A smile is a treasured asset, one that can brighten up anyone’s day. While you make sure to preserve it, remember that there are just 2 points to note here. A smile that reaches the eyes appears only when the heart is happy and a smile that looks beautiful just as the lady herself, comes when the lips are well taken care of. For the first, well, I propose that you be present i.e. live in the now, let go of unnecessary commotion and be thankful for all the goodness that surrounds you. But for the second, I suggest you invest in a good lip balm. Nourished, hydrated lips look very flattering and with so many lip balms available in India today, there is something for everyone. So here is presenting the battle of the lip balms aka, mini reviews of some of the most talked about lip balms out there.
Nivea Essential Care: This lip balm is enriched in Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter. The texture is pretty thick; feels like a blanket on a cold winter night. However, I love to use it at night, everyday, all year round. It prevents loss of moisture, leaving my lips feeling soft and comfortable in the morning. The fragrance is light and similar to that of regular Nivea creams. Nivea Essential Care lip balm retails for $10 (4.8 g). It contains no SPF.
Nivea Hydro Care: This is a relatively light formula enriched with Pure Water and Aloe Vera. It contains SPF 15, which makes it ideal for the day time. The formula is buttery soft, keeps the lips very well hydrated. Using this baby for over a year now (repurchasing it time and again) has resulted in reduction of pigmentation on my lips. They are still pigmented, but yes I see a noticeable difference. Nivea Hydro Care retails for $13 (4.8 g).
EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm: I have the variant called Honeysuckle HoneyDew. It is enriched in Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil. It is also 95% organic and is Paraben and Petrolatum free. This one is my personal favourite but unfortunately it is not readily available in the stores yet. One has to order it online and it turns out to be very expensive. What I love about this lip balm is its mild honeysuckle fragrance and the fact that it holds up really well under a lipstick and keeps the lips moisturised. EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm retails for $25.
L’Occitane Ultra Rich Lip Balm: This lip balm is enriched in Shea Butter, Carnauba Wax, Beeswax and Castor Oil. It is ideal for wearing under a lip liner or a lipstick as it has a relatively drier formula, meaning your lipstick will not feel goopy if applied immediately over this lip balm. I have included this in my daily makeup routine for I religiously apply a lip balm before using any lip product. L’Occitane Ultra Rich Lip Balm retails for $30 (4.5 g).
Vaseline Lip Therapy: This contains triple-purified Vaseline Jelly and Pro-Vitamin E. This lip balm is a good option between very thick ones and the ones that are extremely light, water based kinds. It contains SPF 15 and is perfect for those who are fans of Vaseline Jelly but hate to dip fingers in the Vaseline pots. However, one has to be careful with this one for your lips may turn dark if you are allergic to petroleum jelly. Vaseline Lip Therapy (original) retails for about $15 (4 gm).
Nivea Care and Colour Red: Enriched in Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil, this is a tinted lip balm. I chose the variant red. It provides a light wash of colour that is almost a translucent pink. Not a huge fan of tinted lip balms, I use this occasionally when I am in no mood for a lipstick, specially on long distance flights. The tint stays on me for a very long time. Nivea Care and Colour retails for $11 (4.8 g).
Maybelline Baby Lips Color: I have the variant called Berry Sherbet and it is a dark berry coloured balm that looks good on most Indian skin tones. This lip balm is more pigmented than the Nivea Care and Colour, the finish is similar to that of a tinted gloss. Maybelline Baby Lips Color has SPF 20 in it and therefore I like to keep it in my car and use it during the day when required. It retails for $13 (gram value not known).
My verdict: I have naturally very dry lips no matter how much water I drink and therefore using a good lip balm everyday is my best bet. Being a Chapstick girl throughout my growing years has rolled me into the habit of keeping my lips hydrated at all times. The lip balms mentioned above are some of the most talked about balms in India and a few of them are really affordable too. However, my best tip is to test out one lip balm at a time for some may lighten your lips and some may darken them further depending upon how your lips react to the ingredients present. Also look out for allergic reactions as lip allergies can get really annoying.