The Tinted Lip Balm Porn You Didn’t Know You Needed

BY JENNY JUNG

I cannot be the only person in the world who gets turned on by tinted lip balms. If you can relate, you’re in for a treat.

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06 SEPT - 2021

Love the look of healthy, glossy, juicy lips? Discover the sexiest tinted lip balms of all time.

Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimised by dry, lifeless lips? Oh yeah, I see you. Raise that hand up high with me, girl! So, please, do your lips a favour and study this edit harder than you did for your end-of-year exams because *this* is actually important.

I consider myself somewhat of a tinted lip balm (maniac) connoisseur, and it's been my passion since I was like, 6. Although, now I can say that my tastes have refined since my lip-smacker days.

What makes a great tinted lip balm, you ask? Hydration and an even splash of juicy colour. It sounds easy, but it's not. It is so common for tinted lip balms to be streaky, often grabbing at the dry skin and creating an unflattering effect on the lips. All the lip balms I mention today will not have this issue, and I will mainly discuss the unique features of each product. Just know the fundamental core elements that make a great tinted lip balm will be present in every lip balm mentioned below.

I am so excited to share these tinted lip balm secrets with you all!

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Nars Afterglow Lip Balm

Plain and simple, Nars created lip balm adaptations of their iconic lipstick shades - genius. This means if you own a Dolce Vita lipstick, you already know you're going to love the tinted lip balm version.

This formula is infused with monoi oil and its fragrance and alcohol-free - making it an excellent option for those who suffer from sensitivities. If you are picky about the feel of lip balms, the Nars Afterglow is non-sticky and weightless on the lips.

Afterglow boasts a diverse range of shades - from pale pinks, corals, mauves, browns, and deep plums - you will be sure to find one that will compliment your skin tone.

I had this in my purse until I was scraping it out from the bottom, and that is how I know it had to be included in today's edit. It is an excellent standard tinted lip balm done well. Good job, Nars.

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Nars Afterglow Lip Balm in 'Orgasm', NZD$45

Dr Lipp Lip Tint

You know that hypnotising minis aisle at MECCA? Yeah, that's where I came across this little gem, and it is proof that impulse-buying is a good thing.

The Dr Lipp Lip Tint comes in a tube, so it's not your traditional bullet formula. At first use, it felt a little unfamiliar because of how thick it is, but once it melts into your lips, that feeling goes away. In any case, it just looks really shiny and completely envelops your lips in a protective layer of lanolin.

The shade ‘Elderberry’ is the perfect shade of vintage berry while 'Sweet Potato' is a brighter raspberry pink. The tint is very subtle, so it makes your lips look naturally plump and healthy - great for those no-makeup days or the gym.

I love this with a nude-brown lip liner for a MLBB (my lips but better) look and it's the ultimate handbag staple.

The lower price point also makes this perfect as a lip balm to keep in your car!

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Dr Lipp Lip Tint, NZD$14

Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint

If you love the idea of the Nars Afterglow, but you consider yourself to have extra dry lips - this is the one to go for.

The Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint is formulated with olive, avocado, and jojoba oil for that intense hydration and moisture while the tint has an almost luminous quality that brightens the complexion. You know those tinted lip balms that go bright pink after a while? Well, you don't have to worry about that issue with Bobbi Brown.

The jelly-like formula is truly magical and ultra hydrating. 10/10 on all fronts, this lip balm is worth every penny.

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Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint, NZD$65

Westman Atelier Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm

The Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm by Westman Atelier is encased in the most beautiful lux packaging. If you have an aristocratic flair to your style, not only will this lip balm meet your aesthetic needs, but it will also make sure your lips look lavish and luscious.

The liquid formula means absolutely no tugging on the lips whatsoever - great for extra dry lips. Also, if you live in an especially cold or windy climate, this lip balm won't freeze up in your bag and become difficult to apply. On the flip side, if you live in scorching hot weather, and your issue is that every lip balm just deteriorates - it just means you need to get a liquid lip balm with an applicator and a lid as opposed to a stick or tube.

Squeaky Clean is buttery, silky, and completely non-sticky - all thanks to jojoba oil, almond oil, argan oil, and shea butter. On top of that, it has excellent cosmetic value as the colours are just drop-dead gorgeous - pinks, cranberries, and plums.

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Westman Atelier Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm, NZD$61

Hourglass No.28 Treatment Oil

This one is for the guys and gals who just cannot find a nourishing and pigmented lip product. I'm including this option for those who love a thicker consistency, glossy finish, and a stronger hue of colour.

Me, oh my. This item is for all of you boujee's out there! The Hourglass lip treatment oil features a 24-carat gold plated tip, making it anti-bacterial and soothing for the lips.

The formula is infused with vitamin E, which is superb for moisture retention and lip barrier restoration. The oils are derived from lipid plants such as rosemary, sunflower, and clove, which explains the herbal scent that I thoroughly enjoy.

This product may not be for you if you cannot stand even the slightest amount of stickiness. I'm a gloss lover, so it doesn't bother me.

Personal favourite shades are 'Cameo,' 'Nocturnal,' and 'Bare.'

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Hourglass No.28 Treatment Oil in 'At Night', NZD $79

Mecca Tinted Lip De Luscious SPF 25

If you have really pigmented lips that need a little dialling down, the Mecca tinted Lip De Luscious in 'Nude' will most likely steal your heart.

This is a pot formula and the consistency is creamy with a moderately pigmented colour pay off. The nude is a beautiful shade that will counteract the pigment in your lips while giving you a glossy pout.

The Lip De Luscious features vitamin E and shea butter with the added benefit of SPF.

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Mecca Tinted Lip De Luscious SPF 25 in 'Nude', NZD$36

Ilia Balmy Gloss Tinted Oil

For all you natural folk out there, Ilia has got all the solutions that are eco-friendly and ingredient conscious.

As soon as Ilia came out with this lippie, I knew it would be a banger. It retains all of the lovely qualities of the oils mentioned today, but it has a balmy and light texture.

Packed with meadowfoam oil and hyaluronic acid, this product is particularly great for people who suffer from severe dehydration. One of my favourite products to use on my body is meadowfoam oil, so this was really nice to know.

If you love that glassy lip look, but you don't like a heavy consistency - give Ilia Balmy Gloss Tinted Oil a go.

My favourite shade is ‘Tahiti,’ - a tropical warm coral with a hint of pink.

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Ilia Balmy Gloss Tinted Oil, NZD$42

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil

I left my favourite for last. Let me introduce to you the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil. Luminous, fruity, fresh shades with an ultra glossy finish. This is the queen of tinted lippies.

Formulated with plant oils and fruit extracts, Lip Comfort Oil fulfils the Clarins ethos - part skincare and part makeup creations. With nearly 2500 reviews on the Clarins website and an average of 4.5 stars - you know it's going to be good.

I will warn you, however, that this does not do well in the wind. It is admittedly stickier than the other options, but sticky also means long-lasting. I find it rather annoying when I have to reapply my lip balm every 10 minutes - I'd rather not, thank you.

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Clarins Lip Comfort Oil, NZD$47

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There you have it, my must-have lip balms. I earnestly implore you all to try at least one of these recommendations! I hope I hit everybody's needs and helped you find a new holy grail because THAT’S what you call sharing the love.

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