I love a sheer wash of colour on my lips, but untinted balms are great for natural lip looks and slathering on at night. Here are three of my favourites:
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm
Everything about this balm screams luxe: its frosted glass pot, its heavenly citrusy scent, its fancy French name and its sumptuous feeling on the lips. Nuxe even rhymes with luxe! This balm, made with 80% natural ingredients, nourishes lips with honey, plant oils, shea butter and grapefruit essence. Rêve de Miel is widely used as a lip primer by make up artists as, unlike most balms, it does not add shine but create a smooth canvas for lipstick. If you don’t like the shiny lip look (it takes all sorts!!) then this is the balm for you. Rather than absorbing quickly, this balm remains on the lips for some time, offering a protective barrier from the elements. If only it had an spf!!
Eve Lom Kiss Mix
I love the name, the cooling menthol tingle, the fact that this contains a physical sunscreen (zinc oxide) and the glossy finish this balm gives. The active ingredient in this product is beeswax which seals moisture into lips. This balm contains a very fine pearlescent shimmer which gives a moist, juicy look. A word of caution though, while the balm is colourless when applied to smooth lips, its white hue can collect around dry skin, so be sure to exfoliate first if you have any chapping and are wearing this for cosmetic reasons. Kiss mix can be used on its own or as a glossy top coat for lips and adds a touch of luxe to any handbag or dressing table.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Noursishing Lip Balm
The main emollient in this balm is petrolatum, it also contains shea butter and honey and is encriched with vitamins a and e. This gives lips a nice sheen to lip and protects with spf 20. As this product has a neutral scent, it also works great as an eye gloss and would also double as a cuticle cream. The tube applicator makes application quick and hygienic.
Nuxe, Eve Lom and Elizabeth Arden are all available at feelunique.com
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