It’s time for Reviews Revisited, where I discuss what I now think about products I’ve previously reviewed.
Back in Fall 2012, I purchased a set of eight mini Fresh Sugar lip treatment balms from Sephora. The set included the six tinted balms that were available at the time (Petal and Cherry have been added; Coral is no longer available at Sephora, but is on the Fresh website) as well as two clear balms – the regular one and the advanced therapy one.
I didn’t really review these at the time – I just swatched them and noted that I didn’t find them to be particularly moisturizing as compared to some other favorites. I still agree with that assessment – in fact, I really think of these as sheer lip colors that as a bonus are a little bit moisturizing. I do enjoy them as lip colors, and I continue to wear them regularly (except Plum, which is just too sheer for my tastes). I frequently reach for them on days when my lips are not in good condition, as they don’t cling to flakes or emphasize uneven texture. However, when my lips are in better condition, I usually prefer a different texture of lip product. The Fresh balms are a bit too slippery, transfer too easily, and wear off too quickly to be something I really love all the time instead of something I like for certain occasions.
Overall, if you like sheer, balmy lip colors or if you need something for flaky-lip days, I’d recommend these, with the caveat that they’re a bit overpriced for what they are.
Another item I’ve written about several times are the Maybelline Color Tattoos (various reviews here). I’ve written about a couple different limited edition releases and I also own a few from the permanent line. You’d think that means I love them, but I really don’t – most of them are too sheer to work well alone, and all of them are too drying for me to wear as bases for powder shadow (I think they work a lot better on those with oilier skin). I’ve sold several, but still have seven, which is too many.
I was so excited to try the Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers (aka Apocalips) that I ignored common sense and bought five to try out instead of one. Then, I’d made such an investment that I convinced myself I really liked them. And, they are a good quality product – but I really dislike the scent, I almost never wear them. It’s not that I can’t stand them – it’s just easier to reach for another one of my liquid lipsticks that doesn’t have the fragrance problem.