Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balm Glossier Balm Dotcom Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

The Best Tinted Lip Balms

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Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balm

  • Long-lasting hydration
  • Good moisture-to-color ratio
  • Smooth application
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Glossier Balm Dotcom

  • Cult beauty favorite
  • Subtly scented
  • Works on more than just lips
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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

  • Twist cap provides extra security
  • Use more swipes for a richer color
  • Widest range of shades
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From the makeup-phobic to natural-look types to those who prefer a fully made-up face, anyone who has ever swiped color on their lips can appreciate the power of tinted lip balm. It’s an easy way to moisturize chapped lips that can also help you look a tad more pulled together when you’re in a rush — or simply not in the mood to commit to an all-day lipstick shade.


But alas, not all tinted lip balms are created equal. Hydration capability runs the gamut, some are stickier than others, and when we’re talking tinted balm, “tint” is the key word here: Ideally we want a color subtle enough that when applied without a mirror won’t make us look like a toddler who’s been rummaging through their parent’s makeup drawer. And let’s not forget the ever-polarizing aspect of tube versus tin application. (For the record: We’re firmly on #TeamTube, because why would you stick your grubby fingers in a pot of balm when there are other, more sanitary options?)


So to find out which ones provide the longest-lasting moisture and color, we enlisted the help of a diverse group of testers with various skin tones, each of whom picked their preferred shades and applied coat after coat of some top-rated tinted lip balms for nearly a month. Here, we present to you the ones they raved about — the products that will give you the softest, subtly hued lips, no matter how much you’re willing to shell out for a new go-to tinted lip balm.  


Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balm

Starting from $5

The Details

0.15 ounces

100% natural

Made with beeswax, shea butter, and plant oil

Available in six colors

Paraben-, phthalate-, petrolatum-, and SLS-free


What / Who It's Best For

  • Natural-beauty-product devotees
  • People who hate lipstick
  • Makeup noobs

Why We Love It

You might know Burt’s Bees best as the brand you reached for when you decided it was time to retire that tube of Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker in favor of something a little more sophisticated. It’s a classic favorite that leaves lips feeling tingly and minty-fresh (thanks to the peppermint oil in its original formula). And no matter how old you are, you — and your wallet — can surely appreciate the leveled-up version, Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balm.

Best Tinted Lip Balms Burt's Bees in hand

What made this balm soar above the others we tested in the budget price tier is just how well it moisturizes. The classic version’s peppermint oil has been swapped out for shea butter, a natural fat that helps to lock in moisture for hours — in some cases, even eight (yes, eight!) hours after applying, our testers reported their lips were still soft from the balm.

Botanical wax and coconut oil round out the ingredient list, helping it glide on smoothly without any sticky texture: You can rub your lips together without feeling like you’ve been eating honey out of a jar, plus it doesn’t leave a ton of residue on utensils or drinking vessels. Other brands, including Neutrogena, Revlon, and Chapstick, had testers complaining that their lips felt sticky and that frequent reapplication was necessary to maintain moisture. (As one tester put it for one of the competitors, “I had to reapply every hour, and who has time for that?”)

Best Tinted Lip Balms Burt's Bees in a row

This tinted balm is no-frills, no fuss — and that’s one of the reasons it’s so reliable. It comes in an unremarkable brown tube with a colored cap to indicate its shade; one swift swipe, and you’re good to go, no mirror required. We’d be remiss to not give a shoutout to our runner-up, Vaseline’s Tinted Lip Balm, but the application process was where it lost points. Although it gave our testers’ lips significant moisture and color, the by-finger application from a tin is challenging when you’re on the go, as you’ll have to be okay with rubbing the excess on whatever you’re wearing if you don’t have a paper towel or sink handy. Or you could try one tester’s method of simply “kissing” the tin to get it on your lips — but just don’t share the balm with a friend after that.

Application aside, our testers agreed that Burt’s Bees lent just the right amount of color. As one noted, it was “noticeable, but not too intense.” Available in six different shades, from coral to light pink to purple, the color is faint — don’t be fooled by the cap, which might make it seem like the color will render a bit darker on your lips. While scent didn’t play a significant role in its winning status, testers agreed it was pretty light; one said it smelled like oil. Eco-conscious shoppers, take note: Not only is the product made from natural ingredients, the packaging is made from recycled materials.

Best Tinted Lip Balms Burt's Bees uncapped

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balm finds itself nestled in the middle ground between a super-hydrating lip balm and lipstick. At $10 for a pack of two, you can leave one in your purse and one in your car or desk (or anywhere else) so you’ll have one at hand at all times — though you probably won’t need to apply it more than once or twice a day.

User Reviews

“This is the best lip balm ever. It moisturizes and adds a hint of color. It's shiny and smooth and doesn't have any flavor or weird smells. I'm not a fan of lipstick or lip gloss because of the mess on glasses, the stickiness, the matte feeling on your lips, etc. This is the perfect alternative. You get great moisture and your lips feel soft, but it feels natural — like you aren't wearing anything.”
— Erin From Amazon
“This stuff is too good to be true. I have always had ‘chopped lips’ (my childhood name for them), so finding a moist lip treatment with color has always been difficult. Also, I don't like the look of heavy color lipstick. This product has become my solution. I get both color and soft lips. It’s wonderful!”
— Sargent Asher From Amazon
“I found that I'm allergic to any lip balm with sunblock (any number) in it, which is how I discovered Burt's Bees. I was looking for a lip balm with some color and tried this one. I wish I got a bit more color, but at least when I use this my lips aren't so pale. I like how Burt's Bees feels on my lips — very smooth going on too.”
— Akitalady From Amazon
“I LOVE this product! After trying many different brands, I have finally found the perfect one. Some lip balms tend to dry my lips out after using them a few times, but not this one. It's very moisturizing and the hint of color is just perfect. Works great and is a cruelty-free product. Win-win!”
— mlb From Amazon

Burt's Bees

Natural, subtle sheen


Glossier Balm Dotcom

Starting from $12

The Details

0.5 ounces

Made with antioxidants and natural emollients

Available in seven "flavors"

Hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested



What / Who It's Best For

  • Aspiring influencers
  • Anyone who lives in a cold climate
  • Lip gloss stans

Why We Love It

If you haven’t heard of Glossier, perhaps you don’t spend as much time mindlessly scrolling through Instagram as the rest of us. (And good for you!) Or maybe you simply have no interest in abandoning your tried-and-true lip balm for something with more cult-fave appeal.

But this “It girl” brand has grown quite the following: People flock to the brand’s flagship store in New York, rife with Instagram ops, in droves. Glossier founder Emily Weiss (who you might remember from her stint on a little show called The Hills) has built a B-R-A-N-D that people love — albeit one that a select few find a bit overhyped. The Balm Dotcom, though, proves that Glossier knows exactly what it’s doing.

Best Tinted Lip Balms Glossier application

Let’s get this out of the way first: Balm Dotcom is technically a universal salve, not a lip balm per se, so it can be put to use on your skin anywhere you see fit. Goodbye, dry hands and elbows; hello to your favorite new do-it-all beauty product. It comes in a simple, sleek, lip-gloss-esque tube that’ll make you feel chic just pulling it out of your bag. You can either apply it directly to your lips or use your finger to get a more even coat — and unlike most other lip glosses, you can rub any excess on knuckles or cuticles that might need some hydration.

One passionate tester described Balm Dotcom as a “can’t-live-without” product, and we can’t argue. It’s a solid option for anyone who has dry lips not only in the wintertime but all year round. A little certainly goes a long way with this stuff, and its dense, waxy texture lends itself to lips that’ll feel soft for hours. Two of its main ingredients are castor seed oil, a natural plant extract that locks in moisture, and beeswax, which protects the lips. The thick formula is especially useful during the winter — or for anyone who lives in particularly chilly, windy, or dry climes. And for chapped lips that need a little extra love, you can even use one reviewer’s advice and apply a thicker coat overnight to create a “lip mask.”

Best Tinted Lip Balms Glossier tubesAs for color, this stuff adds just enough subtle sheen to let people know you’re wearing something without screaming, “My lip gloss is poppin’!” Of the current seven flavors offered, four have a tint: Rose adds a translucent pink, Cherry a red one, Mango a coral tint, and Birthday a subtle shimmer. (It’s also available in three clear options: Original, Mint, and Coconut.)

Each flavor has a subtle corresponding scent; the product description suggests sniffing the balm for an “instant mood lift.” While there’s no scientific proof of this, we’ll acquiesce to a whiff of the Rose flavor being akin to walking through a rose garden (and not sticking your nose directly in the middle of a flower) and Birthday being reminiscent of sticky, sweet frosting — which, sure, didn’t not lift our moods.

Our testers were very willing to replace their current everyday balm with this one. The one caveat is that it’s only available on the Glossier site or IRL at the New York-based brick-and-mortar — meaning you can’t just run to the local store (or depend on Amazon Prime) when you’re out. With a $12 price tag but free shipping on orders over $30, you may even want to consider the Balm Dotcom Trio, which saves you $6 and gives you the option to customize which three you want, even if that means three of the same one. Bonus: Every order is delivered in Glossier’s chic-as-heck signature pink pouch, which you can use as a clutch or makeup holder.

Best Tinted Lip Balms Glossier tube packaging

From the dark, windy days of winter to the scorching days of summer, this tinted lip balm has you covered — and just might make you feel one step closer to influencer territory to boot (if that’s your thing). We wouldn’t be surprised if you find yourself back on the Glossier website sooner than you expected to stock up on more.

User Reviews

“I thought this would just be overpriced Vaseline, but it has worked far better than any lip balm I've ever used. It's super moisturizing without feeling uncomfortably sticky, and it keeps my lips moisturized all day. My lips used to become dry and peel a lot if I didn't constantly apply lip balm, but when I switched to this my lips have been smooth without having to keep reapplying throughout the day. I also love using this almost like a lip mask at night and just applying a thicker amount than usual. In the morning, my lips feel amazing. I bought the Rose one and the smell is nice and subtle — not overpowering or perfumey. I really love this product and can't wait to try them all.”
— coleyyy From Glossier
“I'm so happy I ordered this! I use it as a lip balm and also on my hands and it's my new favorite product for dry skin! It will never leave my makeup bag. I picked the Rose balm and it smells so good. I can’t wait to order again!”
— kaleblanc From Glossier
“I bought the Cherry Balm Dotcom. This product is very moisturizing, it has just enough tint, but it's not too overbearing. It smells great, too! It's easy to carry around. On days where you do not want to wear too much makeup, this is a great and easy option! I am planning on buying another one.”
— glossier.addict From Glossier
“I'm originally a desert dweller, so I just accepted that chapped lips were a part of life. I've tried it all, and most of these products have worked well as a short-term solution but haven't done much to heal my lips or keep them soft throughout the day. I'm new to Glossier and purchased the Balm Dotcom as part of a set, not really expecting it would be any different. But WOW. I felt the difference almost immediately. I applied it in the morning and still felt the effects hours later. My lips have never felt this soft or this hydrated. This is truly a miracle worker.”
— Kaila From Glossier


Glossy multitasker

Where to buy

$12 at Glossier

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment

Starting from $24

The Details

0.15 ounces

Available in 15 shades

Made with sugar, meadowfoam seed oil, black currant seed oil, and grapeseed oil

Sulfate-, paraben-, and phthalate-free

SPF 15 protection

3-time Allure 'Best of Beauty' Award winner

What / Who It's Best For

  • Lipstick enthusiasts
  • Those who spend a lot of time outdoors
  • People whose lips are always dry

Why We Love It

Chances are, you’ve stepped into a Sephora only to feel more than a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of beauty products surrounding you. Perhaps you’ve found yourself drawn to the pink rainbow of Fresh Sugar lip balms, hesitant as to whether they were actually worth their hefty price tag.

Well, friends, we’re here to tell you that they are indeed: The Fresh brand has been a standout in the high-end beauty scene for years (hello, our $$ pick for face toners) — and since 2005, Sugar Lip Treatment has won Allure’s Best of Beauty award three times, for good reason.

Best Tinted Lip Balms Fresh packaging

All of our testers (and, we should note, the large majority of this balm’s 9,000 Sephora customer reviews) rave about its quality, attesting to the product truly being worth shelling out the big bucks for. For starters, the texture of this stuff is so satisfyingly smooth, and it’s super hydrating without feeling overly oily. It’s not as thick as some of the other balms we tried in the highest price range, but it still did an excellent job moisturizing long after it was applied. Many only had to reapply once or twice after eating, and said they felt the moisture last for hours, even on bitter-cold winter days. Its texture and soft hue makes it among one of the easiest tinted balms to apply — you really don’t need a mirror, so you can swipe it on in a rush, wherever you are.

With SPF 15, this balm is ideal for year-round use, especially in warmer climates or during the summer when you’re likely to find yourself outdoors more often. Many of our testers agreed that this balm was a solid choice for everyday wear. It did have one of the strongest scents of all the products we tested in this price tier, however, and while it’s certainly not an unpleasant smell, it is a factor you’ll want to consider if you’re averse to a lingering sugary fragrance. (Though we assure you it’s nothing as powerful as, say, the whiff of walking past a Bath & Body Works.)

Best Tinted Lip Balms Fresh uncapped

The balm comes in a sleek, lipstick-type tube with just enough heft to make it feel luxe. Plus, it has a twist cap, so when you throw it into your black hole of a bag, you won’t have to worry about the balm leaving its mark Jackson Pollock–style; considering its price tag, that extra security is a nice touch. But PSA: Be careful where you store it, since it’s pretty soft and can melt or get deformed if you keep it in a warm place (like your pants pocket) for too long.

When our testers were asked to rate how satisfied they were with the color on a scale from 1 to 5, Fresh got an average of 4.3, the highest of all the brands we tested. The shade is subtle without being overpowering, but it’s also layerable; add a few extra swipes to punch up the color for nighttime if you don’t want to commit to a lipstick. Another perk: It’s available in a whopping 15 shades, the largest array out of any we tested in the $$$ category, so you won’t be hard-pressed to find the perfect hue (or two or three!).

Best Tinted Lip Balms Fresh in hand

If you’ve ever scoffed at the idea of spending more than $20 on lip balm, this is the product that might finally make you reconsider. It looks, feels, and applies like the best tinted lip balm money can buy — because it is.

User Reviews

“I've been a faithful user of this lip balm for around three years now. I've tried many different lip balms from drugstore brands all the way to high-end brands, and I keep coming back to this. Nothing can beat the consistency of this lip balm in terms of texture and the level of moisture that it gives your lips. You don't need a ton of product to get your lips moisturized, and I find that it really does a great job of treating my lips as well. I love putting this lip balm on at night before I go to bed. When I wake up in the morning and smack my lips, I can still feel the product there, which testifies to its fantastic lasting power. Overall, you cannot lose with this lip balm. It is a fantastic product and worth every penny. I would say that I use this product almost every single day and one tube lasts me around four to five months.”
— jeherber From Sephora
“My lips get chapped rather easily, so I've been on the hunt for lip balms that help heal my lips...until I found the Sugar Lip Treatment line. I bought the Rosé one, and it felt really nice, and it gave a bit of color to my lips. After a few days of use, I noticed my lips were definitely softer! I definitely recommended!”
— zatanna From Sephora
“I have severely chapped lips, no matter WHAT I do. This is the first lip balm that actually hydrates my lips, without having to constantly reapply. My lips feel hydrated even hours later. I will repurchase. :)”
— Kmruskus From Sephora
“Let me start out by saying that I am not a fan of lip gloss, lip balm, or any other lip product that isn't a stay-on matte lipstick. This stuff, however, is not normal lip balm or lip gloss. It's not waxy or sticky. It glides on smoothly with a hint of color. It keeps your lips soft, even after it wears off (and it lasts a couple of hours, which is good for a lip balm). The color doesn't ball up and leave icky residue behind, either. Basically, this is the only lip balm I've ever liked. It doesn't have much of a flavor — it's slightly lemony. Also, as an added bonus, the lid SCREWS ON, so you don't end up with the stuff all over the inside of your purse or purse crumbs on your lip balm.”
— GoingLoopy From Sephora


Buttery-soft hydration