I’ve had my eye on the fresh Sugar Lip Treatment balms for long time but cringed at the $26 Cdn price point. But with the 20% off sale at Sephora earlier this year, I figured it would be a good time for me to try it out without feeling too cringe-y about the price.
The tint I chose was Passion – a sheer crimson red shade. The fresh Sugar Lip Treatment range has about 13 colours.
On the Sephora website:
What it is:
A bestselling lip treatment—and a cult-favorite among all who try it, including Hollywood’s elite—that moisturizes, protects, and smooths the lips.
What it is formulated to do:
Sugar Lip Treatment blends repairative oils and waxes with real sugar, a natural humectant, for delectable and dependable moisture. Sweet and tart black currant oil, rich in plumping essential fatty acids, cushions the lips while antioxidant grapeseed polyphenols and vitamins A, C, and E provide protection from wrinkle-causing free radicals.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
This lip-loving essential has a bright, citrus scent and is free of petroleum, mineral oil, and lanolin.
I might get some back lash here, but I really have to be honest – I don’t see what all the hype is all about around these lip balms. Sure, they come in beautiful, “luxe” packaging and I really am impressed — I’m a sucker for pretty looking products. But as far as performance goes? I’d pick my Blistex pot over this any day.
Sure, it moisturizes my lips and keeps them comfortable, but it’s all just so basic. If anything, the formula is actually a tad too thin for my liking — this might just be a personal preference, but I like my lip balms to have some ‘balls’ to them, some stick, if you know what I mean. I put the fresh lip balm on and I feel like I have to touch up every half hour or so to feel like I have product on.
The shade of Passion is one I really like — a sheer red shade that’s actually great for someone like me who likes to wear red, but sometimes can be shy about it. Before I even tried the balm, I had such high expectations for it. I walked out of Sephora with the Passion shade and was already planning my next trip to pick up the more natural, Honey shade.
Well, I won’t be taking that trip anytime soon.
Another downside, is how soft the formula is. Wow, keep this in your pocket for any amount of time and you’re pretty much in for a melted mess. This is one lip balm I would never consider taking on a hot holiday or even keeping in my makeup bag during the summer time.
I will continue to use this (for the price alone) but aside from the pretty packaging, the formula just doesn’t cut it for me. I’ll be more than happy to spend $3 on my pot-o-Blistex over this any day.
I give the fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15: a SHOULDER SHRUG
UPDATE!! – I found a very similar product to this fresh Balm at the drugstore – the new CoverGirl Colourlicious Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Balm. I would go far as say this is a DUPE for the fresh Balm and works even better!! I picked up 2 shades and they’ve bumped my fresh Balm aside! Review on the Covergirl product coming soon!!
Have you tried the fresh Sugar Lip Treatments? Like or dislike?
Thanks for reading!