Spurred on by recent glowing reviews of these lip balms by Emma on Fluff and Fripperies and Marian Keyes on Beaut.ie (yes, THE Marian Keyes), I felt I had to try them out for myself..all I need is a good make up review to enable me and I'm away! Anyway, these were part of my birthday treat to myself, so they arrived about a week ago and like a good little blogger I've been testing them thoroughly since then. I got two, Chubby Cherry- a lovely red/pink and Pudgy Peony (greatest name of all time)- a fuschia pink.
These are almost crayon-like in appearance, which appeals to the 8 year old in me, with a slightly waxy finish further adding to the Crayola similarity. Because of this, they seem to have good lasting ability (if I can get through a cup of tea and I still have some lip product in place, I generally consider that to be good lasting abilty. Fierce scientific altogether). The silver part at the end is for twisting upwards when you're running low on product- no messy sharpener/lip balm incidents necessary (which to be honest, was always my main reason for not buying these, once they added this feature- obstacle removed!).
These are 100% fragrance free, (which I think is not that surprising considering these are from Clinique) so those of you with sensitive skin or a dislike of scents that close to your nose will be happy out. Clinique actually describe these as a "moisturising lip colour balm", which is fairly spot on. They contain mango and shea butters for dry, delicate skin and I have to say, they do feel quite nice when applied. I also like the soft sheen of colour it adds- if you like to make a strong statement with your lips, these won't be for you but if you want a hint of colour without involving a gloss or a drying lipsick, (particularly for daytime) this is a good option. Here are the swatches:
Chunky Cherry and Pudgy Peony, with normal light, left and flash, right.
I think these two might be more pigmented than others, I've read a couple of reviews of the lighter shades online that suggest a lot of layering is needed to build up the colour, which I haven't found to be a huge issue with these. There are 16 shades to choose from in total (8 of those being recent additions), with similarly cute names, such as; Mighty Mimosa, Voluptuous Violet and Whopping Watermelon. These were 16 sterling each on the House of Fraser website, which is a bit pricey for these recessionary times we live in but I don't see either of them wearing out any time soon so probably good cost-per-wear-wise (if one could be bothered working that out). All in all, I like these, I don't know if they're going to be my favourite lip product of all time but they'd definitely make the shortlist!
Has anybody else tried out any of these little lovelies?