Is there such a thing as having too many tinted lip balms? I think not! This essential—which bridges the gap between cosmetic and skincare—hydrates, brightens a winter-pale complexion effortlessly, and is easier to wear on winter-chapped lips than a full-coverage lipstick. The latest one to cross my beauty desk is CoverGirl Oh Sugar Lip Balm ($7.99 at London Drugs).
The packaging is reminiscent of the CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte lipsticks: a square white plastic case with rounded edges, a precisely cut lipstick-like bullet, a shiny lid that indicates the shade. But while Katy Kat Matte combines a fashion-forward edge with feline motifs, Oh Sugar Lip Balms draw their inspiration from a more saccharine source. The dessert-inspired hues have names like 'Gumdrop', 'Soda', and 'Punch' and the lipstick bullets have a sweet, sugary scent.
The formula—which features vitamins C and E, avocado butter, and grapeseed oil—has plenty of slip and glides on easily; it feels light but moisturizes effectively. So easy to wear all day, every day.
In terms of colour pay-off, these tinted lip balms are sheer. The bullets look intimidatingly dark on first glance, but it took 20 swipes back and forth to get the swatches below. 'Punch' is my favourite of the bunch because it's a classic, bright red and is so flattering on.
There are 10 shades in total, and I say if you like it, you should try it; these shades are so sheer it's hard to go too far wrong. Plus, at less than $8 a pop, you can afford to treat yourself and still have money left over for Christmas presents for everyone on your list!
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