Yes, as embarrassing as it is to admit, those are my lips.
My husband and I moved to the desert about three years ago and my lips are not happy about it. The dry air and high summer temperatures cause them to shrivel. Only dried prunes are jealous of the contours of my lips.
As such, my lips are rarely without a generous coating of moisturizing balm and I’m always trying new ones.
Enter Neutrogena’s Revitalizing Lip Balm.
It comes in six shades and retails for $8.99.
What first intrigued me was the product’s “exclsuive ion2complex technology.” Apparently, ion2complex is supposed to not only moisturize your lips, but improve their texture and increase their rosiness with one week of use.
Skeptical? Yes. But then again, my lips need all the help they can get.
I also liked that it came in an assortment of colors. Most lipstick is far too drying for me to wear here during the hot, summer months. So a lip balm that adds a splash of color to my naturally pale lips gets a big plus.
Lastly, the balm contains sunscreen SPF 20. The skin of the lips is very delicate and can get skin cancer. It surprises me that more companies don’t add SPF protection to their lip products. But I digress…
I tried the revitalizing lip balm in the Sunny Berry shade.
The end result: I love it.
It glides on very smooth and isn’t waxy like a lot of balms. I can feel the protective layer of moisture on my lips, which is exactly what I’m looking for.
The added color is great. It is definitely not as vibrant as a lipstick or high pigmented gloss, but it gives a nice, natural-looking color boost that I greatly appreciate.
And, of course, I love the SPF protection.
Check out the before and after pic again. That nicely summarizes the benefits.
The only drawback: I don’t care for the shape of the container. Rather than the standard circular tube of most balms, this one comes in an oval-shaped tube. While this may not present a problem for ladies with full lips, I do struggle a bit when applying it to my thin lips. A mirror is a must so that I don’t end up with product outside my lip line.
The downside of the oval tube, however, pales in comparison to the product’s benefits. It won’t prevent me from purchasing the lip balm again when this tube runs out.
Some ladies have commented on Neutrogena’s website that it made their lips tingle. However, I don’t notice any tingle when I use it.
I give Neutrogena’s Revitalizing Lip Balm a big thumbs up!
It’s hard to say if it actually improved the texture of my lips, because 1. I’m rarely without any sort of balm on my lips and 2. it probably wasn’t designed with desert living in mind.
But it moisturizes great, adds a nice touch of color, and protects my lips from the sun! All-in-all, I was very pleased with the purchase and will purchase it again when this tube runs out.
Because I was so pleased with the lip balm, I purchased a second tube as a giveaway for one lucky reader. The shade is Soft Petal.
To enter, complete the entry form below and leave a blog comment telling me your #1 beauty tip for keeping your lips as luscious as possible! (Please note: Your comment will not show until I have approved it. This is to prevent spammers from leaving useless comments all over my blog.)
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