“ Brand: Boots / Type: Lip Repair / What it does: Repairs, „
I have been a fan of Boots tinted lipbalms since my early teens when I used to buy a reddish tinted lipbalm from the Natural Collection (I'm sure it has since been discontinued, as happens with most things I like). I have bought quite a few lip balms over the years, and this was a recent addition to my lipbalm collection. This pink tinted lipbalm is part of the Boots Essential Collection, which is a slightly cheaper own brand of 'essential' products. It is a very cheap lipbalm, and only costs £1, which I thought was great value. The packaging is very pink and girly, although there isn't a great deal of information on the packaging. The lipbalm itself is a matte pale pink colour, and it glides smoothly onto my lips. There isn't much of a taste to this balm; it's a slightly artificial but not unpleasant taste. There is also no scent to this balm, which I found slightly weird. This is meant to 'enhance your natural lip colour' but I find that instead it leaves my lips with a whitish tinge, there is a hint of pink, but the colour is mainly a white colour, which although I did have a period of time when my lips were that colour when I was very unwell, but now, my lips are back to their usual pink colour. I also found that this balm highlighted any areas that were dry or chapped as well, and while I do find that on the whole, tinted lipbalms are less moisturising than some others, this one seemed harsher on my lips than any others I have used. I thought this was good value, but it's not. I'm now left with a lipbalm that I could only really use at Halloween or in the house. It doesn't moisturise or add colour to your lips (unless your lips are naturally white?). It should be used within 12 months of opening, but I doubt that anyone would use the whole lipbalm, a few attempts were enough for me to throw it in the back of a drawer. I'm giving this balm 1 star, as I can't give it none. If you are still interested in trying this, it is available from Boots stores or boots.com, but I really can't recommend it - there are much better balms out there for a similar price.
DESCRIPTION Well, there's not much to say really this is obviously a lip balm product but with added "tint". Boots describe it as a tinted lip "salve" rather than "balm" but essentially they are the same thing. The product is part of the Boots essentials range and is therefore only available in Boots stores or on their website. The product claims to enhance your natural lip colour. PACKAGING The packaging is standard of a product of this type. A small tube made of plastic. The main section is white whilst the lid is a light pink colour with all the manufacturers information on and ingredients. The stick of balm inside is also a pink colour and you must twist the base for the product to appear. PRICE £1 from Boots stores. PERFORMANCE I must admit I was a bit disappointed with this product but you can't really expect too much when you are paying a pound I suppose. Firstly the product claims to enhance your natural lip colour, it does not do this it simply overlays them with a rather garish light pink, I'd find it hard to see this colour suiting any person really. So it fails on that claim. It secondly claims to protect and moisturise lips. It does certainly moisturise them and the product doesn't feel too greasy as some do but my main qualm with it is that when you have particularly sore/chapped lips that it claims to help it doesn't appear to help the problem but draw more attention to it. The light pink colour fills in the gaps in your chapped lips and flakes too, it's really not very flattering. If you use a very thin sparse layer then it's ok but I was really disappointed with this product. STAYING POWER It doesn't stay very long at all, the first time I bought it despite having a moisturised feeling I thought that this sensation faded quickly and I had to reapply very often. OVERALL A very disappointing product but it was only a pound and I don't like wasting things so now and again I will use a light touch of it but only if my lips are in good condition and not when they are sore.
Price and Availability I picked up this lip balm for a bargain £1 from a smallish Boots store. The product is available exclusively in Boots stores and via the Boots website (www.boots.com). At the time of purchase the product was on a 3 for 2 offer, a common boots offer and worth waiting for. At the time of writing (November 2012) the product was available on a 2 for £1.80 offer alongside other Boots Essentials lip products. If you are a member of the Boots Advantage Card scheme you will also accrue points when buying this product, you can also pay for this product with points if you have enough points to cover the total cost. For more information on the Advantage Card scheme go to the boots website. Packaging The product itself comes in a standard stick form that twists up from the bottom and has a slide on/off sleeve type lid. The lid is a baby pink colour and the base/twist up unit is white. All the product information is printed onto the lid. As this is a 'Boots Essentials' product the packaging is very basic, the tube has information regarding ingredients, contact details and a few product claims. The packaging informs us that the product is dermatologically tested. No nice images or fancy fonts, just basic key information. The tube came shrink wrapped in a clear plastic, this is designed to prevent people tampering with the product in-store and it works, my product was intact. The plastic wrap has a perforated strip down the middle, which you tear away and then unravel the rest of the plastic, I have to say that I found this a little difficult to do as there was nothing to grab onto to start the pulling, I resulted to using my teeth to nip a bit of the perforated strip away, then it easily unravelled and my product was ready to use. Product I am not sure what I expected from this product. It's £1 price tag led me to believe that as a moisturising balm this wouldn't be amazing, I was hoping to get a nice rosy red tinted balm that delivered on colour but perhaps lost points on moisturising abilities. I got exactly the opposite. The balm itself is a great quality, it contains shea butter and beeswax, alongside apricot, soybean and aloe vera oil. It is a stiff consistency, providing an even coating but it doesn't drag on the lips. It feels moisturising and after a couple of days use my lips felt and looked better. As a lip salve it had exceeded my expectations. As a tinted lip product, I was massively disappointed. The product claims to 'enhance you natural lip colour'. I read this aloud when my boyfriend walked in and asked what I had done. His response was 'yes, if your natural lip colour is zombie' that should sum up how flattering the colour of this product. I wouldn't say that this product 'enhances your natural lip colour', what it does do is coat your lips in a baby pink pearlescent colour, a very strong pearlescent, much stronger than other pearlescent lip products on the market. There are pearlescent lip balms available all over the place and that is fine, my gripe with this product is it doesn't state that it is pearlescent, if a product is supposed to 'enhance my natural lip colour' then I expect it to be red/pink in tone at the very least (and I don't see myself as having a particularly abnormal lip colour) It is such an unnatural lip colour that it is un-wearable outdoors. It looks ridiculous which is a shame as a lip salve it works really well and so this product has been resigned to 'in-house' application and only when no one will be seeing me! In conclusion, I wouldn't recommend this tinted product at all but it has made me curious about the other Boots Essentials lip salves and if they did a clear one that moisturised as well as this one does but doesn't make me look half dead then I would try it.
When we got to the airport ready to go off on honeymoon, I realised I'd made a terrible mistake. No, I haven't chosen the wrong man to marry, nothing quite that serious, but I had accidentally packed my Vaseline lip balm in my hand luggage, without placing it in a clear re-sealable bag. Obviously, the people who work at the airport thought my half used rose tinted lip balm could prove to be a major danger to the passengers, so as it was half used anyway, I ended up throwing it away and buying a new lip balm from Boots. This seemed to make more sense than paying £1 for a clear bag to store my half used 99p lip balm....but that's another rant for another day! I decided to get a lip balm which came in the form of a stick, as sometimes in extreme heat the stuff in pots can melt which means you end up with half the pot on your finger when you dip in to apply it. I also wanted something I could use when I got home, to replace the one I'd thrown away. I opted for Boots own range as I didn't want to spend a lot, and spotted this tinted lip salve which was a bargain costing £1.01 for a 5g tube. A good time to remind myself of the saying "you get what you pay for". Boots claim that this lip salve enhances your natural lip colour and protects and moisturises your lips. I find it does none of these things, but instead does the exact opposite. Firstly, when I opened the tube, the product looked very pale pink, but didn't look remotely moist. Instead it just looked hard and dry, not at all how I would expect a tinted lip salve to look. I applied it as soon as we got on the plane as I'm a bit of a lip balm obsessive, and as I didn't have a mirror to hand I had no idea what I looked like. My new husband turned to me, looked at me strangely and said "That's very.....pink" with a slightly disturbed tone to his voice. At this point I started to worry, as he's the kind of guy who usually tells me I look nice if I'm wearing a bin bag for a party, not because he doesn't care but because he generally thinks I look nice regardless of how much I'm inwardly beating myself up for being too fat/frumpy/having frizzy hair/bags under eyes and various other insecurities. I ended up wiping the lip salve off at this point because it felt like it was actually DRYING my lips out more than they had been previously. You know how when you apply lip balm, you can usually press your lips together and it just feels nice and moist, like they're being hydrated. Well, this felt nothing like that, more sticky and thick and just awful. My lips almost stuck together when I closed my mouth. Once we reached our destination and had settled in, I was curious what this lip salve looked like, so I found the nearest mirror in our apartment and applied it. I can only describe it as looking like sunblock, you know the white stuff that extreme sportsmen wear on their noses when skiing or snowboarding, it's not pink at all, but instead looks WHITE. Enhance your natural lip colour? Yes, if you're a ghost or dead. By this time, my lips were already getting a bit chapped from a day of not applying lip balm, and rather than providing moisturisation, this product managed to cling to all the flaky bits making it look like I had a load of animal droppings stuck to my mouth. Seriously, I advise anyone to avoid this product. I gave it several tries over the holiday, and found it to be the least flattering lip product I've ever used. Once my lips were moisturised by another product I ended up buying (hubbie getting concerned at this point that ALL our holiday spends were going to go on lip balms), I tried it again wondering what it would look like for decorative purposes. With a tan, and perfectly moisturised lips, it looked "ok" if you like that kind of TOWIE/Made in Chelsea look where the eyes are dramatic and the lips pale. This just isn't for me though, and just made me look washed out. Having just had a look on the Boots website (average of 2 stars from 11 reviews), it would appear from the reviews on there that this product used to be good, but they have changed the formula, and the general consensus is the same as mine which is it doesn't moisturise, and it leaves you with white lips. I know it's only £1, but honestly spend a bit more and get something decent. (This review is also posted on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
I love my lip balms, and I am forever experimenting with various ones. Because money is fairly tight at the moment, I opting for some more cheaper brands, and when on a top up shop of beauty treats in Boots the other day, I decided to pick up one of their own branded Boots Essentials Lipsalves, and this particular one is their tinted one. I often suffer from dry lips, and they do sometimes crack so I like to have something flying around in my bag to help on those particularly sore days, and this looked like it would do the trick, as well as providing a bonus of a bit of colour too! The lip salve itself is nothing special, and comes as shown in the image above, but who really cares what their lip balm looks like? You simply remove the pink cap and then roll up the stick and start applying directly to the lips. The application process is as simple as it can be really, however one thing to note is that if you unscrew it too far it does snap off easily, particularly in hotter weather when it is starting to melt, and this can be a nightmare trying to apply it in future. One of the first things which I noticed when applying this lip balm is just how moist the stick itself was, therefore I was hoping that it would end up very moisturising. In addition this, because of this it made it much easier and it simply glided on to your lips, whereas other lip balms which are quite hard in consistency can be a nightmare to apply. Boots claim that this lip salve "is a handbag essential to enhance your natural lip colour and protect and moisturise your lips". So how well did it meet these claims? My lips do get quite dry, and a little chapped at times, and when they started to feel dry I would instantly apply this lip salve. I have to admit that it is quite an effective little balm for the price which I paid, and I was happy that it delivered the results I was hoping in terms of moisturising my lips. I am unable to state how well it works for people who suffer from particularly chapped lips, but for me this just did the job fantastically. One of the big selling points of this is that it is tinted. I was not expecting big colour from it, however Boots do claim that it enhances your natural lip colour. Do not be fooled by this statement! It comes out a very pale pink shade, and leaves your lips looking milky and white which I know is not the best look, therefore I tend not to use this lip balm very often, as too many applications of it can leave your lips as white as paper. One more thing regarding the colour is that when you've been wearing it a good hour or two, it seeps into the cracks in your lips and overall you just do not look too lovely in the lip department. Not only this, but this lip salve fails to protect you from UVA and sun protection, and this is something I often seek for in a lip balm, but unfortunately the Boots Essentials range do not provide this, and I will have to hunt elsewhere for a lip salve for holiday. Overall, a decent lip balm which does moisturise and cure dry lips, and it does only retail at £1.01, so what more can you ask for? Unfortunately, the awful colouring of this lip salve lets it down quite considerably, and because of this I would urge you to check out other balms in this range. Thanks for reading.