I’ve been using one of the much raved lip balms in the market recently and I have to say that I’m not sold. I think I’ll still stick to my two favourite ones for the moment: The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15 and Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer SPF 15.
Both are great lip balms which work for me with their moisture-packed ingredients and basic SPF 15. I like the fact that both products conditions my lips sufficiently and yet do not give me that heavy waxy feeling, even with my lipstick over them.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF 15 comes with an extremely light vanilla scent. While the SPF 15 does not have a broad spectrum of sunscreen ingredient and neither do I take the Vitamin E label very seriously, but I suppose both must add something to the entire product for me to enjoy using it. The twist up 0.14 oz clear stick is S$8.90 and while the packaging isn’t sophisticated, the pink is pleasing on the eye.
Neutrogena is one of my favourite brands and the Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer SPF 15 must be the very first lip balm I’ve ever used. This light, soothing, moisture-enriched formula contains a PABA-free SPF 15 sunblock for added protection from the sun. It is fragrance-free and comes in a twist up 0.15 oz clear stick. The packaging is simple, in fact almost clinical but definitely not unpleasant. Moreover at S$6.60, it’s great pampering for my lips without hurting my pocket!
Perhaps it’s the climate or the condition of my lips, I really cannot take anything that’s too rich. In fact I found out the hard way that those lip balms which contain petroleum jelly are a bane for me. That, or my lips don’t take too well to lip balms that cost more than S$10. Haha! Anyway, an upmarket product does not also necessary equate with better ingredients. Most of the time, we just end up paying more for their packaging and advertising. But then, who’s to deny the power of branding?
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