This tinted lip balm is so good that I've used it every day for an entire year—and I've cleared *countless* tubes

Softening, tinted and generally very cute

Shannon Lawlor wearing Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balms
(Image credit: Shannon Lawlor)

There a few things I detest more in the world of beauty than lipsticks that dry out my already very dry lips—and I'm pleased to admit that Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm is not one of them. Because, yes, even some of the most seemingly nourishing lip balm formulas can turn my lips dry and flaky in a matter of minutes.

And dry lips do not make for a good base for lipstick. Not only does lipstick tend to look terrible on my patchy lips, it also dries them out even more, making matters worse. As a result, most days I avoid lipstick entirely—reserving it only for very special occasions and nights out. Instead, I like to opt for hydrating, tinted lip balms and lip oils. And for the past year or so, the product I have found myself turning to day after day is Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balms.

Shannon Lawlor holding Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balms

(Image credit: Shannon Lawlor)

I've been a long-time fan of Summer Fridays products, and the Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm has proved a particular favourite. When the product first launched in its single vanilla scent a few years ago, it came in messy aluminium packaging that was prone to splitting. But it smelled like vanilla, and not in a sickly sort of way—rather it smelled like fresh, straight-out-the-pod vanilla that makes you feel clean rather than sticky and tacky. And, above all, it proved incredibly soothing and softening on the lips.

I liked it when it first launched, but it wasn't medicated or hardworking enough for me to include it in my daily rotation. If only, I remember thinking, Summer Fridays would bring out some tinted options for everyday wear. Fast forward to now and Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balms are available in an array of super-wearable shades, housed in recyclable bio-resin tubes—and over the past 12 months, the formulas have basically never left my lips.

Shannon Lawlor wearing Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm in Iced Coffee

Shannon Lawlor wearing Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm in Iced Coffee.

(Image credit: Shannon Lawlor)

The nourishing butters (the formula is very much true to its name) deliver the perfect wash of balmy colour that sticks around for an impressive amount of time. They're not sticky, they don't end up all over teeth and, most importantly, they're incredibly comfortable to wear.

Containing a blend of vegan waxes, shea butter and murumuru seed butter, the butter-balms work to soften lips for ultimate comfort and soothing nourishment. And, as for the shades available, my current favourite is Ice Coffee, a sheer, wearable nude-brown that gives my lips a faint wash of gloss. I'm also a huge fan of Pink Sugar, an iced baby-pink sort of glaze, and the red-toned Cherry for when I want a more impactful hit of pigment.

The one catch? They are quite pricey, coming in at £23 a pop. Having said that, my previously go-to lipstick for the daytime comes in at £27 and these little tubes last an impressively long time. (Even with daily use, it takes me a couple of months to get through a whole one.) When I think of this as a lip balm, yes £23 seems expensive. However, when I reframe it as the tinted lip colour I reach for day in, day out, £23 is far more aligned with the amount of money I'm okay with spending.

So if, like me, you have dry lips and struggle to find a lip colour for everyday wear that doesn't exacerbate the problem, take it from me: Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balms are your best bet.

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Shannon Lawlor
Executive Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is the Executive Beauty Editor at Marie Claire. With nearly a decade of experience working for some of the beauty industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear, Glamour UK, Stylist and Refinery29, Shannon’s aim is to make the conversation around beauty as open, relatable and honest as possible. As a self-confessed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for hard-working perfumes, fool-proof make-up products and does-it-all skincare.