$3 vs. $50 Lip Balm


After a long winter of trying out different lip balms, I have come up a with a solid review of which lip balms are the best out there. This past winter, my lips have been oddly dry; drier than normal. Because I hate chapped lips, I have been on the hunt for the holy grail of lip balms and lip salves to hydrate my lips during Toronto's never-ending winter. In this review, I have three lip balms from a low, medium, and high price point. Keep reading to find out my personal recommendation!


So back in September, my lips were over-dry after consistently using the Jack Black lip balm. Although that one was pretty good, the slippery, petroleum texture eventually dried out my lips. So I went to Shoppers Drug Mart and picked up the Yesto Grapefruit Lip Balm. This one gets 4/5. It is super hydrating and lasts quite a long time. With this one, you do not need to reapply every 20 minutes, so for me, it was definitely worth the $3 price tag. However, it gets a little "goopy" after a while and sometimes left a slippery film on my mouth. 


Last month I ran out of the Yesto Grapefruit Lip Balm. In addition to that, my lips at the time had never been so dry. They were chapped and cracked and I needed an industry favourite. After some online research, I decided on the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm (and I also picked up their Lip Mask). This lip balm is amazing! 4.5/5! Like the Yesto one, it lasts quite a while and it's super thick. But unlike the Yesto one, it doesn't get goopy and it isn't a slippery texture either like Jack Black or Vaseline. Instead, it has a sticky texture that adheres to your lips, providing all-day hydration. At $20, it is significantly more expensive than a $1 Chapstick but if you need to quickly fix cracked lips, this will fix them instantly!


The Chanel Rouge Coco Baume. This was a major "treat yo self" purchase back in December. I bought this at Chanel's Nordstrom counter for $50 including tax. If you do want to buy it, buy it in stores as it's more expensive online. But anyways, I give this product a 3.5/5. The texture of the balm is so smooth and once it applies, it hydrates like a lip oil and it works very quickly. However, it's not the longest lasting lip balm and I found myself reapplying multiple times throughout the day. For a lip balm that's $50, I want to use it like once a week and have smooth, hydrated lips. So although it is a nice product, it's not worth $50.

The Verdict: "Expensive" is not always "best". Although the Chanel Rouge Coco Baume is nice, it doesn't last all day and therefore, not worth the price. In my opinion, the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm is the most worth it at it's price but the Yesto Grapefruit comes in at a close second for the formulation.