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I have tried a couple of lip products recently that left my lips feeling quite dry, one from Max Factor and the other from 2True. This means that I have felt the need to use lip balms more often than usual. Having tried and liked Nivea's Rose balm , I decided to opt for another tinted product. While shopping in Superdrug, I saw a raspberry and blackberry scented glossy balm in the "I love..." range which looked an appealing colour. I have used other products from this company in the past and found them reliable, so I decided to give it a go.
The "I love..." range of bath and body products includes fruity scented items such as body butters and shower gels. I have seen the biggest selection available in Superdrug, although they are also available in Savers and Morrrisons, and occasionally in the poundshops. There are also numerous online suppliers. I paid 99p for a 15g tub of my balm, but I subsequently found out I could have paid 89p in Savers. I still think that even a pound is a good price to pay though.
The balm is packaged in a simple clear tub with a black screw on lid. I do prefer lipstick like balms in general because I prefer not to have to use my fingers to apply them, but I love... don't offer these as far as I am aware. This one doesn't feel too sticky or greasy which does make using your fingers to re-apply the balm a bit more pleasant if you are out and about. When I opened the tub, I expected to be greeted by a lovely smell, but sadly I wasn't. I especially like the scent of the two berries used in this which is why I chose the product in the first place. This is disappointing. My first whiff gave me a plasticy aroma more than a fruity one. I could detect some raspberry scent if I took a deep sniff, but the base product seems to overpower any blackberry. Out of the tub, and on my lips the fruit smell seemed a bit stronger but it still didn't seem all that natural to me.
On the plus side, the balm does feel nicer than it smells. It is reasonably solid in the tub, so you don't pick up too much more than you need if you give the surface a light glide over with your fingers. The product is called a glossy lip balm, and it really is a cross between a softening balm and a lip gloss. It does not feel as sticky as a gloss, but adds a similiar finish to your lips. The colour of the product in the tub is a deep raspberry pink, but it imparts a slightly lighter shade to your lips. I was impressed by the level of pigmentation, and I have been happy to use this on it's own when I would otherwise have applied a light lipstick or gloss. It doesn't last very long, no more than a couple of hours, and it won't survive eating or drinking. The low price of the product makes this less of an issue for me than it would be otherwise, as I can afford to top up coverage often. I love... say that their balm will leave your lips feeling soft and moisturised. I would say that this is true in the short term, and that it does a good job of soothing lips that are already dry. It feels a little greasy at first, but I didn't continue to notice that shortly after application, and it is no worse than Vaseline in this respect. It tastes better too, less oily, but still not of the fruits to me. The moisturising effect is not long lasting though, and this is another reason why frequent application is necessary, even if you do not mind the fact the colour has faded.
One thing that struck me as worthy of a mention, was a line of information contained under the ingredients label. It is warning not to swallow the product, as it isn't a food. I feel that it isn't possible to never swallow a lip product, so this doesn't make me too happy. I have seen this warning on other products, and it is possible that the brand just want to cover themselves should anyone decide to eat the whole tub! That somehow doesn't really reassure me much.
If you don't mind being told never to swallow the balm, and want a tinted and softening product, then this is good value. If you wanted to buy it purely because of it's fruit labelling, I think you will be disappointed by both the taste and scent. I won't buy it again myself, for that reason.
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My purse has definitely been feeling the pinch lately so I thought rather than splurge on my usual more expensive goodies I would try some cheaper alternatives. My lips have been feeling really sore lately and having run out of lip balm I went to browse the options at my local super drug. I have seen the 'I love...' range before and used a couple of products which impressed me so thought I'd take a chance on this bargain buy.
=== Price and availability ===
This little tub contains 15g of balm which is just 99p in super drug. I have only ever seen the 'I love...' range in super drug although I am sure it must be available elsewhere and is easy to find online. A full list of stockists is available through the official website - http://www.ilovecosmetics.eu/
=== The package ===
As mentioned previously this comes in a tub. The plastic is transparent enabling you to see exactly how much is left, and this really cannot be missed as the balm is a fairly vibrant pink/purple colour. The lid is screw off and application is simply with a finger. Personally I am not really a fan of this as I don't find it very hygienic (even though my fingers are clean!) and find it a little bit messy. I think however that you do get a huge amount of product for your money.
=== The product ===
The official website simply states the following about this lip balm - 'Come on don't be shy, sink in your fingertips and smooth me onto your lips, leaving them feeling soft, moisturised and ultimately kissable.'
I am not wowed by this product although in all fairness for 99p I didn't have the highest of expectations. The balm is fine as long as you don't accidentally apply too much (which is relatively easy to do) as this results in a very unattractive shade on the lips. I find that it takes quite a long time to sink in and doesn't moisturise my lips as well as I would like considering how sore they have been lately. The smell is ok but I was expecting more. I have previously used the I love...mango and papaya bubble bath and that smells amazing (highly recommend)! I was therefore expecting this lip balm to smell lovely and fruity. I can't deny that it does smell reasonably fruity but this lovely scent is accompanied by a slight chemical smell which ruins it for me.
=== Overall thoughts ===
Not really a fan of this one. I'm not keen on the smell or shade of this lip balm. In fact I wonder if they are wrong to suggest this as such and should probably advertise it more as a lip gloss which I feel would be more accurate. An average lip balm which is reasonable if your lips are not in poor condition.