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A reasonable product but very overhyped
on 21 September 2013
I am going to admit that I only bought this because of the YouTube craze where every beauty guru on the planet kept raving about the amazingness of this balm. I have drier than normal lips because of past medical treatment and so I have tried just about every lip treatment and balm ever it seems. So when I kept seeing this about on YouTube I instantly had to have it.
I have now been using this balm for about a month constantly (I have two flavours strawberry and passionfruit) and can honestly say that it's ok as a lip balm.
Application 5/5: The shape of the balm is great - it glides on to your lips and you get good coverage with a single swipe (no need to keep dragging it back and forth) and although it's a hard ball shape, the product transfers nicely on to your lips. So even coverage and mess-free.
Performance 3/5: It's ok. If you have quite well-moisturised lips in the first place you might really love this however, for me and my drier lip type it's on the lighter side. When you apply it you can definitely feel that your lips have become silkier (but not greasy) and it doesn't leave a tacky sheen. Even when it wears off you still feel moisturised for quite a while afterwards. So why the 3 out of 5? Because after you have been using this for a while I feel that either it has a reverse effect or my lips get used to the formula and I start to feel as though my lips were actually drier than before. I feel that I need to apply this product more and more often throughout the day and that my lips are actually getting drier and drier. They always feel lovely and soft which is great but they are not moisturised which is actually what I want from a balm.
The cons: I have started to notice that my lips are getting flaky and I have never experienced this before. It didn't happen at first but a month in I notice big flaps of skin sloughing off and it happens even if I exfoliate my lips which I do once a week at least. Secondly the smell - this strawberry one smelt amazing at first but now the smell seems to have changed slightly and it a bit off-putting. I prefer the passionfruit flavour as the smell has stayed the same and I just think it's a better smell generally but even with the passionfruit flavour, the above issues with flaky lips and drying still apply.
Wow such a long review for just lip balm however, I really wanted to put this out there because I think that whilst this is an ok product it is very overhyped on YouTube. I think for an occasional lip balm this is a fun product and used in moderation or once in a while it is quite nice. Would I buy it again? No I don't think I'd pay this much for another one of these unless they change the formula and it really does become amazing. For now, there are better products out there.