Lovely Lips

I own maybe three actual lipsticks. Although I love the look on others, I tend to stick to glosses and balms for myself unless I’m getting dolled up for a fancy event. My lips are sensitive and dry easily, and I’m yet to find a true lipstick that works for me. But I adore lip STUFF, and thought I’d share a few of my picks for lip color and lip care products:

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin– $7.35

Wax-based balms don’t do much to moisturize my lips, but this guy isn’t quite as drying as others. This line of lip shimmers comes in an array of gorgeous colors, but Raisin is my fave. I wear this color in most of my outfit shots, though I’ll often layer a gloss over it, too.

Aveda Uruku Color Gloss in Verbena– $16

This was a total impulse buy around my birthday, and it has turned out to be such a boon. This color is fantastically natural-looking on me. Like my own lip color, slightly darkened and enhanced. Smells great, feels great, looks amazing.

Tarte Natural Lip Stain in Moody– $24

If I need lasting color, I turn to this lovely stain. It claims to be moisturizing, but still dries me out … albeit considerably less than every other stain I’ve tried. I layer on a bit of lip balm before and after applying, which seems to help. This color looks super dark, but goes on plummy and lovely.

Benefit Ultra Shines Lip Shine in Back To The Fuchsia– $18

The two actual lipsticks that I have are both fuchsia, so if I’m feeling bold, I’ll apply a thin layer, blot, and then add this gorgeous gloss. It’s full of GLITTER, people. But it’s subtle, I swear. Just shimmers sensuously in the light. This gloss looks great on its own, too.

Top image via Studio DNA.

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  • I usually just wear clear lip balm, but for colour I like tints or stains – the effect is subtle and you can’t feel that they’re there, which is a plus for anyone who doesn’t like the texture of gloss/lipstick. I used to have The Body Shop’s lip and cheek tint which is pretty good, but I’ve replaced it with one from 2true by Superdrug (UK health/beauty chain), which is a third of the price but works just as well.

  • I really like the Aveda…I think I will look for it!! Thanks.

  • I too have evil dry lips, so it’s strictly balms and glosses for me. I use Brambleberry Rosebud salve alternated with Burt’s Bees Beeswax everyday (although I do resort to Vaseline when I have a cold!) and a pile of cheapo pinky-plum glosses for my “fancy” days.

  • Anat

    Can someone please explain to me what is the deal with lip gloss. I don’t put anything on my lips, but on occassion when I try some tinted gloss, I am always perplexed as to what it is doing for other people. For me, it stays on for about 5 minutes till the first time I need to eat, drink, sneeze or blow my nose etc. Then it all comes right off….

    Are other people constantly reapplying, or do I simple have low gloss tolerance?

    • Sal

      Hahaha. I’m the same way. In fact, a lot of the time I won’t even bother applying anything if I know I’m going to eat or drink in the near future.

      The workarounds I’ve found include lip stains, like the tarte one above, and learning to tolerate heavier glosses. MAC’s Wonder Woman glosses (which are just variations on their Lip Glass line) are longer lasting, but they feel like GLUE going on. I layer balm beneath, which helps a bit.

      Anyone else have suggestions for making lip gloss last?

      • Anat

        Cool, I will have to try and find some stains. Though maybe I am just pretty happy with my natural lip color?

      • I really like Hard Candy’s lipgloss in Vixen (found at Walmart). It gives a pretty decent lasting gloss and even after the gloss wears down it leaves some pigment.

      • Eleanorjane

        Lancome’s ‘Juicy Tubes’ stay on pretty well as they’re really thick and sticky. Lovely colours though, and the tubes last me nearly a year of almost daily use.

  • Velma

    I wear that Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer every day: Fig most of the time, and Raisin for special occasions! Lovely stuff.

  • I prefer glosses as well. I’ve come to the conclusion I am not a lipstick person, I like to talk a lot and as a result my lipstick quickly becomes smudged or eaten. And being too much of a pragmatical person I can’t be bothered with reapplying it on an hourly basis.
    I have found a winning combination for formal events: lip stain (I’m currently using Benetint) and gloss on top of it. That way I can dab a drop of gloss on my lips from time to time without rushing to the bathroom every time.
    I love the Clinique glosses that come in tubes but the best clear gloss is without a doubt the Crystal Clear Gloss from Elizabeth Arden. Very thick consistence and has a slight plumping effect.

  • Hands down, the best lip balm I’ve ever used: http://www.etsy.com/listing/62380075/buttercreme-all-natural-shea-butter

    She also makes lip tints which are great, and lip glosses (which I haven’t tried).

  • Oh girl, I hear you! Plus, like the girl pictured, my bottom lip has a soft lip line… so I can’t wear lipsticks without them bleeding & smearing without serious prep work. For daily wear, I’m too lazy for that.

    My go-tos are Palmer’s cocoa butter stick, Stila lip glazes, and I’m in the market for some lip stains… I hear Revlon has a really great one! But I’d definitely check out the Tarte, too.

  • I am obsessed with Cover Girl Double Lip Shine. First it’s practically corpse makeup- I mean that stuff stays on forever. Second, it doesn’t dry me out either and the added shine layer is very helpful. I used to steer clear of lipstick too because of how dry my lips got. Then I discovered MAC’s lip primer and holy testicle Tuesday, it’s a miracle worker!

  • I love that you call it “lip stuff” – my fave in high school was Carmex, and to this day the smell of Carmex still reminds me of my first kisses. Now it’s Rachel Perry, any flavor, but raspberry-cherry is the best. I swear I could eat an entire pot. Not that I would. AHEM.

    • Jo

      WHERE can you still find Rachel Perry’s Lip Lover?? I haven’t been able to find it even on line for about a year now (I’m in Canada). Any help would be greatly appreciated. :o)

  • I thought I was the only one! (Silly me.) I even have trouble with Burt’s Bees, ‘though I haven’t tried the shimmer and it’s really tempting….I used to wear Blistex Tone all the time – a touch of color and no drying out for me. But I can’t find it in stores anymore, so I’m ghostly clear!

  • I have to admit – and this, I will admit, is a plug to a degree, because I sell the stuff – but I LOVE the Pure Romance Kiss & Tell lip gloss and their Tell Me More lipstick/gloss. I bought it because I get a discount, but now I can’t stop wearing the stuff!

    I also am a huge fan of the Burt’s Bees, and I like Soft Lips (not sure what the owner of that is) and Blistex’s roll on stuff that’s flavored with cherry. It’s kind of slippery – I can’t recall the name.

  • I use that exact same Burt’s Bees lip balm the majority of the time, too. I love it!

  • Kris10

    Glad to read your post plus the comments–I was convinced I was the only person with “strange” lips that dry out easily and don’t keep lipstick/lip gloss on them for very long. I look forward to trying some of the suggestions here!

    My husband and I are both wind musicians (trumpet and clarinet) and we swear by ChopSaver, which is a lip balm made for musicians. You can get it at music stores, on its website, or through music catalogs like the Woodwind and Brasswind.

    • Sal

      Oh my gosh! I bet a balm designed with musicians in mind is INCREDIBLE!

  • I love Korres lipgloss. I have a few, but my favorite is the Guava lip butter.
    http://healthymamarama.blogspot.com/2010/10/paraben-free-face.html

    I also like Josie Maran and Bobbi Brown.
    http://healthymamarama.blogspot.com/2011/01/face-paint.html

    I try to stick with cosmetics with natural ingredients.

  • SAJohnstone

    They are silly expensive, but I love the Fresh Sugar Plum and Rose. Color, smell, their smoothness:

    http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P263909

  • I love Tarte! And Burt’s Bees.

    I’ve just recently picked up a tube of Nars lipstick in Red Lizard, and have been wearing it daily. I’ve only posted about it once thus far on my blog, but the plan is to post about how wearing red lipstick affects my sartorial choices over the next month.

    My mom wore red lipstick every single day for my entire childhood, so I’m kind of feeling as though I’m tipping my hat to her. But I really love wearing bright red lipstick. It makes me feel pretty, sassy and confident, and a little bit badass. Good times.

  • oy, dry lips – i’ve worn Chapstick since i was 2! now i’m 49, so that gives you a feel for the experience i’ve had with this topic.

    great for moisturizing/repairing: Carmex in a tube, Rachel Perry Lip Lovers, Blistex in a tube. if you’re getting rashy stuff, bad itching/irritation, redness, crusty, cracking – try to see a dermatologist. even if you have to wait a month because of the insurance, etc. it’s worth it. spf irritates my lips badly, so i wear a hat or use a parasol. any product used near your mouth can cause irritation (toothpaste, mouthwash, cleanser, sunblock, etc.) so try changing thing up if you’re having trouble. don’t forget to exfoliate a couple times a week – gently use a damp scruffy washcloth, or sugar mixed in with your cleanser or vaseline.

    for lasting, no-bleed color: first, i’m loving It Cosmetics Reversible lip liner. it has beeswax and carnuba in it. it’s clear, no shine, & you can use it around the outside of your lips, right around the insides, or all over your lips. it keeps whatever you apply where you applied it and helps color/gloss laaaast. it’s pricey, but i’ve used my pencil 2-3 times daily and it’s lasted about a year. i never would’ve tried it but it came as a treat with their concealer (which stank).

    Lipstick Queen has a silicone based reverse lip pencil – i haven’t tried it, but a little dimethicone-based Monistat Anti- Chafing Gel around the lip line keeps color in place. Too Faced Anti-Feathering lip pencil is very very sticky – i’ve tried it on my hand, and i don’t think lip color would stick to it, but using it around the outside of the lip line may well work.

    Two long-lasting lip colors: Clinique Hip Impact Lip Colors are great, but the only color i like is Nude Beach 🙁 i wish they’d get some colors i like! But the Queen of all long-lasting lippies is

    LIPSTICK QUEEN SINNERS

    loaded with pigment, matte finish, they don’t move and last last last. (even through the dishwasher if i don’t clean my mugs!!!) best of all, the colors are beautiful and flattering. try Nude, Pink, Rose, Natural for Your Lip But Better looks. they last under gloss, and you can mix them with other colors or gloss to change up the look or get a sheerer finish. awesome tube, too.

    lip pencils are great for long-lasting color. use with or without reversible lip liner. for a soft look, fill in your lips with the side of the pencil instead of the sharp point. do this over a balm for a more subtle effect. i like Prestige lip (and eye) pencils best for color, pigmentation, and staying put. Sand is a kind of browny-nude, Silk a pale pale pinky nude, and Cameo a rosy-browny YLBB (Prestige is available at most drugstores). Lip pencil softly applied over Chapstick will give you the most natural, moist looking lips and lasts pretty well to boot.

    Good Luck and don’t give up! steph

  • Cora

    I use the Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer (fig) if I want to go all fancy. Weleda stick for dry lips (not petroleum based, which is less addictive than e.g. Labello, smells nice and has an SPF factor), or Vaseline bee wax stuff (I’m too lazy to look it up, sorry).
    I feel petroleum based lip balms cause an addictive effect, to the point where even labello or blistex couldn’t help me any more. Switched to bee wax stuff, which was challanging, but I don’t NEED the stuff every minute anymore.

  • I’ve got so many chapsticks I have to keep them in their own pocket in my purse!
    My standby for plain chapstick is either Burt’s Bee’s Honey (not the mint stuff, uck) or Nivea. Burt’s Bees also makes a lovely Pomegranate chapstick and just came out with my new fave product – a tinted lip balm sans shimmer! This is totally ending up as a BB ad, haha!
    Lipsticks only get worn if I’m feeling extra sassy, but M.A.C makes some great ones. Their Russian Red is super flattering!

  • Danielle

    My favorite lip balm is L’Amande: http://store.hello-gorgeous.net/lmolipba.html
    Like you, bee’s wax-based balms don’t do much for me in way of moisture, so I have to use other products. This one is great! Cures chapped lips every time and it has a coco-like smell that’s really good!

  • Diana

    I have and like both the Burts Bees and the Kiehls products you’ve shown, although I think I prefer the Burts since I tend to prefer balms over glosses (less sticky; I DETEST sticky lip glosses, especially when it’s windy and your hair sticks to your lips!). I like Nivea lip balms too – they’re like only $3 at the drugstore (and always seem to be on sale!).

  • I love wearing fun colors on my lips, but keeping the rest of my look more simple – so MAC is normally a great go-to for me, but recently I have been loving Arbornne’s Coral Reef lipstick – it is all natural and a great color for spring.
    Much love,
    B

  • Marsha Calhoun

    My perpetually dry lips need either highly moisturizing stuff or nothing at all, so I was very pleased to discover something called Simply Shine Lip Shimmers. Only three colors – a copper, a pink, and a red, and they mix easily so I can shade into whatever direction works best at the time. I can’t wear a lot of color without looking like a clown, so these suit me very well. And they only cost two bucks each at the grocery store – what a difference from the Chanel I bought a couple of years ago for my wedding; I think that was $35 or something ridiculous (and very drying).

    It was hard to find the manufacturer, which makes me nervous that they will stop making it. Here’s a web site: http://www.simplylipbalm.com/products.htm

    My daughter introduced me to Mac Lip Conditioner from Macy’s – comes in an ugly little pot and is the best thing ever for badly chapped lips – if I put it on at night my lips won’t chap, even in winter.

  • Re: reapplying, am I the only person in the world who simply can’t keep any makeup on their face? I am, admittedly, a face-toucher and hand-leaner, but surely other people are doing that too. Or do they train you not to do that in charm school and I just missed out? My mineral powder makeup tends to seem like it stays on most of the day, especially around the eyes, but lipstick of any kind? Ha. It lasts about an hour. Right now I’m just using the Buxom not-quite lipstick pencil colors and when they’re gone they are gone. I might have to try that Tarte stain though. Stains last maybe an hour and a half on me 🙂

    • hi Cynthia! yep, my face eats makeup of every variety – see my post above for what works for me (lipstick queen sinners!) steph

    • Sal

      I’m a constant re-applier myself. I think it’s genetics, product, and environment. All can contribute to how long makeup stays put!

      • you got it, Sal. this is where the internet is such a help – i do a boat load of research online (hello makeupalley product reviews!) then i test before i buy – i get samples, and i don’t buy anywhere that doesn’t have a money back guarantee (many drugstores around here have them, you do need the receipt).

        so much is personal – the benefit eye products you used on a recent post are beautiful, Sal, but they evaporate from around my eyes in an hour (yep, i’ve tried more than once – with primer and powder, too). but if long wear is a priority for a person, i encourage them to put some energy into finding what’ll work – many products out there these days really perform well. my motto: research – experiment – return if needed! steph

  • missjulied

    I have both severely dry (Sjogren’s Syndrome) AND severely sensitive lips. I finally just started making my own lip balm out of coconut oil, honey and beeswax. I make a batch every 6 months or so, pot them up in tiny pots and keep them in the frig until I run out of the one I’m using.

    I’d like to find a way to get a little color into a batch; I might try beet juice or berry juice or something like that.

  • rb

    I am a lipstick girl – always have been. I have basically your coloring, Sal, except with blue eyes. I thought we light-skinned dark-haired ladies were naturally drawn to paint our lips red! Or that’s how I’ve always thought of my lipstick habit.

    Here are some of my favorite non-drying lipsticks. I swear if you try them you will see the light!

    Laura Mercier Sheer Lip Color- shades Tender Lips and Healthy Lips are gorgeous and the texture is between lip balm and lipstick.

    Clinique Butter Shine lipstick – shade Pink Toffee is the bomb. The “butter” in the name is an apt description of its texture.

    The shades I’ve recommended are all subtle reds. I’m not going for a full Dita vonTeese look.

  • I absolutely *adore* lipstick! I might actually spend more on lipstick than on shoes. Having tried perhaps every possible brand from 99-cent Wet ‘n Wild & Halloween-only types to $30/tube pro brands, I do believe that the pricier ones are typically better for moisturizing & range of colors. My standby is Sephora’s house brand (about $12/tube) — nice & creamy, smells like either vanilla or roses (depending on the color), & has a huge variety of colors that change every couple of months. If you’re of a certain age, ehem, it helps to use lip liner to prevent feathering at the edges (not really the lipstick’s fault, our skin just does that, ladies). But, like high heels or Spanx or hairstyles or whatever else we do to look gorgeous, it’s worth it 🙂

  • I have fairly dry lips, and I looove burts bees!!

    As for lipsticks, I love lipsticks! I have a gold/red/orange by Milani that’s my favorite right now, I love strong red lips, and Violetta by MAC is my other favorite – a vivid, strong purple!

  • JB

    I don’t wear much lip gloss, but my trick for making color last is to use a lip liner (I use Clinique quickliner) to fill in the entire lips, not just around the edges. Then you can use whatever moisturizing product you want (I usually use just regular Blistex) on top and the color stays much better than plain lipstick. I haven’t tried a stain though – that sounds good too.

  • candice

    I have never found anything that my lips don’t drink right up out of dryness. If they aren’t dry, the products just cake up or get really gooey within a couple of minutes. I’ve thought for a while now that I’m just not meant to do lip products. But this is a really encouraging post; now I’m thinking I just haven’t figured out what works for me!

    I think because my lips are small, any shimmer tends to make them look even smaller. Given that, I would really like to find a mostly-matte, yet sheer, SPF-ized lip product (tall order, I know lol). The Kiehls seems like a really good starting point and I think I’ll try to find it before it disappears. Thanks for the great post!

  • I love lip stuff! My lip balm loyalties vary all the time; at the moment the favourites in rotation are Nivea, Burt’s Bees pomegranate lip balm, Deserving Thyme (a Canadian brand) and C. O. Bigelow. I’ll usually wear a lighter balm during the day and a heavier one like Nivea or C. O. Bigelow at night.

    Like other commenters, I tend to stay away from glosses because they come off so quickly and always need to be reapplied. Usually they’re not pigmented enough to show up on my lips either.

    To ward off dry lips caused by wearing lipstick, dab lip balm lightly on your lips. Wait 5 minutes and blot with a tissue to remove the excess, then apply your lipstick on top. Keep balm and lipstick handy so you can touch up the colour or dab a bit of balm on top when needed.

  • Anonymous

    I love the Burts Bees. I use the lip salve in a tin compulsively.

  • Cel

    I’ve got a stick of Tarte lip stain too! Except mine is a girly shimmery pink, heh. I love it though, the colour lasts, although I’ve been lucky enough not to have trouble with dry lips from it. I’m still tentative in the whole lip-product world though, this sort of thing is very new to me (ie within the last year have I started to wear anything but lip balm!)

  • Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect lipstick feels and smells just like lip balm – to the point where, on the way one night to my in-laws, I grabbed it instead of my Burt’s Bees, and applied it lavishly in the dark, giving me a lovely clown mouth.

    It’s the only lipstick I wear because I usually find it so drying – everything else I use is balm.

  • Jen

    I am currently obsessing over Carmex. I’ve had the worst winter with my lips…some strange condition where I’ll get these pin-prick sized fever blisters that will burst and my lips will literally “ooze” and then peel when that stage passes. It is wretched. Once they heal, I have about two good weeks until it starts all over again. For about a month, I’ve gone without any problems (knock on wood). I won’t leave my house without my trusty tube of Carmex. I won’t even go to bed without it next to me. Seriously, it is like my security blanket. I tried multiple products before settling on this one. My stand-by before it was Burt’s Bees regular lip balm, and the medicated one for serious problems (but even that didn’t touch this ailment!).

    When I’m “normal” I have a multitude of lip products I rely on. Blame this on my grandmother who owned, literally, every shade of lipstick Revlon produced. She let me play with them, so at an early age I decided there was nothing wrong with owning an arsenal of lip products. I’ve found Sephora’s brand of lipstick to be divine-both in texture and flavor. I like their sheers the best. I recently picked up a Tarte lipstick for a wedding and love how easy it is to apply when I’m without a mirror. When I’m doing my five-minute make-up routine, I use BeneTint on my cheeks and lips. It lasts forever under lip balm or gloss and looks great no matter what shade my skin is. I even have a mini-tube for my purse. I also discovered Burt’s Bees lip glosses last summer. They aren’t sticky at all, taste quite good, and provide just the right amount of shine and shimmer to natural lip color, stain, or lip stick.

    • hi Jen! i don’t know if you have health access or not, but if you can get to see a dermatologist it’s pry worth it, even if you have to wait…..i had something very similar for months, turned out there was a medication that cleared it up after a week or two (after suffering with crusty, oozy, raw lips for months). good luck!! steph

      • Jen

        I do have good access…and I’ll take you up on the idea! I just thought it was a wretched winter:). Thanks!!

        • great! fingers crossed it’s something simple, cheap, and fast to fix!! steph

  • Penelope

    I use the Burt’s Bees Shimmer when I want serious color (which is RARE) and I like their fruity lip glosses for a little shine but most of the time I’m a balm only girl. I have nicely colored lips that I don’t think really NEED color with most outfits and they get dry so fast it’s ridiculous.

    For lip balms I rotate around (does anyone else find that your lips get sick of the same thing after a while? same thing happens with lotions- they suddenly stop being nice to put on anymore). I tend to have Burt’s Bees as a default (I love the minty one, it always reminds me of thin mints). Right now I’m using Desert Essence Lip Rescue which has been quite nice. When my lips are in need of serious help I’ll just put some straight up aquaphor on them, especially before bed.

    I’ve never tried lip stains–any recommendations for a non-expensive one to try?

    • Sal

      In my experience the drugstore lip stains are really, really awful. Drying and fade in weird ways. (Think a bright red ring around your lips.) But I’d love suggestions, if anyone has ’em!

  • Gina

    I love my Burt’s Bees in raisin and fig as well but I’m surprised to see no one has mentioned Clinique’s Black Honey! It does look intimidating and dark in either the tube or gloss form but it’s amazingly sheer and universally flattering. Anyone I’ve recomended it to has become an instant fan. It’s a must have in my make up case.

  • Yes, one other product I really like is Lip Fusion. I may be wholly deluded, but I believe I see plumping when I wear it. And it feels good too.

  • Lauren

    I’ve been a lip balm addict since my early teens: just clear, plain balm – I never found a lipstick or lipgloss that felt as nice and didn’t dry out my lips, so I’ve worn ‘naked’ lips for years (I’m lucky that they’re fairly pink on their own).

    Recently I’ve been wanting to wear more colour, especially red for ‘dress up’ nights, and I discovered Revlon’s “Just Bitten” range of stains. It is a godsend! I get best results when I apply it to dry lips (putting balm on first makes it go weird), let it dry (it feels *really* dry at this point), and then apply the balm over top (they provide a little bit on the other end of the pen). I just slather on my usual lip balm and it feels like I’m just wearing that on its own, no drying feeling from the stain at all (Simple Sun Sensitive Lip Balm, if anyone’s interested – from Boots in the UK). The stain lasts well (not so well through dinner, but that’s understandable) and also seems to wear off reasonably evenly – it’s not perfect, but I’ve never been stuck with a ring around my mouth. And, bonus for me, they make a classic red, as well as a pink that’s “like my lips but better” kind of shade. Can’t recommend highly enough!

  • I have the same problems you do. Most balms and glosses I’ve tried do nothing for me but slide off or bleed. I finally found formulas that look good and stay put, but they’re from an independent boutique in Rhode Island.. (You can find the company, Cosmetics Cosmos, online. Their “Lip Gels” have more pigment; “Lip Tox” is a shiny plumper). The right gloss is definitely worth hunting for.

  • Michelle

    I also rotate with lip balms. For a while I’ll use one containing shea butter, and then I’ll use an ALBA brand with SPF (which I should use more often, despite the fact that it’s not terribly moisturizing), and right now I like the Lacura brand lip balm in the light blue tube that’s available at Aldi’s. I also like the Desert Essence Lip Rescue with Tea Tree Oil.

    Lip color? Oh! Most moisturizing (though I usually apply lip balm underneath), highly pigmented, wide variety of colors, reasonable prices–I can’t recommend Body Language Soaps on etsy highly enough.
    http://www.etsy.com/people/BLSoaps

  • Rose

    I love lip balm and lip gloss. I cannot go without lip balm, pretty much ever, or my lips end up cracked and hurting.

    I’m currently in love with EOS- it’s organic and helps with my chronically dry lips. Plus it tastes amazing. I need to pick up some with SPF soon, since summer’s coming. There’s is extra awesome because it’s UVA and UVB protection, which is hard to find in a lip balm, though most sunscreen is nowadays.
    http://www.evolutionofsmooth.com/products_lip_sphere_sum.html

  • I am excited to try some of your suggestions! I have dry and sensitive lips too. I love the Tarte lip stains. I think I will try the Aveda color gloss.

  • emi s.

    I also avoid lipstick, it just feels weird to me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE clinique black honey almost lipstick – it’s basically a tinted lip balm, looks very very dark on in the tube, but goes on perfectly. it’s my lips, but better. i have several tubes. highly, highly recommended.

  • I’m also a gloss girl, since I’m always drinking water or tea and lipstick gets everywhere, and I don’t really like the look of stains on their own (and they get really drying). My standby is CO Bigelow mentha lip tint in No. 1138, but I’m on the lookout for something else with a little more tint to even out my lip tone…haven’t quite found the perfect color yet. I need a lip-stuff helper!

  • Selena

    I’ve used so many different lip balms (Nivea, Labello, Bobbi Brown …), and the only one that works for me is La Mer.