I really wanted to be Loving, Laughing, Hoping and Dreaming about the four $1.99 Essence Caring Lip Balms, because they have so much promise to be cool.
Four of them for less than $8? Incredible! Just look at them in their adorable duds.
Each of them has a different color and scent, and the two I tried — Loving, a clear vanilla-scented balm with subtle glitter; and Dreaming, a sheer peach that smells faintly of fruit punch — feel soft, non-sticky and smooth.
But I’m picky about how lip balms taste, even unflavored ones like these, and to me these taste more waxy than wax (I feel like I’m eating a candle). I’ve tried to ignore it, tried to remind myself that “They’re only $1.99,” but not even that has helped me get accustomed to the taste.
You never know about scents and flavors, though, so I think they’re still worth a try.
My dry lips crave more hydration than these deliver, but gals who only need light lip moisture (and don’t mind the taste) might like them just fine.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Petrolatum, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Candelilla (Euphorbia Cerifera) Wax, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Lanolin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-75 Stearate, Mica, Hydrated Silica, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Aluminum Hydroxide, Bht, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Parfum (Fragrance), Coumarin, Limonene, Eugenol, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).
Price: $1.99 each (WOW!)
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Ulta, Fred Meyer and HEB stores, and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,