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Colored lip balms: an arbitrary ranking

Different colors, different textures and different packaging

By Angela De Gregorio

The routine is always the same.

In the morning I get ready to go out, keys, pc, phone, wallet, mask, a long melancholy look at all my lipsticks, the mutual silent promise to meet soon, but this is not the day. For now, my choice still falls on them: the heroes without a medal, the tireless workers in the shadows... The colored lip balms.

After a first period of denial, in which I persisted in wearing a little lipstick, trying in every way not to rub it against the mask, and failing miserably every time, I had to accept that physics is physical: the risk of take off the mask and look like the Joker in situations where it would have been infinitely better not to look like the Joker was too high, I just had to accept that lipstick is currently off-limits, incompatible with my lifestyle, and look for an alternative. But the alternative has always been here, under our eyes, in our bags, silent and useful. I'm talking about our huge collection of colored lip balms. The ones that taste like raspberry, the ones we bought for the perfume, or because we needed something moisturizing and comfortable, or for the ease with which they apply without a mirror and while walking, without the need for a concealer, a pencil and two different brushes to obtain a symmetrical result. How do you say? Yours is not a huge collection because you are aware customers, only mine is it? Well, then I guess that makes me an authoritative source for giving advice on this.

Not to brag, but to date I think I can define myself among the highest national authorities in terms of colored lip balms. Maybe European? Oh yes, mom, your daughter may not have become a cardiologist, but look where she is today!

The truth is that I can not resist this category of products, if wandering around any store I see a new lip balm, a mysterious but ineluctable force moves my hand and forces me to put it in the cart. Because of this, over the years I have tried such a large amount of lip balm that today I have quite a detailed understanding of it.

If you, like me, have reached the acceptance stage, and are looking for valid alternatives to your lipsticks, do not go further, here below my personal and arbitrary ranking of my favorites!


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Jenni wears our original Rose Gold 101 Ointment on Lips and Cheeks🌹

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Also fantastic for the winter, this balm has a rather thick consistency and is rich in lanolin and moisturizing and protective agents, the color is a beautiful, slightly pearlescent red, also perfect on the cheeks!


My favorite is in the Addiction colorway, the darkest of the three. The fruity scent is a delight, this balm can also be layered to obtain a more intense color.


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In Ultimate Red, this product combines the super nourishing properties of papaya balm with a subtle sheen of color, which can also be used on the cheeks for a super natural effect.


This lip tint is super moisturizing and gives the lips a light cherry color that remains even when the moisturizing part fades, you can also buy it in a kit together with the lip scrub.


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This lip balm is technically transparent, but once on the lips it reacts with the ph and takes a light pink color, very natural on my lips but which could vary on yours, super cute packaging!


In the Raspberry Matt color, I love this PRODUCT because it combines the moisturizing and comfortable effect with a veil of MATT color! For those of us who prefer a matte effect to the shiny effect of lip balms, this is the perfect solution.


In the Two tons tomato color, this is a true classic, fragrance-free like all Clinique products, it guarantees excellent hydration and a veil of super-vitaminic and "reviving" slightly orange red color.