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Tinted Lip Balm vs. Lipstick – Which one should I choose?

Tinted lip balm, the best hybrid between makeup and skincare, and classic lipstick both contain colorants responsible for their tint. However, they differ by their ingredients, their texture and thus by their characteristics. But which one to choose when it comes to tinted lip balm vs. lipstick? Here's a quick overview and our recommendation.

The Disadvantages of Classic Lipstick.

Lipstick is a makeup product intended to give a glamorous effect to the lips by coloring them. However, depending on the texture, lipstick has the disadvantage of drying out the skin of the lips, especially those with a matte finish. It is therefore advisable to apply a moisturizing lip balm as a makeup base to protect them from drying out and to which the lipstick will cling better.

Moreover, because of its direct contact with the mouth, lipstick can potentially present long-term health risks depending on its composition. A study revealed that women ingest between 20 and 50 mg of lip products (gloss, lipstick, lip balm) per day. Lipstick contains above all natural or synthetic pigments that give it its color, but it is also generally composed of:

  • Chemical preservatives such as phenoxyethanol, BHA or BHT to prevent the proliferation of microorganisms or oxidation of the product. However, these are suspected to be endocrine disruptors;

  • Petrochemical products based on hydrocarbons such as kerosene oil (INCI name: Paraffinum Liquidum), polybutene, kerosene wax (INCI name: Microcrystalline Wax) or ozokerite to give shine and consistency to lipstick. However, these components have been shown to be carcinogenic. They can also have negative effects on fertility and the hormonal system, if ingested;

  • Heavy metals such as lead, manganese, chromium, or aluminum that can cause several potential health problems (infertility, nervous system disorders, liver tumors, etc.).

Tinted Lip Balm Benefits.

When it comes to lip balm vs. lipstick, we would recommend you to choose the best tinted lip balm. The skin on the lips is thin, delicate, sensitive and lacking in sebaceous and sweat glands. It is exposed to the cold, wind, and sunlight on a daily basis, which can cause it to dry out. They are then chapped, tight and tingling. In order to protect them against these external aggressions, whatever the season, and to preserve their pulpy, soft, smooth and silky aspect, the application of a lip balm is recommended. It helps to repair, moisturize, soften and protect weakened and dry lips.

However, by opting for a tinted lip balm, you won't have to wear lipstick to make up your mouth. It combines the color of a classic lipstick with the comfort of a lip balm. At Typology, we have designed a range of the best tinted lip balms with a wide palette of five colors, suitable for all occasions and skin tones: pink beige, powder pink, ruby red, coral orange and plum purple.

Formulated without mineral oils, silicones, hydrocarbon-based products and parabens, our tinted lip balm is enriched with components of natural origin with moisturizing, regenerating and nourishing properties. This 2-in-1 care product effectively fights against dehydration of your lips, softens them and protects them for a long time, while subtly enhancing them.

Sources :

  • ROJAS-CHEATHAM A. & al. Concentrations and potential health risks of metals in lip products. Environmental Health Perspectives (2013).

  • GROB K. & al. Mineral oil and synthetic hydrocarbons in cosmetic lip products. International Journal of Cosmetic Science (2016).

  • FLORES E. M. M. & al. Toxic and potentially toxic elements determination in cosmetics used for make-up: A critical review. Analytica Chimica Acta (2020).

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