Hey everyone! I hope you have all been doing well. As you know, I haven’t been posting nearly as much over the last couple of months, but I am hoping that will change soon. I was offered a new job on Wednesday, to teach a course at my local community college. This is the exact kind of position I have been waiting for! Something that uses my degree, and makes it so I don’t have to work as a maid anymore! Anyways, I’m certainly going to be busy with the new job, especially since I haven’t taught this specific course before, but I still think I might have more time for blogging from now on. Especially since my free time will no longer be taken over with writing job applications and just the sheer exhaustion from working such a physically difficult job. So yay for change!
Moving on to today’s topic… When this lip balm first came out, I was immediately interested. I have been using the Lip Sleeping Mask from Laneige for at least over a year now, and I have truly fallen in love with it, after initially not feeling sure it was much different from any other balm. But I’m convinced it is now; I use it every night without fail. SO, seeing this daily, easy to carry version got me immediately intrigued. What made me hesitate a bit is the price… This sucker is $18 CAD, which in my opinion is outrageous. So I basically wasn’t planning on purchasing it, but I decided to anyways on a whim while in store at Sephora (classic). So, is it worth it?
Packaging and First Impressions
This lip balm comes in a typical squeezy tube with a slanted plastic applicator. Depending on the scent you purchase, the packaging comes in a different colour. This balm is available in four different shades: Pear, Peach, Grapefruit and Berry. Each are slightly tinted to match the scent (ex. peach shade for Peach), but I’m under the impression the tint is barely there. Pear is slightly green, but it comes off as transparent on the lips. The scent of Pear is like a sweet pear-apple that is not overwhelming.
Let’s keep in mind that as we are reading these claims, that this is a Korean brand 🙂 The english translation isn’t great.
“Perfect for providing winter lip care for lips with dead skin cell problem and which do not accept matte lipstick well! Lip Glowy Balm provides moisture and makes the lips supple and elastic
- Moisturized lip expression by instantly soothing dead skin cells as if having coated the lips with a breathing moisture film
- Non-stuffy lip makeup as if having coated the lips with a thin, clear film that does not hamper lip makeup color expression
- Makes the lips look supple and voluminous with natural revitalizing color expression
- Lip balm offers 4 kinds of fragrance: berry, grapefruit, peach, pear”
The ingredients in this lip balm mostly consist of emollients, skin softening agents, thickeners, and synthetic or plant-derived waxes. The preservative is dehydroacetic acid, which has been deemed safe when used in amounts of 0.6% or less. This balm does include fragrance (17th on the list), mica and methicone/dimethicone, which can be irritants for some people. This balm also includes a few dyes. Interestingly, the last two ingredients are aloe leaf extract and broccoli extract! I wish they were higher up on the list, since as it is there probably isn’t a lot in this formula. The only questionable ingredient (in my opinion) in this balm is BHT, which is the third to last ingredient (for this scent specifically). It apparently is a synthetic antioxidant that can have health risks when consumed orally, but does not pose a risk to skin when used at the typical levels in cosmetics 0.01-0.1%. Unfortunately we never actually know what percentage ingredients are used at!
I have defined the first 10 ingredients in the formula, but I did research all of them!
HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE: Emollient.
PHYTOSTERYL/ISOSTEARYL/CETYL/STEARYL/BEHENYL DIMER DILINOLEATE: Emollient.
HYDROGENATEDPOLY (C6-14 OLEFIN): Skin softening agent.
DIISOSTEARYL MALATE: Emollient.
PHYTOSTERYL ISOSTEARYL DIMERDILINOLEATE: Emollient.
MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX / CERAMICROCRISTALLINA / CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE: Highly refined wax used as a thickener.
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER: Emollient.
SUCROSETETRASTEARATE TRIACETATE: Emollient.
SYNTHETIC WAX: Texture enhancer.
Price and Quantity
This lip balm is priced at $18 CAD ($15 USD) and has 0.35 oz of product. While I think this lip balm is very expensive, it is nothing compared to some other products sold at Sephora!
Here are the comparisons listed from best value to worst value:
|Quantity (oz)||Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product|
|1||Rosebud Perfume Co. Tropical Ambrosia||9||0.5||18/oz|
|2||Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask||24||0.7||34/oz|
|3||Jack Black Moisture Therapy||11||0.25||44/oz|
|3||Lano The Original 101 Ointment Mulitpurpose Superbalm||23||0.52||44/oz|
|4||Laneige Lip Glowy Balm||18||0.35||51/oz|
|5||Farmacy Honey Butter Beeswax Lip Balm||13||0.12||108/oz|
|6||Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter||23||0.21||110/oz|
|7||Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm||20||0.15||133/oz|
|8||Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm||22||0.13||169/oz|
|9||MILK Makeup KUSH Lip Balm||19||0.1||190/oz|
|10||Sugar Advanced Lip Therapy Treatment||32||0.15||213/oz|
Overall, I am very happy with this lip balm. It is unlike any other lip balm I own, mostly because it really seems to be more of a gloss in a tube, rather than a balm. It is definitely a hydrating gloss, but it has much more shine and slip than a balm. Because it has such a slip to it, a little goes a long way, so that is definitely a good thing since this product is so expensive. When I am using any other balm, I definitely use more product per application. Also, it has the slightest sticky feeling that you would have with any good quality gloss. It’s not too much by any means, but it’s there.
As for this product being worth the high price, I’m not so sure. I don’t think it is MORE hydrating than my all time favourite balms like the Rosebud & Co. Tropical Ambrosia or the Jack Black Moisture Therapy. It is perhaps more moisturizing than most clear glosses, so if you like the ultra glossy look that does come with good hydration, this could be for you. But I honestly don’t think this balm is better than other more affordable alternatives. It is nice though, and I enjoy the scent!
When comparing this product to the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, I think the Lip Sleeping Mask is more hydrating. In appearance, it has less shine, and more of a creamy look. This balm is very clear and shiny. If you don’t care about portability or glossiness, I would recommend the Lip Sleeping Mask over this balm, especially since it has better value.
Although this is a good balm, I do not think it performs better than other less expensive alternatives. If the value was there, I would suggest this wholeheartedly, but it’s not. However, if you are looking for that high shine with a hydrating formula, this might be something you would like to try!