Lip anything is a favourite topic of mine. Although, I have found myself outgrowing actual gloss these days – I find it far too sticky and my hair seems to get stuck on my mouth with even the faintest gust of wind. Too messy!
The feeling is gross to me now too. if I put my lips together and there’s a gooey feel, then I’m officially grossed out!
Perhaps this is just a sign of old age?
But winter does beg some kind of hydration. Or, if you’re like me and just hate having bare lips (yet know that constant lipstick wear year-round kinda dries them out sometimes) – lipbalm is essential…or at least applied at night before you head off to Snoozeville if minimalism isn’t your thing.
Again, I find it hard to find lipbalms that I enjoy (maybe I’m the one with the problem?)… The ones which just kind of sit on your lips without actually absorbing drive me insane. The same goes for slimey and “flavoured” varieties.
So anyway, I’ve read and heard a lot about European drugstore lines and since their climate is much colder than Australia’s, they seem to have their barrier creams and hydration products down. Similar to how intense/advanced the sun care ranges have become over here (for obvious reasons).
I had read about Nuxe online and everyone seems to rave about their multipurpose oils Huile Prodigieuse and lip balm for both beauty and dryness (more on this soon). I stumbled upon the Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm in Priceline a few weeks ago after I was sick of trying to make my other options work, and I must admit I am SOLD.
My lips actually felt properly moisturised. And, as titled – nourished. It was amazing. It works wonders as a lip primer pre-lipstick application as well.
As soon as I put it on I knew I had found my “go-to.”
Not only is it hydrating, the texture is smooth and not tacky/filmy and it leaves the most beautiful hint of sheen on your lips. I swear it has a plumping effect too, probably just due to actually doing its job properly.
So there you have it – Europeans’ experience with cold climates do provide bragging-rights for their cosmetics advanced hydrating options. We may still have them covered in term of sun care, though!
Nuxe Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm rating = 5/5
The only thing that could make this balm that bit better would be if they had an SPF option available as well (can’t be perfect?). Works brilliantly under lipsticks too!
Lucas’ Papaw Ointment – Cult favourite globally, and Australian made. Very good for not only your lips but any dry skin, I also love to apply it to my cuticles before bed. Very reasonably priced for less than $6 at most retailers.
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream – Another long time favourite for its multipurpose uses, especially mixing with eye shadows and blushes for a dewy look. I do like this on the lips as it also gives a bit of subtle colour and sheen without being “glossy.” Some people are put off by the scent, which I don’t mind too much. It is also a little stickier though for body application, so I would say it would be a third option for me. It is also more expensive than the other two being Elizabeth Arden, at around $20. Although, the tube is much bigger.
Now for my most disliked list (won’t go into much detail here):
Maybelline Baby Lips – Cheap and nasty. Horrible taste. Doesn’t absorb. Funny scent. Greasy. Good colour selection but that’s about it.
Rimmel Keep Calm Lip Balm – A less greasy version of Maybelline Baby Lips. Not hydrating at all. Average colour selection. Cheap.
Carmex Lip Balm – Horrible scent. Horrible taste. Feels slightly tingly on the lips. Does seem to have decent moisturising properties but the bad outweighs the good for me. Cheap.
Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – Great colour selection and cute packaging. Great variety. Does not absorb or moisturise. Decently priced.
I hope this has helped for any fellow lip product addicts like moi! Let me know if I’ve missed any hidden gems!