21 Tinted Lip Balms That Are As Pretty as They Are Protective

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In shades for every skin tone, with price points for every budget.

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In shades for every skin tone, with price points for every budget.

Tinted lip balms are, in many ways, the unsung heroes of the makeup bag. Sure, they provide pretty, buildable sheer-to-intense washes of color without caking, creasing, settling into lines or leaving tumbleweed-level dryness in their wake. But the best ones do so much more than just look good.

The cream of the crop are enhanced with protective sunscreen, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to work overtime as lip-focused skin-care treatments while they deposit a slick of color. They’re spiked with a smattering of ultra-fine shimmer for a luminous — but still minimalist — finish. Or perhaps they upend old-school understandings of “lip balm” entirely, taking the form of non-sticky “oil” formulas that just might make you forget all about that lip gloss stashed at the bottom of your purse.

Ahead, we’ve chosen 21 high-performing, multi-benefit tinted lip balms we’re loving right now — in shades for every skin tone, with price points for every budget. Scroll through to see (and shop!) them all.

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Jones Road The Lip Tint in Valencia Orange, $26, available here

loreal-colour-riche-lip-balm-caramel-comfort

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Balm in Caramel Comfort, $11, available here.

typology tinted lip oil 2 powder pink

Typology Tinted Lip Oil in 2 Powder Pink, $24, available here

sunnies face lip treat chill

Sunnies Face Lip Treat in Chill, $16, available here

violette-fr-bisou-balm-soucette

Violette FR Bisou Balm in Sucette, $28, available here

summer fridays lip butter balm vanilla beige

Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm in Vanilla Beige, $23, available here

ami-cole-lip-oil-excellence

Ami Colé Lip Treatment Oil in Excellence, $20, available here

pat mcgrath labs lip fetish balm passion flower

Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm in Passion Flower, $38, available here

elf bite size lip balm watermelon

Elf Bite-Size Lip Balm in Watermelon, $4, available here

the-lip-bar-shimmer-balm-brownie-points

The Lip Bar Moisture Pop Tinted Shimmer Balm in Brownie Points, $5, available here

tata-harper-lip-treatment-be-adored

Tata Harper Be Adored Anti-Aging Lip Treatment, $34, available here

tarte maracuja juicy lip strawberry

Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Balm in Strawberry, $21, available here

iris-romeo-peptide-lip-tint-berry

Iris & Romeo Power Peptide Lip Balm in Berry, $26, available here

juvias-place-nubian-glow-lip-balm-papaya

Juvia’s Place Nubian Glow Balm in Papaya, $13, available here

soleil-toujours-mineral-ally-hydra-lip-masqu-fontelina

Soleil Tojours Mineral Ally Hydra Lip Masque SPF 15 in Fontelina, $26, available here

dior-lip-glow-mahogany

Dior Addict Lip Glow in Mahogany, $38, available here

benefit-california-kissin-tinted-lip-balm-peach-pink

Benefit California Kissin’ ColorBalm Moisturizing Lip Balm in Peach-Pink, $21, available here

honest beauty lip balm in blood orange

Honest Beauty Tinted Lip Balm in Blood Orange, $9, available here

glossier balm dotcom lavender

Glossier Balm Dotcom in Lavender, $12, available here

eleven-venus-perfect-form-lip-balm-venus

Eleven by Venus Williams Perfect Form Lip Balm SPF 15 in Venus, $19, available here

chanel-les-beiges-healthy-glow-lip-balm-warm

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm in Warm, $36, available here

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