Luxurious Lip Balm Worth Its Lofty Price

Nothing against ChapStick, but my lips need more than what a $2 balm can offer. It's not that I'm a snob-trust me, I'd rather spend $40 on a new Gap top than a lip balm. But my perpetually rough pout needs to pull out all the stops if it's going to get smooth.

So even though it's one of the most expensive balms I've been lucky enough to try, I'll be sticking with-read: finding room in my budget for-Darphin Age-Defying Lip Balm.

Colorless and subtly sweet, Age-Defying Lip Balm instantly proved its superiority as soon as I applied it. It melts into skin with its deeply moisturizing mango and kokum butters, as well as miracle must-have ingredient argan oil.

In addition to softening my lips and increasing their comfort, the formula's palmitoyl oligopeptide offers line-fighting benefits that help promote a fuller appearance. And because of a satiny, matte finish, it's perfect as pre-color prep.

I'll probably have to give up something else I enjoy in order to keep buying this balm without breaking the bank, but what it does for my mouth makes it seem much more important than the occasional downtown dinner.