It's more like a gloss than a balm (see pic below), it's clear but it isn't at all sticky or gooey. It has a very slight sweet taste but nothing too noticeable. It's SO hydrating and applies really smoothly. Whether the weather is freezing cold/windy and chapping my lips or the weather's warm and they just need a bit more moisture, this really does the trick and has dry skin gone in no time.It's not expensive either (£2.50) and I think you can get it in some supermarkets. I really want to try more of the Anatomicals range actually, if this is anything to go by!