I've been in a committed relationship with my Burt's Bees tinted lip balms since my sophomore year of high school almost 15 years ago. Specifically, the slightly tingly Burt's Bee's Lip Shimmer ($8) in the shade "Fig," a pretty plum with undertones of red and brown that's garnered me non-stop compliments for almost two decades.
Unfortunately, Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer and I are taking a break because I've met someone else. Ever since I was introduced to Kjaer Weis's lovely new Tinted Lip Balms ($35), which hit shelves last month, they haven't left my side. These moisturizing lipstick-balm hybrids kiss me with the most gentle, most barely-there hint of color imaginable, all while nourishing and soothing my pout for hours on end. Talk about love at first swipe...
I can't say I'm surprised—Kjaer Weis products rarely disappoint. Founded by Danish makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis, the luxury beauty brand uses only the best natural, organic ingredients in all of its formulations. Since launching in 2010, it's been sustainability-focused, too, swapping out plastic waste for refillable, recyclable packaging across its entire product line. Needless to say, its skin care, makeup, and tools are all beloved by W+G editors, and, arguably more impressively, by A-listers; in a TikTok from last August, Kate Hudson revealed she swears by the brand's cream blush and lip gloss to get her "hot girl summer" glow. Other stars, like Emma Watson, Ariel Winter, and Reese Witherspoon are big fans, too.
@thekatehudson I’m gonna do makeup 💄 #hotgirlsummer #cleanface #makeup ♬ original sound - Kate Hudson
While other Kjaer Weis products have wow'd me, it's the Tinted Lip Balms that have really blown me away, (so much so that I broke things off with my once life partner of lip balms). For starters, they're so soft and luscious on lips, thanks largely to the heavy load of organic emollients (Rose oil! Olive oil! Brazilian nut oil!) infused in every batch. There are 10 oils used in total plus an extra burst of hyaluronic acid and squalane—two derm-approved ingredients for hydration—in each stick that lock in moisture for all-day wear. And, yeah, we've all seen promises like "long-lasting hydration!" and "24-hour moisture!" slapped on packaging, but I promise, this isn't a marketing ploy. Kjaer Weis Tinted Lip Balms really last all day, quenching lips for literally hours on end.
What really stole my heart, though, are the gorgeous colors the balms come in, each one sheer and subtle to give you that "your lips, but better" look. With the first swipe, they almost go on clear, the tint is that slight. But they're really buildable—a few more swipes let's you play around with the color as much or as little as you like. And they're gorgeous. Currently, the Tinted Lip Balms come five shades (six if you include the colorless "Clear"): "Gracious," a soft petal pink, "Romance," a bright coral, "Lover's Choice," a deep, berry red, "Empower," a bold hot pink, "KW Red," a classic, looks-good-on-everyone red.
They're also packaged in the most chic refillable silver tube that looks like something from Tiffany's or Cartier. True to the brand's sustainable mission, the lip balms are sold in Kjaer Weis's signature Iconic Edition packaging, a shiny metal tube that doubles as a lifelong keepsake. If you already have the tube or have ran out of your favorite shade, you can simply buy refills ($17 each) that can be popped into the tube in seconds. It's smart, sustainable, and looks totally sophisticated on your vanity or in your purse.
Burt's Bees will always have a place in my heart, but for now, Kjaer Weis's nourishing Tinted Lip Balms have a place on my lips. Scroll to shop all of the shades and good luck choosing which one will win your heart—they're all that good.
This coral shade is one of my favorites, especially with summer in full swing. I like to think of it as “sunburn without the sunburn”—it’s got that crispy, orange-y red undertone that makes it look like I just stepped off the beach, even when I’ve been sitting at my computer all day.
“Lover’s Choice” has won my heart, too; I can’t get over how beautiful and effortless it looks when I have it on. The deep berry red is super customizable and can be amped up or down depending on your mood. If you’re feeling more subtle, I recommend sticking to one or two swipes. For more drama, add some more.
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