Yea, I'm a geek, and proud of it. I'm a young black woman studying science and chemistry, so I am a bit of an anomaly. Then I have this mom who is a beauty guru and insists that with my chem skils and her beauty brain, we are going to create the next best beauty product on the planet. But I keep busting her bubble. haha
I'm a nerd with a profound love of lip balm. (I wonder if I can spell that from the Periodic Table?) I'm not into a ton of makeup. I only use lip balm and moisturizer with SPF on a daily basis. My mom is an esthetician and kind of crazy about that SPF thing…
Anyway, I have been given the opportunity to review lip balms from my scientific point of view. So I look at the texture, viscosity (how thick it is, consistency), endurance, taste, and how it works with my brown skin.
My first lip balm for serious review is by AmorePacific—Moisture Bound Lip Treatment. Now I can tell you right now that this is out of my bugdet, $34 for .34 oz. That calculates to $100 per ounce for a lip "treatment". Out of bounds for my student budget, but if you've got baller ka-ching bling, it's worth it.
Here's the claim for AmorePacific Moisture Bound Lip Treatment:
What it is:
A revitalizing lip therapy.
What it is formulated to do:
AmorePacific Moisture Bound Lip Treatment replenishes and binds hydration to lips for up to eight hours, restoring the natural moisture barrier. Say goodbye to dry, rough lips as this best-selling, gel-textured essential delivers long-lasting nourishment and protection. A natural boost in circulation leaves your pout with a vibrant, rosy, glossy glow!
What else you need to know:
This lip-loving formula harnesses the power of bamboo sap, green tea seed oil extract, and red ginseng to revive even the most chapped lips. Antioxidant minerals and amino acids guard against UV and free-radical damage. The exclusive complex of ingredients creates maximum impact through an eight-hour time-release delivery model.
I liked it, the balm definitely moisturized my lips so I felt prepared when I had to brave the elements every (winter-like) morning this summer.
2 (even number!) qualms with the balm however.
Packaging: The applicator was a little small so I wasn't always sure if my lips were completely covered.
Viscosity: Tthe balm itself was also a bit dense, so when I did try to spread it around I was convinced my lips were ashy again.
I am a black girl. I have brown skin. Ashiness is taboo.
Pros: moisturized my lips like it said, luxurious feel
Cons: price, applicator tip, too much made my lips look ashy
Buy Again: Not unless I discover the next element
Packaging: 3 Blings—I got hung up on the small applicator tip
Blings Overall: 4 Blings