The Best Drugstore Lip Balms Under $5

Discover the best drugstore lip balms, all under five dollars. Reviews include Carmex, Chapstick, Maybelline, and EOS.
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Discover the best drugstore lip balms, all under five dollars. Reviews include Carmex, Chapstick, Maybelline, and EOS.

With temperatures soaring this summer, the thought of putting on a full face of makeup - especially lipsticks and sticky glosses - probably feels like a little too much. But, CF has you covered with five super cheap, super handy lip balms that will give you the perfect pout for everything from your everyday routine to girl's night out. 

Scroll down to see our picks for the best drugstore lip balms that ring in at under $5 each:

1. Best for Everyday Use: EOS Smooth Sphere

Eos lip balm

EOS Smooth Sphere in Summer Fruits - $3.49 at

The EOS Smooth Sphere lip balm has been a cult favorite for quite a while now (even Miley's a fan!). Its unique shape - which makes it easy to locate in the bottom of your beach bag - smooth texture, and the fact that it's 95% organic/100% natural make it a perfect choice for everyday use. Plus, it comes in some seriously summery flavors like Strawberry Sorbet, Lemon Drop, and Pomegranate Raspberry, which smell good enough to eat!

2. Best for a Night Out: Maybelline Baby Lips

Maybelline baby lips pink punch

Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch - $3.99 at

Heading out on the town, but can't stand the thought of reapplying your lipstick in the bathroom? Maybelline's Baby Lips cleverly combines clinical strength lip balm with shiny color and sweet flavor, meaning you don't have to worry about chapped lips or a colorless pout. Try Pink Punch, Cherry Me, or Grape Vine for subtle yet glossy pinks, reds, and purples.

3. Best for Sun Protection - Nivea A Kiss of Protection

Nivea a kiss of protection

Nivea a Kiss of Protection Lip Care - $2.99 at

Nivea is already a trusted and well-known brand when it comes to skincare, and their lip balms are no different. The best part about A Kiss of Perfection is that it has both SPF 30 and prevents moisture loss. So, when you spend all day next to the ocean, your lips won't suffer sun damage or get flaky in the wind. Score!

4. Best for Repairing: Carmex Cherry Flavor Moisturizing Lip Balm

Cherry carmex

Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm Tube in Cherry - $1.99 at

If your lips do see a little too much sun (or wind, or a cold sore, or they're are generally dry), Carmex will fix all your lip-related woes. It packs an intense punch of menthol and camphor, but the sweet cherry flavor and shiny finish make it feel less like a medicated treatment and more like, well, a treat.

5. Best All-Around: Cherry Flavor ChapStick

Cherry chapstick

ChapStick Classic Lip Balm in Cherry - $1.59 at

An all-time classic and a favorite of Katy Perry, the famed cherry flavor ChapStick is possibly the best inexpensive and effective you can buy. Its waxy texture means it stays on through just about everything, while its subtle pink color, softening effect, and yummy cherry smell make it perfect for everyone. Oh, and it has SPF 4 and protects against chapped lips and windburn - like we said, for the price, it's the best all-around!


What do you think of these picks? Do you use any of these products? Which lip balms would you add to this list? Add your thoughts below in the comment section!