5 Lip Balms That Double As GlossesApril 17, 2019
It’s no secret that lip gloss is back — and by back we mean everyone’s wearing glossy lips, whether it’s a traditional lip gloss, a shiny lipstick or something in between. The downside, however, is that it’s hard to find a lip product that’s both hydrating and shiny. And even though any lip balm can be glossy-ish if you try hard enough, it can change the way it feels on your lips and likely won’t give you the mirror-like shine you’re after. Enter the glossy lip balm, a hybrid product meant to convert the gloss-averse to shiny-lip evangelists. They’re great for lip gloss fans, too, offering hydration without sacrificing shine. With that in mind we’ve rounded up our favorite gloss-lip balm hybrids — because you shouldn’t have to choose.
The aptly named NYX Professional Makeup #thisiseverything Lip Oil really is, well, everything. It’s the perfect blend of gloss and balm — hydrating but not sticky, and shiny without blinding others when you walk into the room. It’s the kind of balm that’ll make you break up with your current gloss, thanks to the unique blend of almond, rosehip and jojoba oils and the vanilla-cherry blossom scent. Although the OG clear shade will always be close to our hearts, there are four other tints available for you to experiment with.
While the Kopari Lip Glossy is technically a gloss, it has everything a good hybrid product should. Not only is it packed with nourishing oils like squalane, coconut oil and shea butter, but it’s also petrolatum-free and has the perfect amount of slip. It smells good, too — just remember not to eat it.
Following the success of the Laneige Lip Mask, Laneige Glossy Lip Balm is the daytime answer to the night-time favorite. The lightweight, moisturizing balm contains murumuru and shea butter and is available in the signature berry lip mask scent, along with three other sweetly scented options.
If you’re in the mood to treat yourself, or want to add a luxe glossy balm to your collection, we recommend YSL Beauty Volupté Liquid Balm — a high-shine liquid lippie that offers loads of moisture. Because it has medium, not full, coverage, you can choose from a selection of pink and reds and make any of them work for you.
This hybrid has the shine of a gloss and the texture of a balm, which is why it has over 50K loves on Sephora’s website and hundreds of five-star reviews. It feels like nothing on the lips and comes in a 35 versatile shades (there’s even a navy shade named Cry Baby), so you can stock up on a few to wear depending on your mood.