Lip tints have the texture of moisturizing balms with just a hint of color. They help relieve chapped or cracked lips, and many of them also come with an SPF to help protect lips from the sun. (Also, if you are in a bind, lip tints also make for great cheek stains.) Here are a few of my favorite brands.
Aveda Lip Tint SPF 15 is a conditioning lip balm with a hint of color and shimmer. It also tastes great since its key ingredients include avocado, mango, and wintergreen. But the most special ingredient is astaxanthin, an anti-oxidant that is 25 times more powerful than vitamin E. Aveda's packaging is also made from 100 percent recycled materials, which I think is wonderful. Buy it in seven shades here for $11.
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Prada Lip Tints have finally been created after many requests for the company to add color to its popular Shielding Balm SPF 15. This lip tint isn't sticky at all and leaves your lips feeling hydrated, plump, and buffed. The color is very sheer and will simply enhance your natural lip tone. Buy eight single-use packageshere for $38. Available in five tints.
Tarte 24/7 Lip Sheer is an SPF 15-enhanced sheer lip color with Vitamin E, mango, and cocoa butter. It's formulated to soothe your lips as well as provide stay-on color. I love the ways these lip tints are packaged just like a no-fuss chap stick, and I also really like their refreshing mint flavor. Buy them here for $14; available in 11 shades.