“ Brand: Champneys / Type: Lipgloss / Suitable for: Lip „
I received this set for Christmas last year, and I was really pleased. There're four tubes included, three of which are tinted, sparkly glosses, and one is labelled 'Super Calm Lip Balm' which looks sparkly but isn't particularly.
While I have used all of the tubes, I tend to stick with the lip balm itself. This is mostly down to the glitter factor. They're all quite subtle, but personally I feel as though the coloured tubes are a little bit too sparkly -- I feel rather childish when I wear them. They all go on very smoothly, though, and leave my lips feeling well conditioned. They aren't like some other brands of lip gloss that feel gunky and heavy, but they do feel rather thick. That's a good thing though, because that means that they have staying power! (That said though, if you think you won't like the feeling of having something stuck to your lips (and your hair WILL stick to it!) then give this a wide berth.)
The lip balm is a quality product. A 10ml tube is still lasting me over sixteen months later, and I use it quite regularly. Like the tinted glosses, it's thick and it feels rather luxurious. It is protective -- if you wear this out in the cold wind, not a whisper of the biting weather will get through to chap your lips! Add in to the fact that it's SPF 15 and you've got a great little lip balm to keep handy in your bag/coat pocket.
Amongst the Christmas gifts I received this year was a set of Champneys Lip Collection, instantly zooming in on the lip balms I was very pleased since winter has hit my poor lips hard this year.
I usually wear some form of lipstick or lip colour with a balm over the top. A set of tinted and glittery balms are slightly out of the ordinary but so very useful this time of year.
You can see in the picture that the packaging is simple, clear and feminine and you can see the tubes and their contents clearly. On the back of the box there's a description and ingredient list for each item, comprising 10ml each of Super calm lip balm and 3 of the same 10ml size Ultra Shine lip balm in Quartz (shimmering white), Coral (shimmery pink) and Gold Dust (shimmery gold).
The Ultra Calm balm has some friendly ingredients we know, lavendula and camomile amongst them, but the others are predominantly scientific sounding chemicals with passiflora thrown in. Each are highly scented, 'Aroma' is listed as an ingredient but unspecific and although passion flower oil is listed it is claimed for its fatty acids which apparently nourish and condition the lips. The scent is pleasant and gives the balm a luxurious air as you can still smell it wafting from your lips a few minutes later.
On application each is smooth and easy to use, a slight squeeze of the tube whilst applying it to the lips results in a steady flow of the product which can be distributed with the angled tube head or by rubbing the lips together. The colours are simply vague tints so exact application is unimportant. They would all work over lip tints or stronger lip colours and on their own as a protective layer against the elements.
The Super Calm balm really does feel good, its basis seems more like a cream or like petroleum jelly than the more gel like feel of the colours. It appears slightly more irridescent than the others yet leaves nothing more than a sheen over the lips. This is the longest lasting and the most useful as it does genuinely appear to soften.
The coloured balms are slightly sticky and have little or no longevity. To illustrate this I put on a slick of the quartz balm as I began writing this to fully describe the feel, application and scent as I wrote, I've also been drinking a cup of tea as I write and examine the packaging and the balm is almost gone, leaving a vague smear at the side of my mug and a slightly tacky feel on my lips. The scent is also gone.
The balms are an item which would be easy to fit into a pocket or small handbag for furtive application if required. No mirror required. They aren't messy. They won't leave a tell tale colour stain anywhere or a glaring ring on a wine glass.
So, ideal for a woman who likes subtlety, anyone needing a little shine or elemental protection and the potential best friend of any amorous woman!
As the box is stocked at Sainsburys there's also a coupon inside (under the inner packaging) for £3 off a £10 spend on Champneys Skin care range and valid until 31st May 2009. A big perk if you find Champneys suits you.
For me it's a little luxury at exactly the right time.
This Christmas one of the gifts my dad gave me was a set of Champneys lip glosses. I wouldn't have expected my dad to venture into the world of makeup gift-buying, but he'd given my brother some of their men's products before which he had liked, and I was equally pleased.
Champneys are actually a chain of health resorts, so these products have a luxury spa feel about them. They aren't all that widely available, but you can pick up certain items exclusively in Sainsbury's, which is where this came from. In fact it came with a money-off voucher which can only be reedmed there. You can also purchase online at www.champneys.com/collection.
The particular gift I received was the Ultra Shine Lip Collection, which comprises of three tubes of glossy lip balms and one "Super Calm Lip Balm". They come in simple but classy packaging - in a clear plastic box with shiny pink cardboard to make it a bit more glitzy. Not exactly an elegant or pretty keepsake but you'll only be throwing it away!
All four tubes are exactly the same, hold 10ml and come with a screw-on lid and slanted applicator tip with a hole to allow the product to come out, a similar design to Juicy Tubes for example. I am going to refer to them as "gloss" because despite Champneys insisting they are balms, that is not what they resemble!
The gloss is easy to apply and I prefer this type of applicator over one with a wand as I find it a little more hygenic as it can be wiped clean. They are small enough to easily slip into a pocket or small bag, but hold a decent amount of product.
The three shades in this set are pretty different whilst in the tube, but as they are more sheer and shimmery than highly pigmented, I find myself grabbing the nearest to top up my gloss rather than picking a shade because they're not all that different on. Shades included are Quartz (frosty white shimmer), Coral (peachy coral colour, predictably) and Gold Dust (uh, gold).
My favourite thing about the glosses is the scent - they smell like passionfruit and are mildly flavoured too. I find this a real treat because, besides the fact that I love passionfruit anyway, so many glosses seem to be watermelon scented/flavoured (why?!) which I hate, and it's really offputting for me!
As I said, the colours aren't overbearing, which is good as it means you could layer with a lip colour to add a bit of shine, but in a set it might have been nice to have just one with a bit more substance to it. Still, they claim to be glosses not colours and do that very nicely. They feel smooth rather than sticky, and provide a subtle shimmer (not huge chunks of glitter!) and wet-look shine. I find that only a small amount is needed on the lower lip and pressing my lips together gives just the right coverage. Definitely not one you need a mirror for, I brought it out on New Year's Eve and topped up happily without having to nip to the loo. I don't feel that they are too high drama for daytime wear, and I'm pretty conservative in my makeup.
As far as staying power, it's not the greatest if you're going to be eating or drinking a lot, but under normal everyday circumstances would fare well. The gloss does sink in rather than sit on your lips feeling goopy so this helps it not slide off quite so much.
The Super Calm Balm looks almost exactly the same as the Quartz gloss, and to be honest when I got the set it took me a while to realise it wasn't two of the same thing. On closer examination there is less shimmer and the balm comes out as a thicker pearly cream. It feels quite soothing on the lips and is a different texture to everything I've tried, but does sink in quite quickly. It leaves a pretty sheer sheen but I'm not sure that it does as good a job as a more intensive balm such as Blistex or even Burt's Bees, as the ingredients aren't quite as wholesome or natural. However it does contain SPF 15 and leaves lips looking nice so would make a good summer staple.
Overall I am very happy I got the set. It costs £10 which I probably wouldn't have paid myself for a brand I haven't used before and aren't as well known for their makeup products as they are for spas. Saying that, I was impressed and can see myself using the glosses a lot. If you think about it as £2.50 each, that's a good deal for a quality brand! I do wish there was maybe a bit more colour variation but the inclusion of a more intensive lip balm is nice and these are by far the nicest smelling and tasting glosses I've come across.
Inside the box was a voucher for £3 off Champneys products at Sainsbury's, which doesn't expire for a year I don't think, which has encouraged me to try more of their range, which includes skincare, men's and bath products, as I think they are pretty high quality.