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OK, so I know it may not be the most manly thing to want to do a review on, or to admit to, but men suffer from dry and chapped lips at this time of the year as much as anyone else. In addition I've just managed to get over an annoying cold, and so my lips are in a particularly bad way. As a result I have had no option but to turn back to Blistex and their lip massage product.
This particular product cost me £1.83 from Boots the chemist, and it is widely available in health care shops as well as from most supermarkets and although prices vary slightly, it will generally be in the £1.50 - £2 bracket. For this price you get 3.7g of the lip massage product, which comes attached to a cardboard piece in a blue tube, which is in the same kind of shape as a lipstick. The packaging gives you the important product information and how to use the stick, which I will come onto later, and also the active ingredients, of which there are 3 in this product. They are Shea Butter, which is supposed to act as a skin conditioner for the lips. The modern favourite, Aloe Vera, which is designed to soothe sore and cracked lips, and finally Squalane, which is designed to soften hardened areas and also to offer protection from extremes of temperature. All of this sounds pretty good and just what I need, and so this is the main reason I chose to buy this product in the first place.
Now when you take the cap off the tube, you are greeted by an angled rubber applicator, which is attached to the end of the tube. You are also met with a slight cherry smell, although it does also smell slightly chemically and false, but not in too much of a bad way. To start the product flowing, you need to turn the bottom of the tube clockwise, and that will start to move it upwards. The product itself is a slightly viscous gel like substance, which holds its shape if placed onto your finger, and as such sticks to your lips when it's applied.
The application process is very straightforward but not my favourite part of the product. You simply give the tube one turn to place some of the product onto the rubber applicator and then massage that into your lips as if you were applying lipstick (I think, not having ever applied lipstick myself - Honest!). I have found that this doesn't necessarily lead to the best possible coverage of the lips and as such is one of the disappointments of this product. I've found that the applicator will generally leave clumps of the stuff in one place on your lips, and more remains smeared onto the rubber than ends up where it is needed. As a result I have taken to using this product in the old fashioned way, by applying the one turns worth of gel onto my finger and then rubbing it onto my lips in that way as I find I achieve better coverage. In addition the applicator can get dirty after use, and needs to be constantly cleaned after each application, as the gel smears across it and then looks really unsightly once the top is taken off again as it discolours and looks horrible. The product does have as the smell would suggest a slight cherry taste to it, which is not unpleasant as some lip care products can be, and consequently I am more likely to want to use it regularly as the product suggests to achieve best results.
The all-important thing with any lip care product is does it actually work, and I am pleased to say that after using this product many times now I can safely say that the results are good. I generally use it once in the morning, at lunch time and then a couple of times in the evening, maybe a total of 4 or 5 times a day, and within a day or two, my dried and cracked lips are back in their normal condition. The whole tube doesn't look much, but if used as directed with just a turn of the tube each time, I have found that it will last a good couple of weeks used at the frequency that I have suggested above.
So as a summary, I would say that I have found Blistex Lip Massage to be a very good product for relieving my dry and cracked lips in the wintertime. I would have to say from a male perspective that a lip care product is never going to be the most manly product we will ever purchase, and if you use the applicator in the way it is designed to be used, it does look like you are applying lipstick, which further adds to the weirdness of use, but I would encourage you to look beyond that fact as it is a product which does what you need it to do, and does it quickly and without pain or stinging when applied. I would have to say that I find the applicator a little bit of a let down due to the hygiene aspect of it, but used on the finger rids me of that issue too. All in all it's a solid lip care product for all those with issues throughout the winter months and I would certainly recommend it.
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My lips are frequently dry and peeling and I use lip balm every day. I often use the Blistex relief cream and Blistex intensive moisturiser but do like to try out other products for a bit of variety. I often exfoliate my lips with by rubbing them with a toothbrush which I find helps their condition so fancied the idea of the massaging applicator advertised on this product. It cost about £2 from Boots and I managed to get it on a 3 for 2 offer when replenishing my other usual Blistex creams.
The Blistex lip massage is about the same size as a standard lipbalm and comes in a blue tube. The applicator tip is a light blue colour and is at an angle rather than a usual flat end and is a slightly soft rubber texture with several waved ridges - the idea being that when you apply the lip balm these ridges massage your lips and improve their condition. To use the product you twist the bottom of the tube which pushes the product up through a small hole in the middle of the applicator tip.
The product itself is very thick and resembles almost a thicker Vaseline like lip balm, with an almost greasy feel to it. As you use the applicator it spreads across the tip and applies easily all over your lips. There is a very faint slightly fruity smell to the balm but really nothing noticeable. I much prefer cream-type balms so wasn't a great fan of this - I think it is too thick and doesn't rub in easily enough and in particular it left my lips a bit sticky feeling round the edges. My lips were moisturised but this was a balm that I felt I had to persevere with.
I did however find that the 'massage' application was a nice bonus - it cleared away some of the dry skin and made my lips feel smoother and fuller. It wasn't really the most pleasant applicator to use as it felt a bit rough on my lips but did have a nice result although it was more a nice bonus to a lip balm and wouldn't be worthwhile buying in its own right. One of the issues with the massage applicator is that due to the ridges a lot of unused product and dry skin from my lips were left on the applicator after use and I had to make sure I cleaned this before and after use otherwise it ended up a little unpleasant.
I've found that this product is 'okay' and does do the job just about but there are other products in this price range that are a lot more successful for me. For anyone who likes to use more Vaseline-like balms on their lips this might be more of a success but is not really suited to me.
I suffer from really dry lips all year round. In the winter the cold and wind makes them dry and sore and in the summer the sun makes them dehydrated and burnt. Because of this I have bought a considerable number of lip balms/creams (I'm scared to know exactly how many) over the years. I bought the Blistex Lip Massage basically because the advert on TV sold it to me. A balm that exfoliates and hydrates should save me using two products. I paid £1.83 for it in Boots.
The packaging is different to the one in the picture for this review. It is a much darker blue and the lip balm itself is on the left side of the packet. The name 'Blistex' is in red and there is a photo of a pair of lips. The size of the packet is quite unnecessary for the size of the product so once I disposed of it I was left with an average size lip balm stick (roughly 2 inches high).
The lip balm stick is bright blue so is good for spotting in the depths of my handbag. To get the product out you twist the bottom and a small amount of balm comes out of a hole in the centre of the massage pad. The pad is slanted slightly and has bumpy, wavy lines on. When you make circular motions on the lip with the pad, these lines 'massage' the balm into the skin. An advantage is that you don't need to use your fingers.
The balm is more opaque than clear and quite thick. It coats the lip well and you don't need very much for each application. Although it doesn't state a flavour on the packet, it does taste nice. It's difficult to describe but is very fresh tasting, like a weak minty toothpaste. The packet gives ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Squalane (whatever Squalane is) which it claims hydrate lips.
I was actually a bit disappointed with this product. I thought it would be more moisturising than it is. It does soften the lip but it's more like it coats my skin than adds any moisture. It doesn't last too long and I have to reapply it quite often.
I don't hate this balm, in fact I actually quite liked it. However it just wasn't moisturising enough for my lips. I've found that if I scrub my lips with a different product in the morning and then use this balm in the day my lips stay soft. If I don't scrub the dry skin off first, the massage pad isn't good enough to get rid off it and add moisture.
Here is something I had not stumbled upon before until recently. I adore my lip treatments, as I am prone to dry and chapped lips all year around. I had heard of Blistex but I guess I thought it was a plaster! Now I am much wiser and know it is a massaging treatment for sore lips. Well, I say sore, you could use them on normal lips too if they are feeling a little under the weather.
It works like a normal lip gloss and comes in a pen format, whereby you squeeze the tube to dispense the moistening formula over the lips. It is a slightly different take on the old wiping it over the lips way of using a lip balm and this intrigued me from the outset. I was also drawn to the massaging action. Anything that claims to massage has got be worth a pop in my book!
So does the massaging action work? Yes and no, it sort of glides over the lips and soothes but it does not deliver a massage in the way you might hope for. Certainly not a vigorous one, but I guess you could exert more force to deliver a better massage technique. The way the balm dispenses is slick and smooth though and it comes out in an easy to handle dose, so you will not be left with saturated lips.
The combination of Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and an ingredient called Squalane, which I had never heard of, provided my lips with a surprisingly high level of moisture and the moisture retention after an hour or two was impressive. It actually gave Vaseline a run for its money! The smell is neutral, the results are good and it there is also a built in SPF which makes it handy for outside exposure. Overall, for two pounds this is a good buy lip balm.
My lips get dry at the best of times, but this winter seems to have been exceedingly cold and so they haven't stood a chance with regular lip balms.
Having tried; and been impressed, by other lip products made by Blistex, I decided a trip was well over due to my local Superdrug store (well it had been at least 3 days since my last visit..).
In the past I have bought the creams that you apply via your finger and was all set to buy one of those again, when I saw a new *revolutionary* lip balm sitting proud as punch on the shelves amongst the intensive lip creams.
Having picked up the box it was in and skimmed the blurb on the back, I threw it with excitement into my basket and proceeded to pay.
So what made me get giddy about a "lip balm" then? Well this is no ordinary lip balm. Oh no don't let it's appearance deceive you. It may look like your average lip balm but once you remove the lid there are 4 raised wavy lines.
Okay that doesn't sound too exciting I admit, but it promises to massage the lip cream into your lips on applying and exfoliate all in one go!
Price and packaging~
Nothing too exciting on the packaging front, in fact it's very minimal - a small, thin card with an even smaller box on the front which houses the lip balm. The colouring of the box is quite a pretty blue/turquoise so is quite eye catching in that aspect.
This, along with other lip creams in the blistex range, is around the £2 mark (depending on where you shop - I paid £1.89 in Superdrug)
My experience of using it~
On removing from the cardboard packaging the appearance is similar to any other lip balm. It's around 2" high and is the same beautiful blue colour as the packaging; this is good as it's easy to spot in your bag.
To use you simply twist the bottom (as you would lipstick, balms etc) and apply - after removing the lid of course. There is a small hole amongst the wavy lines and this is where the cream comes out.
Now when I first tried this nothing came out at all.
I tried a few more times and was about to throw it on the floor in a hissy fit as I thought I'd bought a 'duff' one.
All of a sudden the cream came out - too much in fact! I quickly put the lid back on to stop it escaping and left it for a moment before trying again.
On reading the blurb it does actually state that on first buying the product you have to 'activate' by twisting the bottom of the lip balm up to 10 times.
There is no particular smell with this at all which is surprising as most lip balms/creams do have some kind of scent. The colouring is an opaque white, whilst the consistency is quite thick and greasy in appearance.
Having removed the lid I proceeded to apply the cream to my lips and applied as usual. The wavy lines feel bizarre and don't feel rough enough to neither exfoliate nor massage. The cream smoothed onto my lips nicely and left them feeling moisturised and smooth and without any stickiness.
I carried on using this every time my lips felt remotely dry and after around a week I could tell a huge difference.
My lips felt softer and the cream absorbs nicely in without leaving any greasy residue. The wavy lines may not feel like they are doing much at the time, but I do feel they have contributed to making my lips softer again so overall I'm very pleased with this and will buy again.
This Lip Massage contains:
~Shea Butter (to condition the skin)
~Aloe Vera (to soothe)
And the odd sounding ~Squalane (which softens and protects)
*Made by Blistex
*The tube is 3.7g
*For more information contact Freephone 0800 0853462
or visit www.blistex.co.uk
This was a better product than I expected, as I'll admit I thought the 'massaging waves' were some kind of gimmick to sell a new product. I was pleasantly surprised that it did work as well as it promised it would. If you suffer with dry, cracked lips and nothing else seems to work then this could be the product you are looking for.
Recommended by me so a full 5 out of 5