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Addicted to ChapStick ( lip balm)

21 Feb

So finally the beauty industry has realized that a generation of us ladies are addicted to ChapStick! More accurately addicted to lip balm, of which ChapStick is only one brand.  Our mom’s cherry ChapStick was probably everyone’s first beauty product. But by the time I was in high school Lip Smackers was the huge rage. I had a pretty decorative bowl in my room full to the brim with every flavor of Lip Smackers imaginable and everyday before school I carefully picked out which flavor I was going to use. In my bag I always had my favorite flavors and the flavor of the day. And I re-applied constantly whether I needed it or not. It was the same with all my friends. And to this day I get a Lip Smackers holiday gift pack for Christmas. But as I grew up my lip balm options did not. So most often I would wear a layer of lip balm and then a layer of lipstick or lip stain for color. I ended up having a small make-up bag in my purse just for lip products. But just recently a flood of tinted lip balm products have hit the beauty market and I was more than happy to try them all. Anything to feed my addiction and make my purse a little lighter.

I started by trying Burt’s Bees. I really like this more natural line of products. And when I went to the store the tinted lip balm looked huge! Which was good because it was very pricey at $6-$7. I also was impressed that the packaging was made of recycled cardboard. But after first look everything else was disappointing. The huge cardboard tube was just outer packaging. When you pulled it apart a regular sized, plastic tube of lip balm fell out. And the lip balm itself was not worth the price. It had a very minty taste/smell which I disliked and the color was minimal. There was also little difference between colors once applied. Pinks and reds looked the same on my lips. Browns were slightly darker. Overall: not worth the money.

Second product up was Maybelline BABY lips. A larger tube compared to average lip balms and only $2-$3. It comes in both tinted and non-tinted varieties. The colored ones are fruit flavored and very creamy. They smell divine and don’t feel heavy.  I loved these!! The colors are vivid and you can tell the difference between a red and a pink. They last a little bit longer than an average lip balm too. The only problem I have found is that they fly off store shelves so they can be hard to find. Overall: if you see them, buy as many as you can in every color! And with summer coming I can only imagine they will get even harder to keep in stock.

Covergirl came out with Natureluxe. With a spokesmodel like Taylor Swift, this product is very popular. And it is at a mid-range price of $4-$5, making it even more popular. Now Covergirl had an older product that was a larger sized tinted lip balm and some places carry both. The one I am reviewing here is a new release in a green tube. It is a thinner tube but actually holds the same amount as an average lip balm tube. This is a very creamy formula also. The color goes on very nicely at first but it is just a hint of color. The lip balm and color do not last very long at all though. I would say these are only a slight step up from Lip Smackers. Overall: not a stand out. Not in color or lasting effect.

And to round out the review I tried Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter. It is on the more expensive side of drug store products and lip balms at $6-$8. It is the price of a regular drug store lipstick. It is very creamy and long-lasting. The colors are vivid and you can tell difference between a pink or a red once it is on. It does feel heavier that lip balm. And I think it might have some plumping elements in it too because when I first put it on I got that tingling plumping feeling in my lips. Overall: More of a lipstick than a tinted lip balm.

I am sure there are tons more out there but these were the major ones that I had tried so far. I will always love my lip balms and I am so glad that beauty product makers are finally giving me more options. It always depends on what you are looking for in a product and that matters more than any review. Hope you enjoyed this and please leave comments on what you think!!

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