Friday, March 23, 2012

The Good, the bad, and the over hyped - Lip Balm Edition

As a continuation segment from my original searching for an HG pencil liner, lip balms, and just about any beauty product have a long standing list with me as being both necessary and worth the search

Today's topic: Lip balms

Are all lip balms created equal? no way! But with price variances ranging from .69 cents to $60 dollars the range is huge, so here is a little abridged guide to some of the ones from my past

I too, have fallen for the trap of cheaper convenience lip balms (which I love!) and the draw of higher end lip balms for those interested in that market.

Here are my thoughts on some of the stand out's I have tried (Good and Bad)

The Good

Burt Bees Lip balm: Waxy, minty, available everywhere, now in an arrange of shades, tints, and flavors. The only negative is the lack of SPF

MAC Tinted Lip Conditioners: I like these! Ok those who hate pot forms wont, but I like the subtle amount of color, spf factor, and the tub will last you quite a while. It also smells like vanilla which I don't love but its not over bearing, it's also smooth and easy to apply! They also sometimes come out with nice Limited Edition ( of course) shades

Bon belle Lip Smackers in Dr. Pepper: This product has sentimental value so I may be biased but I love the smell, the slight red tint, the smoothness, along with the price. Been buying this since I was 13 and will never stop!

The Ehhh

Rosebud Salve: I bought this because I thought the packaging was cute. Going to be honest. It took me YEARS to get through my one. I never repurchased again. Though many people hate the sanitary factor of these vintage looking tins, the new tube kinds are available, but this was a no for me. Felt a bit like Vaseline, rose scented at least, and did not last long on my lips

The Bad

CarMex: IM SORRY for those who love this stuff but I JUST DON'T GET IT. I've tried the pot form, the tube form, and the squeeze tube form. All different textures, all hate. Left my lips more chapped, felt like it was rubbing off my lips upon application, and the squeeze kind was like Vaseline again so slid off. This will always be a mystery to me in regards to it's cult following

Blistex Silk and Shine: Waxy, I thought all blistex was wonderful till I tried this one. They are all not created equal. At least it has SPF.

The Overhyped/Overpriced

By Terry Baume de Rose: Yes, I bought this. I was in one of those manic shopping days where everything is yes yes yes! Thankfully those days are far and few. I have used about half the tub of this and I AM going to use it all but I personally don't think its worth the price. It smells gorgeous, like roses, it has a very stick to your lips texture! When I apply it at night I feel it the next morning but the price, dear lord the price, far too high for what this is.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream: A celeb favorite. I got mine at Marshalls by the way…this like the By Terry, I apply at night and feel it the next day, except I personally think this is more hydrating. I also think it looks and feels like honey, but smells like a plastic factory.

If I were to repurchase one of these two, it would be the 8 hour cream, I have a huge tube instead of the jar so this is going to last me eons, but I would repurchase this. Not HG, but a nice night treatment.


My favorite

It's no surprise if you read my blog my favorite is the Blistex in the Blue Tub. OK, "Lip Medex"
Honestly everyone I have told about this and have tried it LOVE IT. Just heals cracked lips and is smooth and nourishing. Yes it's in a pot which is not ideal, but the product love is so high I don't care. The availability and price has me in love for the the rest of forever!

So tell me

What's your favorite?

56 comments:

  1. My favourite is actually the Carmex in the squeeze tube form! I've tried a lot of drugstore lip balms (Maybelline, Nivea etc.) but I really like this one. I think it's because it has a really nice minty smell and for me, it really moisturises them (especially notable when I put it on at night and wake up the next morning).

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  2. i like burts bees because it is natural and it is tingly but it disappears too quick on me. i still enjoy it. but i love the blistex blue pot. my favorite for night time. i want to try the laura mercier silk creme. my sister tried the blue pot of blistex and she went to work in NYC and when she came home she missed it so much she bought her own! she loves it, she used to love carmex but now her lips are "used to" the blistex. ive almost bought rose bud so many times but in the back of my mind i always think i wont use it up and it probably is over hyped!

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  3. I don't understand the cult following of the Carmex stuff either! It's very low quality, I feel, when on my lips. My favorite is the Burt's Bees pomegranate lip balm because it is nourishing and has a subtle hint of reddish pink. I'll have to try the lip medex one from Blistex. I've always wanted to and I have high hopes if you love it over the 8 hr cream (which i haven't tried either, lol, but I've seen at Marshalls a couple times. It's still expensive though!) :P

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  4. I actually haven't tried most of these! I am not a fan of the Burts Bees waxy ones, but their lip shimmers are lovely. I was always interested in the By Terry but would never pay that for a balm, I just can't do it I'd rather buy a foundation or blush. The Dr Pepper sounds really cool, and the MAC is something I think I will buy soon. Just bought my first tendertone so I'm excited for it to arrive :D
    Korres Jasmine Lip Butter is my ultimate, I wear it both at night and during day time and find it super moisturising!

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  5. ahhh i have alwys wanted to try the korres lip butters!! one day! i got a tender tone too! but have not used it yet! need to fin all my current balms first :)

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  6. i just dont get it, and ive tried carmex in all it's forms!
    HA yea its prob still expensive the 8 hour cream but its HUGE, i think once i fin it (yrs from now) im going to try to get one in the funky tubs
    ahh the pom one i have tried, its quite nice!

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  7. glad u tried the blistex and ur sister is also a fan!!!! ah i did try the Laura Mercier at the counter but the color was not something i could see so i didnt spend so much $, but it did feel nice!

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  8. im glad you found something that works for you, and carmex honestly i think has the best price!

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  9. I love Blistex. I's waaaay better than Carmex. I dont get all the hype over Carmex either tbh.
    Always wanted to try Rosebud Salve, because of the cute vintage pot. :)


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  10. hehehe it's just scented vaseline!!but i know i bought it for the tub too! :)

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  11. What a relief to see the By Terry is not everybody's favorite. I am a no-pot-balm gal and I don't like rose scents, either, so I feel left out from hype sometimes. Carmex: I also do NOT get it. Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker will always hold a place in my makeup-loving heart. What a gateway product!

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  12. I have a bunch of lipbalms in my rotation at any given time so I've tried my fair share. I agree with you on Burts Bees, Rosebud Salve and Carmex. I got Burts Bees during one of their giveaways maybe 2 years ago and I still have some left. It lasts FOREVER. Rosebud Salve is meh but I try to put it on before bed just to use it up and it's still on my lips by morning! I tried Carmex in the squeezy tube because I always hear good things about it.... Bad idea. It made my lips itch like crazy and made me develop cold sores (when my lips get irritated I get cold sores). I think my dad used to use the Blistex in the little blue pot. Maybe I'll try it out after I run out of everything I have now :) I've been trying to use up my Korres lip butter and I forgot how much I liked it. It's comfortable and gives the lips a nice tint!

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  13. Yeah, def quite a hyped product!! i love rose scents and the lip balm is good but that price, where did they get that!!?!?!
    Dr Pepper, a product I will prob ALWAYS repurchase! *high five*

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  14. itch like crazy? o no!! i need to try the korres ones! they always skip my mind! once i get through my current collection i may grab a few! steal some of ur dad's balm to try it!!

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  15. So far my favourite lip balm is La Mer Lip Balm. It is so moisturising. After I finish this one, I would try the lip balm with honey from Apivita, the lip balm from Bliss Fabulips, the butter balm (with spf 20) from Becca and Korres lip butter (guava).

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  16. I have tried so many too, my current favorites are Dr. Hauschka, Burt's Bees, and Pacifica.

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  17. the strawberry blistex ones - so nourishing and tastes really sweet. i completely agree - carmex is foul!~

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  18. Yep, I've tried several versions of the Rosebud salve and they all make me go, meh.

    My ultimate favourite is Lanolips Lemonaid, it is perfect in every way except being in a tube. For convenience; chapsticks in every pocket, handbag, desk drawer.

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  19. Oh you're so right about carmex! My favourite is a spf20 Neutrogena Norwegian Formula lipcare lipbalm (white tube in a stick).

    Also kind of glad you don't rate the By Terry one. Regularly tempted by that for some unbeknown reason. That and the Dior Creme de Rose Balm. WHY?!
    x

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  20. i haven't tried any of thus mentioned by you, i just use the mentholathum stick, the green 1. It's the only thing that work for my lips. i used vaseline and my lips got more chapped. ugh. i might try the burt's bees one anytime soon :)

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  21. That's a very interesting post! I always favoured waxy lip balms than those shiny formulations based on Vaseline. I recently bought the Kiehl's #1 lip balm, only because I read that the price had gone down a bit and wanted to see what the fuss is all about- now I'm completely disillusioned! Petroleum jelly is the first ingredient on the list (in such a high percentage on the formula), so it makes me wonder: is it really any different than plain Vaseline? Also, my lips chapped so bad until they got used to it, I find that then you switch lip balm formulas from waxy to petroleum-based, there tends to be an "adjusting" period of cracked, dry lips :( So after this little experiment, I'm going back to my trusty Apivita lip balms. And the Korres lip butters, though they have a second place in my heart ;)
    xx

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  22. oh i have always wanted to try the La Mer Lip balm!! i did not know becca made one! seems korres is a popular winner!

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  23. ohhhhhh Dr Hauschka has been added to the list!

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  24. blistex has a straberry one?? never saw it! need to search for this!

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  25. i have heard many things about lanolips but have never seen it, where do they sell them? Thanks!

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  26. completely agree about the Dior Creme de Rose! I tried it in the store and thought MEH! even though the container is quite pretty! i will keep my eyes open for the Neutrogena! thanks for the recc!
    Yea the By Terry actually should go into the "Products I regret Buying" but I AM going to finish it!

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  27. oh I have never seen mentholathum stick, where are they sold? thanks!

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  28. oh thank you so much telling me about the Keihls! i prob would have purchased it bc of hype!!!! ok im officially going to try the Korres bc im apparently last in the universe to give them a go!

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  29. Vaseline has been one of the leading cosmetics brand in skin care products. It’s a 100% natural product, rich in minerals.

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  30. I have the blistex LIp Medex too, my absolute all-time favourite. But I do have it in a chapstick form. (Maybe this is only available in Belgium, I wouldn't know)
    I agree with you about Carmex btw. Apart from the fact that it's a bit stingy which I like, it really does nothing for you!
    I've yet to try out EA 8 Hour Cream, but that a multi-purpose product so I think I might benefit from it. I have a dry skin, and dry spots are the hardest to get rid of.

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  31. Don't have Blistex here! My fav is Mentholatum Lip Pure but it doesn't go well with lipsticks. The texture is kinda like melted butter so it's really slippery.

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  32. My favorite is actually the burt's bees wax. It's the only thing I have liked since I was 15 and I'm now going on 28. I tried the Rose Bud Salve (in the tube) and I absolutely hated it. It made my lips very greasy and was not that conditioning.

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  33. I actually the Blistix one too!
    But my favourite one is MAC's lip conditioner in clear! It feels like it really soaks into my lips and I just couldn't live with out it!

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  34. I like the eos lip balms (they look like an Easter egg a bit!) and also love maybellines baby lips:)

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  35. oh, yes! I forgot about the Korres' lip butters! I always carry it with me and adore the smell!

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  36. I am from australia & almost everyone down here has a tube of Lucas paw paw ointment! It is honestly the best lip conditioner Ive tried to date. I have tried vaseline, blistex, carmex, mac tinted lip conditioners, maybelline and others but will always end up repurchasing Lucas ppo. Consistency is a little like vaseline without petroleum, therefore less greasy. When applied it makes your lips so hydrated & also stays that way! The finish is amazing! Similar to vaseline but 10x better. I highly recommend this! I actually left this in a friend's car and his friend who saw this put it on her lips & is now addicted lol. If you can ever get your hands on them, grab it! So affordable as well at $6 a tube. I rate it 10/10! (Been through so many tubes of this already and never switching)

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  37. Anddddd I always have multiple tubes at home, one for my bag, one for my car and one at home LOL....

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  38. I am from australia & almost everyone down here has a tube of Lucas paw paw ointment! It is honestly the best lip conditioner Ive tried to date. I have tried vaseline, blistex, carmex, mac tinted lip conditioners, maybelline and others but will always end up repurchasing Lucas ppo. Consistency is a little like vaseline without petroleum, therefore less greasy. When applied it makes your lips so hydrated & also stays that way! The finish is amazing! Similar to vaseline but 10x better. I highly recommend this! I actually left this in a friend's car and his friend who saw this put it on her lips & is now addicted lol. If you can ever get your hands on them, grab it! So affordable as well at $6 a tube. I rate it 10/10! (Been through so many tubes of this already and never switching)

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  39. oh i have heard of it but have never seen it in stores!!!! if i ever travel down under ill make sure to make that a must buy!

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  40. that's how i am about the blistex!!haha no shame just love

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  41. they have a clear one? is that the one in the tube?

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  42. 15 to 28? that's quite a relationship!!!! glad u found something that's really love!

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  43. no blistex? awww well i dont think i have ever seen Mentholatum Lip Pure, it just SOUNDS effective already! lol

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  44. omg a stick form of the lip medex would be a dream come true!! but i have only seen the tubs here! dang!

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  45. I'm a hoarder of lip balms ahaha I have to say my favorite was actually this one I got from Old Navy a couple years ago. It was surprisingly good and the smell was yum (vanilla cake, I think it was?). I used it up super fast, haven't found anything else much like it but I do quite like Softlips now and a few organic ones! :D Really want to try the Korres lip butters, but I need to finish the ones I have first!

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  46. owh its not available there? it's a drugstore product and it's available anywhere in Malaysia :D

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  47. I used to really love the original Burt's Bees Beeswax Lipbalm because it's the first I really tried when I got into beauty blogging, but looking back, I must say it now tends to let me down quite a lot. I'm currently trying Carmex and while I like the minty kick, I must agree with you that it's not the most moisturizing lipbalm. I have bought the squeeze-tube version yesterday because it was on sale and I'm glad it has SPF in it x

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  48. Boots in the UK which do not deliver to the US, you could try some Canadian stores- it is well worth tracking down.

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  49. I like smith's rosebud a lot - still my fave but if I have chapped lips I think Blistex would save me!

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  50. i rem you hauled smiths rose bud salve when u came to the states, im glad u like it but blistex rules right!! lol

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  51. i bought the squeeze tube bc it had spf too!!! but it slid off, but if it works for you, im so glad!! it's very economical! thats for sure

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  52. everyone raved about the lip butters from korres so much i ordered one!! haha i'll tell u how it is!

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  53. Surprisingly the Revlon Lip Butters! It didn't dry my lips out like it did for some people and I love the buttery texture and a hint of color is always plus to my pale lips!

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  54. I've used Burt's Bees for so long. Is it possible to become immune to it?? My lips have been hating everything lately. Looks like I need to pick up some "Blistex in the blue tub"!

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  55. i opened a burts bees recently bc I had so many in my collection from some buy 4 for the price of 1, and it has done nothing to my lips! they are chapped daily!

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  56. ohhh they dont hydrate my lips much, but im glad they work for you! tint and moisture!!

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