Ever since I received Sephora’s birthday gift this year – which was two Fresh Sugar lip treatments, clear and rose – I’ve been a big fan of Fresh’s lip products. And I was lucky enough to have a friend give me a Sephora Friends & Family code this year, so I decided to have a mini-splurge and buy Sephora’s Fresh Sugar Soiree Mini Lip Collection, which is $65 and includes 8 mini lip treatments – which I believe is all the lip treatments Fresh currently makes.
If $65 ($8.13 each) for this set is too much for you, Fresh has two other holiday sets consisting of the tinted mini lip treatments. The Fresh Sugar Addiction Mini Lip Collection is $48 (8 each) includes six of the lip treatments; it doesn’t include the Advanced Therapy clear or Sugar Fresh Plum – which happens to be the sheerest and my least favorite of the bunch. I’d actually recommend that set. And, if you’d rather only spend $28 ($9.33 each), the Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio includes minis of Passion, Honey, and Berry.
Each mini lip balm is packaged in a screw-top metal case; each is a different color. This is the same packaging as the Sephora birthday gift and the full size items. I like the packaging – it’s pretty and protects the lip balm.
I really like the texture of the balm. I find it quite moisturizing and very comfortable to wear, though it’s not quite as healing on my lips as Jack Black lip balm. The tinted balm feel exactly the same as the clear ones. I haven’t tried the Advanced Lip Therapy yet though, because I want to finish up some other lip balms first. Do note that these are quite soft and a bit fragile – I never twist them very far up, to protect the balm. They get quite soft in hot weather, but despite walking around with one in my purse on a 95 degree day, I’ve never had one melt – just soften temporarily.
On to the swatches! I swatched all six of the colored balms, and tried to arrange them so similar colors were next to each other. I swatched my older, used Rose balm, which is why the swatch looks slightly different / not as crisp.
EDIT: Here’s a better quality swatch photo. Coral was slightly melted, thus the heavier swatch – but it is the most pigmented.
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As you can see, Plum is the most sheer, followed by Rose then Honey. Passion and Berry have about the same pigmentation level, and Coral is the most pigmented. Plum barely shows up on me with a single layer, Rose and Honey add just a hint of color, and Passion, Berry, and Coral all show up very well.
I also took lip swatch pictures, including a no-lip-product photo for comparison purposes. This is a fairly generous coat of each balm to better show the product; it’s possible to apply less and get a sheerer look.
Overall, this is a fantastic set, and a great value. It’s listed as a $91 value, though I haven’t checked the math myself. I’m very happy with it! However, since I don’t like Plum as much as the others, and I have plenty of clear balms, I would actually recommend the Fresh Sugar Addiction set instead (and it has the bonus of being slighly cheaper per item).
Are you a fan of holiday mini-sets in general, and does this one appeal to you?