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Lip Balm Quick Reviews: Clarins, Jack Black, Nuxe, Tarte, Tatcha, First Aid Beauty

For reference, I test lip balms over months, not weeks or months, as I like to test them under a variety of conditions. My lips are usually what I’d say are “normal,” where they’re not dry, chapped, or cracked, and don’t feel like I need to wear lip balm all the time. As a result, a lot of lip balms are more than adequate for my day-to-day needs, which is why I end up testing them over prolonged periods of time so I can catch my lips when they’re worse as well. I typically test lip balms in the early morning, late evening, and overnight. These are a few I’ve tested (but haven’t gotten around to reviewing) over the last year and a half to two years:

01/03

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm  

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm  

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm  

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm ($24.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is supposed to have “intensive hydration for dry, chapped lips.” After trying this last year, it became my “holy grail” of lip balms (though there are others I still love and use!). The reason I love it is for how hydrating it is without ever feeling heavy, clingy, or tacky. It has a really smooth, more gel-like consistency on the lips that still lasts for hours but is incredibly comfortable to wear. There’s a subtle, sweet rose scent but no discernible taste–the scent was so subtle to my nose that I forgot it was scented until I sat down to write the review.

For me, the formula works well as a night time lip balm as well as a daytime one, as it can go under lipsticks well, too. This is the lip balm I reach for at night time, and it has worked well whether my lips are dry from too much swatching or testing of drying lip products as well as just when my lips are in “maintenance mode.” I’ve repurchased this one a few times since initially trying.

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Becca Bali Sands & Bronzed Bondi Sunlit Bronzers

01/07

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer

Bali Sands

Becca Bali Sands Sunlit Bronzer ($38.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, light-medium brown with warm, golden undertones and a fine, gold pearl. It had good pigmentation, though the consistency was slightly dusty, so it sheered out a bit when initially applied. The texture was very soft, silky, and finely-milled, which made it easy to work with and blend out on my skin. This was one of the less shimmery and luminous shades in the line-up, but the fine gold pearl gave it a soft, satin sheen. I expect this to work well for lighter skin tones who want a warm, more golden/yellow-toned bronzer. The powder wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

The formula is supposed to have a “silky texture” with a “natural warmth.” It’s a powder bronzer that’s available in five shades–from a light-medium brown to a deeper copper-red. Overall, the texture of the formula was soft, smooth, and blendable with a couple of shades being dusty and others being well-balanced between soft and firm. The coverage was mostly opaque to opaque, so a little went a long way but the softer powder made it easy to diffuse and blend out for sheerer coverage, if desired. The formula wore from seven and a half to eight hours on me.

Becca Sunlit Bronzer Bali Sands
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

01/06

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette

Pirates of the Caribbean

LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette ($30.00 for 0.54 oz.) includes three highlighters and three blushes. The palette features the brand’s Light Source Illuminating Highlighter and Color Source Buildable Blush formulas. The highlighter formula is supposed to be buildable and luminous, but my experience with them was that they were quite pigmented–soft enough to blend them out or use a bit less for sheerer coverage, just not what I’d actually describe as buildable. As you might guess from the name, the blush is supposed to be buildable, though two of the three shades were rather pigmented and one was more medium and buildable. The palette’s more amped up pigmentation was why it was rated lower, but if you’re the type of person who wants more pigmented highlighters and blushes, then it should work well for you.

LORAC Cheek Palette Pirates of the Caribbean
B+

Limited Edition

9
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Fortune

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B

Lost Soul

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B+

Destined

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B+

Caribbean

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B+

Star Reader

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B+

Bold Spirit

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Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

01/06

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Viseart Ablaze Theory Cheek Palette

Ablaze

Viseart Enamored Theory Cheek Palette ($45.00 for 0.32 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. Per the description, the bronzer is actually listed as “sheer bronzer,” which is good, given it was quite sheer. For reference, the blush formula is also a “sheer to fuller coverage” product–sheer but buildable. I have found that Viseart’s more matte/satin cheek powders apply a lot better than they look on my arm. Ultimately, they apply better in thinner, more gradual layers than applied more heavily and then blended out. If you aren’t a fan of sheerer blushes and bronzers, I don’t think that the Viseart formula is ideal for you, even though they are certainly buildable.

Viseart Theory Cheek Palette Ablaze
Ablaze
Ablaze
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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