It is one of my deepest beliefs that lip balm should not cost more than $10. But Shay Mitchell (aka Peach Salinger in the Netflix show Us and Emily Fields from our favorite Freeform series Pretty Little Liars) and I clearly have different opinions on this.
Shay recently included a $65 lip balm by La Mer on a list of things she “can’t live without,” published by New York magazine’s the Strategist. In the interview, she told the publication, “One thing I hate is having dry, chapped lips. I always bring my La Mer Lip Balm with me to keep my lips soft. I love the consistency and how it keeps my lips moisturized all day.” OK then!
I understand Shay’s frustration with dry, chapped lips; we’re both Canadian and winters are tough on lips and skin. The same frustration once led me to spend what I thought at the time was an extortionate amount of money for lip balm: $22 for Drunk Elephant’s Lippe Balm. I scraped the last morsel of balm out of the packaging with my fingernails to ensure I got every penny's worth.
Now, thanks to Shay, I know that lip balm can be much more expensive. As part of an unscientific study, I spent the night zooming in on Shay’s lips on Instagram. Did I feel creepy? Yes, yes I did. Did her lips look especially soft? Also, yes. But I can’t say for certain that they’re any softer or moisturized than mine are. Ever since I started using Weleda's Everon Lip Balm, which I’ve found is just as good as Drunk Elephant’s Lippe Balm but only $7, my lips haven’t chapped once. The beeswax locks in moisture and means I don’t have to constantly reapply (though sometimes I do because I like the scent). Plus, it’s under $10!!!
While Shay claims that a swipe of La Mer keeps her lips moisturized all day, I wonder at what price!!? Wouldn’t it be worth reapplying a few times a day if it meant not spending $65 on lip balm? Good gracious.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue