Committing to lipstick on the regular can become taxing during just about any season. But in the summer? The heaviness and subsequent dryness of some of our favorite creams and mattes can feel particularly unbearable. Thankfully, though, tinted lip balm exists through seasons of snow or sweat, offering both hydrating benefits and – if chosen wisely – the perfect wash of color that won’t require hourly touch-ups.
Lipstick: It’s not a goodbye, it’s a see you later.
Whether you prefer them in a pot or in a tube, in a your-lips-but-better natural flush or a poppy, cherry red, the best formulas will keep lips soft and hydrated all day long, while also offering up a fun dose of color that’ll last just as long. The format lends itself to satisfying beauty maximalist and minimalist tendencies alike, and what’s best, you can apply it with your eyes closed and still get it right.
So without further ado, we’ve rounded up 11 of our favorite perfectly tinted lip balms – starting at just $4 a pop – below. We suggest you keep one (or five) in close proximity all summer long.