I absolutely love these pictures. More so because I have loved wearing everything. I’ll start with my top pick.
Lanolips 101 Ointment saved my lips. Not an exagerration at all. I slather this on everytime I go out and before bed. It is unscented, clear balm. I first discovered lanolin as a barrier when I was pregnant. Lansino HPA, a blue tinged balm -unglamorous but effective. That one for the tits, ofcourse. Also at room temperature, took a foot to squeeze. Lanolips is less denser. It is meant to be multipurpose but I just use it on my lips. Just to put it out there, cicaplast is lighter in consistency and uses dimethecone as a barrier. I feel like lipsticks and anything else sits better over Lanolips since it’s not “slippy”.
Elizabeth Arden Stick Protectant has SPF 15. I like all lip balms from EA. Think I have slight preference for the one in the pot. That one was great by the bedside. I bought this stick version last summer when I needed something with SPF that didn’t turn grey on my lips and could be used in the pool. This was perfect. Stick version is not minty as the potted one and feels lighter.
MAC Tendertalk Lipbalm is one of those colour changing lipbalms. There are so many to choose from. BarryM genie, Kiko Lip Enhancer, Givenchy Interdit, Lipstick Queen Frog Prince, Dior Addict Lip Glow, Winky Lux. And you know, they work on the same principle. So really, it’s more like what packaging would you like your “smart” lip balm to be in. Anyway, I have loved using them. Packaging-wise, Dior’s pink plastic shell is lovely and so is the sleek metallic case on MAC.
Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Balm is out of stock right now. But it’s also a PH-reactive balm. I picked this because I hadn’t seen one in a pot before. It didn’t lose it’s PH-ness and worked perfectly well till the last swipe. So I’m not sure why they would discontinue it. The balm was a very light gel texture with a glossy finish. I loved this stuff and there’s nothing else to compare it with really. I hope they bring it out this summer.
Clarins Lip Perfectors are one of those products everyone has tried. I didn’t quite understand it and everytime I swatched it, it felt a bit… meh. I wanted to try a nudey colour, so I bought one. It’s a good basic everyday lip conditioner with some colour. The sponge applicator makes it pleasant to use. It’s like a massage and the sponge helps push the colour in evenly. The colour is quite sheer but it does leave a hint of whatever shade you have got. Mine is in Rosewood Shimmer.
Clinique Pep Start Balms are the least moisturizing in the bunch. I initially bought the night restoring balm that comes in the tube, but the lady gave me one of the clear stick balms instead. I kept it but found it was not hydrating enough for everyday. It’s quite light with a semi-matte finish which makes it good primer. I then bought one of their coloured ones, Guava is a pink. Coloured balms are sheer in colour. I felt like I had to re-apply too many times to keep my lips from chapping.
YSL Tint in Balms are very moisturizing lipsticks. Mine is in the shade 08 Catch Me Orange. It’s a bright orange balm. I had spring in mind! Some are sheerer than others, orange is a medium coverage, you can definitely tell it’s there. It also leaves a tint as it dries down throughout the day. This has to be my favorite formula of lipstick from the brand. They do have some beautiful colours and I am tempted to buy one of their nude-y colours next.