Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Sara Happ The Lip Slip
Sara Happ The Lip Slip

Sara Happ The Lip Slip

Sara Happ The Lip Slip ($24.00 for 0.5 oz.) is an ultra rich potted lip balm that will wear as the day is long. Quite possibly one of the longest wearing balms I’ve come across, but also the stickiest product I have ever tried. It has a smooth, glide-on texture, but it is so very tacky. If you thought MAC Lipglass was tacky, you’re in for a surprise. The stickiness inevitably has a hand in how well and long this wears (overnight). Though it looks pink in the jar, it’s colorless with very faint micro-shimmer (that is more reflective than noticeable). Lip Slip smells like roses but doesn’t have a taste.

The outer packaging is adorable, and the bow is certainly a nice touch, but I don’t think the actual potted balm is as decadent as the outer packaging. It’s just a plastic screw-top jar that feels a little clunky when you screw it on. At $24, I would expect more elevated packaging–not just a pretty box.

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Sara Happ The Lip Slip Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
As moisturizing as this balm is, the stickiness is too much for me. It works tremendously well but to me, the texture is too sticky, too thick. It's a pain to remove from cups, and I don't really like how my lips stick together every time I open my mouth to talk to someone. As a night time treatment, it is a lot more maneuverable, but I couldn't wear this during the day.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Cham-Pale Lipsticks
MAC Calm Mode Tinted Lip Conditioner

MAC Cham-Pale: Lip Conditioners

MAC Lip Conditioners SPF15 + Lavender ($14.50 for 0.5 oz.) are potted lip balms and new and limited edition with Cham-Pale.  There is one that is tinted, Calm Mode, which MAC describes as a “light neutral beige,” while the other is colorless.  I actually found it more of a soft neutral pink than a beige–very much my-lips-but-better kind of a shade.   Well, maybe not for me, as it’s a little light, so it can look obvious and milky on my lips in particular, but it’s that type of a pink; subtle, rosy, easy to wear.  It is incredibly similar to last year’s Feelin’ Good.

The lip conditioners had a very light scent to them – vanilla and something, but I couldn’t detect any lavender to it (my nose is by no means a superior sniffer, though).  The scent of these is nothing like Fix+ Lavender (good news for me!).  Even though the formula is nice enough–smooth, moisturizing, comfortable–potted balms aren’t as sanitary as I’d like.  For me, lip balm is something I carry around in my purse or pocket, that I probably reapply a couple of times a day as needed.  With a potted lip balm, you need to be sure to use only clean fingers or else a lip brush.  I also wish these lasted longer, as I feel like they disappear within an hour or two.

I will also caution you about the tube versions of MAC’s Lip Conditioner (not promoted in this launch), as the caps easily come off in my bag.  I was constantly finding mine un-capped, rolling around in who-knows-what at the bottom of my bag, and it was just gross.  I’ll keep this at my desk or on my night stand, but it’s not travel-friendly enough for me to use regularly.  (Plus, Jack Black’s lip balms work better for my lips!)

MAC Cham-Pale Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

RECOMMENDATION: I like the color of Calm Mode, and if you find your lips need a lil’ extra pink to make them look alive, you might consider grabbing a pot of it.

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Jack Black Lip Balm Trio
Jack Black Lip Balm Trio

Quick Review: Jack Black Lip Balm Trio

Jack Black It’s the Balm Lip Balm Trio ($19.50 for 0.75 oz.) includes three full-sized flavors of Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm. Two of the three flavors are limited edition (at present) — when I inquired as to whether they would be made permanent, the brand indicated that it would see what customers’ response was. It’s a terrific stocking stuffer and an overall good deal, as individually sold versions are $7 a pop ($21 for 3).

I’m a huge fan of this lip balm.  I have one in every room, my purse, my car… you name it.  I think there are three on my nightstand, actually!  Super moisturizing, comfortable to wear, and lasts for hours.

  • Natural Mint is minty-fresh with a slight tingle (but nothing burning or uncomfortable in the least). After much trialing, I think Natural Mint is my personal favorite.
  • Black Tea & Blackberry is a sweetened berry-scented balm with a slight sweetness to taste.
  • Grapefruit & Ginger smells like grapefruit; not overly sweet, strong citrus notes, and it even tastes a bit like grapefruit.

Please see my full review of Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Yes, yes, yes!  I recommend these to everybody who wears lip balm!

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

NARS Angelique Lip Treatment
NARS Angelique Lip Treatment

When Quantity Matters

NARS Angelique Lip Treament ($25.00 for 0.06 oz.) is an ultra sheer neutral rose that almost leans coral–it just brightens up my natural lip color a bit. It has a glossier finish than your average lipstick, but it feels very lightweight and is moisturizing if you have healthier lips. It’s not overly creamy, bit it glides on lips easily and doesn’t feel like you’re wearing enough, but this also means that it’s just as easy to over-apply the product. (And trust me, with the amount you get, you don’t want to do that.) It doesn’t keep my lips moisturized all day though, and I do find myself needing to reapply every three to four hours.  It also carries a rating of SPF 15 (titanium dioxide).

So, this is a situation where I’m really bothered by the product’s price/quantity ratio. I’m willing to give all products a fair shake, and I recognize that there are brands at different price points with some brands trying to be more accessible and others remaining at arm’s length and obviously in the luxury category. I expect pricing to be in line with the brand’s image, similar products, etc., and I expect quantity to be around the average for that brand and/or direct competitors.

I don’t understand why NARS’ Lip Treatments are $25 (which is $1 more than their lipsticks and glosses) and HALF the size.  This is not a product that packs a ton of pigment in a single swipe so you can put it up to using less, or it’s full of innovative, never-before-seen ingredients/technology.  This is a product I’d easily use 3-4 times a day:  two weeks of usage and it’s already over half gone.

And so many thought Fresh was a splurge at $22.50 (but for 0.15 oz.)… Dior (which tends to be pricier than NARS) has their Lip Glow ($28.00 for 0.12 oz.), Fusion Beauty has LipFusion Balm Lip Conditioning Stick ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.), and so on. If you want to go NARS, I’d suggest one of their lipsticks instead, which are quite moisturizing as far as lipsticks go (on average) with some colors on the sheer side, others more semi-opaque, but at least you’ll get twice as much product.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 5/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I would pass, because they’re just way too pricey for what you get. There are plenty of other more moisturizing tinted lip balms (that come in stick-form) with twice as much product for about the same price. If NARS was just a little below the average, it wouldn’t be so bad, but they’re half as much and the size is half as much as their own lipsticks (which are fairly moisturizing!).  If you have dry or peeling lips, this won’t be enough.

AVAILABILITY: NARS, Sephora

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Saturday, August 21st, 2010

theBalm To the Rescue Lip Balm
theBalm To the Rescue Lip Balm

Lip Balm for the Love of Pugs

TheBalm theBalm to the Rescue ($16.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a large, mirrored compact full of lip balm.  It’s a vegan lip gloss, which can sometimes be difficult to find–it uses carnauba wax and candelilla wax rather than beeswax to get its waxy base.  To the Rescue also contains both shea butter and various other oils (like jojoba and castord).  It does have a very slight minty scent and tingle (but very, very subtle) from the inclusion of peppermint oil.  There are also some exfoliating crystals, but I honestly couldn’t tell you I felt any of those nor that my lips were any more or less exfoliating post-use.

It’s also a product with a cause:  all net proceeds from To the Rescue go to Pug Rescue (note the pug on the cover of the packaging!).  I’m someone who advocates donating year-round, for whatever causes that are close to your heart, and not solely through purchasing products (especially since so many only donate a percentage)–unless you need or want the product, then it’s a nice bonus to have at least some of it go towards a cause.

IngredientsSimmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Esters, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil. Copernicia cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cannabis sativa Seed Oil, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil.

Overall, it’s a nice lip balm that does a good job of keeping my lips moisturized for a few hours.  It’s very thin, and if you’re not a fan of goopier, slicker or jelly-like kind of balms, this might be more up your alley.  The product size is great, though the price tag is a bit steep–I’ve found better balms at lower price points (Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm), but the compact is convenient (nice, full-size mirror), and of course, the donation of net proceeds is also nice.  I look at this as a product that lets me get my beauty fix while knowing that whatever I’m paying above your average lip balm is probably going to the cause.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

RECOMMENDATION: For mild to decently chapped and cracked lips, this balm could prove to be quite the champ to give you a smooth, extra kissable pucker.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm

Man or Woman, Jack Black Loves Lips

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 ($7.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a new wonder in the Temptalia household!  What’s interesting about the Jack Black line is it is geared towards men, but thank goodness there’s no rule against women using it, too.

Designed from the ground up, Jack Black was created to appeal to the Guy’s Guy. Keeping it simple with superior products specially formulated for a man’s needs. Nothing complicated. Nothing cosmetic. Just real solutions that provide immediate visible results.

I’ve been using this about two and a half weeks now, and I love it.  I really, truly think it’s an outstanding lip balm that does everything it needs to do perfectly.  It fits into pockets and purses with ease, and it’s easy to apply–just squeeze a bit and out comes just enough to give lips a good coat of hydration.  Funny enough, when I’ve been experiencing packaging that gives me too much, Jack Black’s squeeze-tube takes a little more squeezin’ to get the product out than you’d expect (we’re not talking like squeezing an orange effort, or anything, though!).  I’ve never gotten too much product out in a squeeze, so I don’t feel like I ever waste any either.

During the day, I often wear lipstick and/or gloss, so I have been primarily using this at night.  I slick it on around 10 PM, and even when I wake up at 5 or 6 AM, I still feel a good bit of it on.  It really hangs on, and it keeps lips completely hydrated.  I feel like I need to exfoliate less, and I’m not constantly reapplying lip balm every few hours.

It’s available in two variations — one is the natural mint, which has a very cooling, minty feel when on (as well as the scent–but it smells natural, not synthetic or sweet); the other is lemon and chamomile, which reminds me a little of lemonade sipped outside on the deck during late summer.

I fully intend on stocking up on these the next time Sephora has a sale going on, but until then, I will definitely repurchase whenever I’m out of the first tube (probably in a few weeks).  It seems a little pricey at first, but given that this isn’t a drugstore brand and compared against other similarly-priced brands, you get a good amount for the money, which will last you at least a month, I’d guesstimate.  (I’m on my third week, and I use it once or twice a day on average.)

Oh, and it has SPF 25 in it.  That’s always a nice, added bonus!  And 25!  Very, very hard to find lip balm with that level of SPF in it.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you’ve been hunting around for a long-lasting, ultra hydrating, SPF-having lip balm, you gotta give Jack Black’s a try.

AvailabilitySephora

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