I do love a tinted lip balm for days when I don’t fancy a full-on pout but my lips need a little somethin’ somethin’. School girls, first daters, no-make-up-make-up-lovers and au natural gals, this one’s for you…
Especially useful in cooler months to seal in an extra pretty layer of moisture, my line up includes pocket-friendly options: Vaseline and Carmex Moisture Plus - and a whisper of balmy high end colour, courtesy of Chantecaille Lip Screen Tint. I’ve already swatched limited edition Vaseline in Paint the Town Red if you fancy a look.
L to R: Carmex Moisture Plus in Pink + Berry Sheer Tint, Chantecaille Lip Screen Tint in Sardinia
I’m probably the last person on earth to try Carmex - and the Moisture Plus ultra hydrating balms seem a great place to start. I didn’t expect to get such good colour pay off from these, especially the pink, but it gives a really pretty wash of colour to the lips that’s quite buildable. The berry shade is a nice dark red, slightly deeper in tone than the Chantecaille and Vaseline. The Carmex balms contain SPF 15, Vitamin E and Aloe to moisturise - and the lightweight, slim twist-up tubes are very handbag friendly. They leave a minty, tingliness on the lip, which I rather like, though don’t suggest eating straight after application for this reason.
If you like to switch it up a notch, Chantecaille Lip Screen Tint in Sardinia comes in a chic silver lipstick style bullet, and contain a healing formula enriched with a rose and honey blend. This also protects lips with SPF 15 and is recommended for use during sports. While Carmex feels like it offers a dense, physical layer of balm, the Chantecaille has a much finer, firmer texture and deposits a thin layer that sinks into the lips; if you don’t like the feel of balm on your lips, then go for this option. One swipe is pretty much undetectable on my lips, besides a slight sheen and hint of colour that could easily be mistaken as my own. It is buildable to a slightly deeper tint and overall gives a lovely natural, healthy lip look.
At the end of the day, both options do a similar job - there’s not a huge discrepancy - and your choice will most likely be budget based.
Do you like a tinted balm? What’s your favourite?