I’m sorry (not really), but I’m not one of those people who can slather Vaseline or Chapstick on my lips and call it a day. Maybe I have particularly high standards, or maybe I’ve been spoiled after all these years in the beauty biz, but I can say that not all lip balms are created equal (and I’ve tried so many I can confidently make this statement).
I know a good lip balm from the second I apply it. It’s thick, but not sticky, and it leaves a bit of glossy sheen behind. It does not absorb instantly (that somewhat defeats the purpose) and it’s not too slippery. When I got Orlane’s Magnificent Lip Balm in my Neiman Marcus Camp Gorgeous gift tote last week (reviews of the Chanel purchases that got me this gift bag are on the way!) I tried it out with this checklist in hand (or in my head, rather) and it passed with flying colors. In fact, I just made a quick run into my bathroom to use it again!
The micronized hyaluronic acid moisturizes lips on contact, and actually creates a film to lock hydration in. It also has a slightly pink tint for a natural finish and the sweet, candy-like flavor is truly a treat. The deluxe-size sample I received keeps going and going, and I would seriously consider purchasing the full-size when I run out—it’s that good.