Lighten up for the summer; trade your lipstick for a tinted lip balm!

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You can find a higher level of pigmentation in these lip balms than ever before; in come cases you get the color you’d want in a lipstick, but the moisturizing feel of the balm. And coverage?

If you’re wondering where lip crayons fit into the picture, although lip crayons could be considered lip balms, I wanted to focus on some of the newer formulas lip colors (for more on lip crayons, read my Top 10 Favorite Lip Crayons).

Most of these tinted lip balms contain oils in the formula, such as bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm and Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector.

While I don’t think lip balms will ever surpass lipsticks as the beauty product women buy the most, today’s tinted lip balms are worth checking out.

Red lips are a huge trend for summer (thanks, Taylor! ), but if a bold red lipstick would never be your thing, try the Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colorbalm in Sweet Guava or M·A·C Huggable Lipcolour in Flaming Lips.

Have you noticed the amount of new lip balms in the beauty aisles lately? It’s no accident.

And no need to hide this new breed of lip balms; the packaging is as sleek and chic as a lipstick.

The lip balms I favor offer sheer and in some cases, light-to-medium coverage. 1. 3. 4. 6. 7. 8. 10. 12.

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