Battle of the lip balms

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I am not particularly addicted to lip balms nor are my lips constantly dry.  However, when winter rolls around or when I'm highly congested from a cold, I find myself searching for a trustworthy lip balm to alleviate my painful cracking lips.  Here I share with you the 3 lip balms I've tried recently and how they performed in the battle of the lip balms!


First up are EOS (Evolution of Smooth) lip balms retailing at $3.29USD.  There are 4 flavors for the round sphere and 3 flavors in the typical stick packaging.  The packaging alone piqued my interest but they are also 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben/petrolatum free.  These lip balms contain vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil which feels so smooth and soft on the lips.  For those who love organic brands, you'll be glad to know EOS products are USDA Organic Certified.

When EOS sent me samples of sweet mint and pomegranate raspberry for review, I was instantly hooked. I love how the shea butter feels on my parched lips. Thanks to the neat spherical shape, I just pucker up and swipe the lip balm back and forth onto both lips at the same time.  It's a great swipe-n-go lip balm that I can throw into my purse or leave on my desk at work without anyone realizing it's a lip balm!

I searched several CVS/Walgreens to pick up the rest of the spherical flavors of honeydew, summer fruit, and the newly released Lemon Drop.  Lemon Drop is currently the only lip balm to have spf15.  I am still missing Vanilla Bean and Sweet Mint in the stick packaging but will be on the hunt to add them to my collection.


Next up is Chanel Hydramax + Active Lip Care retailing at $45USD.  This lip balm is roughly 15X more expensive compared to EOS and has only one flavor.  It comes in a small rectangular pot which is not as convenient to carry around in a purse.  I say this because you have to dip your fingers into the product for application.  Personally I use a Q-tip and have to pack them every time I travel with this lip balm.


I reach for this product when my lips are dry, cracking, or peeling so bad that even daily applications of EOS cannot help relieve the pain.  Hydramax + Active Lip Care looks solid in the tub but once applied to the lips, it turns into a liquid substance almost like water.   It has "Ceratonia PFA, a customized ingredient, along with Shea Butter and Cottonseed Oil extract".  This quickly hydrates and nourishes without feeling heavy  on the lips.  I find myself reaching for this only in severe cases because it takes 2-4 applications before my lips are cured. 


Last but not least is Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25.  I picked up both Mint and Lemon & Chamomile to test out since seeing several positive reviews on these.  Out of the 3 lip balms, Jack Black has the highest SPF at 25 compared to SPF15 for both Chanel and EOS.  According to Sephora's website, this contains shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin E, green tea, and PARSOL/Octinoxate to block UVA/UVB rays.


The lip balm comes in your standard tube packaging with a small hole in the tip to dispense the product. On first application, this felt tacky but not sticky on the lips.  It was very moisturizing while it was on my lips however I can definitely feel it sitting on top.  About 25-30 minutes later, my lips felt parched like the Sahara and started cracking and peeling like crazy. I really wanted to love this product because of the rave reviews but my lips were in pain for several days afterward.  I know this has worked for many others but the high SPF ingredients might have triggered an allergic reaction.


In the battle of the lip balms, I'll have to say the 2 obvious winners are EOS and Chanel for me.  EOS is definitely comfortable on the lips, has many fun flavors (Lemon Drop + Sweet Mint being my 2 favorites), unique packaging, and is affordable.  What I like about them is the soothing properties and the fact that it doesn't dry out my lips after the lip balm is worn off.  I don't have to apply multiple times a day and it's convenient to pack for travel.

Chanel is much more expensive but does a great job at healing the lips after few applications.  I know I can always count on Hydramax + Active lip care to take care of severe cases.  It feels very comfortable on the lips, almost like watery shea butter if that makes any sense, and does not dry out the lips after application.

What is your favorite lip balm? Have you tried any of these before?

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18 comments:

coffretgorge said...

how cute! little lip balm balls in fun colors! :) and wow, the chanel hydramax + active lip balm sounded magical when you said it felt like water on the lips hehehe! i might check it out in december, when the weather slightly turns cold and when my lips are usually dry. thanks for the reviews! :)

WillWorkForMakeup said...

I've heard amazing things about the Chanel lip balm but I don't think I'll ever be able to afford a $45 lip balm :( Great post, though! I haven't been able to find the stick form of the eos lip balms yet. Pomegranate raspberry sounds fantastic!

PinkOrchids said...

I've tried the EOS lipbalm, the packaging is very cute and unique, however the product itself i didn't find that amazing... It didn't moisturise my lips as much as i wanted it to. I'd love to try the Pomegranate raspberry though! I have a huge collection of lipbalms lol, but i think the one that works well and is reasonably priced is Nivea lip care essential stick =)

Dina (XYYan) said...

the EOS lip balms are so cute! Thanks for the review, too bad the jack black lip balm doesn't do you good although it has high spf...

Jenny said...

OO a luxury lip balm! i have quite the obsession with lipbalms, but i would have to say burt's bee pomegranate oil is my favourite! :)

resham said...

$45 for a Lip Balm!!!! Ok, I think EOS should do the trick for me...
My fav are: Burts Bees wth Pomegranate Oil. Also the MAC Popster, but I hate that its in pot.

Mz. More said...

My favorite lip balm is good old Rosebud Salve in the tin and i plan to use the latest one in the tube. I've heard great things about eos but haven't gotten around to trying it yet. As far as the Chanel one goes... $45. They can keep that. No way in hell am I willing to pay that for a lip balm. It better know how to apply itself! lol Great post hon

LittoMokaa said...

I've been searching for those EOS lip balm forever but I think they don't sell it in Canada =/ My favorite lip balm it's Burt's bee the waterproof one :D It's the only balm that leaves my lips hydrated although it gives my lips a white cast o_O

Marie said...

I like Sugar from Fresh.:D

Thanks for posting about these, I would like to try the Chanel Lip Care.:D

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mixandmatchmakeup said...

The EOS lip balms are the cutest! I love the packaging, the fun colors, and all of the flavors they come in. I really want to try Sweet Mint and Vanilla Bean!

I loved your description of Chanel Hydramax + Active Lip Care - I feel like I'll be buying this in the winter when it's absolutely freezing at college and my lips get ridiculously chapped as they always do. The $45 price tag is so worth it to only have to apply it 2-4 times and have my chapped lips healed!

Awesome post! :)

Leenda said...

I love using EOS lip balms! They feel great on the lips. Yes, I'd have to agree with you about the Jack Black lip blam. I have the lemon one and it wasn't all that great for me either.

kali said...

Great post! I really want to try EOS but still haven't gotten around to it. Sorry Jack Black didn't work out for you -I love it. I just started using Pangea Organics and I've been loving it! So soft and no chapped lips at all for almost 2 weekks now. =) Also, no SPF so maybe it'll work for you?? (If that's was the problem with Jack Black.)

agmini said...

I find EOS do the job okay; do an okay job of moisturizing, but nothing spectacular...but I'll use them for the novelty (fun colors, fun packaging, fun scents). I think Chanel's lip balm is ridiculously expensive and I would never buy it unless I somehow got a deal on it. I really don't think anyone should spend that much on lip balm. Much as I like some of Chanel's products, their prices are just plain crazy.
One that's rather middle-of-the-road that I really love is La Roche-Posay Ceralip Lip Repair Cream--the creamy formula is just fantastic...it really IS a lip cream. I still think it is overpriced somewhat ($13.50 for a tube) but it works for me after just one application...and if you put it on before bed, you'll wake up with lips that feel great! I do wish they had one with SPF though.

Dizzy said...

Great Review! I always wanted to try EOS 8D

Pinch said...

Nice review! I have the EOS honeysuckle one and like it. I feel rather strange applying it though, because of the egg shape. The Chanel one looks so delicious and luxurious :)

chung said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog ^^!

Great review, don't think I'd be able to afford the Chanel but I have been wanting to try some EOS. It's taken awhile to get to Canada but I heard they're finally available here so I'll have to keep looking!

Anonymous said...

i have eos in summerfruit :) and everyone always asks me what it is and then when i tell them they're like omg i want it! and im like yupyup its amazing!

littlelucy said...

Believe it or not, my favourite lip balm is Jack Black! I've always wanted to try EOS though. I really like your blog. I'm following: )

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