The Best SPF Lip Tints & Balms - Reader Review

Heading into winter, you might be starting to de-prioritise SPF. But, it is actually a time to be even more focused on skin protection. Just because the sun isn’t burning you (so, giving you a sensory reminder to slip, slop and slap), UV rays continue to cause damage. While your body might be covered in more than a summer slip now, your lips are prime for exposure – especially as they start to crack in the windy, cold conditions. So, Melbourne-based Beauticater, Lyn Nguyen decided to prep her pout against her state’s often harsh weather with her top picks to keep lips hydrated and burn-free.

BEAUTICATE LOVES CANDICE SWANEPOEL PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAI Z FENG FOR ELLE UK

BEAUTICATE LOVES CANDICE SWANEPOEL PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAI Z FENG FOR ELLE UK


FOR THE ALL-YEAR BEACH LOVER

Nivea Lip Care Sun Protect SPF 30

NIVEA LIP CARE SUN PROTECT SPF 30, $3.45

NIVEA LIP CARE SUN PROTECT SPF 30, $3.45

“This neat little balm was just the ticket for those days when my lips were exposed to whips of sand while taking a rugged-up wander on the beach. But, beyond that, I've found I actually want  Nivea’s Lip Care Sun Protect with me at all times during the brutal winters - in the bottom of my bag, one on the car floor, one at my desk and one even wedged between the couch cushions! It offers an SPF 30 to increase the skin’s natural sunburn protection, while hydrators and sunflower extract intensifies the quench factor. This magic balm has saved me more than once today, already.”

 

FOR CHAPPED-LIP RELIEF

Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15

BOBBI BROWN LIP BALM SPF 15, $38

BOBBI BROWN LIP BALM SPF 15, $38

“Through reputation alone, I know that the formula will be exemplary – but when Bobbi Brown Lip Balm is also housed in this gorgeous sleek tin, it's no wonder it makes my heart flutter. Formulated with avocado, olive and wheat germ oils, the non-greasy and fast-absorbing balm offers immediate relief to parched lips. The beeswax ensures a smooth application, while the aloe vera works to soothe irritated lips. Although the balm appears light pink in colour, it goes on clear – making it the perfect protective base for any lipstick.”

 
MECCA COSMETICA LIP DE-LUSCIOUS SPF 25, $28

MECCA COSMETICA LIP DE-LUSCIOUS SPF 25, $28

“I'm a convert to this little beauty - and apparently one of the best-sellers in the Mecca Cosmetica’s signature line. The Lip De-Lucious SPF 25 Lip Protectant hydrated and conditions my lips thanks to its unique shea butter and hyaluronic filling spheres formulation. In other words, it plumps lips with some serious hydration. Not only does this small little pot of glossy pink tint pack a super hydrating punch; in my eyes, the best part is the smell of it. It reminds me of red gummy lollies. This is a serious winner.”

 

FOR THE TOP-SHELF COVETER

By Terry Baume de Rose SPF 15

BY TERRY BAUME DE ROSE SPF 15, $89

BY TERRY BAUME DE ROSE SPF 15, $89

“Backed by the industry and loved by celebrities, makeup artists, and beauty mavens alike – the By Terry Baume de Rose has undoubtedly reached cult status. With the quintessential By Terry rose scent in a stunning frosted glass pot, the rather thick consistency coated my lips beautifully, nourishing them and leaving them feeling pillow soft. It's apparently pumped full of luxe active ingredients such as floral oils, essential rose wax, bio-ceramides (lipids that restore the skins natural barrier) and has the added bonus of UV filters. No doubt about it, Baume de Rose is the crème de la crème of lip care products.”

 

FOR ALL ‘ROUND REPAIR AND REHYDRATION

Kit Cosmetics Essential Lip Balm SPF 15

KIT COSMETICS ESSENTIAL LIP BALM SPF 15, $17

KIT COSMETICS ESSENTIAL LIP BALM SPF 15, $17

“With a familiar ointment consistency, the Kit Cosmetics Lip Balm has been a safe bet for when my lips were cracked, sore and feel like they’ve been set on fire. Rich in Australian native botanicals (kakadu plum, quandong and lilly pilly) along with vitamins A, C and E, plus cooling peppermint, this tube of goodness is sure to soothe away any problems. Hot tip: I’ve found that the balm is just as effective on mosquito bites & dry cuticles.”

 

Review Lyn Nguyen