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A few months ago I decided to check out the ELF website to order in some cheap make up, I had been recommended it by a friend and I have received a mix of both great and not so great products. I find that ELF is pretty hit and miss, but I tried the Essentials Therapuetic Lip Balm and was really pleased with the results.
There is a good range of colours/flavours available in this lip balm. I bought the Strawberry one because I love strawberries and like pink lip balm. Some of the other flavours available are:
This lip balm is really easy to apply, you simply drag it over your lips like you would any other lip balm. I found that the consistency of this lip balm spread onto my lips really easily and that it was easy to get good coverage with minimal effort.
When applying this lip balm I found that it felt really nice on my lips, the shea butter in it gives it a nice silky, moisturising feeling. My lips are in great condition and I am only about half way through my lip balm tube at the moment.
I found that this lip balm has great staying power, it does not come off my lips easily, I usually only really re apply it every 3-4 hours.
I really like that this lip balm isn't too glossy, my hair does not stick to it easily and this makes it good for everyday use.
Finally I really loved the scent of this lip balm, it smells really lovely like strawberries and has a slight sweet strawberry taste to it.
Price and Availability
This lip balm is a steal at just £1.50 for a 2g tube. I think that this is a great price for a lip balm, especially one of this quality. I will definitely be buying more colours in this lip balm the next time I am ordering from ELF.
I think that this is a great lip balm, it is cheap, has a lovely scent to it, goes on nicely and the shea butter in it has really helped the condition of my lips. Overall I would give this lip balm 5 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
I always like to have a lip balm handy whether it is in my handbag when I am out and about or just whether I keep one stashed away in my makeup bag. As elf were having a sale I thought I would give their therapeutic conditioning balm a try, as it's normal price was £1.50 and sale price was only 75p I didn't have much to lose even if I did really hate it.
When your lip balm arrives it will come in a blister pack for protection, it is easy to open and provides all of the relevant information such as ingredients etc.
For any of you that do want to know the ingredients for allergies here they are:
Paraffinium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Polyisobutene, Silica, Synthetic Beeswax, Fragrance(Aroma), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Red No.6 Lake (CI 15850), Red No.7 Lake (CI 15850), Red No.28 Lake (CI 45410), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow No.6 Lake (CI 15985)
Anyway back to business, the balm itself is encased within a very thin tube of plastic. It is surprisingly thin, imagine the width of a crayon and your probably there, it is much thinner than my fingers but I guess you do get what you pay for.
Despite how thin the packaging is it does not make the balm any more difficult to use and the plastic itself is quite hard and sturdy.
The balm is protected with a small plastic lid which unfortunately does come off easily, it takes no effort at all to pop it open so I am a bit dubious about carrying this one around with me.
The balm itself twists up easily with the mechanism at the bottom of the tube. And what I like about this balm packaging is that although it is made of white plastic you can see the pink balm that is inside so you know exactly how much is left.
WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO
Elf claim that this "innovative" balm will provide your lips with natural nutrients and sooth lips due to the use of shea butter and vitamins A and E.
USING THE BALM
As soon as you take the lid off of the balm you will notice the scent. The balm that I chose was strawberry crème so naturally I thought it would smell fruity and natural. This unfortunately is not how this balm smells. In my personal opinion I think it smells quite artificial, I can see how this smells similar to strawberry crème and it kind of reminds me of the old campinno sweets but has an over riding scent that is artificial. Despite this it is a scent that I can put up with but it isn't one that would naturally reach out to me.
Using the balm is very easy as with most other lip balms it is a case of just massaging into your lips. The therapeutic balm glides very easily over your lips but seems quite wet when you are applying. It is so wet that it looks more like a gloss than a balm, especially with the added sheen from the pink. This might put some people off but it doesn't bother me much.
I carried on with my day expecting the balm to have worn off within an hour or so as I did not expect it to sit on my lips for too long however I was pleasantly surprised.
After a little while the balm begins to soak into your lips and they instantly feel hydrated and moisturised.
After 5 hours my lips still felt incredibly soft and as though I had only just applied a balm so it has great moisture-locking properties.
Although this balm does what it says on the tin in regards to it being conditioning I do not find it at all therapeutic. I think this is just used to make it more appealing to customers.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
As I mentioned earlier this product is priced at £1.50. Being from elf cosmetics it is generally only available online at www.eyeslipsface.co.uk . To be the most cost effective I would only buy this product if I had enough other items to qualify for free delivery.
Other scents that are available include: orange crème, vanilla crème and blackberry crème.
I do like this lip balm and I think it is a bargain. Although I have a couple of small niggles about it I think that it out performs some other more expensive balms in terms of staying power and results.
--also on ciao--
I'm a bit of a lipbalm addict so it was a no-brainer for me to chuck in a few of these little lipbalm sticks when I was doing an E.L.F. shop recently.
For those of you who aren't familiar with E.L.F., it stands for Eyes Lips Face and is a company that was launched in America. As it has no high street presence it manages to sell the vast majority of its cosmetics for the super-cheap price of £1.50!
A nice price?
I guess it could be argued that £1.50 for a lipbalm isn't *that* cheap, as you can usually pick up Chapsticks or similar for around the same price, and indeed the much loved little tins of Vaseline that many people use to keep their lips moisturised cost less than this. So while I have had lower expectations for other items I've purchased from the E.L.F. site, with the lipbalms I expected them to at least match up to other similar priced products I've used.
I decided to buy two of these and the ones I have are vanilla crème and orange crème, which are flavoured accordingly. Other flavours in the range are strawberry and blackberry.
The packaging of these is very simple but this isn't a complaint as I quite like it! It's a thin stick about the size and shape of a cigarette, and is an off-white colour with some simple silver lettering. There is a little plastic lid on the top and you screw the lipbalm up by twisting the bottom of the tube.
The vanilla one ...
I will describe the vanilla crème version first. The lipbalm itself is a pale, creamy yellow colour and does smell faintly of vanilla, but it isn't the nicest vanilla fragrance ever - it is a little bit plasticky, I think, and a bit artificial. Applying this to my lips, it is really rich and creamy and I was quite impressed at how smoothly this went on. Again the taste was faintly of vanilla, but still not that pleasant - it isn't at all sweet and although it isn't horrible, it is a little odd! The texture of this balm is quite thick and creamy, and this really gives a nice moisture boost to the lips and I love the creaminess of this. However, although I was at first quite pleased with how this balm felt, I looked in the mirror only to discover that there was a white residue on my lips. This can be easily rubbed in with a fingertip, but this is a bit of a negative point for me as I like to be able to slap on lipbalm on the go without having to check the results afterwards! This puts me off using this product a bit as it's quite annoying - which is a shame as overall I like it. And another positive is that it leaves a nice sheen on the lips - it's not glossy or coloured, but it gives lips a healthy look ... once any residue has been rubbed in of course!
... and the orange one
Onto the orange crème version, which I would say is my favourite of the two. Again though I must say that the flavour is a bit odd. It is definitely orange but there is something a bit soapy about it I think! Maybe this is just me - and after all I did think the vanilla one tasted a bit plasticky! - but there is something just not quite right about the flavour. Again it isn't awful, it's just a little odd!
However I still like this lipbalm - again it is rich and creamy, and doesn't leave a residue unlike the other version, so I can apply it on the move! It leaves lips feeling very smooth and well moisturised, and again gives them a nice healthy sheen.
With both lipbalms I was really impressed by the great staying power. This lasts on my lips for a long time - and longer than some other balms I've used. In fact, if I apply this before I go to bed, it is still on my lips when I wake up in the morning. I also like the healthy sheen it gives my lips.
Overall despite the slightly odd flavours, and the nasty residue left by the vanilla version, I do quite like these lipbalms. I think the quality of the balm is very good, they have good staying power and it really moisturises my lips well.
But overall I will give these three stars. The tastes are somewhat unusual and the residue left by the vanilla one is not nice! And although I think the quality of the lipbalms is really pretty good, they are not any cheaper than other good lip balms I have used, so I doubt I'll be buying these again.
As a recent fan/follower of the awesome ELF product range, the majority of my most recent reviews have been based on new products that I have purchased from their range, this one being about the Therapeutic Lip Balm that is on offer for the usual £1.50. The packaging is still identical to that pictured above and it comes in 4 flavours; I bought the blackberry crème flavour, but there is also orange crème, vanilla crème or strawberry crème, whatever takes your fancy. I tend to have a lip balm in every handbag as I find it a vital product when you are on the go; you need to keep your lips kissable and protected, especially with this unpredictable weather we are having lately.
When I first tried it, I was sceptical about how effective it would actually be, as it is a lot thinner than the likes of Nivea lip balms and I thought that it would run out pretty quickly. The scent of it is somewhat sickly, although it is blackberry-like, it has that awful, sickly smell that comes attached to beauty products aimed at 14 year olds, if you know what I mean. Safe to say I was not impressed by the smell. I chose it based on the smell as opposed to the colour, as I figured that the lip balm wouldn't stain my lips; I was right. There is the slightest colour change initially, but then the lip balm is absorbed into your lips and you are no better or worse off in terms of colour.
As far as performance and overall lip protection goes, I was only partially satisfied. As far as lip balms go, it is not as thick and greasy as the likes of Vaseline, which I actually prefer in the sense that I feel more protected against the wind and harsh weather. I realise this is August, but the British weather has been less than promising recently and I spend a lot of time on the beach with my dogs when I'm in good old Blighty. I found myself applying this one more often than other well known brands, so I didn't really think it was worth the money, even if it was cute. It had very poor durability for me, being generally thinner than most other lip balms probably didn't help as it meant I had to apply more initially and it still didn't live up to my hopes and expectations for an ELF product. It did not leave my lips feeling super smooth and soft unless I reapplied it immediately after it was absorbed into my lips. The poor performance combined with a cheap smell made this a product I would never go back to. Really not a fan of this product, such a shame.
E.L.F. Therapeutic Conditioning Balm
Before I really begin this review I would like to point out that in general I am a fan of ELF cosmetics, some of their products can be a bit of a hit or miss on quality, but they do have some fantastic items to offer, especially when you consider the price of a lot of their ranges.
I first heard about ELF cosmetics from a friend who had got me a few bits for my birthday, I then of course started to notice the odd review pop up on here so I decided to give it a try. ELF offer a wide range of makeup as well as mineral makeup and their own Studio range based makeup. What really caught my attention was the price, most of all their items cost £1.50 or £3.50 (or some are somewhere in between unless you plan on buying any larger gift sets). Although the prices initially drew me in, unless you get something that you like and would use it can't really be classified as a bargain. To date, I have only placed two orders to ELF online (eyeslipsface.co.uk), but overall I have really been pleased with what I have purchased.
The product in question of this review is their own therapeutic conditioning lip balm and I own the orange crème. There are in fact four different varieties with very subtle shades and different scents and tastes. As you might guess the orange crème smells like orange, there is also strawberry crème, vanilla crème and blackberry crème the only one that surprisingly doesn't smell like its name but in fact is meant to be a raspberry scent (or at least according to ELF's website). I choose the orange flavour and scent because I was hoping it would be nice, refreshing and a bit different from the usual berry scents that can be typically associated with lip gloss.
However, by far the worst thing about this therapeutic lip balm is the smell and taste. When I first applied this, it nearly made me gag. After a while I decided to pull myself together and try it again, maybe it was something else that I reacted to. So bravely, if I do say so myself, I applied this again and I had the same yuk response. The strong smell and taste are overwhelming and although I am a big fan of oranges this strongly reminds me of the smell of bathroom cleaner rather than anything natural. It tastes and smells horribly artificial. I thought that the smell might settle so instead of wiping it straight off I left it to sit for a while, but still the horrible taste and smell was evident, even the hubby commented on it when he kissed me. I have noticed that some people have reviewed this balm positively, but I wonder if they had a different scent and if I would have preferred something else. However, sadly this is one product that I have no intention of trying twice.
Having recently run out of my favourite balm I dug this out to use while I was out with the dog, the recent cold weather has been wrecking havoc with my lips. I still disliked the smell but I actually found that this balm did the opposite of what I would expect from a conditioning balm and it dried out my lips, leaving them worse off than before I applied this. When I bought this and it was described as a conditioning balm I expected something rich and intense but this is not what I found while using it.
The packaging is simple but functional. It is a predominately in a white tube with a screw bottom that you just turn to dispense more of the semi-hard balm. As with most of the ELF products you don't get much you only get 2 grams, which sadly was way too much for me. This conditioning balm is currently on offer from their online website for only £1.50. If this had turned out to be a product I liked and used I would have been raving about it being a bargain, but I won't pay even that low price again for this.
Sadly, this only gets a rather poor one out of five stars. There are a lot of things from ELF that I would recommend but sadly this is just not one of them. As I said in the beginning of my review ELF do a lot of cosmetics well and I have a few more positive reviews lined up it is just unfortunate that this didn't work for me.
Recently I needed a few items from E.L.F and whilst there I noticed this Therapeutic Conditioning Lip Balm for the usual tiny amount of £1.50 and decided to buy one. There are 4 different flavours available; vanilla creme, strawberry creme, orange creme and blackberry creme but oddly the blackberry creme has a raspberry fragrance! It's not just my sense of smell either it's listed as having a raspberry fragrance.
Each different flavour is a different colour but they do seem to go on the lips as a clear balm. I chose the odd blackberry creme with it's raspberry fragrance which is a purple colour and it doesn't make my lips purple at all. It does smell like raspberries in case you're wondering, I'm unsure of the flavour though as it's so light it could be either raspberry or blackberry.
The lip balm is a tube about 3 inches long and mostly white. It has the name of the product in discreet silver letters along the side and a clear lid that is just pushed on. The balm contains shea butter and vitamins A and E to condition the skin. I think the shea butter is a particularly good ingredient and for £1.50 too! I can also tell you that you get about 2 and a half inches of the actual balm so the casing is almost completely full, I twisted mine right to the end to check this out.
As for using the lip balm, it's a very soft balm so you don't need much. The shea butter is the ingredient that makes it so soft and allows it to melt at body temperature. Anyone who has ever used pure shea butter (I do sometimes) will recognise the way it partially absorbs into the skin and partially leaves a moisturising coating on the skin. Unlike normal vaseline style lip balms this doesn't just add a slick of oil to the lips that wears off rapidly and doesn't address the actual condition of the lips, this lip balm does moisturise and helps keep the lips soft after the product has worn off. I suspect this lip balm would melt very quickly if you tried to carry it in your pocket so it's definitely a handbag item and an out of the sun item!
I'm actually very impressed with this lip balm though. I think E.L.F do have some excellent products, not all of them, but there are plenty to go at. I've been using this balm for a couple of weeks now and my lips do feel conditioned, less dry and softer than they did before. I definitely recommend this product and I can't actually find fault with it. The E.L.F website is www.eyeslipsface.co.uk and this product is available for £1.50 for a 2g tube that will last ages.
I first tried e.l.f. cosmetics after reading reviews on Dooyoo and on beauty forums and have been using the brand for a couple of years now. One of the first products I tried from the range was the therapeutic conditioning balm.
e.l.f stands for eyes, lips, face and they are a company that started in the USA. Their big selling point is that all their products are very reasonably priced, with the basic range costing just £1.50 and their Studio range costing £3.50 for most items, but they say they do not compromise on quality. I'm sure you will agree that given the current economic climate that is what a lot of us are looking for in a brand.
The therapeutic lip balm comes in four different flavours, each a different colour. I purchased the purple one which is called Blackberry crème. The others available are Strawberry Crème (pink), Vanilla Crème (yellow) and Orange Crème (Orange). Despite being different colours, the balms go on clear so if you want the orange flavour you don't need to worry about having orange lips!
These balms are infused with vitamins A and E as well as Shea butter to help moisturise the lips and prevent chapping.
I'm not really sure why I bought this particular product, the therapeutic conditioning balm, as essentially it's just a lip balm and I have loads of lip balms already. When my order arrived however, this was the first of the products I tried out and I used it on a daily basis for several weeks, which was probably due to the fact I kept it on my desk where I sit everyday and so it is often in my line of sight!
The product came on a card which I thought a little unnecessary. As far as I'm aware the e.l.f. brand is only available online in this country (although in America where the brand originated they sell it in stores, so fingers crossed that will happen here), and although a lot of these products come packaged in a similar way I didn't think there was any real need for the card.
The actual plastic casing of the lip balm looks very cheap. It's white with silver writing on one side and a clear lid. The actual tube is long and thin as you can probably see from the picture and the balm twists up from the bottom. It's certainly nothing special to look at, but at the end of the day, I guess I would rather spend my money on a decent quality product rather than a fancy plastic casing.
The purple lip balm has a sweet, fruity scent to it -although I wouldn't necessarily say it reminded me of blackberry - and it glides onto the lips very smoothly and easily. It seems to melt slightly on contact with the lips, so there is no need to apply to much pressure with it on application.
The balm has quite a waxy texture, but once on the lips it feels quite slippery. It gives my lips a very subtle sheen which looks quite nice, but as mentioned earlier has no colour to it. One problem I have found is that if you apply too much it can actually look almost white and sort of cling to dry skin on the lips, so it's best to go easy with this stuff and not overdo it.
I've found the Blackberry Crème version that I have tastes really quite nice - a mild sweet taste - a downside of this though, is of course I keep licking it off! Another problem with this product is that I actually feel like I can taste wax, especially after I've been wearing it for a while. It's almost like I get a waxy taste in the back of my throat which as you can imagine is not exactly pleasant!
The balm is quite moisturising and does seem to help my lips especially when they are feeling dried out. The effects of the balm last around half an hour I would say which means frequent re-application, so I guess in that sense the product is not as economical as it first appears to be.
This product costs £1.50 from www.eyeslipsface.com
Overall, this is quite an average product I feel. On the upside, for a lip balm it is relatively cheap and I like the sheen it gives my lips. On a more negative note however, the packaging looks naff and I seem to swallow half of the stuff as I always end up with a waxy aftertaste! There are better lip balms out there in a similar price bracket, so for that reason I probably wouldn't recommend this one.
e.l.f is an established American cosmetics brand that was launched in Britain at the end of 2007. The bulk of their products are either £1.50 or £3.50. They say they are able to offer quality products at economy prices by advertising only on the internet, sourcing the best ingredients possible at the most competitive prices, and using basic packaging.
I recently received my first order of fifteen items and have been reviewing them since. Eight down, seven to go!
This review is about the e.l.f. therapeutic lip balm in strawberry. It costs £1.50 from e.l.f.s basic line.
One of the things I had most interest in was e.l.f.s lip balm range. I love lip balms, especially fruit scented ones. I will always buy a new one when I discover it.
After reading the sales blurb on the page I was sold. 'Salvation for parched lips. This innovative balm coats lips with natural nutrients and skin soothers to condition even the most sensitive lips. Infused with Shea Butter and Vitamins A & E for long lasting protection.'
There are four different 'flavours', Strawberry Crème which is pink with a strawberry scent, Vanilla Crème which looks yellow and is scented vanilla, Orange Crème which is orange and smells like orange, and Blackberry Crème which looks purple and apparently is raspberry scented, not blackberry.
The packaging is not worth mentioning really, it's basic and cheap looking, moulded plastic stuck on a yellow piece of card. You wouldn't want to keep it.
The lip balm itself comes in a slim white plastic tube with e.l.f. printed onm the side in silver lettering. It's thinner than a standard lip balm tube but also longer.
It has a very soft formulation, it feels watery and almost slippery on, almost like it melts on contact with my lips. Referring to what e.l.f. say about conditioning even the most sensitive lips, I think if you had painfully chapped lips this would be perfect, you don't need to apply any pressure to coat your lips in this balm.
If you apply the balm lightly it makes your lips look glossy but doesn't add any colour. If you apply lots of it you do get an opaque light pink colouring to your lips.
The therapeutic lip balm is both moisturising and long lasting. Not to any amazing extent but it's definitely good value for the price.
The strawberry scent is lovely, it doesn't smell of real strawberries, it's artificial and sweet but in a good way! However I don't like the taste, it's just waxy and doesn't taste fruity, definitely not one for eating!
The flaw with this lip balm is that it screws up fine, but doesn't go back down after the first couple of times, I have to push it back down with my finger. (Tip- I just screwed it up all the way to the top to confirm how much product you get (there is plenty in the tube) and suddenly I was able to screw it back down again, so maybe try that if yours breaks?)
I wouldn't recommend you fork out for postage just for one of these, but I think if you are ordering from e.l.f. anyway you may as well try one for £1.50. If I place another order I will probably pick up a more boy-friendly colour to treat my son's lips when they inevitably chap again this winter!
e.l.f. started in New York in 2004 and has since been taking America by storm offering great quality at a great price...
Eyeslipsface.co.uk is the sister site to american eyeslipsface.com. It is an online shopping site for makeup and cosmetics, and is sometimes referred to as ELF (eyes lips face). Its main claim / attraction is that (almost) everything is £1.50! In america it is cheaper still at $1 per item!
I have bought pretty much every item on their website and it can be abit hit and miss with the quality of the products but I highly recommend their Therapeutic Conditioning Balm, it is £1.50 and is for your lips. There are 4 different varieties of this balm at the moment: Strawberry Creme which is pink and smells of strawberries; Vanilla Creme which is a yellow/beige colour and smells of vanilla (it is gorgeous!), Orange Creme which is an orange/coral colour and smells of oranges (not such a nice smell), and finally Blackberry Creme which is a Blue/Purple and smells of Raspberry.
The pigmentation of the balms is only slight, for example, with the Blackberry Creme the purple was only the slightest hint of a tint, so I dont really think it matters what colour you get as a strong colour is not really what it is intended for.
They are long lasting once applied and are infused with Vitamins A and E, and also Shea Butter. They really soothe dry, chapped lips and is described as "Salvation for Parched Lips" on the website.
It comes packaged in a cardboard outer casing, but the actual balm is in a twist up capsule (think ChapStick style). The balm itself is quite soft and quite a good amount goes on to your lips in one sweep. It really does work better than Vaseline or my Chapstick in my opinion and is only £1.50! I have used one everyday for a month but still have not used 1/4 of the product.
Another good thing is that as they are so cheap, you can buy a few e.g. one to go in your handbag, one to go in your car and one for your makeup case!
My only problem was that the twisty mechanism broke away from the balm on one of the product. So I couldn't twist the stick of balm back down into the plastic casing. When I tried to push it down with my finger, it just squashed the balm into a funny shape. I was annoyed by this but sent ELF an email with my problem and my order number. The next day, on my doorstep was a replacement free of charge! Yay! This shows how good their customer care is and I have always been impressed with how they handle questions, comments and problems.
This is a really nice, cheap product that really moisturises the lips and lasts for hours. It has a slight sheen to it so could look like a very light lip gloss too.
Salvation for parched lips / This innovative balm coats lips with natural nutrients and skin soothers to condition even the most sensitive lips / Infused with Shea Butter and Vitamins A & E for long lasting protection /