I was rummaging through my bag today and shamefully realised that I had no less than 8 lipbalms in there. Why? I suppose I haven’t found the right one yet, and the ones I do really like I find a bit too precious to use everyday. There are even some in there that I don’t like at all, but keep using as if hoping one day they would do the trick.
1. Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter - This certainly classifies as one of my more precious balms. It’s incredibly soft and gives a subtle rosy tint to the lips. No complaints at all, except maybe for the price (€8,95). A bit too special to use it just everyday, while sitting behind my desk.
2. Le Couvent des Minimes Smile Lip Balm - To start of positive, this one has gorgeous packaging. I was immediately drawn to it because of the ingredients: honey and plenty of caring oils. But oh, what a disappointment. It feels grubby when applied to the lips and once it dries, it feels like it’s left a thin layer of sugar behind. Which is also exactly what it tastes like. Not moisturizing at all, it possible leaves my lips feeling drier.
3. Nivea Gloss Wonder Balm - No complaints about this one. It’s not really a gloss, but not 100% a balm either. It’s a pretty and moisturizing finish to the lips, but not the intensive treatment I’m looking for. Like the Korres balm, I want to keep this for the ‘special’ occasions, not just while hanging in my couch at home.
4. Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm - I wrote about this when I just got it. I wasn’t truly happy with it then and my disappointment has only increased. It feels like I’m rubbing a hospital-smell into my lips. I’m no longer a fan of the stingy sensation and above all, it leaves my lips even more chapped. I feel like a need a balm to save my lips after using this one. It will probably end up in a garbage bag soon.
5. Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips - Not moisturizing at all, but that does not mean I don’t like it. I just use it for what it does best: protecting my lips in bad weather.
6. Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate - So many people seem to love this! Sadly, no one ever warned me about the small, which for some reason, I can’t stand at all. There are some positives though: I love the mainly natural ingredients and it’s not too bad (but not as good as I expected either).
7. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Macaroon - To be clear: I love love love this one! But not as a lip balm. I know it’s called a lip butter and many rave about it’s moisturizing capacities, but it is essentially a lipstick. Yes, it’s probably nicer and smoother to wear than others, but to me it’s nothing more than a pretty colour on the lips.
8. Chapstick - This keeps my lips in reasonably good shape, especially compared to the ones above. I suppose this is the best standard one I’ve tried, and probably the only one I should carry around, because it’s become my go-to. Not because of awesome results, but because it doesn’t have the cons the other balms have.
So there you go. To be clear: I even own more than these, this is just a snapshot of what I’ve collected in my handbag over the last months. The other ones I don’t even pick up to put in there anymore. I probably should be getting rid of some, but I find it hard to throw out products that haven’t been used up. So I occassionally try them again, to realise why I didn’t like them in the first place.
So am I picky, or is it really that hard to come accross a good lip balm? Any suggestions?