It's a staple of even the most low maintenance beauty routines - but every girl knows the perfect lip balm is hard to find

Too sticky, too glossy, not moisturising enough or not long-wear - our list of lip balm complaints goes on and on. Given how often we dig into our handbags for a fresh application (we predict six, maybe eight times a day?), it's worth the search to find your favourite.

From cult-status pharmacy finds to luxurious salves worthy of a splurge, these are the 10 lip balms you need in tote, car and desk drawer. Pot or stick? Take your pick from the gallery above.

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