The Splurge: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
If you’re fancy enough to drop $20 on lip balm, this is the one to buy. It’s nourishing and smooth, like rubbing a warm stick of butter on your lips… if you’re into that kind of thing. I most certainly am. This lip balm is not at all waxy or sticky, and there are tons of great colors to choose from. Luscious as hellll. $22.50 at Sephora
The Steal: Maybelline Baby Lips SPF 20
Baby Lips should really have its own Best Stuff post, it’s so good. For being such a cheapy cheap lip balm, it out performs almost every other brand. Baby Lips skips the waxy chapstick feel, and soaks into my lips comfortably and quickly. It’s a must-have in every purse and car compartment, especially since it’s cheap enough to replace if/when it melts. Quenched and Peppermint (both clear) are my two favorites – I didn’t realize the other four kinds are tinted, and picked up Cherry Me and Peach Kiss also. The tint is noticeably cheap; the colors are Bonne Bell awkward and they apply unevenly. Save yourself the patchy peach lips, and stick to clear. $3.99 at Ulta and drug stores
The Skip: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
I know I’ll probably be one of the first official Burt’s Bees haters, but hear me out. A few years ago, Burt’s Bees Beeswax lip balm was in every one of my jacket pockets. It was my miracle drug – smooth, but a little waxy, with a soothing minty tingle. But over the past two to three years, something at Burt’s Bees has changed. I was thrilled when I saw the lip balm in grocery stores and gas stations, but when I picked up a replacement tube, I noticed it was hard. Like a solid beeswax candle. It wasn’t a fluke, I received more tubes as holiday gifts, and they were exactly the same. Solid, waxy, and almost impossible to rub on my lips. So I gave up on Burt and every single one of his bees. Farewell, old friends, you were loved.