1 Diptyque Soothing Lip Balm, $56 LIPPY LOVE 2 Cle de Peau Beaute Lip Treatment, $101 3 Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm, $82 4 By Terry Baume de Rose, $97 5 La Mer The Lip Balm, $90
Slather on a luxe balm for soft, kissable lips. SIMONE WU looks to revive her perpetually dry, peeling pair with these five.
USING IT: The balm spread easily, melting instantly into my lips, and I found its fragrance light and classy. THE EFFECT: I liked that it left my lips glossy and soft yet not sticky. Signs of dryness disappeared – my lips were well moisturised and supple for more than half a day. When I used it overnight, my lips felt fairly moisturised, and didn’t peel.
USING IT: Love its hassle-free packaging – it’s the only one in a tube. The lightweight texture didn’t leave my lips oily, sticky or heavy – perfect under lipstick. THE EFFECT: My lips felt soft and comfortable but not superbly moisturised. They tend to peel when I sleep in an air-conditioned room, but they felt softer and peeled less when I used this.
USING IT: Comes with a spatula to keep it clean. The thick texture of the scentless, plantbased balm felt sticky as I applied it but left a smooth finish. THE EFFECT: The most moisturising of the lot. My normally dry, peeling lips were soft, smooth and comforted throughout the day – even after eating and drinking. And I woke up to soft, supple lips after using it at night.
USING IT: The creamy texture melted right into my skin and the delicate rose scent made using it a pleasure. I loved how luxe the frosted pot looked and felt. THE EFFECT: It left a slightly pink sheen on my lips – I looked like I was wearing lip gloss. My puckers felt very moisturised and pampered.
USING IT: It has a smooth texture, and didn’t leave my lips looking super shiny. THE EFFECT: The menthol in it gave a fresh, cooling sensation, and the sweet mint flavour stayed on my lips for hours. The eucalyptus extract had the added benefit of improving my sinus condition, too. While it left my lips moisturised, it wasn’t as hydrating as the others.