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