I got this product free with an Elf order and was so impressed the second I saw it here is my review.
This comes in the nicest see-through square plastic tub with a black square screw top lid. This then has the text on the top in white. This looks very expensive and for the small price charged it is a real surprise.
I have mine in Romantic Rouge and I adore the colour, it is a lovely dark red that gives a really nice flush to the lips. This is the type of lip people notice and I really enjoy wearing it over a lip stain as it really intensifies the colour.
The Staying Power
As this is a lip balm the staying power was never going to be ground breaking. After a cup of tea most of it is on the mug, but staying power is probably not anybody's first priority when it comes to balm so I will not mark it down for this.
Does it Hydrate my lips?
Yes and very well too. I will have to mark it a little as if this is put on very dry lips it does cling to the dry patches very easily and can unfortunately highlight them. If I have really dry lips though I would always go for carmex so this hasn't been a massive issue for me.
Not only does the products smell just like sugar it tastes like it too. Bad if you are in the habit of licking your lips, but for me this was fantastic. Just a note all Elf lip products I have tried smell and taste like this so if you don't like them sweet you have been warned!
I often have dry lips at any time of the year, so it's important for me to make sure my lips are kept moisturised. However I also like to add some more colour to my lips than just their natural colour. This usually means I have to apply to different products to achieve both the moisturising and colour. When doing a bit of retail therapy on the e.l.f website, I came across their Studio Conditioning Lip Balms. Although there were a good list of colours to choose from, I was a little hesitant to purchase one, just because lip balms never really give you any colour. However being a fan of coral shades at the time, and seeing that e.l.f had a coral shade in their lip balms, I couldn't resist.
These lip balms come in a square clear plastic pot with a black plastic screw-top lid. Although the packaging looks very simple and plain, it looks more expensive than what it actually is. The only thing I don't like about the packaging, is that the pot is quite chunky, and a waste of plastic considering the actual product inside is only half the size of the pot! Anyway, I bought the shade Mellow Mellon which is a very pretty coral shade. The balm itself is creamy in texture, and feels nice and soft on your lips. It's easy to apply, and has a sweet vanillary scent to it. The lip balms even contain spf 15 in them, so are good for protecting your lips in the summer months too.
I wouldn't say it is all that moisturising, but I generally have trouble finding a product that is. But for when my lips aren't that dry, this really helps to keep them hydrated. The lasting power is fairly good too, it usually lasts a couple of hours before I need to top up. For a lip balm that is good in itself, but for a lip balm to last that long on someone who has a habit of licking their lips, is definitely worth recommending. I usually apply this after using my Lush Mint Julips lip scrub, as sometimes this lip balm can highlight dry areas on my lips.
For 3.50, this is one of my favourite lip products to use, and I'll definitely be buying the Mellow Melon one again when it runs out. I might try out some of the other shades as well.
***Why I want the product***
I love all things lip products, especially when it states it is a lip treatment, balm or moisturising. I have very dry lips all year round, even with my best lip treatments, which I still have and love, my lips can still get dry if I do not keep up with the treatments.
After applying lip treatments I still love the look of colour on the lips, it makes me look polished, like I've made an effort even though I may not have applied a lot of makeup or on no makeup days. A touch of gloss, lip colour always makes a difference and brightens the face.
When E.L.F Cosmetics brought out Studio Lip Conditioning Balms I could not wait to get my hands on one.
***What to E.L.F say?***
This conditioning balm gets your lips treated with a splash of colour that is smooth, soft and none sticky. The balm helps to condition dry, chapped lips with vitamins including A and E and an added benefit of SPF 15 to protect lips against the sun's rays.
***How many shades are available?***
Currently there are six shades in the collection and these range from Nice and Natural, which is the shade I have to pinks and reds.
***Packaging of the product***
I was surprised at how big the product is; although you get 7.5g of product the packaging is something else. Measuring the height it is 1.3 inches and width is 1.4 inches. The packaging is larger than your average lip gloss and seems such a waste of packing when it could have been made so much smaller and better for the environment. If you are a person who takes a tiny handbag out with you then you will be leaving this at home.
After all that the packaging actually looks sleek and more expensive than it really is. The bottom half where the product lie is clear with an 3D affect when you rotate the pot. A small round sticker on the side tells you the shade and expiry time, which is 12 months. The black screw off lid sets off the clear half perfectly with elf Conditioning Lip Balm SPF 15 written at the top in white.
***Tell me all about the product***
Unscrewing the black lid I am greeted with a white plastic cover that sits over the opening to the product. This is something I have not seen before on a balm/gloss and is a nice addition with regards to stop the product from drying out and hygienic reasons.
I have wanted a lovely nude colour for such a long time but I find due to my very pale skin all nude colours wash me out even more. Inside the pot Nice and Natural looks a light brown with pink undertones, I also find the scent very nice and smells of chocolate.
Dipping my finger into the pot I find a little tricky due to the bulky packaging and deep pot. Long finger nailed women will have to scoop a little with their nail.
Scooping a little out with the tip of my finger, which I still found balm under my nail. It is very soft and creamy. It feels thicker than a gloss but lighter than a lipstick.
Applying a small amount to my lips feels lovely and soft and best of all the colour pigment is brilliant. Nice and Natural really is a beautiful coloured nude that suits my pale skin and would go with anything, it is my to go coloured balm. On my lips the balm has a lovely glossy shine to it that is not over done but makes my lips look healthy. It never feels sticky and does not feel heavy on the lips.
Staying power of this balm is not great, because it is not a lipstick you cannot make a stain out of it so transfer onto cups easily leaving you needing to apply more and the same goes with eating and general wear.
I would not rely on this product alone to keep my lips moisturised through the day, I use this more of the colour but I find it is not drying on the lips like some glosses and lipsticks can. If your lips are dry before application this balm does not show them up more.
***Price and availability***
You can purchase these conditioning balms from eyeslipsface.co.uk in the studio category for £3.50
***Would I purchase again?***
Yes and no, no because I have so many lip products but yes because his lip balm from E.L.F is lovely and such a beautiful colour. I want a nice pink shade next.
If you are not a fan of lip products but like a bit of colour and gloss on the lips that look healthy and not over done, this product will be perfect for you.
I have had my Conditioning Lip Balm for a good few months now and I still am nowhere near to running out.
This lip balm is amazing! I have had mine for 3 months now and plan on getting 2 or so more in my next ELF haul as I love it so much. The lip balm is marketed as a conditioning lip balm (in simple terms, moisturizing) and is described by ELF as been idea to use for giving a sheer hint of colour to the lips which is smooth, soft and non sticky. Not only this, but the lip balm contains SPF15 (sunscreen), ensuring that your lips are safe on summer days. Vitamins A & E are also included in this lip balm so all round it is a good product - definetly worth the slightly expensive (for a lip balm!) £3.50.
The packaging is pretty basic and the entire lip balm (pot included) weighs 7.5 grams so you get a decent amount for the money paid. The pot is made of a sturdy plastic which is transparent, with a black screw-on lid. The lid has the ELF logo and the product name in elegant white writing. It is not a very big pot but the opening is big enough for me to dab my finger in. Overall the pot is minimalistic which I personally prefer to the sort of lip balms that have OTT packaging. The lip balm is available in 6 different shades including red, pink, beige, etc. Each shade has its own fancy name which I thought was quite cute and I have this in Romantic Rouge which is a lovely deep red with a hint of a deep beige, it's lovely. The pigmentation is really good however, it is much deeper in colour than the swatch on the ELF website shows so I would be wary of that.
The lip balm has quite a pleasant smell to it and it has a mixture of a cocoa and vanilla scent in my opinion. It is not a fruity smell like I expected and not floral either. It is tasteless, however doesn't taste waxy or unpleasant. The texture is nice and smooth and is just like a more compacted vaseline. I apply mine with a lip brush or my fingers. It doesn't leave my fingers stained or greasy at all. One dab of the lip balm goes a long way and covers both of my lips generously. It gives a gorgeous, discreet, natural looking hint of colour and leaves my lips feeling soft, moist and healthy. The stayed power is amazing and it lasts for an average of 3 hours before I need to reapply it, although I do usually use this over lipstick or as a base coat for lipstick so maybe this alters the longevity, i'm unsure. This does not highlight chapped or dry lips and it feels really nice and lightweight on my lips. Overall I would reccomend this lip balm. It is better than most of my other lip balms, either the more higher end ones.
A few weeks ago I received an email from E.L.F (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk) about a new conditioning lip balm they had in their Studio range. Unlike the majority of their products which retail for £1.50 most of the Studio range is priced at £3.50 and this lip balm is no exception. For your £3.50 you get a square 7.5g pot that's actually bigger than I thought it would be, it fits easily into my huge handbag but wouldn't be suitable for a small one.
These lip balms come in 6 different shades and I went for "nice and natural" which doesn't have alot of colour to it. They contain SPF 15, vitamins A and E for conditioning the lips and have a slight sweet taste to them. The claim is they are not sticky and super smooth and velvety soft. The colour is sheer so it's more a hint of colour and the advice is to use them before going in the sun. I liked the sound of these as I always have a lip balm in my bag but this doubles as a lip colour too.
Like all Studio items this comes packaged in a smart black box and the lid is also black. The lid screws off and you can either apply this with your finger or a lip brush. I use my finger as I carry mine in my handbag and don't want the mess or hassle of a brush. As I said before these pots are not for small handbags though even though E.L.F advise us to carry them with us. The pot is about 2 inches wide and an inch and a half high so a chunky plastic pot. The bottom is clear so you can see the cylinder of balm inside and when opened there is a scent like vanilla which drifts out. I'm not keen on vanilla fragrance but this doesn't overpower my sense of smell.
I liked the idea of these and thought it might start me using a bit of colour on my lips. Usually I avoid any lip colour and just use bog standard lip balms so this was a bit novel for me. The shade I chose gives a slight tinge of colour to lips, it is very subtle and not obvious though which is what I wanted.
The actual consistency of these lip balms is closer to lipstick and it feels a bit stodgy when I touch it with my finger. I wipe my finger round it a few times then just smear it on my lips and it does look nice, not glossy just like a slight hint of colour and moist. As for not sticky I disagree and find this is a bit sticky but not to the extent of lip gloss, again like lipstick. You can feel you are wearing this just as you would lipstick but it doesn't feel as slippery as a normal lip balm.
The conditioning is a bit of a stretch too in my opinion and it's no more conditioning than a lipstick which kind of makes me wonder if they've just put lipstick in a pot! It's so similar to lipstick in many ways that it does appear that way. I've been using it regularly and have to say my lips are still quite dry, drier than they would be had I been using good old vaseline or a chap stick style of lip balm so for those of us with dry lips these aren't really the answer.
Overall this is too much like lipstick for me to ignore it, they don't condition lips as much as normal lip balm and are a bit stodgy and sticky. Add to that they are actually a bit large to fit in a small handbag and I've got a next to useless product for my £3.50! The plus side is the colour is nice and sheer and the pot is lasting me ages. For people with mildly dry lips or normal lips these would be fine but I've reverted back to my usual lip balm. A bit of a waste of £3.50 for me so a low 2 star rating.