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The best lip balms at MECCA

Sure, winter brings on some of the best luxuries — an influx of cosy knits and hot toddies at your local watering hole included — but as most of us experience, the crisp air (and always-on heater) also has a knack for drying out lips to the nth degree. It’s that universally uncomfortable dryness that sends your internal monologue off on a tangent: can everyone see how flaky they feel?!

Yet, we’ve come to expect more from our lip balms than simply hydrating, nourishing and soothing; we’re also looking for the one to give us that so-on-trend vinyl shine, the perfect my-lips-but-better-tint, or offer an extra layer of SPF.

So, as you rug (and balm) up for the months ahead, take your pick from the most luscious lip treats on our shelves (and your desks, bedside tables, bags and pockets) right now.

BEST LIP BALM WITH SPF – MECCA COSMETICA LIP DE-LUSCIOUS GLIDE WITH SPF 15

It’s the balm on the desks of almost the entirety of MECCA HQ. This sleek, magnetised case opens up to a no-fuss stick of lush shea butter, vitamin E and hyaluronic filling spheres, hydrating, plumping and protecting lips with a sheer, barely-there tint. For those who don’t love getting balm on their fingertips in the application process, this one’s for you.

BEST HYDRATING LIP BALM – Kosas Wet Lip Oil Plumping Treatment Gloss

The cult-favourite balm that delivers soft, smooth lips with a lacquer-like finish. Its hydrating powers come courtesy of a trio of lush ingredients – hyaluronic acid (the MVP of moisture retention), plumping, repairing peptides, and protective evening primrose oil. Plus, it comes in eight skin tone-flattering shades. A day-to-night makeup bag staple if you love that ‘2000s chic’ vinyl sheen!

BEST TINTED LIP BALM – Morphe Morphe 2 Lip Balm

Formulated with both avocado and shea butter, plus a pretty stain-like tint, these nourishing balm sticks leave lips looking (and feeling) perfectly plush. The pink, berry and coral tones are designed to create a just-bitten, flushed look, while the buttery smooth texture makes these balms the perfect base to layer under your favourite lipstick or gloss.

BEST MULTIPURPOSE LIP BALM – RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek

One of RMS Beauty’s most beloved products is Lip2Cheek – a multitasking hybrid cream that doubles as both a tinted lip conditioner and a soft blush! Combining antioxidant-rich buriti oil with super moisturising shea and cocoa seed butters, it blends seamlessly for a natural flush and delicate sheen on both the lips and cheeks.

BEST SCENTED LIP BALM Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter

They’re known for the iconic Cheirosa ’62 scent – the divine pistachio-meets-caramel fragrance of the bestselling Brazilian Bum Bum Cream – and when it comes to lip balms, Sol de Janeiro have done it again! Not only does it nourish, smooth and soften lips, it smells like a combination of buttered popcorn and dulce de leche – plus, you can use it on your cuticles, face and elbows, too!

BEST LUXURY LIP BALM – By Terry Baume de Rose

Packed with conditioning vitamin E and delicate rose, this highly praised lip balm is famous for its decadent texture and ability to instantly relieve parched lips. Concentrated with floral-derived vitamins and waxes, the sheer pink contents of this cult-favourite pot leave lips smooth and plump with a subtle, non-sticky shine.

BEST LIP TREATMENT – Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask

Convinced your super dry, chapped lips (thanks, winter) will never recover? Think again! This ultra-rich, intensely moisturising jelly mask from Tatcha has earned rave reviews from MECCA beauty lovers for its transformative powers. Japanese peach extract, rose and camellia oil combine to not only replenish flaky, parched lips, but also plump fine lines and calm irritation. More than a balm, this is a luxurious treat for your lips.

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