Product Type: Boots No.7 makeup
Newest Review: ... and has a great moisturising quality to it. There are a number of shades to choose from and I opted for a pale pink colour which su... more
Feeling a bit liplicious!
Boots No7 Liplicious Moisturising Balm
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
Boots No7 Liplicious Moisturising Balm
Advantages: Subtle colour which protects lips
Disadvantages: Applicator is a bit useless
Recently in Boots their No7 make up range went through a complete make over so before this new transition they had a half price sale across their make up range. Of course I made full use of this sale and stocked up as much as I could. I really do like No7 make up as I do find that the majority of their products I have used are decent in quality and seem to be worth the slightly higher price tag so of course when seeing them all half price I just couldn't resist!
One item I bought in the sale was the No7 Liplicious Moisturising Balm but having looked in store and on the Boots website it doesn't seem to have made the cut and is no longer available. I do like any lip product which will promise moisturising properties as I can suffer with dry chapped lips if not careful and when it is a moisturising product which has a sheen/gloss and colour to it I find it far more appealing than just a tin of Vaseline! Originally they were £10.00 but I managed to get mine in the sale for £4.00 which I thought was very reasonable.
No7 is Boots own range of makeup, toiletries and cosmetics and is older sister to the Boots No17 range. The No7 range is much more grown up and sophisticated and with this comes a higher price tag but not too expensive for you to gasp in horror! As stated above the No7 range has just had a complete make over from the packaging to the display stand that they all sit in. They do have an extensive range of products so suitable for everyone.
The No7 Liplicious Moisturising comes/came in a wide variety of shades ranging from the ultra deep purple hues to the incredibly subtle pale pink tones. The only thing in common the shades have is that they are all filled with a very fine almost iridescent glitter which is incredibly subtle. The shade I opted for was Sherbert Twist which to look at through the tube looks quite like a deep coral colour but on the lips it is far more subtle with a pink hue. Not too colourful by any means but provides just a little extra colour to the lips with a gentle shimmer.
The moisturising balm comes in a long, clear plastic tube which is quite soft and flexible. Because the tube is completely clear you can easily see the colour of the balm together with the shimmering glitter. The top is simple and black and just snaps on and off. All the No7 packaging is very basic and is generally black and gold and there is no difference with this lip balm tube. The applicator is plastic and slanted which is not my preference for a lip balm. The No7 logo is of course on the side of the tube in gold together with small amount of information on the product.
For me the applicator is a bit troublesome as it is plastic so there is no flexibility in it when applying the balm onto your lips so you almost have to instead of applying it with the applicator you have to put a small amount on your finger to apply as the plastic applicator has a hole in the top which just seems a little too big and lets out a bit too much balm for my liking. This is only a minor gripe about the balm but when you end up leaving a lot of the balm on the applicator when you've applied it you do feel that you are wasting the product.
The moisturising lip balm is quite thick in consistency but does spread evenly and easily over your lips when applied so you do only need to use a little to get a lovely soft sheen to the lips. Of course if you like the full on gloss look you can apply as much as you like but I do prefer the softer look rather than the "I've just snogged a chip pan" look! The glitter is ever so subtle and because it is so fine it almost gives a metallic look to the balm which does look lovely when applied to the lips.
Other than the applicator the only issue I do have which is only very minor is the stickiness the balm is quite stick and may not be ideal for everyone. Personally, although I don't like sticky lip balms I don't find this too bad as once it has eventually worn off the lips it doesn't leave a sticky residue behind. It does have a decent staying power as it will probably last for a few hours before it completely disappears and would need re-applying which is absolutely fine by me as there ar no promises that it would last for 12/24 hours! There is no major aroma either which is nice although it does have a typical lip gloss smell if you really smell closely!
Does it keep the lips moisturised? Well yes it does. I use mine every day at least twice as it sits on my desk at work so I can re-apply it easily and since I've been using it (bearing in mind I do use other lip balms and lip glosses) my lips haven't been dry and do look like they are being looked after. It certainly doesn't dry out the skin and does seem to protect my lips which is exactly what I bought it for so all in all I am really happy with it despite its slight stickiness and poor applicator. It's just a shame that they seem to have discontinued it.
Overall, if you can get your hands on one then I'd definitely recommend it to try. I really like it and will be scouring the make up websites to try and find another one in a different shade. For the full price of £10.00 I don't think it is worth it but for its sale price of £4.00 I would happily buy it again. 4 stars from me simply due to the applicator.
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Availability: Boots - but may be discontinued
Price: Was originally £10.00
Summary: A lovely moisturising balm