Every year when Summer rolls around, thoughts turn to light makeup. For a few months in a year, most of the world knows what it feels like to live in Malaysia – hot, humid, and sweaty. Not a very conducive environment to wear heavy makeup! LOL!
It’s no wonder then that thoughts also turn to light, tinted lips in place of opaque, bold lip colours.
With this in mind, a reader asked me on Instagram, how I’d compare some of my favourite tinted lip balms, in particular, with the introduction of the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm earlier this year.
I thought this was an interesting question. I was also curious to know if you have any favourite tinted lip balms for that barely there, transparent tint of colour on lips, on days when you’re just not arsed to wear lipstick. Do share!
I shared with you previously, 5 tinted lip balms that I was using last year. Of those, you can see that only 2 have since made the cut into this year.
Since I tried them quite a few years ago, perennial favourites in the tinted lip balm category are firmly held by 2 – Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint and the Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm. These are the two that I find myself reaching for and repurchasing most often.
In fact, I often have one or the other in my bags, as I regularly use these to touch up my lip colour as the day wears on. I usually kick off the day with a bold lip colour. This is especially so on days when I know I have to face people, and want to kick some ass 😛 Ass-kicking is best done while wearing a bold lip 😛 After asses are well and truly kicked (or I have my ass kicked in return) I usually touch up with a tinted lip balm. This softens my lip colour, and helps protect my lips as well. It’s just a personal preference.
I must clarify here that when it comes to the Dior Lip Glow, I will only wear the the regular version. This year, Dior released some holographic (sparkle) and matte textures, which I do not like at all. I said so quite vehemently too! 😛 The regular one however, is very good, with a nice, comfortable balm texture that nourishes and moisturises dry lips, while imparting a transparent tint of colour. I will wear that one, and I have repurchased that one. I’d skip the other textures and I wish Dior would too 😛
I don’t mind the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm. I have the shade light, and it is similarly comfortable on lips. Compared to the other two featured here, the Chanel one is the more pigmented. However, if I were to compare them all, I find I don’t reach for it as much as I do the other two. It feels balmy going on but the balm effect does not last as long nod is it as effective as the others. While it works, it isn’t a personal favourite, so if you were to ask me next year, I expect it to have dropped off the list too.
My favourite thus far, is the Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint. This is the second tube I’ve purchased in the colour Bare Melon. I love it because it is very emollient and gives my lips shine and a very happy tint of colour. But more importantly, its richer balm texture sinks right into my lips and softens it so it stays flake free and plumped all day. The Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint is the one I reach for most often, and the one I pop into my bag without even thinking. I bought it on a whim once, and I’m glad I did – it’s my favourite tinted lip balm and you know that with me, that’s saying a lot! 😀
What is your favourite tinted lip balm this time around?
When I’m feeling lazy, or on weekends, I usually pop on a tinted base (tinted moisturiser, BB Cream or the like), a touch of cheek colour, brows and finish off with a tinted lip balm. It’s all very “barely there” and is now a look I sport very often. Do you have a favourite? 🙂