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A Cult Disappointment
Kiehl's Tinted Lip Balm SPF15
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Kiehl's Tinted Lip Balm SPF15
Advantages: Lovely tint, really impressive moisturising effect
Disadvantages: Odd taste, doesn't last, expensive
Kiehls lip balm is one of those cult products that seem to forever be listed in beauty magazines as 'must-haves' and is often touted as 'the one all the celebrities are wearing'. Well I hate to debunk this myth, but having tried their Lip Balm No. 1 I was not impressed at all - just like the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, it's just another expensive tube of posh Vaseline with a pretty nasty smell to boot. On voicing this opinion to one of my friends she agreed but insisted that their Tinted Lip Balm was a far superior product and I was intrigued as to how different it would be to the original.
Kiehls pharmacy was originally founded in 1851 in New York and prides itself on its unfussy but effective products which have gained cult status across the world. Their range includes body care, bath, haircare, skincare and makeup, and although the packaging is simple and minimalist, the products certainly don't have the minimal price tag to match - you can expect to pay around £15 for just 125mls of body lotion, and the Tinted Lip Balm will cost you around £8.50, depending on where you buy it. In the UK, you can buy Kiehls products from Space NK, Harrods, Selfridges, or they have their own shop on Monmouth St in London's Covent Garden.
Kiehls claim that this lip balm will relieve dryness, protect against sunburn with an SPF 15, and leave your lips soft and supple. Like all of their lip balms, it includes sweet almond oil and wheat germ oil as moisturising agents. The Tinted Lip Balm comes in two different hues, 30G which is a light golden colour with peach tones, or 58B, a sheer gloss with cooler red tones. I opted for 58B, whose pretty cherry red colour worked well with my olive complexion.
The packaging is far better than their original Lip Balm No. 1 - it comes in a Juicy Tubes style tube with a slanted applicator which makes it so easy to apply to your lips. The packaging itself is typical Kiehls - white plastic and very clinical looking. I'm not really a fan to be honest - there's nothing unique or fun about the design, it's functional and pretty boring and disappointing for what is such a cult product.
The texture of the lip balm is lovely - it feels very silky on the lips and very soothing too. I've read reviews of this product that have criticised it for being greasy but I didn't find this to be the case at all (I did find the original No. 1 balm very greasy). It has a slight perfumed scent to it which I don't really mind, its ok but nothing to really write home about. The colour is gorgeous, just a lovely wash of sheer cherry red that gives a lovely natural rosy look.
The moisturising effect is also very impressive - this certainly worked to soothe and moisturise my lips where Vaseline had failed and was so impressive that it worked in just one application.
But despite all these positives, I still wouldn't recommend this lip balm. While the colour of the gloss is pretty, it has no staying power at all, vanishing from my lips in about 15 minutes. Obviously it's only a lip balm, so I don't expect too much in terms of staying power, but the fact that it has a tint should surely mean that your lips get more than 15 minutes worth of tint? The lip balm also has a funny taste to it. Ok, I know you're not technically supposed to eat your lip balm, but when you apply something to your lips, the inevitable fact is that some of it is going to end up in your mouth, and there is definitely a strange taste here, kind of chemically but definitely not pleasant. Given the price tag and all of the hype surrounding this product, I was expecting great things which sadly it only partly lives up to. It's not one I would buy again (for a great tinted lip balm at a better price, try Rose & Co's Cherry Kiss at £4.50) and I'm rather baffled as to the cult status of this one.
Summary: A cult beauty product that fails to live up to the hype