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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15
RRP £20. You may think it is extremely extravagant to pay that much for a lip balm when you can buy a tube of Vaseline for £1. However, I have the most chapped and dry lips that no Vaseline can heal. I was always on the hunt for good lip balm, because if my lips were chapped, no lipstick would sit well on them. I had always had this lip balm on my wishlist but due to the high retail price, my little pocket did not allow me. However, I stumbled upon the whole 8-hour gift set at TKMaxx for the price of the lip balm alone so I snatched the chance to try the famous 8-hour line by Elizabeth Arden.
The lip balm comes in a white plastic tube with the silver band and the brand name engraved on it. For such an expensive lip product, the packaging looks a bit cheap to me. Nevertheless, I am glad that it comes in a normal lipstick form cause it is much easier to use. I hate when you have to dip your finger in a pot for lip balm because it is not sanitised at all.
The lip balm bullet itself is not easily melted under hot weather. It has a slight herbally scent which is not my favorite but it doesnot bother me that much. The balm itself is clear; the consistency is not thick and sticky at all, which is good.
I love the way it applies, the lip balm goes on smoothly and has a slight sheen. The first time I used it was before I went to bed and I woke up with super soft and hydrated lips. That had not happened for a really long time, so I was amazed. I use it during daytime as well. My lips do get very dry and chapped, and I have found that this will relieve both the dryness and the occasional slight cracking or flaking of my lips. Moreover, it keeps my lips hydrated and soft for hours. It also sits well under lipsticks and lip glosses. It is super windy in the UK so I used to have to constantly reapply my lip balm but not with this. The lip balm also has an SPF15 so it protects against the sun too.
The lip balm lasts about 3-4months on daily uses.
As mentioned earlier, the RRP is £20 but Debenhams and House of Fraser do 10% discount all the time so you can get it a bit cheaper on those offers. You can also find them on Amazon and Ebay for £8-£15 depending on the sellers and the time.
Overall, it is an expensive product but if you have very dry chapped lips, it will worth a try, especially when you can get it a bit cheaper online.
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.
Although I have heard about the wonderful benefits of Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream for years now, my first direct experience was a very rushed and last-minute purchase at Sydney airport in January 2009. I'd been in Australia for three weeks over Christmas (it was very hot!), and my lips were feeling really dry and uncomfortable, and therefore in desperate need of a bit of tender loving care. As nearly all my cosmetics were packed away in my luggage, I was faced with the prospect of a very long (and dehydrating) flight home with nothing to help soothe and moisturise my lips.
While wandering around the Duty Free shops I had seen the Lip Balm on the Elizabeth Arden counter, but decided it was too expensive. And then I thought, 'Blow it, treat yourself with your last remaining Australian dollars.' With a few minutes to spare, I dashed back to make my purchase, and I was very glad that I did. It's a fabulous lip treatment, and just what was needed. Although the wonderful air stewards brought round copious amounts of water for us to drink, somehow it was never enough. I was constantly thirsty, and my dry lips were delighted to make the acquaintance of their new pal.
The lip balm (which comes in the form of a lipstick) lasted for ages, so I considered that I'd had very good use from my fairly expensive purchase. I found it very handy to keep in my handbag for when I was out and about, but also liked to keep it on my bedside table so that I could apply it as a lip treatment last thing at night. So I decided that instead of being a one-off treat, I would really like to own two. But how to justify the price, when a tin of Vaseline (also excellent) is available for just over £1?
Having only joined the ranks of online shoppers in the last few years, one of my favourite sites is Cheap Smells, where you can buy many cosmetics and skincare items for less than the high street cost. Sometimes the saving is quite small, but sometimes you can bag a real bargain. To my delight, one of these was the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Balm. At the time I made this purchase from Cheap Smells, I only paid an amazing £5.95, a huge saving on the RRP. Because I had some funds in my PayPal account, and because Cheap Smells offer free UK delivery, I was very happy to buy my 'spare'.
As my first Lip Balm recently came to the end of its life (there is just a little bit left, a stub that sits below the casing - and from which I am determined to extract the last few uses), I longed to buy a second replacement so that I could still keep one in my handbag and one beside my bed. Although at the time Cheap Smells (they don't have it at the moment) still offered it at an excellent discount, compared to the RRP of £19 that it costs in Boots and department stores, I reluctantly decided that I could not afford to spend my hard-earned pennies on what I now deemed a complete extravagance. But I could not get the idea of owning another of these little delights out of my head, so made some further online investigations. I was really pleased to find it available on Amazon for only £6.99, plus £1.70 shipping, so decided to treat myself with some of my Amazon vouchers. While doing my research today, I have found the cheapest option to be on eBay, where it is available for £6.95, with free postage, as a Buy It Now product from a top-rated seller.
Elizabeth Arden created the Eight Hour Skin Protectant in 1930. The name apparently comes from the occasion when a client used it to treat her child's skinned knee, and eight hours later the skin was better. Although I have never used the Eight Hour cream myself, I know that it is a very popular product, is suitable for all skin types, and is considered an absolute classic skincare treatment. It can be used to soothe sore, dry skin, and can also help treat minor sunburn and skin abrasions. It is dermatologically, allergy and clinically tested.
The lip balm has the same moisturising and healing properties, and although you can use the Eight Hour cream on your lips, the lip balm is an easier and less messy form of application. It is a clear balm that contains anti-oxidants and Vitamin E, and it has an SPF of 15. It provides instant moisturisation and a soothing effect to dry lips. You can apply it liberally, and as often as you like. It has a slightly 'medicinal' smell, which I personally find quite pleasant. It is not at all overpowering, and is not really noticeable once applied. The balm gives a soft and subtle sheen to your lips, and I do not find it sticky. My lips get very dry, and I have found that this product will relieve both the dryness and the occasional slight cracking or flaking of my lips. I like to apply some just before I go to sleep, so that my lips are given a lasting, overnight treatment, and also find it useful as a soft gloss over lipstick. I find that it lasts for ages, and although I am still devoted to my little tubs of Vaseline, I really appreciate the ease of application of the Eight Hour Lip Balm. The lipstick casing itself is elegant and well constructed, and is a pleasure to use.
The lipstick packaging can be found in a few different designs, ranging from a basic white to designs that reflect different eras. There is an elegant black design with white lettering, a white casing with an illustration of Elizabeth Arden's iconic 'Red Door', and a rather funky design that looks like a product from the 1960s.
Although I do consider the Eight Hour Lip Balm to be a bit of an extravagant luxury, it is one that delivers a beautiful and soothing treatment, and it lasts for some time. Because I've been poorly recently, I found that treating myself to this lovely product gave my spirits a bit of a lift, and so although it was an indulgence, I considered it money well spent. Being able to find it at the reduced prices available on places like eBay and Amazon, as opposed to the RRP of £19, I think this is an excellent saving, and so I definitely give this product five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
I'm a bit of lip balm addict... amongst other things! I just can't seem to help myself buying them and I currently have about four different ones on the go; I keep one in my bag, one by my bed, one in my car and one in my desk at work so that way I've got all bases covered should dry lips sneak up on my during the winter! In fact I sometimes think I make my lips more susceptible to going dry due to the fact I seem to apply so much lip balm during a week! My latest acquisition is Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant which is currently living in my handbag!
I'm a huge fan of the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour range and have been using the cream from this range for a couple of years now and couldn't live without it! In fact I used to apply this to my lips at night to give them a thorough moisturising but I decided to finally invest in the lip cream after admiring it from afar for a good few years now. It comes in a white tube, a bit like a lipstick case, and the base is rotated to push the actual cream stick upwards. Overall the tube is a little bit nondescript, it doesn't look like it matches its price tag and I was a little unimpressed with it!
The cream itself looks identical to a lipstick in terms of its shape but it has a colour which is similar to that of ear wax for want of a better description! It smells rather like beeswax in all honesty, with hints of both honey and vanilla. It's not altogether an off putting smell but it isn't really one I'd associate with lip balm really and I have tasted nicer. It glides effortlessly onto my lips without feeling too thick or too thin, and it's easy to rub it into them when I rub my lips together. It feels really smooth and it instantly provides dry lips with relief which is good.
After about half an hour the lip balm is still evident on my lips, even if I've had a drink but it does tend to go a little bitty in a sense as though there are tiny grains in it. It's quite an odd sensation but shortly after this the lip balm does soak in and this sensation disappears. There's no greasy residue or anything left on my lips though. It leaves my lips feeling really moisturised and soft, with the effect lasting for a good few hours after application even on really dry lips. I tend to apply it every couple of hours but you could apply it more frequently if you had really dry lips.
I would recommend this lip balm as apart from the grainy effect it does tick every box. It's packed with emollients, SPF15 and Vitamin E to protect your lips from the sun and to keep them moisturised. The only thing I would say is that it doesn't last the advertised "eight hours" in terms of its duration or its effects unfortunately! I managed to get mine for £7.50 from Extra Scents online although if you want to buy it from the high street it will set you back £18 in Boots which is rather a lot for a lip balm! I'm giving it four stars... a tin of Vaseline is cheaper!
Thanks for reading.
If you have seen my review of the Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream Skin Protectant, you will know my favourite way to use it is as a lip balm. So this product is ideal for me as it's the cream in a stick form.
The product is presented like any classic lipstick, in a tube which you twist up. The tube is completely white with a silver inside, so it looks simple and sleek and will look good in any make-up bag.
The colour is the same pale orangey shade as the cream, and the texture is very smooth and easy to apply to the lips. It just glides on, leaving lips feeling soft and silky. It also leaves a slight sheen (although the finish is not as shiny as the cream) and has excellent staying power, meaning frequent reapplications are not needed.
As with the cream, I think the slight downfall of this product is the price. Although it is a great product - easy to apply, soothing for dry lips and silky smooth - you could argue that there are other products out there that do the job for a fraction of the price.
I received this as a present in a gift set of the hand cream and a small 30ml tube of the original Eight Hour Cream.
The tube is the usual classy Elizabeth Arden style with a pale tube and the Elizabeth Arden name embossed on it.
The product itself is a similar consistency to many other lip-salves in a tube.
It is a similar colour to the original Eight Hour Cream (golden amber colour) and has the same distinctive and fairly strong smell.
I found the product very easy to apply. The design makes it easier to use 'on the go' than the tube of Eight Hour Cream which would require you squeeze some out onto your fingers. The Lipcare stick is much easier and less messy than that.
The product leaves a slight sheen on your lips and could easily go over a lipstick or lipstain to provide more gloss.
It also has a SPF 15 rating which means it is perfect for use on holiday or at home.
I found this lipcare stick left my lips feeling moisturised and soft all day long and I didn't have any drying out problems.
The issue with this product, and all premium beauty brands is that the cost is generally very significant.
Whilst I love using this lipcare stick - is it better than regular lip-salves or balms? Probably not.
However it does work and it is effective at keeping your lips soft and smooth.
I probably would keep using my Eight Hour Cream as it is more versatile than the Lipcare stick.
I love the original Eight Hour Cream so was keen to try this lip balm when I went skiing this year, as it has an SPF of 15.
This lip balm has a slightly medicinal smell to it, similar to that of the original eight hour cream. It's not unpleasant but neither is it particularly inviting. This lip balm goes on very smoothly and left my lips feeling very soft and smooth. It added a slight sheen, but didn't have a glossy look to it once applied. The taste is fairly neutral- slightly of beeswax but certainly not over powering.
Any skiers will know that the combination of cold air and bright sunshine can leave your lips very dry, sore and chapped, but using this certainly ensured that I didn't suffer from that. This is a lipstick-style application, making it much easier to apply on the chair lift than one that you have to dip your finger in.
I like this product, but for the money (aprox £18 when I bought it) I'd rather use the original eight hour cream on my lips as it leaves them just as soft and much glossier and I can use it on dry patches of skin as well. Having said that, if you're looking for lipbalm with SPF then this is a really nice one, and has lasted for ages.
About Elizabeth Arden & The 8 Hour Range
Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Range was created in 1930, the first creation was the infamous Eight Hour Cream, which immediately became a popular must have with many people, including celebrities.
The reason behind the naming of the cream was quite interesting, I obtained this from Elizabeth Arden's website - "The name "Eight Hour Cream" came about thanks to a remarkable performance - a loyal client used it to treat her child's skinned knee and "eight hours later" the skin was all better. Referred to as "The Miracle Cream" for its healing and protecting benefits".
The 8 hour products are created with a combination of petrolatum, a skin-soothing beta-hydroxy and vitamin E. These are all renowned for high moisturising, heeling and soothing properties.
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Lipcare Stick
Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Lipcare Stick is the renowned Eight Hour Cream in the form of a protective, portable stick for lips. The lipbalm is packed with emollients, SPF15 and Vitamin E to soothe and moisturise your lips.
Eight Hour Lip Protectant Stick has won the 2007 Allure Editors' Choice Best of Beauty Award for Best Lip Balm.
Use & Effects
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Lip Protectant Stick comes in a tube, the same as a lipstick. It is shiny white in colour, with a silver divide between the lid and tube. The lipbalm winds up and down easily and doesn't get stuck onto the lid. The lid also doesn't loosen with time and the whole tube remains in good condition. The lipbalm itself looks like a pale lipstick, it is apricot in colour and looks rich with nutrients.
To use, undo the lid, then wind up the tube, so not too much of the lipbalm is on show to prevent it breaking off, then apply liberally to your lips, as often as needed. The moisture is supposed to las I would recommend applying this every hour or so. Unfortunately, after about an hour, even when you haven't consumed food or touched anything with your lips this lipbalm seems to go bitty on your lips, as if you have small grains or sugar in the lipbalm. This is annoying so I have to wipe it off and reapply. The lipstick tastes very much like honey to me, with hints of vanilla so it isn't at all unpleasant to have on your lips. It also smells very much like honey, this is due to the fact that it contains beeswax, with has great moisturising properties. I can also definately smell herbal and medical aromas on the lipbalm too.
Keeping your lips moisturised is important, and also ensuring you wear an SPF on then when you're in the sun is even more important. Your lips are usually neglected, especially in the sun. You will always apply SPF to your body and your face but a lot of the time your lips are forgotten. It is just as important for your lips to have an SPF protection too. This lipbalm moisturises, softens and smoothes your lips, whilst providing antioxidant protection with Vitamin E. Vitamin E has great healing and soothing properties. It is great for irritation and soothes whilst moisturising and hydrating your skin and lips. Vitamin E also has anti-ageing properties in and helps to prevent cellular damage and maintains the elasticity and collagen production in your skin which helps to reduce visible signs of ageing.
This lipbalm is fantastic for moisturising your lips. Its quite soft in texture, it looks like a pale lipstick but when you place on your lips, it kind of melts onto them. It isn't really glossy or doesn't give you colour like a lipstick or lipgloss. Your lips are left soft and supple and don't feel tight. I like to use this over lipstick to give it some shine and under lip gloss to ensure it sticks. The lipbalm isn't at all greasy. It is a perfect consistensy to apply without being too stiff or too runny. Your lips absorb just the amount they need, but you don't need to apply too much. You are supposed to have full results in 8 hours. After just a few hours I did notice that my lips weren't chapped, dry or tight anymore. After 8 hours, they were very moisturised and it didn't feel as though I needed to put something on them as they had absorbed and held onto the moisture from when I applied. These results were after applying several times, as unfortunately this doesn't last on your lips for 8 hours, but to me that is an unrealistic estimation. This is not as an intensive treatment as the 8 hour cream itself, which you could also use on your lips.
I purchased this in May, I have used it nearly every day and it isn't really showing any signs of wear, so I would assume this does last a long time, as it has already lasted me 2 months.
Price & Availability
For a lipbalm this is very expensive at a RRP of £24 for 13 fl. oz and to be honest although it's good, it's not worth that much money. It can be purchased for £16 for Debenhams but I still think it is expensive. I purchased this in an 8 hour gift pack, which included 8 hour cream and intensive hand treatment, which cost me the same price. I got this from the airport so did get it cheaper but you can purchase this at department stores for between £30 and £40.
I really like this lipbalm, but for the price, I personally don't think it is any better than Vaseline, it does the same job for a fraction of the price.
Elizabeth Arden's renowned Eight Hour Cream in a super-protective, portable stick for lips / Enriched with emollients, protective sunscreen and vitamin E / Treat your lips to Eight Hour Care / Moisturises, softens and smoothes lips / Provides antioxidant protection with vitamin E / SPF 15 shields against UV exposure / The Legend Created in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden to soothe skin, Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant became an instant and overwhelming success / What made it so effective is a combination of petrolatum, a skin-soothing beta-hydroxy in one of its first cosmetic uses, and vitamin E / The apricot coloured balm was so beneficial to her clients, Miss Arden used it to soothe her famous thoroughbred horses' legs / Even its name came about thanks to a remarkable performance / a loyal client used it to treat her child's skinned knee and 'eight hours later' the skin was all better / Directions for use: Apply liberally as often as necessary /