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All The Most Pigmented Tinted Lip Balms You're Sure To Love

Face it, there’s nothing less sexy than dry, chapped lips. And just like how we need to moisturise our faces every day, lip balms help to hydrate and protect our puckers. However, many women tend to skip out on applying balms, preferring instead to go straight for their lipstick.

And while it’s actually recommended to layer a balm before your lip colour (it not only protects but also helps your lipstick glide on more smoothly for a better finish), Singaporeans tend to prefer a fast makeup regime and avoid layering products.

Our fuss free solution: using a pigmented tinted lip balm. They not only nourish, soften and moisturise, but also give colour that is stronger than the subtle wash that you usually associate with a tinted balm. Think of them as a lighter version of a glossy lipstick but with double the skin-loving benefits. These are our top picks.

#1: Kiehl’s Buttersticks Lip Treatment, $28
A nourishing blend of lemon butter and coconut oil melts on your lips to hydration and add a pop of colour. It’s formula also includes an SPF25 sunscreen to protect your puckers from UV rays. #2: By Terry Baume de Rose Nutri-Coleur, $81, Escentials
Infused with long-wear pigments, this nourishing treatment is infused with rose flower essential wax, pastel oil, conditioning shea butter, antioxidant vitamin E and strengthening ceramides to encourage cellular regeneration and hydrate to leave lips smooth and soft. #3: GlamGlow PoutMud, $35, Escentials
This creamy, buildable balm enhances lips’ natural hue and is loaded with hydrating ingredients like sweet almond oil, cocoa oil, murumuru butter, shea butter, tamanu oil and the brand’s Teaoxitm Moroccan Mint Leaf technology to renew, energise, smooth and hydrate. #4: IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain, $40, Sephora
This  4-in-1 lipstick-balm-gloss-stain gives colour that lasts all day and is infused with essential butters and oils, hyaluronic spheres and antioxidants to smooth the appearance of lip lines, treat, condition, and lock in moisture. #5: Laneige Two Tone Tint Lip Bar, $32
This has a ‘V’ cut that splits the bar into two parts: rosy coverage on the tinting zone on the lips while keeping the outer areas hydrated. The triangular tint translates into a colour gradient on the lips, while the balm moisturises the outer lips, creating the natural pout in one single swipe. #6: M.A.C Tendertalk, $38
This smart lip conditioner creates a personalised tint based on your body chemistry. Combining nourishing skincare and technology, it helps keep lips soft and moisturised while intuitively offering the right colour for you. #7: Sephora Rouge Balm, $22
The creamy gel-balm delivers fresh and vibrant colour and has light-reflecting pigments for a great shine. It also has yuzu extract and a vitamin E derivative to hydrate and nourish. #8: Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF15, $36
This versatile formula allows for buildable coverage to create a sheer or rich hue. Formulated with nourishing sugar, hydrating oils, and antioxidant-rich vitamin C and E, it provides moisture for up to six hours and protection from UV rays. #9: Sulwhasoo Essential Lip Serum Stick, $50
This provides a pigmented finish on lips while enhancing moisture retention and protecting skin against external aggressors with a Camellia Oil Safflower Complex, leaving puckers looking healthy and soft. It also has apricot kernel oil and an elastic complex to fill in the surface of the lips to give a smooth, silky finish. #10: YSL Beauty Volupte Tint-In-Balm, $54
This has an outer shell that gives vivid yet slightly translucent colour payoff, while the inner core lip motif reinforces the formula for a more lasting finish. The hybrid formula gives you a moist finish, nourishing care and a glowing hue. Like this? Check out these easy to use stick blushers that give a natural flush, a Korean lipstick range that allows you to customise your own lippie and the products currently in our beauty editor’s makeup bag.