The Best Lip Treatments

Delicate skin needs special care in January. These six new picks do it best.


Best Makeup Remover


e.l.f. Studio Kiss It Goodbye Lip Color Remover
It looks like gloss, but it actually erases stubborn stains. Apply it over colored lips, wait a few seconds, then wipe off. "It got rid of everything without any scrubbing," said a tester.

To buy: $3,

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Best Budget


ChapStick Total Hydration 100% Natural
A creamier version of the classic, this upgrade has shea butter and argan oil to give it slip without feeling slick. "It's a lifesaver when I go skiing," said a tester.

To buy: $3, and

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Best Scrub


H&M Beauty Clean Canvas Lip Scrub
Made with ultra-fine sugar granules, this gentle scrub removes flakes without being too abrasive. Use it to prep lips for bold color or to help a moisturizer penetrate better.

To buy: $10,

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Best Natural


Juice Beauty USDA Organic Lip Moisturizer
Nature-derived conditioning ingredients, such as cocoa butter, melt into lips and keep them soft for hours. The silky formula "isn't sticky at all," said a tester. Bonus: It smells like a Creamsicle.

To buy: $15,

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Best Splurge


Fresh Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm
Yes, it's pricier than the average lip treatment, but you need only a tiny dab of this ultra-hydrating salve to coat lips, leaving behind a "soft pink sheen" and a "plump finish."

To buy: $30,

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Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Eye & Lip Contour


Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Eye & Lip Contour
This anti-ager uses botanicals and hyaluronic acid to treat grooves—everything from crow's-feet to lip lines—making them look smoother. "It's not thick or heavy. It sinks into skin," said a tester.

To buy: $49, (available in February). 

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