There’s nothing that kills a pretty makeup look faster than dry, chapped lips. Besides that, dry lips are just plain annoying.
Just like the rest of your skin, your lips need just as much moisturizer, if not more. That’s why I never leave home without making sure I have lip balm, or at the very least, a moisturizing lip gloss in my purse.
I have to admit that I fell for the marketing hype of EOS lip balm. I’ve been seeing all their ads in fashion magazines, plus they’re offered in an array of eye-catching colors. When I go to the drugstore or any other store that sells them, I can’t help but take notice. Naturally, curiosity got the best of me, so I decided to buy the EOS lip balm in Passion Fruit, which is in my favorite color.
I have also been using Somaluxe’s Lip Rescue (sample provided by the company), so I decided to compare the two brands to see which one is better.
EOS Lip Balm: Good But Not Great
Like I said, EOS has done a wonderful job with marketing their lip balm. Kim Kardashian is probably paid to promote it. So, of course, whatever KK touches turns to gold.
EOS does have a few product lines for their lip balm including “Visibly Soft”, “Crystal”, “Shimmer”, active, medicated, and organic lip balms. I have the standard organic lip balm that I bought for just under $3 at Walmart. If you purchase it on their website, it is $3.29.
The packaging is a tad bit bulky for my small makeup bag. If I had known that they offered it in stick form, I would have purchased that instead.
What I do like about this lip balm is that it is certified organic and 100% natural, plus it contains sustainably sourced ingredients. EOS also claims it is paraben and petro-chemical free.
These are the ingredients listed on the company’s website:
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax/Cera Alba (Cire d’abeille)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de carnauba*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Flavor (Aroma), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Passiflora Incarnata Flower*, Tocopherol, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract*. *Organic
EOS also states that its lip balms are hypoallergenic. Although I haven’t had any skin issues with it, last year there was a recall and class action lawsuit against the brand due to serious skin reactions. Perhaps by the time I had purchased the lip balm, the company had fixed the issue.
EOS does moisturize my lips, but not as well as the Somaluxe lip rescue. It also has a light, fruity scent that I can also taste. The texture is smooth, but a tiny bit waxy compared to the Somaluxe Lip Rescue.
This is what my lips look like with the lip balm and also applied as a base for NARS velvet matte lip pencil. As you can see, my lips are still noticeably chapped when wearing the lip pencil…
Somaluxe Lip Rescue: Much Better For My Lips
Somaluxe is a brand created by Lady Soma based out of New York that offers quite a few products including the Somatique Moisturizer I reviewed awhile back.
The Somaluxe Lip Rescue comes in a small 1.4 oz jar ($16.99 at Amazon) that is more makeup bag friendly. It may not seem like much, but a little product goes a long way. I’ve had mine for a few months and have used about half the jar so far. Some reviewers have complained that it is too greasy and reminds them of Vaseline, but I actually like the way it feels on my lips.
Here are the ingredients listed on the website:
Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Organic Castor Seed), Cocos Nucifera Oil (Organic Coconut), Beeswax, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Collagen Peptide), Palmitoyl Tetapeptide-7 (Collagen Peptide), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (Collagen Peptide), Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract (Plant Stem Cells), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Water, Sodium PCA, Silk Protein Amino Acids (Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Histidine).
My lips do feel less chapped when I’m using the Lip Rescue. It also lasts longer on my lips than the EOS brand. I also like it because I can wear it by itself and it looks like I’m wearing nude lipstick. However, it does make the lip color more shiny.
The only thing I don’t like about the Lip Rescue is that you have to use your finger to apply it. When I don’t have a napkin handy I just spread out the excess on my hands. However, you could just buy a lip brush with a cap if that’s a concern for you. I haven’t had any issues dipping my finger in it….yet. LOL.
Use What Works For You
Just like any beauty product, I believe you should use what works for your skin and personal preference. My body chemistry is not the same as yours, so even a lip balm can work differently for you. My lips are generally dry and chapped, so for me a lip balm like Somaluxe Lip Rescue is better.
Besides using the right lip balm, there are other things you can do to keep your lips hydrated. In an article published over at Today.com, Dr. Cybele Fishman, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City offers a nice list of do’s and don’ts if you have chapped lips.
Have you tried either one of these brands of lip balm?