Mentholatum also launched others like skin care products and OTC drugs which are sold in over 150 countries and regions worldwide.

Mentholatum has always been very popular for its affordable price and excellent moisturizing effect. Mentholatum has developed 22 series till now. In addition to regular cylindrical pastes, Mentholatum produced lip care liquid and lip ball. It release special series for moisturizing, repairing and coloring, as well as others for men and children.

People with sensitive lips consider that mild and non-irritating is as important as moisturizing. Mentholatum launched Lip Pure collections formulated with FOOD GRADE ingredients, favored by people with sensitive lips and cheilitis. Lip Pure ranked first in Japan's Cosme Awards 2015. It is free of fragrance and preservatives and it’s hypoallergic. However, it may feel oily with weak moisturizing effect, and you need to apply it repeatedly.

Mentholatum Medicated Lipbalm is infused with SPF 15 sunblocks, leaving your skin refreshing and cooling. With classic and neutral packaging, it is loved by men. It has always been the best seller on many e-commerce platforms. However, it is not recommended for people with cheilitis due to chemical sunscreen ingredients and lanolin.

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Blistex

Blistex is a local American brand established in 1947. At that time, it was just a small company of family management, and mainly producing and selling lip care products. Blistex emphasizes quality and updates, and now becomes a global company.

Blistex has developed various products for years, both medicinal lipsticks and daily care lipsticks. It produces products with high quality and affordable price. It not only occupies a large share in the US, but is also very popular in the global lip care field.

The representative medicinal Lip Medex offers an extraordinary repairing effect for peeling and aging. It can quickly cool down blistered or sore lips, and can remove dead skin and lighten cracks and lip color effectively after long time use. It should be noted that Lip Medex is a medicated lip balm, so it is not recommended to apply it frequently. You need follow the instructions that do not apply more than four times a day, then you will free of worries. And it is more suitable before going to bed.

The Daily Lip Conditioner is comfortable for daily use with a subtle minty and creamy fragrance. It helps create a seamless finish when be used as a primer. Daily Lip Conditioner can resist ultraviolet rays to a certain extent with SPF15 blocks.

The Medicated Mint Balm offers moderate use feeling and staying power with a subtle fragrance, leaving your skin cooling. It is also suitable in summer with the SPF 15 blocks.

A lip balm packaged in a jar always has a large capacity and are cost-effective, but it is not convenient enough as consumers need to apply it with a cotton swab. Blistex's daily care series adopts a rotatable tube, which is convenient to carry out and can be used in many scenarios.

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JO MALONE

JO MALONE, a London famous skincare and perfume company, was acquired by the Estée Lauder Group in 1999. It is favored by many women as its various series and elegant style. JO MALONE has only released one lip balm, which is a relatively affordable product among other luxury lip balms.

The Vitamin E Lip Conditioner was highly praised for its honey and nut fragrance, being sweet, subtle and refreshing. It offers excellent repairing ability and moisturizing effect and lightens cracks after long time use.

The lip conditioner has a lightweight texture, leaving your skin refreshing without sticky. It has less effect on lipstick color rendering as a primer. This lip conditioner can resist ultraviolet rays to a certain extent with the SPF 15 blocks.

Packaged in a squeeze tube, it can be applied with a cotton swab, which is not convenient to use, especially in outdoors.

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DHC

DHC is a market leading brand in cleansing, makeup remover, and moisturizing industries founded in 1983. It has ranked first for the total sales of Japanese cosmetics vendors in 20 consecutive years. Taking Olive essence oil as the key ingredient, DHC has developed a series of skincare products, of which some hero products include DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, DHC Mild Soapa and DHC Olive Virginoil.

DHC Lip Cream has always been praised since it won the best award in the COSME Awards in 2008. It is regarded as one of the lip balms which are suitable for being used as a primer. It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory with a fine paste and hydrated texture, leaving your lips refreshing without sticky. It can help create an even makeup and achieve high pigment as a primer.

It should be noted that it has low volume of olive oil cored on lanolin oil and synthetic oils. However, lanolin oil may cause skin allergies. It is not recommended for those with cheilitis and sensitive lips.

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URIAGE

URIAGE is one of the four major French cosmeceutical brands started in 1993, which has developed products emphasizing moisturizing function, like URIAGE Thermal Water Spary. The Moisturizing Lipstick is also the hero product under URIAGE, which is once recommended by Self, a comprehensive Women's Lifestyle Magazine.

People who often make up always use lip balm as a primer to relieve dryness to enhance the color of lipstick. The Moisturizing Lipstick is affordable and always recommend as a primer, leaving your skin cooling. The Moisturizing Lipstick has moderate staying power and good repairing ability, which can condition your skin effectively. However, it should be noted that people who easily get pores around their mouth and with sensitive skin should apply it with caution. The Cetanol infused may cause allergy.  

The URIAGE Xemose Moisturizing Lipstick 0.14 oz. is the upgraded version of The Moisturizing Lipstick with similar use feeling. The main difference is that it is fragrance-free and hypoallergic. The upgraded lipstick is better moisturizing due to its large amount of oily components, suitable for dry skin or in autumn and winter.

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Kiehl's

Kiehl's was founded in Manhattan, New York in 1851. In the early days, Kiehl's provided potions and ointments to customers as a typical pharmacist. By the early 1960s, Kiehl's pharmacists began to design different skin care products suitable for both men and women based on their rich experience and professional knowledge. Kiehl’s became a member of L'Oreal Group in 2000.

The classic Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 has extraordinary moisturizing power and staying power. In addition, it is anti-inflammatory and can relieve dryness. It is greasy so it is more suitable in dry environments or in autumn and winter. The lip balm can block sun, so it can prevent sunburn. It is not suitable for use as a primer as it may seriously affect the lip makeup due to its oily texture.

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BURT'S BEES

BURT'S BEES is an American historical lip care brand founded in 1899, which started its business in personal care products. Now it also produces personal care and makeup products. Lip balms occupies nearly 20% of the US lip balm market share. It grows steadily and affordable, being a leading brand in lip balm industry.

BURT'S BEES has improved the moisturizing effect. The Beeswax Lip Balm, a best seller, which ranks first on the Amazon lip balm bestseller lists. Although it has simple ingredients, it offers excellent moisturizing and staying power. It feels good with a matte finish. Compared with Mentholatum's lip pure, it is so lightweight and natural that you can use it as a primer.

BURT'S BEES lip balm can keep lips hydrated all night, which is affordable and relatively rare among non-petrolatum lipsticks. It should be noted that the lanolin may cause allergies, and people with sensitive lips should choose carefully. In addition to the beeswax lip balm, there are various fragrances for options. If you want to have a lightweight lip balm used as a primer, you can try BURT'S BEES.

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Vaseline

Vaseline, founded in 1870, is a daily chemical brand under Unilever. "Vaseline" is a lipid extracted from petroleum, also called petrolatum. It is often used as a lubricant, skin moisturizer, also one of the basic oil components in lip balm. Vaseline has developed various moisturizing products such as lip therapy, moisturizer, body lotion, etc., and have become classic over the times. It has ranked leading annual revenue in the US market and has earned a good reputation.

Taking the petrolatum as the main ingredient, Vaseline lip therapy is thick texture and excellent in moisturizing. With simple and less than 10 kinds of ingredient, Vaseline lip therapy offers extraordinary staying power yet it is sticky.

Vaseline lip therapy is cost-effective, and one lip therapy can be used for a long time. People often use it to moisturize the hands and feet and soften cuticles. You should apply it by your finger or cotton swabs. So it is not convenient to carry out but more suitable for home use.

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Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden was established in the United States in 1910. It is a world-renowned cosmetics and perfume company. Classic perfumes and creams have been popular in Europe and the United States since launched in the 1930s. Elizabeth Arden was praised by the American Allure magazine as "a skin care product that can stand the test of time". Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick, belonging to the same series with Eight Hour Cream, earned a good reputation in high quality lip balm industries by its extraordinary staying power.

Elizabeth Arden 8-hour series emphasize on long-acting function, of which Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick can keep hydrated more than 8 hours without sticky. Infused with rich vitamin E, it has a certain repairing effect. Generally speaking, it is a hydrated and durable lip balm with satisfying use feeling. Moreover, with SPF 15 blocks, Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick can prevent you from sun burn.

The main active ingredient in this lipstick is quite controversial because it may induce photosensitivity and disrupted endocrine. This ingredient is a kind of sun-screening agent with strong sensitization. Many consumers with sensitive lips say that they are allergic to it. Therefore, Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick is not suitable for people with sensitive skin or pregnant women.

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CARMEX

CARMEX is one of the American time-honored lip care brands founded in 1930, occupying American market share only after BURT'S BEES. It has won “the most recommended lip balm lists” of Pharmacy Times for three consecutive years and was called "the best choice for dry lips" by Vogue and The Sun.

Similar to Vaseline, CARMEX has a simple concept. Each lip balm only contains about ten ingredients, emphasizing moisture with extra repairing function. The classic repairing lip balm feels very heavy, suitable in autumn and winter. It can quickly soften and moisturize the chapped lips to improve your dry lips. It should be noted that the lanolin has certain sensitization, which is irritating to the inflamed lips.

The most popular CARMEX product in the United States is the round box lip balm, which has the same ingredient and offers the same use feeling with the tube version. Unfortunately, lip balms are not sun block. Therefore, it is not recommended to those who have long-term outdoor activities. Besides, CARMEX lip balms contain salicylic acid, which may irritate sensitive skin. Pregnant women should use it with caution.

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EOS

EOS mainly produces lip balm, body lotion, and lip mask, of which lip balms rank the third in the US market. Ball lip balms are impressive. EOS emphasizes "natural and organic", obtained the organic certification of the United States Department of Agriculture. Its all collections infused with plant oil.

The classic ball lip balm has various fragrances. It was tested by the International Consumer Research and Trial Organization (ICRT). The results show that this lipstick has a good moisturizing effect and offers a comfortable skin feeling. And it functions better than other competitive brands with a high pricetag. It is with weak staying power, so you should apply it repeatedly to keep hydrated. Some are also infused with fragrance, which may cause allergy. People with sensitive lips pay attention to this.

Although the ball shape is unique, there are always critics to its inconvenience. Therefore, EOS has also developed products in rotatable tube packaging in recent years. The rotatable type is more popular than the ball type according to online selling conditions. The rotatable natural organic lip balm is soft, gentle and preservative-free, suitable for daily care for its excellent nourishing and moisturizing effects.

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