While we love super pigmented lipstick that can give us a bold finish, at times, we just want to play it down, especially on days when we’re going for the no-makeup look à la a Korean actress.
Lipsticks with subtle colours are great, but why not give your lips a little more TLC with these pigmented lip balms that can give a similar finish as a subtle-hued lipstick or lip gloss? Here are five new ones we’re loving.
YSL Beauté Volupté Liquid Colour Balm in 7 Grab Me Red, $52
Despite being a lip care product, this looks and more like a pigmented lip gloss than a lip balm, but still has all the goodness of the latter. Packed with the benefits of coconut water and pomegranate extract, this leaves your lips moisturised while giving your puckers an intense colour. If you want a more subtle finish, apply only a small amount and use your fingers to dab the colour to even it out.
The Body Shop Lip Juicer in Strawberry, Pomegranate & Aloe, $14
If you prefer something more balm-y, try this 100% vegan one that’s shaped like a yurt (or a really short pencil, depending on how you see it). It comes in five colours and flavours, and has a pointed tip for easy application. The colour is buildable, so apply more layers for a more pigmented finish. It contains the moisturising benefits of Community Trade shea butter, marula oil and organic olive oil, so you can be super generous with the layering! Plus, it doesn’t get patchy or oily even after multiple layers!
Chantecaille Lip Sleek – Summer in Papaya, $64
Have super dry lips? This one has a moisturising formula that is packed with hydrating and moisturising squalene and baobab oil. It also comes in a click-pen form so you can dispense the right amount with just a click. More importantly, it has good colour payoff, giving you a bold finish. It comes in three colours, including the berry-hued Acai for those who love to rock purple tones.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in Black Cherry Baby, $42
Despite its name, this is actually a lip balm with lip gloss properties, as the description on Sephora reads: “This lip colour pours the brilliant shine of a gloss into a nourishing tinted balm with luxurious lip care benefits.” But unlike a gloss, this has a lipstick-like applicator that’s shaped like a teardrop for easy application. Its creamy texture allows it to glide smoothly on your lips sans a sticky finish.
LANEIGE Stained Glasstick in No.9 Carnelian Rose, $34
Apart from the pretty packaging – it has a gem at the base that matches the colour of the lippie – there are a lot of reasons why this lip balm should be in your makeup bag: it’s pigmented with buildable finish; stays on your lips all day, and has a subtle shine that doesn’t look oily. It’s also lightly scented – in case you need more reasons to buy this!