Review: e.l.f. Studio Conditioning Lip Balm

I’m sure it’s safe to admit here among friends that e.l.f. products are definitely of the hit-and-miss variety! I’ve had loads of their stuff over the last year, and while some of it is an absolute steal at the price, other things, I’m sorry to say, hit the dustbin almost immediately. (More on those later!)

But onto the lipbalm. Firstly, here’s a nice big picture of it:

Pot of pink lipbalm

image from drugstore.com

This picture is quite big, yes? And as usual with e.l.f., you’ll get it in the post and it’ll be tiny, right? Wrong. This pot is HENCH. There’s no other word. It’s way too chunky to go in my jeans pocket, and although it does the Estée Lauder trick of ‘square pot/round product well = less product’, you still do get a pretty large amount for your money. I was very impressed by that straight away.
The next thing is the smell. I know a lot of people take issue with the scents on certain e.l.f. products, but I’m an unashamed scent junkie – I love it. This stuff smells lovely, as far as I’m concerned! Fairly standard sweet smell that the company use for lots of things, but I like it. It also tastes nice – important for something you’re putting on your lips!

I bought the shade Mellow Melon, and it’s quite strongly pigmented. It’s not like the Vaseline Rosy Lips or anything – this stuff is pink. But that’s great for me, because I’d been looking out for a nice bright pink lipgloss anyway, and the stickiness of this product makes it basically a gloss, but more nourishing.
Speaking of nourishing, I’m fairly whelmed by this balm. (As opposed to under- or overwhelmed! Don’t think it’s a word any more, but I’m trying to bring it back. I like it.) Just…yep, it’s a lipbalm all right. Not incredible, not bad. A LOT better than their ordinary line’s lipbalm offerings, as I’ve been told, but I’ve never tried that one so I can’t say myself. I’ll be using it mainly for the colour, as I am completely addicted to LUSH’s Whip Stick lip balm (officially the Best Thing Ever In The Entire World For Your Lips, 2011!) and so don’t really need it to be uber-nourishing.

I’d buy this again, just because it’s cheap, cheerful and pretty. For people who aren’t hardcore lipbalm fiends, it’s going to do the job of moisturising your lips, probably as well as you need it to. (Don’t get sucked in! SAVE YOURSELVES!) But if it weren’t nicely coloured, it’d be a lipbalm last resort for me. There are much better things out there.

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