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The Best Lip Balms on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best beauty buys for ultrasensitive winter skin, the best hydrating moisturizers, and the beauty goods you need for fall, we’ve gone to great lengths here to pinpoint the best lip balms for chapped lips that you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best tinted lip balm

Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm

“This lip balm is fantastic. It has a smooth texture, a great minty scent, the perfect amount of tint and shine, and it isn’t too thick. It goes on very well, and lasts a long time on the lips. The tin is also a good size, and should last a while even with daily use. The product keeps my lips soft and is the best I’ve found yet. It adds a bit of shine and color, too. I would recommend this to anyone seeking a hydrating and comfortable lip balm.”

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm

“I can’t live without this lip balm. I have about five of them that I keep in the kitchen, the car, my purse, the office, etc. A makeup artist taught me a great trick: keep this in your purse and use it as a cream blush for a little color pick-me-up when needed. Works wonderfully! The coral color also doubles as an eye highlighter. There are days when I wear no makeup, but do use this to add a little color to my face … cheeks, lips and lids.”

Best lip crayon

Revlon Matte Balm

“I absolutely love this. It is so easy to apply, the color is rich and deep, and it has a bit of a minty touch that makes you feel fresher and just a wee bit sexier.”

Best lip balm for men

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

“It’s been extremely dry here in Southern California and it has taken a toll on my poor lips. I was searching for a product that would exfoliate them when I stumbled across this. It provides lasting hydration and has effectively cured my peeling, dry lips. I love me some Burt’s, but Jack Black provides lasting moisture with little gloss. No dude wants globs of gloss-like balm.”

Best medicated lip balm

Burt’s Bees 100 Percent Natural Medicated Moisturizing Lip Balm

“Hands-down favorite beauty product! I keep one on my night stand, one in the bathroom, one at my office desk, one in my purse, one in my travel bag … and I’m sure there are others stashed in places I’m not thinking of. It’s a great product if you live in a dry climate. I also use it on my cuticles, scabs, dry patches of skin, and around my nose (when I have a cold, for example). A multipurpose product for sure!”

Best mini lip balm

“This stuff is MAGIC. For two weeks, I was in agony just trying to eat or speak. My lips had practically seized up solid from the fall/winter weather, and trying to open my mouth made them split in five different places. I was constantly bleeding, and even just getting shower water on my face hurt like hell. Finally I got this stuff. I had it on for ONE NIGHT and I was healed completely. I couldn’t believe it.”

Vaseline Crème Brûlée Lip Therapy, Mini

Best lip balm with SPF

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment SPF 20

“If you don’t want a lip balm that is fruity, medicine-y, or has some weird bubblegum flavor, the Blistex DCT is a good choice. The balm makes your lips feel soft without the smell or aftertaste you may get from other products. Blistex DCT does have a slight scent, but it is mild and pleasant not like perfume. I order these Blistex tubs by the dozen and place one wherever it might come in handy.”

Best organic lip balm

ArtNaturals Natural Lip Balm Beeswax Gift Set

“This may have changed my forever-chapped life. I honestly haven’t touched another type of chapstick since I got these and my lips stay moist way, way longer than ever before — honest. The best part is there is not a lot of extraneous residue left on your lips, so I really don’t even notice if I put this on right before smoking a cigarette and I don’t feel like the moisture is gone afterwards, either.”

“I confess I am a lip-licker. I didn’t even realize I was doing it until I started researching what to do about chronically dry lips. The usual lip balms feel thick and artificial, so I bought this. It goes on very smooth and feels slick on my lips without feeling waxy. After using it for just one day I noticed that my lips were much softer. I am thrilled — I have been searching for a long time for something that works and is made from natural ingredients.”

Sky Organics Lip Balm

Best overnight lip treatment

Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy

“Nothing works as well — I use it almost nightly, and whenever I’m without it, the difference is visible. This stuff does what expensive beauty brands wish they could do: it moisturizes, minimizes signs of aging, and gets my lips ready for the day. And if the weather gets to you, and you somehow wind up with cracked lips anyway, it heals and protects, and is so gentle that you might wonder why you ever used another product.”

Best lip balm for severely chapped lips

Dr. Dans Cortibalm Lip Balm

“I first purchased this product because I was undergoing Accutane treatment and had dry, cracking, and peeling lips. You have NO idea what miracles this worked for my lips! I’ve now been finished with my Accutane treatment for over a year, now and I STILL wont use anything else! This product does not have any weird or gross tastes, and I swear I only have to apply it 1-2x/day. SERIOUSLY the BEST lip balm, chapstick, whatever you want to call it.”

Best creamy lip balm

DHC Lip Cream

“I have been using this for days before bed and during the day and the difference is incredible. The balm is soft and smooth but doesn’t travel to the inside of my mouth and it lasts awhile on the lips. My lips are no longer peeling and today, for the first time in months, they actually look plumplike they used to. I have not changed anything in my diet or my water drinking routine so I am positive this is due to the effect of this product. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone and will absolutely be stockpiling this.”

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The Best Lip Balms, Hands Down, According to Amazon Reviews