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10 Colour-Changing Lip Balms That Are Next-Level

You don't have to get customised lip colours to own a one-of-a-kind shade – these colour-changing lip balms will do the trick.

We are a huge fan of colour-adjusting lip balms. We love the soft, lip-hugging colour that always looks more natural than any lipstick ever can. Plus, the hydrated, supple feel on our lips.

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So we did some research and it turns out, this is attributed to an FDA-approved dye that can be used in cosmetics, called Red #27t. And it isn’t your skin’s pH or body chemistry that causes the colour change (like a lot of the brands advertise them to be). The dye is colourless until it comes into contact with moisture, turning it bright pink. So in these lip balms, the ingredient is formulated to be ‘encased’ in wax or similar non-water based substances.

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Only when you swipe the lip balm on your lips, the wax breaks up and ta-da! Your lips start to change colour. The amount of Red #27 in different products determine the intensity of the pink tone that appears on your puckers. Not exactly magic, but still pretty cool all the same.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Color Replenish Lip Balm, $48
A hydrating balm that can be applied on bare lips for a personalised tint or under lipstick as a moisturising layer. It is said to respond to your lips “to reveal a shade that’s perfectly you”.   Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Lip Balm, $59, Sephora
The glittery navy blue shade looks daunting, no doubt – but your lips will turn out anything but blue. Instead, it’ll give your lips a bit of shimmer and tons of moisture, making it the perfect lip balm to pop over any red or pink lipstick. Laneige Stained Glasstick, price unavailable
The balm that changes the colour of other balms. Apply No. 1 Blue Topaz over your coloured lip balm for a cooler toned colour. On its own, it leaves a clean glowy sheen.   Dior Addict Lip Glow, $48
A sheer lip balm that enhances your natural lip color while moisturising and protecting the delicate skin. The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Mi Glow Lip Balm, $45
Veils lips in a soft glaze of moisture with a natural flushed rosy colour tinge. M.A.C Tendertalk Lip Balm, $38
A smart lip conditioner that reportedly creates your own personalised tint based on your body chemistry. IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain, $40, Sephora
A lippie that gives your pout a naturally pretty flush, with smoothing, hydrating and conditioning feel of a balm, plus a long-wear stain that doesn’t dry out lips. Sephora Color Adapting Lip Balm, $22
Promises to give you supple, soft lips with a unique pink shade. Catrice Tinted Lip Glow Balm, $9.50, Guardian
A lip conditioning balm that intensifies the natural colour of your lips and tints it with a subtle touch of pink. E.L.F. Cosmetics, Gotta Glow Lip Tint, Perfect Pink, $8.25,
An intuitive lip balm that smooths and hydrates, and leaves a soft, healthy hint of pink.