We’re all about light makeup this summer, and that means skipping the heavy lipsticks and gooey lip glosses for these balm-like sheers that give just a hint of colour and shine. Here are our faves, tried and tested!
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm
Just in time for summer, Clinique has introduced eight new shades of their popular Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm (pictured). Wear on its own for a natural-looking pout, or layer one over another to create one-of-a-kind shades. You can also add a coat to your favourite lipstick to give it a shimmery finish. A blend of shea and mango seed butters and antioxidants moisturize and soothe lips.
$19; at Clinique counters, www.clinique.ca
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Caresse Lipcolour
For a slightly more saturated colour with a smooth, light lip balm feel, try one of these 12 gorgeous shades (like the pretty in pink Pink Cashmere), which feature 50% less heavy wax than a traditional lipstick.
Pür Minerals Lip Gloss Stick
Part lipgloss, part pencil, all amazing. Expect the kind of coverage you get from a lipgloss with the application ease of a pencil. A vitamin E-infused formula moisturizes lips and imparts a nice shine. Plus it’s paraben and gluten free! Available in 4 shades.
$15; at Shoppers Drug Mart, www.purminerals.com
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
With six nature-inspired shades to choose from (we love the peachy Tiger Lily), this natural lip balm offers the subtlest hint of colour and shine as it cares for your lips with conditioning shea butter and vitamin E. Perfect for that almost-au naturel look.
$7.99; at select grocery, drug and mass retailers, www.burtsbees.ca
Mereadesso Tinted Lip Treats
It’s official: We’re addicted to this lip balm-y lipstick, that dispenses the perfect amount of colour with a lip balm-like finish (light, smooth and not too shiny). Now available in Burgundy and Pink (our go-to shade, which also happens to have been co-created by Kimberley Newport-Mimran of Canadian fashion label Pink Tartan). We don’t leave home without it.
$28 (sold in pairs); www.mereadesso.com