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Monday, January 25, 2010

Review: Blistex Lip Tone vs Nivea Lip Care Pinkish Boost

Since I started on Isotane and began experiencing the most common side effect, dry lips, I ended up having to use lip balm all the time. In November, I used up two tubes of Nivea Lip Care lip balm (Cherry and Strawberry). Eventually I became reliant or more appropriately, addicted to lip care products even though I no longer experience dry lips. I ended up buying a few lip care products that I've seen around.

I bought my Blistex Lip Tone sometime early December 2009, and as of now there is only 1/4 left in the tube. I was heavily reliant on it for a while. When I thought I lost my Blistex, I bought Nivea Lip Care Pinkish Boost (3-in-1) and started using it. I found my Blistex eventually so now I alternate between the two lip products depending on the effect that I want.

Blistex Lip Tone (Link)

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Meradimate, Octinoxate, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, aluminum hydroxide, beeswax, benzoic acid, butyl paraben, calendula officinalis flower extract, ethylparaben, flavor, glyceryl laurate, glycine, sunflower seed oil, iron oxide, isohexadecane, isopropyl lanolate, krameria triandra root extract, lauric acid, methyl paraben, mica, mineral oil, octyldodecyl neopentanoate, ozokerite, petrolatum, polybutene, propyl paraben, vitamin A, castor seed oil, saccharin, sesame seed oil, sorbic acid, Vitamin E, titanium dioxide, corn oil

Description from Blistex.com:
"Blistex Lip Tone complements the natural complexion of your lips by combining the effective moisturization and protection you'd expect from a Blistex lip balm with a slight touch of color.

Enhances Lips' Complexion: Lip Tone brings out the natural blush and luster of your lips with a slight touch of color. Your lips will look healthy, natural....great!

Moisture Maintenance: Lip Tone's Moisture-Nutrient Complex combines a long lasting moisture protectant with natural plant and amino components. Lip Tone helps to preserve lips' moisture and relieve drying.

Sun Protection: PABA-free Lip Tone provides SPF 15 protection, which is recommended even for people who burn easily and tan minimally. Remember, LIPS DON'T TAN, BUT THEY DO BURN®."

My Impression

  • SPF 15 for sun protection
  • Very moisturizing!
  • Non-sticky texture, glides onto lips easily
  • Tint accentuates lips for that my lips but better effect
  • Scented kind of like chocolate
  • Can be layered on for more color
  • Affordable (P89 or roughly almost 2 USD for 4.25g of product)
  • Rubs off onto clothes and stains because it is tinted
  • There is a weird taste when I lick my lips, but I find it tolerable
  • Only one shade available
  • Feathers into lines
  • Sometimes doesn't apply evenly
  • If your lips are chapped/peeling, exfoliate them first before applying this. The product builds up unevenly otherwise since it's tinted and it looks weird.
Would I purchase again?
YES! I really like this product despite its shortcomings. It gives a really nice effect on the lips and it's a really great substitute for wearing lipstick every day.

Nivea Lip Care Pinkish Boost (3-in-1) - SPF 15 [also: contains ginseng]

Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, C18-38 alkyl hydroxystearoyl stearate, Ricinus Communis Oil, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Butylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Ethylhexyl salicylate, Homosalate, Panthenol, Aqua, Polyglyceryl-3-Diisostearate, Butyrospermum Parkii, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panax ginseng, Cera alba, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Magnesium stearate, Magnesium sulfate, Propylene Glycol, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, BHT, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-isomethylionone, Linalool, Methyl benzoate, Parfum, CI 77891, CI 73360, c20-40 alkyl stearate

Quoted from Gracie:
"Nivea Lipcare Pinkish Boost, the first lip care product that helps reveal natural rosy lips. With its Pinkish Vitamin complex and regenerative ginseng, regular use will reduce the dullness of your lips and restore its natural rosiness or pinkish color. The product contains SPF 15 to help protect lips from further darkening while double moisturizers provide long lasting moisturization for up to eight hours."
My impression

  • Nice, fresh scent
  • Non-sticky
  • Glides easily onto lips
  • Tube packaging and applicator works well
  • SPF 15
  • Gives nice pinkish tint to lips and also gives a nice glossy effect
  • Can be layered on for more color
  • Very moisturizing
  • Weird but tolerable taste
  • Somewhat pricey at P175 (approx $3.8) although it is for 10ml so it's debatable
  • I wear this every day and see no difference in my lips (there is no actual pinkish boost unless I'm wearing the product)
  • Unlike what it says on the packaging, the moisturizing effect doesn't actually last 8 hours, I need to reapply this every so often
Would I repurchase?
No, after looking at the ingredients list I'm not sure I want all of that on my lips. I have a habit of licking my lips, after all. I'm still looking for products that are all natural.

Here is a picture to show you the comparison of how the two products look when applied on the lips:
Very subtle effect, no? I do like the effect of Blistex better. :)

So who won this round?
For me, it's Blistex, just for the overall effect I get while using it. Also it does what it promises to do.

What about you, what are your favorite lip care products?


GirL With GLasSes... said...

oh my gosh!

i want one!!!

Chrissy said...

Which one sis? :)

Pammy said...

Blistex lip tone used to be my fave lip balm since I like tinted lip balms but not until MAC tlc came into my life. Haha! :P I don't like the taste of blistex though. :)

Chrissy said...

Yeah, I'm not a fan at all of how Blistex tastes either. Plus the brand name reminds me of blisters... x.x I cant help it.

Blogger said...

Ya.. the name is weird and Funny!!! Blistex = Blister?

but it sounds really good.. too bad we don't have that over here..

Chrissy said...

Yeah every time I think of the name Blistex I think that maybe it should be for getting rid of blisters.

It's too bad that it's not available there!

Askmewhats said...

both looks pretty! I have the Nivea one, the Blistex one looks interesting and I may grab it in the future!

Chrissy said...

I hope you like it when you get it!

~tHiAmErE~ said...

i love the blistex too..
you know what's even great...i think blistex can be compared to mac jubilee (in a way).
it's just that blistex goes on really sheer. if i swipe it for like 5 times, i get the exact shade of mac jubilee if i swipe it lightly..
i might be wrong of course...

but then i think this is a great lip balm!

im digging the taste & color of this!
love it!

gracie said...

I also love blistex liptone! Actually its my third tube na.. I forgot nga na may nivea ako hahaha!!! I hate kasi the powdery rosey smell ee...

Pop Champagne said...

it looks nice! yeah I don't like it when it rubs off on clothes, cuz sometimes it's really hard getting the stains off in the washing machine too -_-

Catherine said...

I'm allergic to Blistex. ;_; And to chemical sunscreens so I can't use either of these lol.

My favorite lip balm is Soapalaya Soaps Green Tea Lip Butter. It's the best one I've found yet that really nourishes my lips and heals them. I also love the JI Lip Drink as it's one of three lip balms I've ever heard of that has physical zinc oxide as a sunscreen, and it's actually very healing as well, though it's not quite as conditioning.

Khymm said...

thanks for the review! been wanting to try Blistex but when i go to watsons i kept forgetting =P

Chrissy said...

Thiamere - I never thought of comparing the Blistex to MAC Jubilee..then again that's probably because I don't own MAC Jubilee. Hehe. I don't like the taste of the Blistex so much but I'm willing to put up with it because the effect I get from it is excellent anyway.

Gracie - I agree, the powdery rosey smell isn't very nice. Plus it tastes like it too. I'm gonna just get more Blistex next time. Waste of P175.

PopChampagne - I know! But oh well. The same happens with lipstick anyway.

Catherine - Really? Wow. Must suck to have allergies to chemical sunscreens, too. :( I wish those two balms you mentioned were available here, but as it is it's hard enough to find certain products here! Oh well, there's always a next time. :)

Khymm - You're welcome. :) Get it, get it!

Sush said...

Ive tried both blistex and nivea and nothing else helps me with chapped lips but blistex! :) Aquaphor works really well too for seriously dry lips, just dont know if its available here

babysaffron said...

Love Blixtex also...
Thanks for the wonderful review...

MizzJ said...

Hmm I actually like the look of the Nivea better! The Blistex looked like it was majorly feathering.

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