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This is a review of a set Swizzels Matlow Retro Sweet Treats Lip Balm collection. I recently bought two of these sets intended as Christmas presents but then I decided to keep a set for myself!
What is it?
The set contains five lip balms in the retro sweet flavours I remember as a child:
- Double lollies
- Rainbow drops
- Double dip
The set comes nicely packaged in a cardboard box with a clear window and a plastic tray that holds all the lip balms in place. It's really bright and a true reflection of its 'sweetie' contents that it jumps out at you on the shelf.
In use / First impressions
I started with the Refreshers lip balm. I noticed that the tube, which was the exact blue of the refreshers packaging was a wrapped in a branded label but it was a bit badly applied with an air pocket running down its length. The colour of the product inside looked exactly like a slim tube of glue (!) and you twist it up to use. Thankfully the consistency was not like glue and whilst it didn't smell very much like Refreshers, it was actually a really good lip balm. It had no taste to it whatsoever.
Next up was Drumsticks. This had a strong sweetie smell to it but it didn't really remind me of Drumsticks lollies! Again no taste to it and a nice and moisturising lip balm. No adverse effects on my lips and this time the label was perfectly applied. I liked the stripey packaging and the red top on the balm went well with the design which reflected drumsticks packaging. I can smell the product on my lips and it smells like a sweet shop. The tube says it is vanilla flavoured.
Rainbow Drops was next. The label was again badly applied and promised a strawberry flavour lip balm. It definitely smelt fruity but no flavour to it at all.
Double Lollies was another strawberry flavour one with a lovely pink lid. This one was probably my favourite because of the packaging although it smelt the same as the Rainbow drops one!
Finally, the double dip was a cherry flavoured balm which I gave away to a friend as I thought four was plenty to be going on with and it had been her childhood favourite sweet. Again, this one smelt fruity and she informs me that it too has no flavour.
I thought these sets were priced very reasonably at B&M stores for £2.99 you get all five lip balms. You can buy individually on ebay or the sets on amazon if there are no stores near you. I also think they are sold individually near the tills in Primark if you just wanted to try one.
I love these lip balms and am pleased I kept a set for myself. I think the branding and packaging is great (when you get ones that the label is applied right!) and OK so they are just packaging a normal fruit flavoured lip balm really but it's a nice little gimmick and a retro touch to a boring lip balm product. I would recommend these as a fun and cheap item to buy.