Tried & Tested: Can these lip balms soothe dry, chapped lips?


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  • Friday, 28 Jun 2019

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Do you often suffer from chapped lips? Having dry lips is not sexy at all, and more often than not, they will hurt when cracks appear. Lip balms can help soothe dryness and most of them are formulated with rich ingredients to moisturised while at the same time, protect lips. Here, we test out some of the available lip balms in the market to see whether they live up to their expectations.


Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment, RM84.20

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Being a guy, I’m not really a fan of lip balms. Although, I’ll have to say that I rather enjoyed using the Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment. The one I tried is untinted and unscented – but more importantly, doesn’t leave a perceptible shine. My lips felt soft and moisturised with just one application in the morning. The brand claims that the effect will last for up to 12 hours, and indeed it does. I can see the product coming in handy when flying. No more chapped lips from the dry cabin air! – Bervin Cheong


Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Lipair, RM45

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The only time I wear lip balm is when I have chapped lips. This happened on a recent trip overseas. It was almost winter there and although I wore lipstick, it wasn’t enough to protect my lips from the cold. After a few applications of the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Lipair throughout the day, my lips were no longer cracked and painful! The balm is lightly scented (citrusy) and a bit greasy though not sticky – I suspect that’s why it worked so well on my chapped lips. – Melody L. Goh


Sephora Lip Balm (Goji), RM24

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Easily mistaken for a lipstick, this pink goji lip balm is said to feature a melting and gliding texture to nourish and nurture lips the entire day. However, I felt like I needed to put on two layers to get a sufficient moisturising feel. What I do like about it is the natural pinkish tint that it gives out, which is great for a casual weekend out. But to get it to protect and nourish lips the whole day, you would need to reapply it more than once. – Wong Li Za


L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm, RM45

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I like the L’Occitane Shea Butter range, so I had high expectations of this lip balm. With a 10% shea butter content, it is rich but not too greasy. But I found that I need to apply it every few hours and it doesn’t really do much for my chapped lips or lessened the peeling. It’s not bad, but it’s not so wonderful for me either. – Ivy Soon


The Body Shop Lip Juicer (Acai, Blueberry & Dragon Fruit), RM41

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Shaped like a crayon, this lip balm is cute and eye catching. The most important criteria in a lip balm, for me, is how well it moisturises my lips. In this respect, it worked pretty well. However, getting the balm onto my lips proved challenging. The crayon shape with its pointed tip (though not sharp) made it quite difficult to apply compared to the more traditional flat base. Also, it didn’t glide easily on my lips which was a big drawback. The fruity smell may be delicious to some but for me it was intensely strong and I don’t particularly like fruity scents, so this was definitely a big miss. – S. Indramalar


Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Quench Lip Rescue, RM85

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I liked this, it glides on smoothly and leaves lips feeling really soft and moisturised, without that sticky after feel. It has marine plant extracts which gives a protective antioxidant barrier, and is infused with peppermint oil so there’s a minty taste and feel. It comes in several sheer tints, but mine was the clear one, so I used it before applying lipstick. Just two things – this is rather on the pricey side for a lip balm and in a really humid environment, it sort of melts. So keep it in a cool place. – Dzireena Mahadzir


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