If there’s one thing you need to know about it me it’s that I am OBSESSED with lip balms and glosses. Rummage through my handbag (if you dare) and you will find a range of different glosses and balms, with each one holding a special place in my heart. My obsession runs so deep that I’m on a never-ending quest to find the very best lip products in all the land. After years of ‘lip service’, I’ve managed to narrow down my search to bring you this list of my top 5 favourite lip products that I never go without. Here are 5 lipsticks, balms and glosses you simply HAVE to try!
Dr. Hauschka Labimint Soothing Lip Care
This stuff is like liquid gold for lips. It works like a charm when treating dry and chapped lips and is the only thing I use when I get cold sores (the bane of my existence). I have never used a lip balm that moisturises my lips as quickly as this stuff and while it might be R265 a tube it’s so worth it! It also lasts forever as a small pea-sized amount is enough to cover your lips.
Buy it online here.
Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Lip Balm
I’ve first fell in love with these Revlon lacquer lip balms 2 years ago and our relationship has only grown from strength-to-strength. The high-shine, shimmering lip lacquer is a moisturising balm and a ‘lipstick’ because it also adds a lick of colour to your lips when you use it. The balms come in a range of different colours to suit any skin type and they even have matte versions of the much-loved balm now. Infused with a triple butter complex of Shea, coconut and mango, your lips stay nourished for hours after using it. At R180 per stick, it’s a great investment for any handbag.
These beautiful balms are available from Dis-Chem and Clicks pharmacies and online here.
3. Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm
The Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm has proved to be a real winner me when I can’t shake that dry lips feeling. The lip balm is a daily moisturising treatment that soothes, nourishes and repairs damaged lips while also shielding lips from external stress. The balm has a rich texture and is my go-to during the cold weather months when I need to protect my lips during chilly winter morning walks. This balm lasts ages and at R130 for a 15ml tube it’s a steal!
Find it at Dis-Chem and Clicks pharmacies now.
4. Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Colour Bold Liquid Lipstick
The gold standard of liquid lipsticks, these beauties from Elizabeth Arden are one of my all-time favourite lipsticks to use. It’s the first lipstick I reach for when I’m heading out there for a night out on the town. The creamy, high impact lip colour offers the coverage and intensity of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss which means your lips will stay soft and moisturised for ages after applying. The gloss-lippy hybrid from Elizabeth Arden is also long-lasting and doesn’t bleed or feather (my worst nightmare!) so you can feel confident your look is staying put. At R295 a lipstick, they’re well worth the splurge.
Find it at Woolworths stores and online here.
5. Revolution Makeup Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit
The hype around the Revolution makeup is real. In terms of formulation and price point, no one can touch Revolution’s Matte Lip Kits at the moment. Each kit contains a liquid lipstick with a doe-foot applicator and a matching lip pencil, giving you the tools you need to create the perfect lip. I love it because it’s lightweight and goes on like a dream, without being sticky or drying out. The longevity of the colours is also fantastic and the pigment on point.
Find it at Clicks stores.
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.