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Member Name: walsha11
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick
Advantages: smooth, soft lips, long lasting
Disadvantages: white tube gets dirty, little too light, expensive
I actually received this product when I was buying a tube of the eight hour skin protectant (which I have reviewed) as part of a gift set. It worked out exactly the same price to buy the 50ml tube by itself and with the lip protectant so I thought why not try it?
The tube is white with a silver rim underneath the lid embellished with the Elizabeth Arden logo. I like the look of the product - it is very elegant and clean looking. I do think the white plastic, though stylish, is very impractical. I have owned the product for over a year and the white plastic does get dirty in your handbag which isn't great. The plastic is pretty durable though - it hasn't broken at all and the wind up still works smoothly.
The product is very similar to the eight hour cream - almost the same gel but set harder into a lip stick. The colour is the same deep orange colour with the same distinctive and slightly unpleasant smell. It is hard to place to be honest - I can't 100% work out what the smell is, in part is smells chemical but it just has a synthetic smell to it which I would imagine it created by the ingredients used. I feel the same way about the eight hour cream in that the smell doesn't bother me all that much but I can imagine it would bother other people enough to not use it. The lip stick goes on smoothly and coats the lips, it is very lightweight and thought that might be desirable for some people I prefer a thicker lip balm. It did leave my lips feeling hydrated and soft but probably wouldn't work too well on chapped lips. I actually tend to use it over lip colour - I find it gives good coat of a lip tint and provides the look of gloss without the stickiness.
I can't realistically say how long this product lasts because I haven't used it exclusively. I own quite a few lip balms all for different purposes so I tend to use this one occasionally because it is in my handbag and then when I use lip colour. I've owned it for well over a year and hardly even made a dent in it so I would imagine it could last you quite a while even with regular use.
In terms of price I would say this is great as a free gift like mine, or part of a set, but by itself it is not worth the money. Boots sell it for £18.38 (weird price?) on it's own but as I said you can buy it as part of sets which sometimes makes it free or at least a lot cheaper.
Overall - not for me, not something I would buy again but something I would use again if I got it for free (maybe not for a couple of years though until I have used mine up). The eight hour cream can actually be used on lips - and although this is a little greasy I find it more effective than the lip balm on dry, chapped lips.
Summary: A nice product but not something I would pay for...