Product Type: Avon Lip Care
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Possibly the worst lip balm EVER!
Avon Color Trend Ice Sheers Lip Balm
Member Name: chrisandmark
Avon Color Trend Ice Sheers Lip Balm
Date: 13/07/12, updated on 13/07/12 (65 review reads)
Advantages: Tastes and smells quite nice
Disadvantages: Too waxy to be of any use, a really appalling consistency
A couple of years ago I discovered the Luscious Lemon Ice Sheers perfume and really liked it despite the fact that I'm not usually a fan of Avon perfumes, and also because it's a much lighter fragrance than I usually like to wear. There's something about this lemon perfume that I really like though, so when I spotted a range of Ice Sheers inspired lip balms I bought all three as a) they were just 99p each and b) I assumed they'd be as good as the perfume.
Oh-oh, big mistake - all three are rubbish, the one redeeming factor being that the lemon one has a flavour that is reminiscent of the fragrance of the perfume.
The lip balms are supplied in simple and traditional tubes with pull off lids and twisty up bottoms, they are colour matched with the perfumes and the colours used for the tubes give an indication of what flavour lip balm you're picking up - the Luscious Lemon one obviously being packaged in a pretty muted yellow tube. The first task was to remove the lid, which Avon had seemingly decided to attach using superglue - it was stuck fast and so I didn't get to sample my new purchase until Mark got home from work to get it off for me!
When I did try it I wasn't impressed. The balm is incredibly waxy, there's no creaminess at all to the consistency and this makes it a real nightmare to apply as it drags the skin of my lips so much. It doesn't glide across my lips and at times I'm never quite sure whether any of the balm is actually being deposited where it needs to be at all, it's an awful feeling lip balm that feels horribly cheap and has absolutely zero effect on my lips. Awful. I keep my lips in good condition so I'm not really asking a lot from it, just to provide me with a little extra moisturisation during the day if my lips are feeling dry for whatever reason. It doesn't even do this, the waxy feel of it is actually irritating on the skin of my lips and makes them feel drier than before I applied the balm!
I do like the lemon flavour, but as excitable as I get about delicious and unusual lip balm flavours the main reason for purchase (and use) has to be keeping my lips soft and feeling/looking good. This might have the gorgeous taste of lemon meringue (albeit with a slightly bitter and plastic edge) but as a lip balm it's practically useless - one hundred percent useless in fact.
I tried warming it on the radiator one day to see whether this would improve the consistency but it just melted the wax slightly at the top of the tube, which made it a bit easier to apply but gave it such a revolting feel that I had to wipe my lips immediately on a piece of tissue - the fact that the tissue actually tore and bits stuck to my lips speaks volume about how rubbish this lip balm really is! This waxiness is something Avon need to sort out; regardless of how well (badly?) the balm performs it should at least be easy to apply, after all what more basic product can you think of other than lip balm - it's hardly rocket science for a huge company such as Avon to produce one you can actually get on your lips without a struggle! I wear lipstick everyday and if I feel my lips becoming dry (usually, but not always, when using cheaper brands) I slick a thin layer of balm over the top, as I favour red lippy I need a balm that I can control otherwise I end up with smeared lip colour - this STUPID Ice Sheers balm drags so much that when applying over my lipstick I ended up looking like Coco the bloody Clown!
It's just ridiculous, why bother even manufacturing a lip balm that doesn't apply and doesn't soften your lips even if you can manage to get some on there in the first place! Useless! I know it's cheap, and I'm feeling that for 99p I shouldn't complain too much but even so if I've paid for it I expect it to work! The only redeeming factor is the taste and smell, and even those aspects are nothing to write home about really - it's a waste of time and money, just don't even bother.
Summary: An absolute waste of time and money
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