The beauty world has gone mad for these little beauties in recent months with pictures of every celebrity out there with one to their lips. Available in a range of different flavours, the one thing that makes these lip balms stand out from all the rest is their unusual shape. A gimmick, you may thing but it has still seemed to pique everybody’s interest.
The reason I was put off trying them for so long was the price. I had only seen them available online for us Irish customers and I know, wherever I saw them, they were in around a tenner which I thought was a disgraceful price for a lip balm. The good reviews kept on circulating but I buried my head in the sand, wanting to know nothing about such an expensive sphere of balm.
Then, when in Florida, I saw these at the till point in Walgreens for about $3.49 and couldn’t believe my luck. I opted for the ‘Sweet Mint’ flavour and allowed myself only the one, in case I wasn’t a fan.
Every flavour comes with a different coloured packaging and I love the light blue sphere of my mint one. My one reservation is that it gets dirty very quickly as my photos prove.
The top half twists off to reveal the balm sphere in the centre. The ‘Sweet Mint’ scent smells exactly like a favourite chewing gum of mine although I can’t remember which one! I like the idea of mint-scented lip products as I like to imagine people think it is my breath that is so fresh.
Despite the shape, it is easy to apply. I like to run the sphere over my lips a few times and then pretend as if I’m trying to hold it between my lips which really coats them. I feel a slight tingle after application but wonder if that is because of the mint or if this happens across the entire range. This is completely colourless, leaving only a slight sheen. It makes my lips feel great and has become my new go-to balm. Despite singing the praises of my La Roche Posay Cicaplast Levres not too long ago, I reach for this more, simply because I prefer the taste and scent. It is actually a moisturising product though, unlike the likes of Vaseline which simply coat the lips but don’t actively heal them.
All in all, I would definitely recommend but I would shop around to get a good price though as it is dirt cheap in the States. I later saw it at Walmart for $2.99 and realised even I was overcharged for my purchase! Also available are Blueberry Acai, Strawberry Sorbet, Strawberry Sorbet, Pomegranate Raspberry, Summer Fruit, Honeysuckle Honeydew, Medicated Tangerine and Lemon Drop with SPF15.
What say you? Have you tried these strange-shaped balms yet? Are you interested in jumping on the bandwagon? Or are you loyal to another brand for ultimate lip protection?