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30 Jun

Their Favorite Lip Balms


As the mercury rises, so does our lip balm addiction. Beat the heat and habitually chapped lips with SPF-packed formulas, a product that “smells like marshmallows,” and a balm recommendation from VS Angel Sara Sampaio for “perfectly plump lips.” Here, nine lip balms that ELLE editors depend on all summer long.


Ilia Lip Conditioner in Bang Bang

It’s the HOLY GRAIL: a tinted lip conditioner that actually works and gives great color. This shade is the perfect ever-so-slightly pink red; I keep it at my desk for a daytime pick-me-up. Plus, with natural dyes and organic ingredients, I don’t feel bad about reapplying all day, every day.— Estelle Tang, Culture Editor

Ilia Lip Conditioner in Bang Bang, $26;


Maybelline New York Baby Lips Balm in Cherry Me

Most balms slash lip things make you choose between hydration and pigment, but Baby Lips combines both. Cherry Me gives the perfect just-ate-a-popsicle finish without skimping on moisture. —Julie Schott, Beauty Director

Maybelline New York Baby Lips Balm, Cherry Me, $3.65;


Moroccanoil Lip Balm SPF 20

When a VS Angel tells you exactly what she uses to get her perfectly plump lips, you listen. (Thank you, Sara Sampaio). I love that this formula leaves a slightly mint, wintry-feeling and immediately soothes when sun and salt water leave lips parched.— Kristina Rodulfo, Associate Editor

Moroccanoil Lip Balm SPF 20, $17;


Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm

It does everything you expect from a lip balm plus a tingly, peppermint thing that has made people think I am chewing gum or just got back from a mid-day tooth brush. I buy in bulk and have one anywhere I could possibly need it (at my desk, in both of our cars, in my bathroom, at my kitchen sink…I could go on and on.— Leah Melby Clinton, Senior Editor of Branded Content

Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm, $9 for a pack of 4;


Sun Bum Lip Balm in Coconut

It’s got SPF, it tastes like a pina colada, and it’s less than $4 so it’s fine if it gets lost in the bottom of your beach bag, never to be rediscovered until next year: basically, a summer essential.— Gena Kaufman, Director, Social Media and Special Projects

Sun Bum Lip Balm in Coconut, $3;


Glossier Balm Dotcom in Birthday

Milk Bar, NYC’s top bakery that brought you Crack Pie and Cereal Milk Soft Serve, collaborated with Glossier to create a new flavor of their cult-favorite balm. This time it smells faintly of vanilla frosting and adds a subtle hint of sparkle. Yes, please.— Justine Carreon, Associate Market Editor

Glossier Balm Dotcom in Birthday, $12;


Dior Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm

With its chic white pot, this is quite probably the classiest looking lip balm ever created. It imparts just the tiniest hint of pink, smells like roses, and protects with SPF 10. Also, and this is crucial – it can rehydrate even the saddest, flakiest, most desiccated lips (as a red-lipstick-addict and frequent flyer, I’m all too familiar with such deplorable conditions) with only one application.— April Long, Executive Beauty Editor

Dior Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm, $30;


Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Let’s be real, for the most part I use Vaseline. But a Sephora gift card fell into my lap and I splurged on this smooth, hydrating lip mask in a pearlescent rose gold color. It’s perfect for when my lips are flaky but I still want to look like I’m putting in an effort. And yes, the price tag, but the teeniest bit goes a long way, so it’ll be with you for a while. Also it smells like marshmallows.— Jaya Saxena, Staff Writer

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, $26;


Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose

This stuff is wonderfully moisturizing and gives just a hint of color to my lips.— Sally Holmes, Executive Editor

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose, $9;


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