I have never tried LUSH lip balms or lip tints before. Like most LUSH products, I find reviews that love or hate them. You know that I love bold or dark matte lips but when I’m not wearing those shades (like to work), I go for lip tints. I am not a lip gloss person because lip gloss lasts like 2 minutes on my lips and I hate the sticky feel of lip gloss. Lip tints aren’t sticky and moisturize like a balm. So here’s my review of these natural lip tints in simple little tins.
It Started With A Kiss Lip Tint: This is a natural formula lip balm with a pretty crimson tint with shimmer (in the tin) that reminds me of something Disney’s Snow White would wear. This formula contains delicious ingredients of apple, powdered sugar, white chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. The fragrance is so sweet that I didn’t know if I could stand it when I sniffed it from the tin. I imagined it would be just like rubbing homemade cinnamon infused buttercream frosting onto the lips. I love the smell of a spiced buttercream frosting but it isn’t something that I want on my lips. This fragrance is so rich and sugary that I actually feel guilty wearing it on my lips! I feel like I’ve been stuffing my face with apple cinnamon cupcakes all day! However, this isn’t so bad. I’m no so sensitive to it like I thought I would be. The fragrance fades with time just leaving a trace of sugar and spice. I kind of like it. I also like the slightly spicy feel. The color is pretty. It’s a berry pink on me. You can see it above in my “collage” on my lips and cheeks. I love this color on both my lips and cheeks. It’s adds a very nautical, wind-blown color without me looking seaside haggard 🙂 I’m seriously loving it on my cheeks. It looks very natural and is a nice product for me to use on my drier winter skin. It’s a very fresh and healthy look for me.
Double Choc Lip Tint: This is a vegan formula lip balm with a shimmery bronze tint. I’m intrigued by the ingredients list becuase it contains so many delicious things: cocoa butter, hazelnut oil, dark chocolate, vanilla, and even brandy! The fragrance is super sweet. It smells like homemade hazelnut brownies. On the lips, the sweet desserty fragrance is much more faint. It tastes yummy sweet 🙂 To my surprise, I really like this lip tint color. The colors is subtle. In the “collage” above, you can see the color on my lips and on my cheeks. It’s very sheer on my cheeks. On the lips, the color is a pearly medium bronzey brown. On the cheeks, the color is a sheer bronze shimmer. It is a pretty, warm toned highlighter. I really doubt that this color will show up on medium to dark skin tones as a cheek tint. I really like to wear this color on my lips and pair it with dark Bond Girl, Ursuala Andress, like eye makeup.
The Formula: The formula is very thick and waxy. It doesn’t have a lip glossy or Smith’s Rosebud Salve feel. This has its pros and cons. Because the formula is thick, it wears on the lips for a long time. This is the longest wearing lip tint that I’ve ever worn. It survives coffee breaks! It’s very moisturizing because it sticks. I really like the formula once it is warmed up and on my lips. Many people dislike LUSH lip product formulas because they are thick. I admit that this stuff isn’t exactly easy to use. I usually apply lip products in tins/tubs with a lip brush. You can not do this with LUSH. It has to have body heat to melt and to be usable. My house is old and cold and this stuff won’t budge out of the tin in the morning. It’s as hard as a rock until my fingers warm it up. So, if you don’t like to finger paint, then you won’t like LUSH Lip Tint. You have to use your fingers with this stuff.
I like the colors, the feel, and the wear. I also like how these are multi-tasking and look good on my cheeks too. And the sweet fragrance is growing on me now that the weather is chilly. However, I admit that the packaging and the need to warm the formula up makes it a bit inconvenient. So thank goodness that it is longer wearing than most lip tints!
Each lip tint retails for $6.95 and is only available at LUSH.
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