Maybelline Baby Lips – Review and Swatches
My last BzzAgent kit, in addition to sponsoring the Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes also included some samples of Maybelline’s newest lip-care offering! I chose the three tinted shades for review and swatching: #15 Cherry Me, #25 Pink Punch and #30 Peach Me. With such funky, cute packaging, who could resist trying these little balms?
Maybelline’s Baby Lips lip balms come in a variety of six shades: Quenched and Peppermint (sheer), Cherry Me (Red Tint), Grape Vine (Plum tint), Pink Punch (Pink tint) and Peach Kiss (shimmery nude tint.) All shades contain SPF 20 to protect from the sun, which still threatens delicate skin during the winter!
They regularly sell for between $3.49 – 3.99 USD I think that’s a fairly reasonable price for something that’s not quite a lipstick but supposed to be more than just a lip balm (remember, we’re being promised long term results here!) You can usually find these on sale at Target and Walmart for under $3 USD.
The product images for Maybelline Baby Lips are a bit hard to judge for accuracy, because obviously you can’t expect the same pigmentation of the bullet to end up on your lips. Still, judging the product images against the products themselves and the products themselves against the shades you get on your lips – i’d say that the colors are extremely accurate.
Now, these are tinted lip balms so we’re not looking for out-and-out color shock here. Still, I hate nothing more than a gloss that shows color in the package but none on the lips (looking at you ELF!)
On their own, it could be argued that these are super super sheer. But I think that the comparison shots show that they really do have a nice amount of tint for balms. Peach Me, which I’d thought was totally sheer, noticeably lightens my lips and Pink Punch packs the most obvious color of the three. Cherry Me gives the best MLBB effect. All in all, very admirable results for lip balms!
Maybelline claims that their Baby Lips line will hydrate lips for up to 8 hours. Was this the case? …No. Honestly speaking, who’s ever going to believe a balm that lasts 8 hours? Ever? I wore these balms for about two weeks at school on days where I didn’t wear lipstick and I found that the hydrating feeling maxed out at about 2 hours of wear. At that point my lips resumed feeling tight and dry.
That’s pretty standard balm wear for me, but terrible for a balm that makes promises as big as 8 hour hydration. I also found that the tints faded within an hour of wear, regardless of whether I ate or drank. All in all – don’t expect to be able to go without reapplication.
All three of the balms I tested out were lightly scented with smells matching their respective names (cherry, fruit punch and peach.) I struggled with finding the right descriptive word for the feeling these balms left on my lips but I finally settled on “oily” or “greasy.” The feeling lasts for a pretty long time and probably comes from any number of the many (many) ingredients. It’s when this sensation fades that my lips quickly start feeling dry.
Maybelline promises “visibly renewed and reborn” lips after 4 weeks of use. I didn’t see any difference in the before and after shots of my bare lips, so i’m not even going to bother. My lips didn’t show any renewing or reborn…ing after 4 weeks of use. They didn’t get any worse, mind you, but I didn’t see any improvement beyond what regular lip care will give you.
Overall, I wouldn’t say that this product delivers any spectacular, life changing results. A huge part of me wishes Maybelline hadn’t made such outlandish promises about 8 hour wear and renewing lips after a month of wear; if it hadn’t then I would have given this product a much higher rating. With that said, baby lips is a solid offering to the regular tinted balm lines that become so popular in the cooler months.
Color Accuracy: 9/10
Pigmentation: 4/5 (for a balm!)
Overall: 75% (C)
This product was sent to me to review by BzzAgent on behalf of Maybelline. I received no monetary compensation for my review and all of the above is my honest opinion.