Saturday, April 9, 2016

Lip Balm Swatches

It turns out that swatching lip balms isn't all that interesting.  :)  I greatly admire and appreciate your dedication to reading my blog, where you can get your daily regular sporadic fixes of nonsensical information.  You can count on me to look into minutiae of lip balm texture and finish (and slight tonal differences) because if you think about it very very hard, all the subtle details is what makes Health & Beauty products unique and worth your attention.  Amirite?
SUQQU was a PR sample.  But more importantly you can see DIFFERENCES
I consider lip balm products with a dual view: Day or Night.  And for me, one balm can not possibly multi task.  And depending on the time of year, slight brand preference and state of actual lips I can easily have three or four in rotation.  DIFFERENCES, you see, that are so subtle that I must type furiously to explain all the nuances and take fifty photos to show you what I mean.   (Digression: I think this lip balm posts exactly how wacky this beauty consumption / addiction can be.  Raise you hand in the air, wave it like you just don't care if you feeling me.)

Rouge Bunny Rouge Kiss Elixir
Important for me because I use as part of my morning getting ready routine.  When I apply my skincare, I usually rub some of excess product on my lips and then apply my morning balm.  I let it soak in while I do the rest of my makeup and then blot away before lipstick application.  That's my prep step which preps my lips for any lip color I apply. For that the Rouge Bunny Rouge Kiss Elixir lip balm.  This is a lightly hydrating formula that has an instantly softening effect that softens up my vertical lip lines.  It has a light vanilla scent that fades quickly and the texture is a light gel.  It doesn't sink into my lips quickly and has a slight shine when I apply it.  I find that if I use it during the day, it provides the same soothing and softening effect but doesn't seem to help repair serious chapped lips.  With various botanical oils (sweet almond, argan), beeswax and shea butter, this is a water-free formula so you don't need to worry about your lips literally freezing in cold temperatures.  The top two ingredients provide a sleek lubricated feel as well as function as an occlusive.  I've purchased this multiple times.

Aquaphor Lip Repair
Now this was a desperation purchase during a recent short trip to the Berkshires.  I ran out of the Rouge Bunny Rouge and was in dire need of soothing from the cold, rainy and windy weather.  I didn't want to spend a lot of money and needed something simple and soothing.  I was going to purchase a small travel tube of the regular Aquaphor which is mostly a petroleum product (petrolatum and mineral oil making up bulk of the ingredients).  While I like petrolatum as an occlusive, for me it requires being layered over other healing things to seal in the goodness.  Aquaphor Lip Repair has a different ingredient listing.  From what I can, there's no mineral oil or other petroleum type stuff in it.  It looks like mainly emollient and texture stabilizing ingredients.  It's slightly thicker than the RBR, unscented and glossy.   I DIE over how much my parched lips LOVE this balm.  As a day balm, for soothing chapped and raw lips, I have not loved another like this one.  After a whole day of reapplying the Lip Repair, my sore lips were restored.

I have different requirements for night balms.  Of course I do.  First of all, the glossier and looser liquid-y formulation of something like the Rouge Bunny Rouge or the Aquaphor will smear and stick all over my pillows and hair.  I have bad dreams, you see.  *toss*  *turn*  I prefer thick balms, not just for texture, but also for their ability to seal in moisture and other products.

SUQQU Lip Concentrate Balm*
This was newly released earlier this year and touted for having Yuzu extract.  If you have ever smelled the scent of yuzu before, it is a heavenly fragrant smell.  If baby lemons died and went to heaven, this is what it would smell like.

Oddly, this product is actually unscented, which I guess can be a pro or con depending on your scented product preference.  It is a jarred product, so I need to use my finger to pick up the balm, which is slightly hard in texture.  It also feels a bit sticky when applied.  It includes petrolatum as a good basic occlusive (sealing in moisture and other beneficial ingredients) and is chock full of various lubricants and hydrating stuff.  Funny enough, yuzu extract is pretty far down in the list, so I'm not sure it does that much, but with squalane, macadamia nut and sweet almost oils, as well as various other non-botanical softening and hydration things, it's a very nice balm.  As with all night balms, I like this on top of my night time skincare products to seal in the goodness.  The balm is mostly absorbed in the morning and I awake with soft conditioned lips.  Very nice.  Definitely con: small size and large price tag.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm
Now this one I've used and loved a long time.  I've written about this (and a few other balms) in detail in this post.  Still love this one and the large jar lasts a good year (at least for me).  I love how it's still there in the morning when I wake up, having done a great job sealing in all moisture.  It does have weird gritty texture from the honey that's a little off putting, but for its light inoffensive scent, thick luxurious texture (weird matte finish) and its excellent soothing feel, this is by far my fave night balm.

Not featured in this post is a tin of Vaseline tinted balm, which is a basic petrolatum jelly with a rosy pink tint.  I don't like it for the same reason I don't use regular Aquaphor as a lip balm.  When my lips are sore and chapped, it doesn't actually heal, just covers it up.

Look, I can blather on about anything!

Do you use a lip balm?  How many in your ... er, lip balm wardrobe?

Rouge Bunny Rouge Kiss Elixir

Aquaphor Lip Repair
Octyldodecanol, C18-38 Alkyl Hydroxystearoyl Stearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Panthenol, Water, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Beeswax, C20-40 Alkyl Stearate, Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid

SUQQU Lip Concentrate Balm

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm
Acacia Honey 5%, Shea Butter 13%, Plant Oils (Chilean Rose, Sweet Almond) 9.5%, Grapefruit Essence 2.5%, Vitamin E 1%. Beeswax, shea butter 13%, vegetable oil, lecithin, behenoxy dimethicone, sweet almond oil 8.5%, honey 5%, dimethicone, octinoxate, grapefruit oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hydrogenated vegetable oil, soybean oil, rosa moschata oil, tocopheryl acetate, tocopherol, allantoin, lemon oil, candelilla wax, calendula extract

* the SUQQU Lip Concentrate Balm was received as a sample for consideration.  Please take a look at my disclosure statement.  All opinions are my own and I do not receive any compensation for featuring a product.

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