Five of the best luxury lip balms


Lip Glow, £24, Dior Addict (dior.com)
They say
This balm reacts to the unique chemistry of each woman’s lips to give them a natural flush of custom pink that suits her skin tone. As if revived from within, lips are fresh, full and radiant.
We say
Vaseline rates highly on my lip balm list but I could live without the sticky fingertips after slicking it on. This is one of the ways you can justify the £24 price tag of Dior’s Lip Glow. It also looks like a lipstick — thanks to its pleasingly pink packaging — and its balm is specially formulated to bring out the natural pink of your lips while pumping them with moisture (clever). You don’t have to worry about an overly glossy residue and you can also use it as a primer before applying a bold colour. Can’t quite get your head around the double digits? That’s what Christmas lists are for.

Lip Balm Flights, £16.50, SW Basics (abeautifulworld.co.uk)
They say
SW Basics’ all-natural balm soothes dry, cracked mouths without depositing tacky residue or excess shine.
We say
This quartet of lip balms made by the cult Brooklyn, NY, apothecary SW Basics is often out of stock, such is its popularity among the beauty cognoscenti. They are all natural and organic and although the consistency can feel a little homemade, therein lies their charm. You’d struggle to find anything purer to apply to sore and dry lips. Deliciously scented with cocoa, citrus, peppermint or cinnamon oils, they have a wonderfully soothing and moisturising effect. There’s a flavour for your every whim and one for every handbag.

The Lip Balm, £45, La Mer (cremedelamer.co.uk)
They say
This lip balm is formulated with a concentration of Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s powers of transformation. It softens roughness and helps rejuvenate the appearance of seriously dry lips.
We say
This balm looks lovely — the chic pot with its flash of pink always makes you feel slightly smug when you whip it out in company. The scent is faintly minty, which is pleasant and not overpowering, and the salve is full of all the potency you’d expect from Crème de la Mer. My lips felt noticeably softer and smoother. The downside is the cost, but it lasts for ages (if you can prevent everyone you know helping themselves to some).

Top Secrets Lip Perfector, £24.50, Yves Saint Laurent (yslbeauty.co.uk)
They say
A perfecting lip balm to nourish and restore dry lips, gently smooth day after day and enhance natural lip colour to dress them with a tailor-made glow.
We say
A little of YSL’s Top Secrets Lip Perfector goes a long way, which is especially good for lips that tend to require an almost hourly reapplication of balm during the winter. It has a rich cocoa scent and glides on smoothly, lacking the thick, waxy consistency you expect from an ultra-moisturising balm. As for enhancing lip colour — mine remains unchanged but it does pep up lips with a polished glossy sheen.

Baume de Rose, £39, By Terry (spacenk.com)
They say
The soothing and healing powers of shea butter leave lips feeling deliciously smooth, while ceramides and vitamin E help to protect and fortify this delicate area against the signs of ageing.
We say
As a lip balm addict I have road tested almost everything the pharmacy and beauty counter has to offer. And I can honestly say that this balm is the hero product I simply can’t do without. The rose scent is heavenly, the balm is a lovely faintly glossy consistency that isn’t tacky or sticky and, crucially, it is intensely nourishing — the only balm I’ve found that isn’t ultimately slightly drying. Yes it’s expensive, but I panic when I run out of this and so will you.

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