Welcome to the first edition of the we heart this Magnificent 7 list. As you may have noticed, our review team is filled with highly opinionated and well-educated beauty fiends. We wanted to do more to share this wealth of knowledge with our readers, and thus the Magnificent 7 list was born.
Each month, we will be surveying the wht review team for their opinion on the very best products on the beauty market. These women have seen, tested and tried it all (well, most of it) and we’re putting their research to use.
First up, that staple of all womankind, beautyoholic or not, the omnipresent lip balm. We all love them and each own dozens. But with so many on the market, how do you choose? Like the 96 US Gymnastics Olympic team, we’ve got a roster of 7 superstars that always offer consistently high quality performances. And just like the Mag 7 at the Atlanta games nailed routine after routine, our starting line up, balm after balm are all worthy of a perfect 10.
Keeping with our Olympic theme, if there were medals to hand out, Burt’s Bees Lip Balm would surely take the gold. This classic balm was by far, the top choice of our team. As stated in our Burt’s Bees round up, “This little tube of balm perfection has it all – a smooth, creamy texture, a soothing formula that both heals chapped lips and protects against future damage, 100% natural ingredients, a just right minty taste and smell, a hint of a tingle upon application – all for just 3 bucks a pop!”
Coming in a very close second, the silver medal goes to a huge up and comer in the lip balm world, the Original Formula Lypsyl. While a favorite of Europeans for years, this uniquely and adorably packaged balm is just making a splash stateside. Our review team flipped when we first laid our hands on them and months later, LypSyl shot to the top of our balm list. Creamy, soothing, hydrating with a large oval shape and a cute bee shaped slide control, LypSyl balms earn their spot on the the podium.
Rounding out our top three, the aptly bronzed metal tube of Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment takes our bronze medal. This balm is pure luxury; from its shiny metallic tube and lush consistency to its long lasting moisture and distinctive sugary sweet and lemony scent. And did I mention it has an SPF15 as well?
Our review team believes that Fresh’s Sugar Lip treatment is the most lush balm of them all. At over $20 a pop, it is pretty pricey, but well worth the splurge (and everyone should have at least ONE tube of this coveted balm at least once in their lifetime).
Rounding out the rest of the field, we have four more medal worthy contenders that just missed our podium. These lip balms are world class as well and deserve their own moment of Olympic glory:
• C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine – From the NYC cult favorite beauty company, this balm has so much shine it’s almost a gloss. The slight sticky formula means this balm (and that shine) really lasts and the freshly sweet flavor of Peppermint Oil freshens breath.
• Julie Hewett Los Angeles, Camellia Balm – Regular readers of wht already know we think Julie Hewett is the queen of all lip products. So it’s not surprising her multi-purpose balm made our list. Available in either a tube or pot packaging, this balm smells like summer with it’s fresh orange scent and glides onto lips like butter. Use it on lips, cheeks, cuticles or anywhere skin needs some help.
• eos Lip Balm – This all natural balm in the Summer Fruit flavor is a particular favorite of the team. The clear balm is known for its yummy taste and smell and you can lick your lips all you want, it’s 95% organic. Plus, the completely unique sphere packaging is worth a few extra points.
• Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve – A long time favorite of make up mavens, this multi-use salve has moved into cult beauty territory. The soft rose scent calms the senses and the balm is known for rapidly healing chapped lips. Plus, this salve soothes minor burns and calms skin irritations, including diaper rash.
Before we start the medal ceremony, we want to hear from the fans! Did we miss your champion lip balm? Tell us, which balms you think are medal worthy in the comments.