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The 20 Best Tinted Lip Balms For Easy Summer Color

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Tinted lip balms are kind of like the CC cream of lip products—they give your lips a hint of color, hydrate, moisturize, and sometimes even provide other beneficial skincare ingredients like sunscreen or antioxidants.

The best part: They’re insanely versatile. Pop on a tinted lip balm by itself for a sheer wash of color, wear it as a moisturizing base for your lip gloss, or layer under a matte lipstick to keep it looking fresh all day and ward off feather, flaking, or fading. Plus, there’s a balm out there for every occasion, which (in our opinion) means you can never have too many. Looking for a subtle lip glow with shimmer? There’s a balm for that. Want a lip-and-cheek multitasker? Done. Rehabbing dry, cracked lips? You got it.

So if this unsung lip care hero isn't already a go-to beauty product in your makeup bag, it's time to change that. Read on to discover 20 of the best tinted lip balms Ipsters and IPSY editors can't stop raving about.

BEAUTY FOR REAL Lip Revival Tinted Lip Balm in Hannah
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BEAUTY FOR REAL Lip Revival Tinted Lip Balm

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BEST TINTED LIP BALM FOR EVERYDAY WEAR

If you're a makeup minimalist, this slightly glossy, dusty rose shade is one that will work for just about any occasion. Its hint of color is just enough to help your lips pop while the fully vegan and cruelty-free formula deeply conditions with trusted moisturizers like shea butter and macadamia nut oil.

"I really like this shade. It went on silky smooth and made my lips look luscious," one Ipster says. Another adds, "This is a fantastic color and I love that it’s not as heavy as a lipstick."

CORAL SUN Coral Sun SPF 15 Coconut Lip Balm
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CORAL SUN SPF 15 Coconut Lip Balm

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BEST SPF LIP BALM

The sun is out and so is your need for sun protection—and that includes delicate areas like your lips. If you’re anything like us and carry lip balm everywhere you go, this hydrating lip balm with SPF will be at your side all summer long. It has a yummy tropical scent we can’t get enough of and helps protect lips from UVA and UVB rays. Swipe this balm on, slather on sunscreen from head to toe, and hit the beach.

KOSAS Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm in Rush
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KOSAS Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm

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BEST HYDRATING LIP BALM

This lip balm’s ingredient list reads like that of a super-powered face moisturizer. It’s got hydrating hyaluronic acid (a humectant known for its ability to attract moisture), smoothing vitamin E, protective konjac root, and stimulating peppermint oil. The more you use it, the better your lips will look and feel. Like all KOSAS products, this balm was designed for more than just good-for-you ingredients—the warm nude shade is seriously chic on any skin tone. Just pair with a tinted moisturizer and a swipe of mascara for the ultimate no-makeup-makeup look.

LASTING SMILES Strawberry Creme Blended Beverage Organic Lip Balm
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LASTING SMILES Strawberry Creme Blended Beverage Organic Lip Balm

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BEST SCENTED LIP BALM

Remember the scented lip balms you loved as a kid? This juicy scented balm will take you back to the carefree days of stick-on earrings and strawberry ice cream, but with all the sophistication of a lip conditioner. A combo of coconut, shea, and cocoa oils transform dry, chapped lips into the plush, pillowy pout of your dreams. That’s a win-win in our books.

CONTEXT SKIN Nude Balm in ALL OR NOTHING
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CONTEXT SKIN Nude Balm

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BEST NUDE LIP BALM

Makeup minimalists and nude lip enthusiasts, this one’s for you. The sheer neutral color is perfect for work, weekend, and everything in between—we’ve been reaching for this balm non-stop since it came across our desks. Outside of its perfect tint, it helps hydrate and heal with vitamins C and E and plant extracts (like watermelon and rose), which provide long-lasting moisture without feeling sticky or tacky.

PIXI BEAUTY Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose
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PIXI BEAUTY Shea Butter Lip Balm

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BEST SHEA BUTTER LIP BALM

Shea butter is the hero ingredient in this formula, alongside vitamin E, and it’s as nourishing as it gets, thanks to its strong moisturizing, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Not only does it help lips after one swipe, but when used on-the-reg, it’ll help soothe and nourish lips over time. The hint of rosy color with a semi-matte finish looks fab alone, but also provides a hydrating base for smooth application of your fave lipsticks.

Ipster volant_aubergine says, “This is hands down the best tinted lip balm I've ever used. It somehow goes on matte without looking dry or chalky, but has even color coverage. It feels moisturizing without feeling waxy or oily. It's magical. It's what all other tinted lip balms wish they were.”

MENTED COSMETICS Balms Away Coconut Lip Treatment
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MENTED COSMETICS Balms Away Coconut Lip Treatment

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BEST NOURISHING LIP BALM

How can something be so nourishing yet so lightweight? Magic—aka this balm from the lip product pros, MENTED COSMETICS. Heavy-hitting hydrators like shea butter and castor oil act as emollients to protect and soften lips, but the light-as-air texture means you can wear it alone or mix with lip colors to create a stain with no sticky, goopy feeling.

“Makes my lips nice and soft, absorbs right in, isn't sticky or thick, and makes it look like I have a light gloss on. I bring it everywhere with me,” says Ipster radcat034gvn.

COMPLEX CULTURE TIME PRESSED Lip Balm
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COMPLEX CULTURE TIME PRESSED Lip Balm

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BEST ONE-SWIPE-WONDER LIP BALM

We get it—not everyone has the patience for swapping between multiple products, so this one-and-done lip balm gets the job done in no time. The simple—yet super effective—formula treats parched pouts to the intense moisture they need with vitamin E, jojoba oil, and squalane. Your softest lips ever are one swipe away.

Plus, the luxe packaging makes on-the-go application mess (and stress) free. “This lip balm is silky and does a great job hydrating my lips! Plus, the magnetic closure is genius. It never comes un-capped in my bag,” writes Ipster tierneyhartman.

GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Lip Pop
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GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Lip Pop

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BEST MULTITASKING LIP BALM

Meet the future of lip care. The no-rinse, scrub-to-balm formula exfoliates, hydrates, and deposits a pop of pink color on your lips all in one go. Watermelon extract moisturizes your lips while coconut flower sugar gently sloughs away dead skin, leaving your pout perfectly polished and plump. Want to amp up the color? Apply another layer (or two) for a more saturated hue and glossy finish.

“This is the holy grail of lip balms my beautiful humans! Such a satiny texture that rubbing your lips together feels addictive. The light watermelon scent, beautiful colorway, and packaging make it a treat for the eyes and lips,” Ipster Samcro_lady tells us.

MOROCCAN MAGIC Argan & Essential Oil Lip Balm in Peppermint Eucalyptus
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MOROCCAN MAGIC Argan & Essential Oil Lip Balm

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BEST MOOD-BOOSTING LIP BALM

Like a spa day in a balm, this all-natural formula is minty, fresh, and invigorating. Peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils and conditioning argan oil make for a moisturizing lip balm that will make your lips feel soft and smooth while treating your senses. The soft, flossy finish is the ultimate addition to any dewy makeup routine, too.

Warning: It’s so good that you might have to hide it from your fam. “I love this. My son used it and kept it for himself, so I had to buy one for myself,” writes Ipster chelsiebrooke33. “My grandson took it!” adds Ipster almaj4768.

DR.LIPP Lip Tint 3 Pack in Sweet Potato, Red Radish, and Elderberry
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DR.LIPP Lip Tint 3 Pack

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BEST TINTED LIP BALM SET

Can't decide which shade you like best? Good news: You don’t have to pick just one. This three-pack set features a classic pink, a deep burgundy, and a vibrant coral to match any mood or makeup look. In lieu of questionable ingredients like parabens and mineral oil, this fully natural lip balm uses lanolin oil to keep your lips hydrated, while plant-based pigments provide a natural hint of color and antioxidant-packed elderberry keeps them well-protected.

"OBSESSED! They are natural and look incredible. A staple in my purse now," one Ipster says. "LOVE the texture and feel on my lips, very hydrating, do love these," writes another.

HEY HONEY Trick & Treat Lip Balm Watermelon Balm with Natural Tint
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HEY HONEY Trick & Treat Lip Balm Watermelon Balm with Natural Tint

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BEST SUMMERY TINTED LIP BALM

With just a hint of soft pink color, this is a nutrition-packed balm that puts your lip health first. It's packed with ingredients like honey, castor oil, coconut oil, squalene, and jojoba oil to provide long-lasting moisture and hydration the natural way.

Ipsters can't stop raving about this formula's just-picked watermelon scent. "One of my all-time favorite products. Looks and feels great and smells amazing," says one Ipster.

ECO LIPS Eco Tint Rose Quartz Lip Balm
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ECO LIPS Eco Tint Rose Quartz Lip Balm

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BEST BARELY-THERE TINTED LIP BALM

When you want a tinted lip balm that's going to provide the subtlest of subtle tints, try this formula. This moisturizing lip salve uses ingredients like cocoa butter, coconut oil, argan oil, and aloe vera to keep your lips hydrated, soothed, and flake-free. A quick swipe provides a sheer touch of rosy color that still looks totally natural.

"This was a pleasant surprise," one Ipster says. "I was mildly concerned that having a tint it would get all over my mask. It really doesn’t. And I like the minty flavor."

TETRIS™ X IPSY Lip Balm in L33t
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TETRIS™ X IPSY Lip Balm

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BEST BRIGHT TINTED LIP BALM

This stunning bold coral shade is part of a limited-edition collab between IPSY and Tetris (talk about must-have collabs you didn’t know you needed!). Just like how one Tetris piece can fit in a number of different places, this lip balm does double duty, not only moisturizing with jojoba seed oil but also adding a bright pop of color every time you wear it.

"I loved how it made my lips soft after one use and keeps it soft and moisturized all day," one Ipster writes.

MAËLLE BEAUTY Clearly Brilliant Tinted Lips in Nectar
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MAËLLE BEAUTY Clearly Brilliant Tinted Lips

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BEST TINTED LIP BALM CRAYON

When color is in play, precise application is key. If the lip balm pots and tubes don't create as crisp of a line as you'd like, opt instead for this creamy crayon. Easily apply it to your lips and watch as it leaves a peachy tint behind—plus super soft lips for hours thanks to shea butter, sunflower seed oil, and beeswax.

"Really nice natural pink color and even though it goes on more like a lipstick, it is not drying," says one Ipster.

SUPER SATIVA WELLNESS Medicinal Hydrating Balm
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SUPER SATIVA WELLNESS Medicinal Hydrating Balm

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BEST ORGANIC TINTED LIP BALM

Hemp seed oil isn’t just a miracle worker for dry, irritated skin, its moisturizing properties are magical for chapped lips too. Use it anytime, anywhere. This all-natural lip balm nourishes, soothes, and hydrates your lips at first swipe. It’s lightly scented with cooling menthol and calming lavender essential oil to give you a chill feeling every time it hits your lips. The formula is as green as it gets. It’s organic, vegan, and cruelty-free too.

LA MUSE Deep Color Lip Balm in Cherry
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LA MUSE Deep Color Lip Balm

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BEST RED TINTED LIP BALM

Two words for you: totally luscious (and we’re talking about both the formula and the shade). This balm is packed with natural ingredients and nourishing oils like sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, olive oil, avocado oil, and more. It also features shea butter to prevent cracked, dry lips. Just one swipe will help to keep them ultra soft while also providing a bright, pigmented cherry-red color.

"I wore this a couple of times at work when I wanted to switch my look up but not sacrifice the hydration of my lips," one Ipster writes. "I received many compliments! I would recommend it to anyone who loves this type of color and who likes products that multitask."

HOLA NEON Tinted Lip Balm in Call Me
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HOLA NEON Tinted Lip Balm

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BEST DRAMATIC TINTED LIP BALM

On the flip side, when you're in the mood for an extra dose of color, this vibrantly tinted lip balm should be the one you reach for. The red wine shade delivers that dramatic final touch that totally completes your look—without drying out your lips. As an added bonus, this hydrating formula is easily buildable. To enhance your natural lip color, swipe on one quick coat. For a deeper shade, simply layer up.

"I absolutely love the shade," says Ipster 141NVV. "The texture is on the creamy side but stays on like a matte. It’s a perfect balance. I’m quite tired of the over-drying, fully matte lipsticks. This little lipstick is my new favorite."

HANALEI COMPANY Lip Treatment in Mauve Pink
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HANALEI COMPANY Lip Treatment

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BEST TINTED LIP BALM FOR SUPER DRY LIPS

When you're in need of serious hydration, this lip treatment infuses parched skin with kukui oil, a top-notch hydrator that Hawaiians have been using for centuries. It's packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as essential fatty acids. And to help make those lips feel softer than ever, the formula also includes agave, grapeseed oil, and shea butter for their conditioning benefits.

"This shade is PERFECT! It feels so creamy, moisturizing and the color is sheer but still has pigment to show," raves one Ipster.

BEAUTANIQ BEAUTY Butter Lip & Cheek Balm in Peach Blush
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BEAUTANIQ BEAUTY Butter Lip & Cheek Balm

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BEST MATTE LIP STAIN + TINTED LIP BALM COMBO

If you're into the lip and blush combo but prefer something with a barely-there shine, this product is it. This buttery two-in-one cream provides conditioning benefits and a vibrant pop of color without too much added sheen, so it’s a go-to for those with oily skin or those who simply prefer a natural cream finish. It's also made with 90% natural, plant-based oil, and plumps the skin with ingredients like coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and apricot kernel oil.

"I LOVE this product. It’s totally versatile," says Ipster maljmazp514. "I’ve used it as blush, lipstick, and eyeshadow. Will definitely be purchasing this and would highly recommend it. It’s the best product to bring on the go!"

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Cortney Clift
Cortney is a New York-based freelance writer who has written about beauty and wellness for more than six years. She was previously the senior writer and special projects editor at Brit + Co where she covered a wide range of news and lifestyle topics.
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Article Last Updated May 31, 2021 12:00 AM