I don’t use lip balm. Does that shock you?
It shouldn’t. It’s the reason why I hardly ever talk about lip balm here on my blog. I don’t believe in it, but then I don’t believe in a lot of things, like delusional people, romance novels and organic food.
But I don’t deny that there are times when you need a lip balm. When your lips feel chapped, the worst thing you can do is pick at the dry flaky skin, and lick your lips. In those (rare) situations, I turn to a product I’ve kept on hand for this purpose.
It’s the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF15 which I own in Rose. I’ve had this one for a while to be honest, and I picked it up at Sephora one day, a long while ago, because I was curious. The retail price was RM65 back then (now RM84) which puts a huge ding in your wallet for something as inconsequential as a lip balm, but I just had to try it la… you know how it is right? Scratch that itch and it’ll go away.
Except in my case, I think it’s been worth it. Sure, I could get maybe 10 lip balms for that price if I were to hop over to a pharmacy, but where’s the fun in that eh? 😉
This is my first Fresh product, and I must say that I like it. I like how the case screws shut. It prevents the cap from going off on its own jaunt and exposing the balm to all sorts of lint and gross mess.
As a balm, I like that the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment does not leave a waxy film on my lips the way a lot of lip balm do. It glides on, leaving a layer of slightly oily wax over my lips, which gives lips a nice glossy shine, but does not leave that weird feeling of having rubbed candle wax on your lips.
I do find that the product is a little soft in warm or hot weather, but in cooler weather, it firms up a little more. It still doesn’t harden up into a candle, for which I’m very happy. I detest having to rub at my lips with a chapstick over and over, only to feel like there’s nothing on my lips.
While these come in an untinted version, mine is in Rose which imparts a slight rosy tint to the lips. Not a lot of colour, but on days when I wear a lipstick that stains, I like to refresh the colour in the afternoons with this one. It adds a bit of shine and gloss to the lips and a hint of colour, which when blended with a stain, looks lovely!
One more thing I like about this tint of colour, is that it does not deepen as you go and it does not look unnatural. I don’t know if you’ve come across tinted lipbalms that tend to look strange after a while, or look gunky around the product the more you use it. This, I can happily say, doesn’t happen with this one. The balm is tinted and the colour on your lips does not deepen or change as you go along, which I appreciate. I believe some of the darker/brighter shades do apply with more visible colour. I chose a lighter shade on purpose, so I could apply it on the go, without a mirror and not come out of it looking like the Joker 😛
Oh and as a lip balm, I like it a lot. I took it with me on holiday recently to a place which was cold and dry and it kept my lips lovely and chap-free. I did use a different lip balm at other times, but this was what I kept in my bag with me at all times, so I had something I could use to protect my lips when they were feeling dry, and adding a hint of color as well, since I was all about not wearing makeup. I didn’t notice a taste so I guess it’s all good with me. Doesn’t taste of sugar if that’s what you’re wondering 😛
So I’m happy I own this, and if you ask if I’d recommend it, I’d say yes because it functions well without making my lips feel weird and waxy. But because the price is so steep, I’d tell you to sleep on it. If you use lip balm daily, every hour on the hour, like it’s going out of style then this will bankrupt you. But if you use it just occasionally as I do, then this is a nice treat for your lips.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF15 is what I’d call a luxury lip balm. It’s pricey but I like how the texture feels comfortable without feeling like I’ve layered a thick layer of wax over my lips. It also seems to treat my lips on top of helping them stay chap-free when it’s dry or when my lips feel dry. It comes in a tinted and untinted version but the one featured here is tinted a slight rose. It doesn’t impart a lot of colour, but it gives a nice hint of colour to the lips for when you need it. I like this a lot, but the steep price can be off putting for many. If you’re feeling flush then this might be something to indulge in.
PROS: No waxy feeling, Comfortable and melts into lips, Protects lips from dryness and chapping, Lips feel soft, Light tint of colour that doesn’t change or deepen with use
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who doesn’t wear a lot of lip balm or who does not like the waxy feeling of a lot of lip balms in the market, Anyone who wants a lipbalm with a tint of colour that does not deepen or change as the day wears on
For those curious about what goes into the product, here’s the ingredient list:-
Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate) 7.49%, Oxybenzone (Benzophenone-3) 2.00%. Cera Alba (Beeswax), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Decyl Esters, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Ci 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Propyl Gallate, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Bht, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol.
Have you tried a Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment? Would you pay more for a lip balm?
I think this product is one of Fresh’s most popular products and having tried it, I can see why. It’s good and my lips love it. It has also made me curious about trying the other highly raved products from Fresh but gosh, they are pretty pricey aren’t they?
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF15 comes in various tints Price: RM84 | US$22.50 Availability: Sephora stores