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I brought this Anew Beauty Lip Restoring Colour Balm when it was on special offer in the Avon book, even though their Anew range is really for older ladies I've found a few of their products that have suited my skin so was looking forward to this lip balm coming.
I think it's wicked, it's left my lips feeling mega soft and has got a lovely tint of colour. I have got the Luminous Rose shade and it's gorgeous. Because you apply the balm with a small brush it makes it easy to get on your lips without making mistakes, because of the colour you have to be a bit more careful to stay in your lip line or it can look a mess.
As soon as I applied it my lips felt soft and smooth, all the little lines that have come up on my bottom lip because of the cold weather have disappeared and I've only been using the balm for a week. I'm dead impressed with it and even though the balm is nice and smooth on my lips it doesn't feel greasy or sticky. It goes on good as well and makes my lips feel so nice, it's a nicer lipbalm than using the usual ones like Chapstick and stuff.
I know it's a bit more expensive but I don't mind paying that because of the good quality. Avon stuff is always a bit hit and miss but this one is a definite keeper and I'll try some more of the shades in the range because there are another 3 and they all look nice.
The only thing that I'm not mad keen on with this lip balm is that the colour doesn't last as long as lipstick or tinted lip gloss. It's only supposed to be a sheer colour so it's not a problem really but the colour fades a lot quicker than the effects of the lip balm.
Any regular readers of my reviews will be aware by now that I work as an Avon representative when my poor health allows. This means that I have access to a lot of the great offers and new products that are launched by Avon.
Having tried several of the Avon 'Anew' products over the years, I have found that some of them are more successful than others. One product that I did quite like however was the Anew "Lip Restoring Colour Balm".
I had stumbled across the product completely by accident when Avon sent it in replacement for another item that was completely out of stock. Deciding to give the Anew colour lip balm a trial, I have been so impressed by this little product that I have since went on to order two alternative shades!
Anew is the range of cosmetics from Avon that are geared towards the 'Anti-aging' end of the market. The Anew make-up range covers things such as eye shadows (that are allegedly "eye lifting" products) and flawless foundations (which supposedly have "Age-transforming" properties).
I hadn't set out to try the Lip restoring colour lip balm as I said, and I for one would most certainly have been put off by the hefty price tag... The product costs the pricey little sum of £8.50 which is out of my own price range.
The product is supplied in a little cylinder that looks similar to one of those 'pen' style concealer sticks... You know the ones with the brush in one end? Well the design of this product is almost identical. This design means that it is quite easy to dispense the correct amount of the product into the bristles of the little brush prior to application on the lips.
This is done easily, by turning the other end of the plastic 'pencil'. A sort of clicking noise tells me that the product is being dispensed into the 'brush' end of the pencil and voila! After a couple of 'clicks' the lip gloss liquid can be seen on the bristles.
The bristles of the brush aren't at all scratchy or too hard. I think this is quite an important point to note as I have used alternative products with a similar design where this HAS been the case and all I can say is... ouch! Who wants to be scratched by a brush when applying make-up? Not me, anyway! The brush on the Anew lip balm is really nice and soft, but not so soft that it is difficult to apply the gloss... The brush is in no way flimsy, or of a poor quality.
The liquid lip gloss, once dispensed onto the brush, is visible on the white-coloured bristles. This can then easily be glided across your lips. The brush provides a nice finish, and makes it easy to apply the product. I find it is easy to keep inside the 'lip lines' because of the use of the brush too, which is another important point to note.
There is a bit of a scent that comes from the lip gloss, when it is being applied, and once you are wearing it. I don't find that the scent is unpleasant or too 'chemical', but it is most definitely evident when I am wearing the product. I don't particularly like this aspect of the Anew lip balm, but to be fair I do find that most lipsticks, lip glosses and lip balms leave a scent of some description on my lips that can be easily detected when I am wearing the product... I wish they didn't, but they do.
The lip gloss comes in a range of four shades (as at campaign 14) but I do believe that additional shades have since been added to the range. The four shades in this campaign however are "Luminous Nude" which is like a clear shade, "luminous Sheer" which is very pale also, "Luminous Rose" which has a pink tone, and "Luminous Berry" which is also pink but has a darker undertone.
The shade I have experience of using so far is the Berry shade, and I have to say that I find it compliments my skin tone and colouring perfectly. I would point out that I have very pale skin, so this was quite a surprise to me as the Berry shade is the darkest of the four available at the time. I did expect the finished result to be a bit too dark for my colouring but this really wasn't the case.
The finished result, once the lip balm has been applied, has a very nice finish. Not overly 'glossy' or 'wet' looking, but instead a nice 'finished' look is easily achieved. I find that the colour does have a very noticeable 'sheen' to it, but in my opinion the effect is much more subtle than similar products I have used in the past.
Furthermore, I find that when the Lip balm has been applied, it doesn't rub off as easily as some alternative products that I use on a regular basis. Don't get me wrong, if I am wearing the coloured balm and have been drinking from a glass for example, the product won't still be as visible on my mouth as it was before, but to be fair the product isn't marketed as a product with 'staying power' or anything. I do find that it doesn't rub off AS easily as other products though!
The product is a lip balm first, and a gloss second, in my humble opinion. At least, I feel that is what it is marketed as. The lip balm aspect to the product should therefore be of a decent enough quality to keep my lips moisturised and softened. I can happily report that it does! Not only that, but I find that the dry skin on my lips that I do suffer from at this time of year has really been kept at bay from using this product. I do feel that it has quite strong moisturising qualities to it, and this has helped the overall condition of my lips as a result.
I did actually finish this product when I was in Spain for a recent holiday. This was due to it being so versatile that I didn't use any other product on my lips for the duration of my holiday. The product contains protection against the sun's harmful rays - SPF 15 to be exact - which meant that I could quite happily walk around in the blazing sunshine with a little slick of this on my lips and be happy that I was protecting myself from those rays! The colour of the lip balm is so versatile that I didn't feel it was too heavy for daytime use.
I also did use this product at night time in place of my lipstick or lip gloss as I just really preferred the feel of it on my lips. Some lip glosses can be too much of a 'slick' when applied and I feel like my mouth is sticky or something. I am most definitely more aware of a product like that once it is on my lips. The Anew lip restoring balm however feels much 'lighter' in comparison and this means that it is more comfortable for me to wear.
All of these points really make this product a winner in my book. I have since ordered two more of these little lip balms as I am truly converted. I would highly recommend it, and feel that in the long term I will probably stick to these instead of lipsticks and other items.
I found that the product offers a subtle colour whilst taking care of my lips, and all of this was done comfortably and without fuss.... I personally couldn't ask for anything else.
The Avon Anew lip restoring Colour Balm can be ordered from your local Avon representative, where the usual price is £8.50. Alternatively, you can order online from www.avonshop.co.uk.
Full marks from me, and highly recommended, even with the slightly hefty price tag. I have paid more money for similar products and only been half as impressed as I am with this lip balm.. try it!
The Anew range is designed for the older lady but I kept a freebie bag for myself after buying a few gifts for my grandma. This lip gloss style balm gives your lips some protection from the sun and its now recommended that you wear some spf every day as even on cold days the sun is still out there.
In the winter months you also need to keep your lips moisturised as the cold really gets to them so this product is a way to do this whilst giving you some added colour.
The effect is a shiny finish with a strong but not bold colour. They make your lips look more plump. The white case that this comes is typical of the Anew range and it shows you the colour of the gloss inside.
It is easy to use just twist it out so that the brush with the colour and balm comes out and just apply.
The Anew range isn't cheap but if you can get this product as a freebie. It is also cheaper than other products on the market which have the same effect.
This is a wonderful product! Yes, it is Avon but it is worth it's money! I have tried similar products with heftier price tags but this one is well worth it's money, in fact I would possibly pay more for it.
The balm is tinted with colour so aswell as providing a therapeutic moisuturising aspect to your lips, you can use it as a gloss/lip colour which also acts as a cosmetic.
The applicatoe is a soft brush which is very nice to aplly the balm with. When applied it sweeps gently across the lips and gives the lips a nice natural colour from the tint and instantly makes the lips feel soothed and soft.
This is not greasy or sticky as would usually be expected from some form of gel used on the lips but likeable and easy to use.
In all, I would highly recommend this product and urge anyone to buy this rather than a more expensive alternative.
Avon promotes this as 'A luminous coloured lip balm with technology to help smooth and soften lips. Helps prevent drying and reduce chapped lips.' It has also an SPF 15.
It comes in a hard plastic tube with a clear plastic section near the top so that you can see the colour of the product and also when it's about to run out. At the top of the tube there is a lip brush and to load it all you have to do is twist the base of the tube. This pushes up the balm into the brush.
On application, the lip balm is slightly slippery but not sticky. It gives a shiny look, and feels pleasant and soothing on dry lips. It soaks in and dries a little, so the effect isn't so glossy after a few minutes, it just leaves the lips looking moist. I find it's fairly long lasting until I have a drink, then it does wear off fairly easily, so I find I need a top up. It's great for adding a touch of moisturizing colour for going to the park or the beach without looking over made up, and it's nice to know it's protecting my lips from the drying effects of the sun.
I've got brown eyes and coppery coloured hair so I use Luminous Berry, which suits my colouring and subtly enhances the colour of my lips. However, so far as luminosity goes, I haven't noticed any! Other than that it does exactly what it says.
I've used two tubes of this over the summer and I'll certainly buy it again. It's currently £8 from Avon. You can purchase it from their website: avonshop.co.uk
Smooth and soften lips with an added colour!