As much as I’d love to be a bold lip kinda gal, I’m just not. My attempts at the whole ‘blonde bombshell’ with the classic red vixen lip results in me looking like a child who’s main approach to applying lipstick is to eat it. Bright pink lips make me look nothing short of diseased, and don’t even get me started the plummier shades. Hours have been spent trawling the beautynet (is that a thing? that should be a thing), practically stroking the screen and drooling over images of bloggers with their expansive MAC lipstick collections. But no, I do not own a single one. I am a lip balm girl through and through, and only recently have I begun to experiment with a sheer wash of colour.
I have tried and fallen in love with the Clarins lip perfectors (review here) and Revlon’s offerings in the form of their Just Kissable balm stains (I like the red one), and when shopping in my local Waitrose a few months back in need of a pick-me-up this little box of goodness caught my eye. The use of the word ‘butter’ in beauty marketing is one that immediately makes my ears prick up – butter implies intense nourishment, softness, a cocoon of hydration. We’ve established my skin is chronically dry, and my lips are no different. The Korres lip butters have long held influence over the blogosphere, and I have always liked the idea of a compromise between colour and hydration; a sheer dose of healthiness seemed perfect for the everyday lip. I snapped it up in ‘Pomegranate’ a vivid pinky-coral colour that looks pretty bold in the pot, but blends out to a healthy colour on the lips – think your classic English Rose with a coral twist.
First things first: this thing smells brilliant. A fruity light scent (possibly pomegranate but alas I’ve never smelt one), I often find myself subconsciously unscrewing the little pot and practically shoving my nose in it… Sometimes while speaking to people, much to their consternation and confusion; my mother actually asked me whether I was planning to use it or just smell it (not sure if this anecdote serves as testament to the yummy smell, or just makes me sound a little frightening). The product’s consistency is pretty much akin to your standard lip balm – just poke your finger in the pot and smear it on your lips. Happy days. The packaging is cute, with the lid matching the colour of the balm inside, so it’s quickly distinguishable from the rest of your collection, and easy to find in your bag, too. It’s a dinky portable size, and slips easily into your pocket.
The colour is pretty sheer, I’m not going to lie, but it adds a nice sheen to your lips and makes your lips feel smackingly hydrated. This isn’t one for the bold lip gals, despite the colour in the tub, but it’s perfect for low-key everyday wear or no makeup days as a little pampering treat for your lips. It’s not the most hydrating lip balm-type product I’ve ever come across (hello, Nuxe Rêve de Miel), but it’s better than most standard drugstore offerings. The colour lasts about an hour or two, so not very long, but reapplying takes a matter of seconds, and the hydration can be felt for a good few hours after the colour has worn away.
All in all? It’s a good, solid product, but it’s not outstanding. I can see this being a godsend in wintertime, but I’m not sure I’ll be repurchasing another. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll use this up and enjoy using it all the while, but if push came to shove, I’d rather buy another Clarins lip perfector as I find them more hydrating and I feel they ‘do’ more, or a Revlon Lip Butter as they inject a bit more colour. If low maintenance colour and nourishment is your thang, then this is your best bet. If you want a ‘lip look’ or long lasting hydration and repair, then maybe look elsewhere.
Next on my list: BABY LIPS.
Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter – link – £8