Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: We are not—we repeat, are not— suggesting that you trade in lip balm for a lip mask. Lip balms are a beloved beauty product staple for good reason and deserve to always have a place in your purse, pocket, nightstand, you get the picture. Rather, we’d like to make the argument that a lip mask isn’t a replacement for a balm, but instead, it’s a perfect pairing.
When your pout is especially chapped, or you need a plumping boost, or if you’re just looking to up your ‘Netflix and mask’ Sunday self-care routine, that’s when you reach for a lip mask. The ones below are a great place to start, offering hydration, smoothing, softening, and plumping benefits (and more). Pick one up and pucker up.
Here are the best lip masks to try now.
Best Fast-Acting: Patchology FlashPatch Hydrating Lip Gels
Short on time? No sweat. These patches work in just five minutes, AKA so fast that you can even pop one on at your desk if you’re going straight from the office to a first date. (No? Just us?) A litany of skincare ingredients—think niacinamide, peptides, and green tea extract—soothe and deliver anti-aging benefits, while also hydrating and enhancing your lip shape, too.
Patchology FlashPatch Hydrating Lip Gels; $15