I think these are the first all-out negative reviews I've written -- not because of any bloggy principles but simply because I don't usually buy new formulas until I've done extensive (and geekily enjoyable) research, slurped the brains of like-minded beauty lovers or my known makeup-
This time, lured in by Silk Naturals' lowlowprices and my own batty 'well, I'm paying shipping for skincare anyway' and 'ooh, they have proper swatches on-site! How progressive' logic, I decided that maybe Research Was Overrated....
Joy Kissable Lip Cream // Doll Lip Stain // Smooth&Full Black Label Lip Treatment // Raspberry Gingerale Organic Lip Balm
Let's start with the best of a bad bunch: Joy Kissable Lip Cream ($4.99) is marketed as a stick gloss but is more of a tinted jelly-cream finish balm; and I purchased it in hopes of finding a cheaper replacement for my beloved Fresh Sugar tinted balms. This shade is described as coral on the site; in the tube it looks like a soft pinky-peach, but its sheerness means that two good layers still gives a decidedly pink look on my very cool-toned lips:
Also, personal bugbear: the scent is pure sickly vanilla coconutty cocoa horror. And it lingers.
The Black Label Smooth&Full Lip Treatment ($5.95) shares the same slim black twist-up tube packaging and coconut cookie
[Petty sidenote because I am mean when my lips are chapped: shoddy packaging. These paper-covered black plastic applicators do not retract, and considering how slippy these formulas are, they get messy very quickly. The product picture above was taken one day after they arrived. I carried Joy around in my makeup bag as I do with all my lip-products-of-the-day and left the Smooth&Full balm in my bedside drawer; they still managed to look bedraggled in the process.]
The other balm in my haul, Organic Lipbalm in Raspberry Gingerale flavour ($3.75, but mine came as a GWP) is neck-and-neck with the pricier Black Label one -- it tastes comparatively delicious (sweet-but-not-sickly fizzy berries) BUT is also less moisturising, failing even as a daytime top-up balm for me. A mere five minutes after application, it is gone without leaving even a whisper of plumped-lipness -- I managed to get through a good 1/3 of the tube over a single week of testing, and the condition of my lips improved not one whit.
I'm afraid the main points in its favour are: pretty and retractable twist-up packaging, inoffensive scent, freebie!!eleventyone [I LOVE freebies. Can't help. Is Asian.]
Finally, Doll Lip Stain (3.5ml for $4.50), which looked like a potential replacement for my Beauté Harlot stain (love the shade, tastes like soap, doesn't go on my dry lips quite as evenly as I'd like....)
|note how close this white-paper swatch is to the one on Silk Naturals' site :)|
|freshly applied, three layers, damned if I was going to spend more time at this game|
|I don't think this particular spin on the ombre lips trend is going to take off.....|