Burt’s Bees Hibiscus Tinted Lip Balm, $16 (4.25g)
This had a buttery texture that didn’t feel sticky or oily. It left a subtle sheen and stained my lips a light rose – perfect for a natural look. It kept up its moisturising effect for four hours, and my lips felt slightly hydrated even after eating and drinking.
Verdict: 7.5/10


Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in #05 Plushest Punch, $26 (3g)
This gave the best colour payoff with a velvety, semi-matte finish. The crayon-like tip made it so easy to outline and fill my lips, and it kept them moisturised for three hours.
Verdict: 7/10


Fresh Sugar Ruby Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF15, $33 (4.3g)
Its soft, creamy texture created a flattering pinkish-red sheen. My chapped lips were comfortably hydrated for 3.5 hours and I found the refreshing lemony scent a delight.
Verdict: 7.5/10


Kate CC Lip Cream in #06 Mode Pink, $8.50 (5g)
It glided on smoothly and even felt a little slippery on the lips. The lip cream had a hint of shine and left a light-pink stain on my lips even after they no longer felt hydrated; they were hydrated for up to three hours.  
Verdict: 7/10


L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime Tinted Lip Balm SPF25 in Rose Nude, $33 (4g)
The balm glided on smoothly, leaving a barely-there pink tint. It felt weightless, and made my lips look naturally smooth and supple – like I wasn’t wearing anything. I liked the high SPF but felt it wasn’t hydrating enough for my very chapped lips.
Verdict: 7.5/10


Laneige Water Drop Tinted Lipbalm in No. 2 Juicy Plum, $33 (3.5g)
This went on the smoothest and left my lips looking the glossiest. My lips stayed hydrated for three hours through lunch, and up to four hours through tea and water. 
Verdict: 8/10


Sisley Phyto-Lip Twist Tinted Balm in #8 Candy, $58 (2.5g)
It felt weightless and dressed my pout in a not-too-pigmented pink. It glided on smoothly, leaving a glistening sheen that I adored. My lips remained superbly hydrated for four hours.
Verdict: 9/10

This article was originally published in Simply Her December 2015.