my MUA reviews: lips and lippies

Reviews reviews reviews… including lipbalms with sunscreen, plain moisturizing ones, and things to pimp tint you up

Starting with some gingericious lippies (pic taken in natural light, against natural Ginger arm):

Currently using:  Silk Naturals Kisser Slickers in Nectar (same shade as Clinique Black Honey above) or Bitten (dupe for Lipstick Queen Medieval) or LQ Medieval–in the bag and in the desk at work–and their Saint Rouge, a more intense version.

Badger – Unscented Lip Balm  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 10/21/2011 4:27:00 PM

A lovely simple lip-balm.
PROS:
—does the job of moisturising lips
—without greasing them up
—without irritating them or the surrounding skin
—no scent or flavour; Badger do make nice other lip balms and skin balms with scent, so something here to please everyone / most people
—minimal formulation, but still has some preservatives; doesn’t seem to go off.
—good base for under lipstick, or indeed under SPF lipbalm and lippie
—bonus: also works well as an eye-area moisturising balm, on dryish skin.
—and usable as a general-purpose all-over balm: hands, elbows, knees, heels, etc.
—cruelty-free, plus other “green” stuff.
CONS:
Can’t honestly think of any. Oh, okay, maybe one: melts in heat. But doesn’t everything?
PACKAGING & PRICE:
Mainly found in stick form; can occasionally still be found in the large 2 oz / 56 g tin (like the healing balm): used them years ago, they’re now rare in North America as a whole, bordering on extinct here in Canada. The tin is really worth getting: lasts forever, easier to use in some situations. It’s slightly different–just olive oil and beeswax.
Costs around $2.50 – 4.00 for 0.25 oz / 4.2 g
INGREDIENTS:
extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, castor oil, CO2 Extract of rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)

Purple Prairie – Sun Stick SPF 30  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 10/21/2011 3:47:00 PM

PROS:
—No irritation.
—No scent or flavour.
—Decent quantity of ZnO (but larger-size and no coating).
—Cruelty-free.
—FWIW: plant-based ingredients, organic, hand-made by everyday sorts of people in the USA, etc. (*shrug* just saying, for the record, and as these are attractive factors for some MUAers; do with this information as you will, not necessarily my thing.)
—Makes quite a good unscented underarm deodorant, as layer one of the Deodowich. Useful if traveling: the balm counts as a solid and doesn’t gnaw into the precious 3-1-1 plastic-bag of carry-on liquids (I’m one of these anal types who prefer to travel minimalist and carry-on only).
—Hypothetical pro: I can imagine how this would be useful for an adult applying to a squiggly small child, holding them with one hand and the sunscreen stick with the other. Same goes for any other sunscreen stick: none of that comedy sunscreen-lotion flying around all over the place.
—The ingredients are so minimal this would be edible, too: again, useful with kids. (The same is true of several other stick sunscreens.)
CONS:
—very whitening and greasy as a body sunscreen; would do at a pinch, and looks like it would be waterproof (with that amount of oil in it)
—body purposes: not exactly easy to apply on an adult
—face: no, breakout alert. I did try this (behind ear, classic lower-grade testing area) and a zit had started by the end of the day. Anywhere less dry and more irritable, like the chin or nose? No. That’s speaking as a dryish person.
—lips: just about usable, and actually slightly better than Purple Prairie’s lip SPF. Less whitening and lacks its dry issues, but is even greasier. I’m not sure how protective it ends up being: it’s so greasy it slips off very easily. As with the PP lip: issues with lipstick on top.
—pet peeve: some yummy-mummy fear-mongering soppy greenwash nonsense on the manufacturer’s site (they do like the EWG: need I say more?).
PRICE: 2 oz for around $10.50-14.50, depending on source; plus taxes and shipping.
INGREDIENTS: Active ingredient: Zinc oxide 20%
Other ingredients: organic cold pressed olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, organic apis mellifera (beeswax), organic theobroma cacao (cocoa butter), organic cocos nucifera (coconut), organic butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) fruit, jojoba oil, natural vitamin E.

Purple Prairie – SunStuff Lip Balm SPF 30   rated 2 of 5 gingerrama on10/21/2011 3:33:00 PM

PROS:
No irritation.
No scent or flavour.
Decent quantity of ZnO (but larger-size and no coating).
Cruelty-free.
FWIW: plant-based ingredients, organic, hand-made by everyday sorts of people in the USA, etc. (*shrug* just saying, for the record, and as these are attractive factors for some MUAers; do with this information as you will, not necessarily my thing.)
CONS:
Weird combination of dry texture, drying feel, and greasiness. Add to that: one of the most amazingly whitening SPF lipbalms I’ve ever used. Result: unusable. Even under lipstick: the formula doesn’t settle well under any of my lipsticks. Not a single one. Makes Badger’s lip sunscreen seem a delight, in comparison.
Quite an achievement, though: combining almost every possible flaw in one neat little package. Odd, as the ingredient-list looks fine, and it doesn’t look a million miles from some other lip SPFs with a similar-looking formula but that were fine, indeed good.
Some yummy-mummy fear-mongering soppy greenwash nonsense on the manufacturer’s site (they do like the EWG: need I say more?).
PRICE:
0.15 oz for around $3.50-6.00 depending on source. The Sun Stuff stick works out a better price, $10.50-14.50 for 2 oz, but is not usable as a lip balm (see separate review).
INGREDIENTS:
Active ingredient: 20% zinc oxide
Other ingredients: organic olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, organic cera alba (beeswax), organic butyrospermum parkii fruit (shea butter), organic theobroma cacao (cocoa butter), organic jojoba oil, tocopherol (natural vitamin E)

Loving Naturals – Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30+  rated 5 of 5gingerrama on 10/21/2011 3:13:00 PM

Full name: Loving Naturals Clear Lips Sunscreen Lipbalm SPF 30.
Lightweight flavourless lip sunscreen with all-physical filters (24.7% ZnO). Good for reapplication during the day, be that on its own or under lippie. Right level of moisture, for me anyway, and that moisture stays put. One of the least whitening all-physical lipbalms I’ve found: BurnOut a close second.
Can also be used around the eyes, like many other SPF lipbalms with similarly minimal ingredients and no scent or flavour. Contains coconut triglycerides; maybe not very good news for some kinds of acne-prone individuals.
That’s all. Simple, straightforward.
Price: $3.50-6.00 for 0.16 oz. The sunscreen stick and the baby sunscreen stick are almost identical in formula–slightly thicker, need warming up between finger-tips and a little more work to pat in. But they work out a lot cheaper in price; the baby suncreen stick too: $10.50-14.50 for 0.86 oz. All prices depending on source; plus taxes and shipping.
Cruelty-free. Made using a lot of fair trade and organic ingredients (FWIW). Some yummy-mummy fear-mongering soppy greenwash nonsense on the manufacturer’s site (they do like the EWG: need I say more?). But I’m willing to forgive then as the product works, is a decent price, and isn’t harming anyone (inc. any fluffy bunny rabbits).
INGREDIENTS: Active Ingredient: Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 24.7%
Other ingredients: grape seed oil, organic sunflower oil, caprylic/capric triglycerides (from coconut oil), organic beeswax, organic cocoa butter, organic shea butter, stearic acid (from palm oil), organic honey, purified water

BurnOut – Ocean Tested Zinc Oxide Lip Balm SPF 32  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 4/18/2011 2:57:00 PM

Double duty: a moisturising lip-balm, and a sunscreen for lips. Moisturising from the safflower, hemp, and jojoba oils; bees- and carnauba waxes; shea butter and coconut-derived triglycerides. I.e. all the ingredients other than, well, the zinc oxide…
Available in four flavours: coconut (what I have), banana, mango, and orange.
Goes on clear: note, even containing as it does a high percentage of zinc oxide, it goes on clear. (This is a far cry from *cough*badger*splutter*burtsbees*ahem* various other “greener” all-physical balms.) Good base for lipstick on top, which is how I usually use this stuff.
Seems to do the protecting job too: have worn this when out in the sun, and not burned, and I am the sort of person who starts frazzling within seconds of exposure to direct light.
Cruelty-free, environmentally-friendly, and actually actively designed for use in the ocean, without causing damage. Other viable alternatives for eco-friendly water-sports and so on: pretty much anything that’s got coated and/or micro zinc oxide. Further recommendations on ZnO-only sunscreens, see the zincsunscreens notepad.
Costs USD3.98 direct from the manufacturers. Available in some health-food / eco-stores in the US.
INGREDIENTS (coconut version; the others will have different flavours): Active ingredient: Zinc Oxide 18.6%
Other ingredients: Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Virgin Hemp Seed Oil, Natural Coconut Flavor, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Copernicia Corifera (Carnauba) Wax.

Silk Naturals – Kisser Slicker in Bitten  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 3/9/2011 5:47:00 PM

Like the other Silk Naturals Kisser Slickers, this is a moisturising lipstick, in texture and finish between a lightweight lipstick and a tinted balm. The colour stays for a good length of time (much longer than tinted balms); slight sheen, not really shiny.
Bitten is as its name suggests: as though one had bitten one’s lips slightly, bringing more blood to the skin surface (errm, without actually bleeding, obviously), giving the lips a more intense colour than their natural one, and slightly redder. Red without being a scarlet slash; slightly cool, pinked, berry; no hint of orange. Great everyday colour, with decent staying-power. The small slim tube is easy to carry around for top-ups.
The colour is also a dupe for Lipstick Queen Medieval. The textures and finishes are different: Medieval is lighter-weight and more sheer; and for a heavier, matte, super-long-lasting version, look to Lipstick Queen’s Saint Rouge (the Sinner version is denser still). SN Bitten has price on its side, being a fraction of the price of Lipstick Queen…
For images of the exact shade, see: Silk Naturals: Bitten (click “continued” at end of review to activate link). Not the most elegant, sophisticated, pricey, luxurious packaging ever: but it does the job. For people who are more interested in the end result of lipstick on lips, than on the superficial tangentiality of its tube, or in collecting beautiful lipsticks for ornamental purposes in handbag or boudoir…
Costs USD4.50 plus postage; cruelty-free and fragrance-free (very slight taste, mainly vanilla, barely discernible and disappears rapidly), plant-based organic ingredients.
Ingredients: Certified Organic Castor, Jojoba and Avocado Oils, Beeswax, Candillia Wax, Carnauba Wax, mica, flavor. Color contains Iron Oxide, FD&C Colors
(no bismuth oxychloride or carmine)

Silk Naturals – Lip Stick  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 2/4/2011 7:14:00 PM

Splendid and sumptuous lip sticks, including several dupes of hit hip shades (MAC etc.). Good flattering shades, a fine range to suit the whole range of the human rainbow. Decent staying-power, quality up to department-store standards.
Very moisturising, without being slick or sticky.
Shade descriptions and comments:
RAPTUROUS (pic at end of review), “gorgeous muted rose.” Does what it says on the tin. On me, this shows as a more pigmented version of Clinique’s Black Honey or its SN “clone,” their Kisser Slicker in Nectar. These are my current bitten-rose everyday mainstays (plus Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Minor Crisis, which is more pink).
XXX is very nude. Too nude/beige on me. Might work for someone with a more golden-honeyed skintone trying a 1960s lip.
NEGLIGEE is peachier, slightly lighter than Rapturous; described as “caramel MAC Velvet Teddy clone.” Warmer skin-tones?
ETERNAL and FASHIONISTA: similar depth to the former two, but pinker; Eternal has a slight cyan-lilac undertone, Fashionista more berry, slight red.
CRIMSON is a lovely lovely lovely red: if you like Lipstick Queen Medieval, try this for size. It might be another of these suits-many-colourings magic lippies.
The following pull too dark on me, so would be at least worth considering for anyone who’s, well, about a MAC NW15-20 and warmer and deeper…
CAYENNE: deep more spiced red
SULTRY: deeper, more plummy
RAISIN: ditto, and deeper still
BOMBSHELL: amazing really dark red. Very wow.
CEYLON SPICE: chocolate. Lush and luscious.
Seasonal special make appearances too, some of which may go on to become regulars (ex. Rapturous), some of which become collectors’ items…
Also cruelty-free, mostly organic and vegan (these Lip Sticks all are, and many of the other lip colours are too)–worth knowing in case that’s a consideration for you the consumer. Mercifully cheap; cheap enough to play around experimenting with shades. As with other of their products, good and careful customer service, and providers and maintainers of one of the finest forums on the net.
Costs $5.75.
INGREDIENTS: Certified Organic Castor and Jojoba Oils, Avocado Oil, Organic Candelilla Wax, Cranberry Oil, Raspberry Oil, Passionfruit Oil, Carnuaba Wax. Also contains: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C color

Silk Naturals – Kisser Slicker in Nectar   rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 2/4/2011 6:23:00 PM

Full name: Silk Naturals Kisser Slicker Lip Gloss in Nectar.
I have used and loved Clinique’s Black Honey for many years, as a staple fail-safe everyday lippie. It has, however, the flaw of not lasting that long and requiring reapplication… Enter Silk Naturals Nectar.
Side by side on my arm, they’re not exactly the same colour, though a similar tone and depth: so we’re talking a bitten, slightly berry, rose, with a touch of beige-brown but enough of that fruity plumminess to err on the side of pink. The SN version looks more red-brown on my arm.
OK, I admit, I was disappointed and slightly peeved. But soldiered bravely on and applied to lips.
Oddly (given the arm-business), the SN version is as least as good on me as the good old Clinique original. Like it, Nectar is a sheer wash of slight colour; a little shine, but not glittery or sparkly or shimmery; and very far from matte or flat. Staying power is superior. More moisturising. It’s slightly more pigmented and intense than Black Honey, maybe a touch deeper: but not more red-brown. Besides fading less fast, the colour stays true and doesn’t go orange. Which is good, as even the slightest whiff of orange is a bit of a calamity, if you’re a redhead with pale blue skin. On this kind of skin/colouring combo, Nectar is a winner: warm enough to go with freckles and red hair, and to liven up cooler-toned skin (especially if somewhere between “wall” and blue-lilac–not kidding, see pics).
Both Clinique and Silk Naturals are cruelty-free. SN is also as plant- and mineral-based as humanly possible, and many of their products are vegan and organic (some Clinique is vegan too): just saying, in case that’s a further consideration in purchasing choices. SN is much cheaper, though–and better value for money given the longer last of the Nectar. Costs $4.50, plus shipping (online only). Currently Limited Edition, alas…
INGREDIENTS: Certified Organic Castor, Jojoba and Avocado Oils, Beeswax, Candillia Wax, Carnauba Wax, mica, flavor. May Contain: iron oxides, FD&C colors

Lipstick Queen – Oxymoron  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 1/21/2011 2:22:00 PM

A great and gorgeous thing: calls itself a matte gloss, feels like a balm, but with more colour payoff–part-way to a lipstick. While this stuff is pricey, the colour is intense, highly pigmented.
There are four colours available, each of which is a YLBB sort of deepening and intensification of one’s natural lip colour. They also layer, so one could get two for more or more shade combinations. I tried the two lightest, Free Ride and Minor Crisis. FR is a delicate slightly pale pink with a peach note: too peach-orange on me.
MC is a true pink, slightly more on the blue side than the red. I’m a redhead with pale skin, and pinks are tricky on me–yet closest to natural lip colour. This just about works, though I’m not 100% convinced. It’s the pinkest I’ve worn without feeling a need to wash it off as soon as I saw a mirror. The extreme end of possible pinks for redheads… See pics at end of review: even on washed-out dry skin, it’s certainly a perky pick-me-up.
Not a perfect 5 for colour, though, as in most lights, unless only the teeniest dab is applied it’s too pink and garish. Another way to manage it is to wear something more rose-brown underneath–ex. Silk Naturals Nectar (Black Honey dupe)–or to franken-mix the two together.
Easy to apply: either use the brush provided (or some other fine-tipped brush) for more colour, or just use a finger-tip. Very easy to touch up (say, end of the day), using the old finger.
Can also be used as a blusher, like various others on the market (Stila etc.).
No scent or flavour, and no bismuth oxychloride or carmine. Drying on its own, but lovely with lip-balm underneath. Current preference there–Weleda Everon or Nivea classic, plus an SPF balm during the day.
Packaging: plastic compact, of sorts, without a mirror. A mirror would have been a nice addition. Come with a small fine-tipped brush, outer discardable packaging very pretty but simple–Beardsley-style card backing, plastic sleeve.
The ingredients aren’t altogether vegan (there’s beeswax, for ex.), but cruelty-free company. Horrid prices: CAD 28.00, USD 22.00. But given that Oxymoron is intense, and (on me anyway) lasts well, it should work out as a better deal than cheaper things that aren’t as good.
INGREDIENTS: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil Octyldodecanol Dipentaerythrityl Tetrahydroxystearate/Tetraisostearate Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax Polyisobutene Silica Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Beeswax (Cera Alba) Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil Vegetable Oil Ozokerite Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil Meadowfoam (Limnanthes Alba) Seed Oil Linoleic Acid Linolenic Acid Butylparaben Propylparaben Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499) Red 7 Lake (CI 15850) Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19410)
Ingredients on the Lipstick Queen site last updated in 2007, to reflect compliance with EU nomenclature.

UV Natural Lip Sunscreen  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 8/31/2010 6:24:00 PM

Contrary experience from reviewer below: one of the better all-physical lip sunscreens I’ve used. Note that I was using it over a moisturising lipbalm (Weleda Everon).
Pros: zinc oxide, being full-spectrum UVA & UVB. Moisturising. Unscented. No irritation. Didn’t burn. Decent base for lipstick. Easy to apply, and goes on far clearer than comparable all-zinc products like the Badger (though the Badger is much improved compared to its previous unusable incarnation).
Cons: cracks into lardy clumps in the tube–but can be squidged back into place. Not impressed with the “BONUS KEY CHAIN”.
Fairly readily available online; not that cheap if in Canada and ordering from US, cost around $10.00 for a 0.17 oz stick. Cruelty-free, vegan, environmentally more responsible sunscreen filters.
INGREDIENTS:
active ingredient: zinc oxide 24.8%
other ingredients: caprylic/capric triglycerides, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, carnauba wax, candelilla wax, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia) seed oil, iron oxides

Jane Iredale – Carmen  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 7/21/2010 5:13:00 PM

Product full name: Jane Iredale PureMoist LipColour SPF 18, in Carmen.
Perfect YLBB everyday lipstick with physical-only sunscreen (SPF 18, zinc oxide). Both Carmen and Brett appear (on me anyway: see pics at end of review) as a reddish berry that’s just sufficiently darker than natural lip colour to enhance, no more. Very roughly speaking, a cross between Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey and Lipstick Queen Medieval. Carmen is more sheer and slightly more plum, Brett more solid and red. Nicely moisturising, some taste from peppermint, otherwise nothing inoffensive to report in the ingredients. Unlike the JI lSPF lip balms LipDrink and H/E for men, there’s no lemon (which may be photosensitizing).
I got this after extensive research online (especially, of course, here on MUA) to replace my beloved now-discontinued Aveda Lip Tints, as an everyday lippie with sunscreen.
Packaging: simple gold twist-up classic lipstick tube. 3.4g. Decent cruelty-free company. No bismuth oxychloride; fulll ingredients at end of review. Available from some salons and spas, and online. Price: CAD22.50, somewhere around USD18.00-20.00.
INGREDIENTS: Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 8%.
Ingredients: Castor Seed Oil, Isopropyl Jojobate, Jojoba Esters, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Candelilla Wax, Carnauba Wax, Beeswax, Grape Seed Extract, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit Extract, Flavor, Borage Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Bisabolol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Red 30 Lake, Red 7 Lake.

Badger – Badger SPF15 Sunblock Lip Balm  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 6/30/2010 6:21:00 PM

Well, I used to loathe this stuff with a passion, but count me–if not a convert, at least much happier.
The formula may have improved since I last used this a few years back. The unscented version now has no discernible scent, the zinc taste lessened, the white cast still there but diminished. I wouldn’t wear this on its own but it’s very good over a moisturising balm (Weleda), with lipstick on top.
Comparisons: A better finish and better protection than my other usual, Vanicream, and decidedly better than the invisible but lemony and greasy JI Lip Drink (but I do like JI’s SPF lip colours, though). UV Naturals is preferable for feel and finish (moister, less white) and protection (30 with nearly double the %age of ZnO).
I’d buy again; not love–call this a 3.44 rounded down to a 3…
Active: 12.5% zinc oxide.
Costs around USD3.00-5.00; available in health-food stores and online; cruelty-free but not vegan (beeswax).
INGREDIENTS: ACTIVE INGREDIENT: zinc oxide 12.5%
OTHER INGREDIENTS: extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, jojoba oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, rosemary extract, seabuckthorn berry extract


Jane Iredale – PureMoist LipColour SPF 18 
  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 5/18/2010 8:40:00 PM

Product full name: Jane Iredale PureMoist Lip Colour SPF 18.
There are thirty-odd shades, of which I’m using Brett and Carmen. Perfect YLBB everyday lipstick with physical-only sunscreen (SPF 18, zinc oxide).
The Brett shade appears (on me anyway: see pics at end of review*) as a reddened berry that’s just sufficiently darker than natural lip colour to enhance, no more. A cross between Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey and Lipstick Queen Medieval.
Carmen is a similar tone, slightly lighter-weight–needs several swipes (comparative pic at end of review). More sheer and slightly more plum, less warm orange-brown-red.
Ashley is lighter too, but too brick on me; the other pales are even more golden-orange or beige (Sarah, Sharon, etc.). Rose is a beautiful pink, too pink on me, would be nice on a pale brunette. Also several gorgeous deep plummy shades, would be great on darker skin, and lovely corals. Indeed, several of the shades that look more pink/red and cool-toned tend towards the peachy-orange in person, so on warmer-toned skin and looking for corals, JI’s world is your oyster. Word of warning: well worth trying out before buying, as online swatches are pretty far from reality, and some shades that look darker in the tube are lighter (or, like Carmen, more sheer) once actually applied. And vice versa for the paler-looking ones.
Nicely moisturising, some taste from peppermint, otherwise nothing inoffensive to report in the ingredients.
Unlike the JI lSPF lip balms LipDrink and H/E for men, there’s no lemon (which may be photosensitizing). So if you’re looking for a physical-only lip sunscreen, maybe try out one of the lighter tones available: Ashley, Julia, Sandra, Sarah, Sharon, etc.
I got this after extensive research online (especially, of course, here on MUA) to replace my beloved now-discontinued Aveda Lip Tints, as an everyday lippie with sunscreen.
Packaging: simple gold twist-up classic lipstick tube. 3.4g. Decent cruelty-free company. No bismuth oxychloride; fulll ingredients at end of review. Available from some salons and spas, and online. Price: CAD22.50, somewhere around USD18.00-20.00.
INGREDIENTS: Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 8%.
Ingredients: Castor Seed Oil, Isopropyl Jojobate, Jojoba Esters, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Candelilla Wax, Carnauba Wax, Beeswax, Grape Seed Extract, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit Extract, Flavor, Borage Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Bisabolol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Red 30 Lake, Red 7 Lake.

Jane Iredale – PureMoist LipColour SPF 18 in Brett   rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 5/18/2010 8:33:00 PM

Product full name: Jane Iredale PureMoist LipColour SPF 18, in Brett.
Perfect YLBB everyday lipstick with physical-only sunscreen (SPF 18, zinc oxide). The Brett shade appears (on me anyway: see pics at end of review*) as a berry that’s just sufficiently darker than natural lip colour to enhance, no more. A cross between Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey and Lipstick Queen Medieval. Nicely moisturising, some taste from peppermint, otherwise nothing inoffensive to report in the ingredients. Unlike the JI lSPF lip balms LipDrink and H/E for men, there’s no lemon (which may be photosensitizing).
I got this after extensive research online (especially, of course, here on MUA) to replace my beloved now-discontinued Aveda Lip Tints, as an everyday lippie with sunscreen.
Packaging: simple gold twist-up classic lipstick tube. 3.4g. Decent cruelty-free company. No bismuth oxychloride; fulll ingredients at end of review. Available from some salons and spas, and online. Price: CAD22.50, somewhere around USD18.00-20.00.
INGREDIENTS: Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 8%.
Ingredients: Castor Seed Oil, Isopropyl Jojobate, Jojoba Esters, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Candelilla Wax, Carnauba Wax, Beeswax, Grape Seed Extract, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit Extract, Flavor, Borage Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Bisabolol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Red 30 Lake, Red 7 Lake.
* pic in profile, on product review page here, and here if you click continue: shot in natural light, worn here over Weleda Everon lip balm and Vanicream Lip Protectant SPF 30 (TiO2). As you can see, no whitening effect.

Vanicream Lip Protectant SPF 30  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 4/30/2010 7:36:00 PM

A very simple, sensitive-friendly physical-only balm that, very simply, does its job. Unscented, moist cream–some may find it greasy–and particularly good in dry weather. I’ve used this in intense sun and on mountains; no burning and does an excellent job of protecting against desiccation, flaking, and chapping.
Application: Can be layered with regular lip balm underneath (using Weleda Everon right now) and lippie proper on top. A little goes a long way, massaged in a bit so as not to be a greasy film. Which is unpleasant, but avoidable. Though it comes out the tube white, once on it’s clear. A layer lasts and lasts, improves last of lipstick on top (but beware, some lippies work with it better than others), comes off with washcloth in the evening (no special remover, scrubbing, etc. required–but more than just a casual wipe).
BONUS: works nicely as an eye-area sunscreen too, and is one of the only things I can wear near the corners of my eyes when they’re watering like mad in allergy season. The other two things that work being Vanicream sunscreen (but the lip stuff is more moist) and Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care (SPF 30 and TiO2 again: but rather pricier).
10g / 0.35 oz squeeze tube, costs around USD5.00. Available online; outside the US, from assorted allergy specialists (here in Canada, for instance.)
INGREDIENTS: Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 6%, Dimethicone 2%
Inactive Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Polyethylene, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, C30-45 Alkyl Methicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Aluminum Stearate, Aluminum Oxide.

Jane Iredale – Lip Drink  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 7/31/2009 10:13:00 PM

UPDATE: off this. The lemon oil is slightly irritating (and, I gather, not a good idea for daytime use–photosensitizer)
Best daytime lip balm ever.
I’ve been on the hunt for a physical-only lipbalm, that doesn’t taste horrid, isn’t gritty, isn’t so thick/solid as to be unusable, and isn’t super-white (though I do wear lipstick on top anyway, so not a biggie). This is it: got one, so impressed I just bought a whole bunch so I can have one at work, one in bag, one at home, and a couple of backups just in case. I don’t usually do that, so it must be love.
It does have a little flavour – lemon – but it’s nice, in that it’s like the sort of tastes my mouth is used to, a.k.a. food. Taste fades. No discernible tint. Excellent base for lipstick, but can be used alone. Decent sun protection: SPF 15 (probably low PPD, but better than naked flesh alone) from 8% ZnO. Very moisturising: contains mainly macadamia, sunflower, avocado, and jojoba oils; and bees-, carnauba, and cadelilla waxes.
Previous favourite lipbalms: Lavera (until spf 15 turned into 10 and price went up plus less moist than before), Nivea (but not all-physical). Weleda Everon and Nuxe Reve de miel lipbalms continue as non-spf evening-wear.
Price is a minor niggle: CAN 15.25 is standard, though also on ebay for half that (plus shipping). Nice big stick, and looks like it’ll last a while. It is a minor niggle, though, for what’s currently the perfect lip sunscreen. No animal testing.
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 8%.
Ingredients: Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Beeswax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sunflower Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Carnauba Wax, Candelilla Wax, Jojoba Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Lemon Peel Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate

Lipstick Queen – Medieval   rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 6/11/2009 1:27:00 PM

Absolutely. Gorgeous.
After reading about it, and writing about what I’d read about it, I finally got around to trying it. It took me a while, as I’d been using some very nice Cliniques of which I’m fond. That’s my excuse. Tried it, loved it, got it.
The colour is the main thing that strikes you. It looks red in the tube. Applies pinkish-red, a sheer wash. Once on, it’s one of these YLBB rosey tints, like Clinique’s Black Honey (but less plum-brown than it), or various Stila ones, and many many others … but nicer. It does indeed “lift” you, that’s the only single-word description for it. Looks slightly different in different lights: but basically a pink tint with a hint of red. Pic at end of review.
Claims to be a “universal shade that suits every skin tone.” No guarantees on that for everyone, but it’s good with pale slightly freckled skin, with red hair and grey-green eyes. And if it works even for low-incidence statistics like me, that’s a pretty good test. And gets my thumbs up either for caring enough to test it out and make sure it works on Us Freaks, or for the sheer genius of a theory working in practice.
Good wear for the colour, especially compared to Black Honey. Beautiful feel: moist without being slick or greasy, glossy but not shiny, no gloopy stickiness. Neither flavour nor scent, just Good Stuff. And I’m afraid it’s replacing the Black Honey for me.
Costs USD 20.00 / EUR 23.00 (grrr…) / GBP 16.15. Ireland: available (only???) from Harvey Nichols @ Dundrum; UK, from Space.NK. The price isn’t disastrous, as there are many good lipsticks out there for at least this price, and the other stains I’d tried don’t last as well. No fragrance, no animal testing, gluten-free, and (might be helpful for some) no bismuth oxychloride / CL 77163 (the Saints and Sinners contain it; Medieval, the Oxymorons, Shines, and Black Tie don’t).
INGREDIENTS: phenyl trimethicone, silica, nylon-12, octyldodecanol, ozokerite, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, methyl methacrylate/glycol dimethacrylate crosspolymer, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, polyisobutene, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, beeswax (cera alba), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, vegetable oil, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, hydrogenated vegetable oil, salix nigra (willow) bark extract, actinidia chinensis (kiwi) fruit extract, honey extract, vinis vitefera (grape) fruit extract, camelia oleifera (tea) leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, butylene glycol, water (aqua), microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 20, butylparaben, propylparaben, iron oxides (CI 77499).
(NB echoing ClariceD observation: difference between ingredients lists on packaging and website – maybe also between versions, and versions for different markets in different countries. Who knows. It’s still gorgeous.)

Clinique – Different Lipstick in Shy  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 5/25/2009 2:12:00 PM

Oooh yes.
Loved Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey: perfect colour on me. MLBB, same tone and tint, slightly deeper, just sheer perfection. But love the feel and last of their Different lipsticks. Several are Gingerrama Near Misses: Sweet Honey, Tenderheart, Rose Aglow. But Shy is – on me anyway – Black Honey in Different form. In fact, better: more rose, less brown (see end of review for pic). And therefore a HG lipstick.
Smooth texture, moisturising, no fragrance or taste, decent last (the longest-lasting ones I’ve used have dried out my lips and practically taken them with them on removal), cruelty-free.
For reference: very pale skin, some freckles, red hair, grey-green eyes. Other main lippie: Lipstick Queen Medieval. Shy is gorgeous with Clinique’s Iced Lotus blush. As, indeed, recommended by Lizzie28, and why I got this in the first place (see her notepad and reviews – excellent tips for pale people).
I am now officially a very happy person indeed. Got this on eBay, as not available here in Europe, seemingly only in North America. In the shops, it’ll be in a silvery metal case; mine was a green tube, so I presume it was originally a gift with purchase.
INGREDIENTS: castor seed oil – candelilla wax – caprylic/capric triglyceride – cetyl acetate – isopropyl myristate – beeswax – lanolin oil – myristyl lactate – avocado oil – ozokerite – carnauba wax – acetylated lanolin alcohol – ascorbyl palmitate – tocopherol – bht – [± mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – carmine (ci 75470) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – orange 5 (ci 45370) – red 22 lake (ci 45380) – red 27 lake (ci 45410) – red 28 lake (ci 45410) – red 33 lake (ci 17200) – blue 1 (ci 42090) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – yellow 5 (ci 19140) – yellow 6 (ci 15985) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – yellow 6 lake (ci 15850) – red 7 lake (ci 15850) – red 30 (ci 73360) – red 36 (ci 12085)]

Clinique – Different Lipstick – Sweet Honey  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 5/15/2009 2:41:00 PM

Like the other Differents, Sweet Honey (96) is sheer, smooth, and moisturising; one step more solid and lasting than the Butter Shines, like them, the Differents try to be a hybrid of lipstick, gloss, and balm. Without being dry, sticky, or having absolutely zero lasting power. Good range of human-compatible shades. No flavour or scent, well-tested on humans for sensitivity issues, and cruelty-free.
Thanks to Lizzy28’s notepad for putting me on to this shade. I’d agree completely with the previous reviewer, crumpet71: “neutral with a hint of pink.” It is basically the same shade and depth of tone as my own mouth, a light rose-pink. Warm but not peachy, let alone coral to orange. A little rosewood-brown. Slight mauve undertone, to work with that tricky blue-lilac tone in pale skin. A very little shine, but otherwise quite matte on me. Looks like I’m not wearing any lippie; indeed, sometimes a touch paler than natural lip. That’s my only peeve: and hence preference for two others lipsticks, that have 5 lippie status. But I wouldn’t throw my sweet honey out of bed.
For reference: Pale cool-toned skin, a few freckles, grey-green eyes, red hair. Ideally, looking for a rose but with some cool mauve-lilac and a slight beige/brown to it, that’s the same tone and a smidge more depth than natural lip. The classic tweaked-nipple tone, or approximately matching the inner side of one’s lower lip (the latter being easier to check in a shop).
Other regulars: Different in Shy: same shade – on me anyway – as the beautiful Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, but in the nicer Different formula (moister, longer-lasting); both are the same tone as natural lip but a teeny bit deeper, and slightly plummy. Also currently loving Lipstick Queen Medieval (a more reddy-pink). Of the other Differents, there are other “Gingerrama Near Misses” that might be useful to other PPPs: Tenderheart (92) is more brown, Rose Aglow (A6) is more pink/red and a little darker, Rose Taffy (A2) is more pink. In the Buttershines – moisturising too, more glossy – Berry Blush and Adore U work well too.
Costs EUR 19.00 (*sigh*), USD 14.00, GBP 12.00.
INGREDIENTS: castor seed oil – candelilla wax – caprylic/capric triglyceride – cetyl acetate – isopropyl myristate – beeswax – lanolin oil – myristyl lactate – avocado oil – ozokerite – carnauba wax – acetylated lanolin alcohol – ascorbyl palmitate – tocopherol – bht – [± mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – carmine (ci 75470) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – orange 5 (ci 45370) – red 22 lake (ci 45380) – red 27 lake (ci 45410) – red 28 lake (ci 45410) – red 33 lake (ci 17200) – blue 1 (ci 42090) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – yellow 5 (ci 19140) – yellow 6 (ci 15985) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – yellow 6 lake (ci 15850) – red 7 lake (ci 15850) – red 30 (ci 73360) – red 36 (ci 12085)]

Clinique – Different Lipstick in Rose Aglow  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 3/21/2009 9:17:00 AM

A nice rose / dusky rose / rosewood, with a touch of mauve to it. Very slight shine. YLBB glow. A very near miss on me (Different in Sweet Honey, no. 96, is gorgeous).
This is a similar shade to some other gorgeous roses out there. I was actualy looking for a close version of a couple of Lancôme Color Fever rose-nudes, Walk the Catwalk Brown (216) and the LE Rising Rose (250) – simply because I have a preference for unfragranced (and cruelty-free) lippies. MAC, BB, Stila, and assorted others have similar shades. The general idea is close to an old flame (long deceased), Boots 17’s “Birthday Suit.”
For reference: my main current lipstick is Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (favourite colour, but wears off too fast and a little dry). Pale cool-toned skin, a few freckles, grey-green eyes, red hair. Ideally, looking for a rose (slight mauve, slight beige/brown to it) that’s same tone and a smidge more depth than natural lip – like Black Honey but in a formula like the Different. Tenderheart is too brown, Rose Aglow is good but just a touch too pink/red and slightly too deep, Rose Taffy is slightly overpinked, and soooo many others are too violet or orange. Sigh.
I must beg leave to differ with the previous reviewer. I have nothing but praise for the Different formula. Stays lovely and moist, reasonable colour payoff, can be applied blind and fast. Like the other Clinique lipsticks, no fragrance; no taste; nice and light – feels like you’re not wearing anything. No comments on comparisons to High Impact – am not using it as it’s not based on a physical-only sunscreen.
See previous review for ingredients (on which, thanks!).
Costs around EUR 19.00, USD 14.00; GBP 13.00 (curses on the Euro).
INGREDIENTS: castor seed oil – candelilla wax – caprylic/capric triglyceride – cetyl acetate – isopropyl myristate – beeswax – lanolin oil – myristyl lactate – avocado oil – ozokerite – carnauba wax – acetylated lanolin alcohol – ascorbyl palmitate – tocopherol – bht – [± mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – carmine (ci 75470) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – orange 5 (ci 45370) – red 22 lake (ci 45380) – red 27 lake (ci 45410) – red 28 lake (ci 45410) – red 33 lake (ci 17200) – blue 1 (ci 42090) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – yellow 5 (ci 19140) – yellow 6 (ci 15985) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – yellow 6 lake (ci 15850) – red 7 lake (ci 15850) – red 30 (ci 73360) – red 36 (ci 12085)]

Clinique – Almost Lipstick in Black Honey  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 12/21/2008 2:29:00 PM

UPDATE (06/2009): replaced in affections by Lipstick Queen Medieval. Sheer tint like this, a wash of colour, but (a) less berry-plum-brown and more rose–see end of review for comparative pic; (b) moister; (c) colour is longer-lasting.
ANOTHER UPDATE: moved on, for the same shade as this, to Silk Naturals Kisser Slicker in Nectar. Same shade, moister feel, better lasting power.
Onto the old review …
Current favourite lipstick. Hence the 5 lippies.
It was one of those spur-of-the-moment things. I’d been doing my Christmas shopping. Mission accomplished, overwhelmed by relief, I was ambling around and happened to meander through a Clinique counter. As you do. Decided to try this, having – to my great embarrassment – never tried it out, first time round, or second, or third; though Almost Blush was my daily regular a few years back. The Black Honey does seem to keep being in danger of discontinuation, and brought back time and time again from the brink of extinction (some of the other Almosts seem to come and go occasionally).
I tried it. It was gorgeous. I bought it. I’m now rethinking my lipstick collection, and might never try another one again (well, unless Clinique bring out a longer-lasting version of this… say in the lovely Different formula? pretty please, O Nice People of Clinique???).
One coat is paradigm YLBB. Tinted the same shade, but deeper and slightly more pronouncedly pink. A rose-berry-pink; slight hint of beige/flesh – maybe a little mauve-gray (given my flesh-tone is hardly glowing and golden … ); a little true red; ± zero peach-coral-orange. Another coat, and it becomes more burgundy. The texture is glorious: light, balm-like, barely there. No taste or smell, as per usual with Clinique. Sits well on top of regular lip-balm (currently Weleda or Lavera; Lavera SPF15 in mornings).
I also use the Butter Shine in Berry Blush a lot. Black Honey is in the same colour family as Berry Blush, but the Butters are more – well, buttery. While Clinique’s Differents remain my favourites – smooth, moist, long-lasting colour – I haven’t yet found a Different in anything like this shade. Clinique is doing splendidly with these three ranges: smooth, moist, lightweight – perfect for those of us who don’t like the feel of lipstick, but do like the look of a touch more colour, definition, and “finish.”
Especially when it’s so easy to apply – no lining and brushes and so on, just slip into this little “something more comfortable.” No flavour, and feels near-naked both to the wearer and to any smoochees: Almost and Different are the Beloved’s favourites (the Butters are deemed too shiny and slick). Reapplies in seconds, and can be done blind, no mirror, like with a lip-balm. Easy to carry around: small slim silver tube, elegantly minimal.
As many others have said, yes, it looks much darker in the tube: probably a better buy for paler-lipped people, as only one coat is needed. It’s not super long-lasting – basically, it will last exactly long enough between one meal and/or bathroom trip and the next. Which is no hardship, and pretty good timing. Yes, it can be drying if used alone: I use lipbalm first, and when reapplying, add another coat of lipbalm underneath. And indeed, there’s no SPF: but I prefer using another SPF lipbalm as well anyway, as I’ve yet to find a good lipstick with a physical-only SPF; in the right shade and finish; light but with staying-power; with a decent moist formula; no flavour or fragrance; and cruelty-free. In the meantime, Black Honey does already tick most of the boxes, and by combining and layering with lipbalms ticks off all of them.
Costs EUR 19.00 (grrr, being ripped off yet again …), GBP 12.00, USD 14.00. Worth every cent.
INGREDIENTS: castor seed oil, cetyl ricinoleate, glyceryl triacetyl ricinoleate, candelila wax, carnauba wax, polyethylene, tocopheryl acetate [± yellow 5 lake (ci 19140), red 33 lake (ci 17200), red 28 lake (ci 45410), red 6 lake (ci 15850), blue 1 (ci 42090), iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499), red 7 lake (ci 15850), mica, bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163), red 30 lake (ci 73360), carmine (ci 75470), manganese violet (ci 77742), red 22 lake (ci 45380), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), red 21 lake (ci 45380), yellow 6 lake (ci 15850), red 27 lake (ci 45410), orange 5 (ci 45370), red 36 (ci 12085)]

Clinique – Different Lipstick – Rose Taffy  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 12/19/2008 7:05:00 PM

Like the other Differents, this is sheer, smooth, and moisturising; one step more solid than the Butter Shines, like them, the Differents try to be a hybrid of lipstick, gloss, and balm. Without being dry, sticky, or having absolutely zero lasting power. And in a fairly wide selection of human-compatible shades. No flavour or scent, and the other Clinique usual business: well-tested on humans for sensitivity issues, no animal testing.
Rose Taffy (#A2) provides more “just-bitten” enhancement than my long-term favourite Different, Tenderheart. Definitely a rose: light, warm without looking at all peachy, let alone orange or coral. With a touch of rosewood – yes, there is a little brown. Lifted to the middle of the pink road by just enough suggestions of blue and mauve-lilac undertones in the pink; and indeed by a very true rose-petal pink. A minuscule quantity of slightest shine and glimmer, through some tiny subtle sparkly bits, mainly gold and red but also some silver and blue, if you peer at it very closely.
One word of warning: Clinique lipstick shades vary enormously from batch to batch, and a shop may have more than one lot for sale at any given time. Worth trying out in situ and ensuring the tester matches the lipstick you purchase, by comparing the two side by side.*
Not my favourite lipstick – that’s the Almost in Black Honey – but one of my favourites of the Differents. Very slightly too pink on me to look entirely natural, but good in most lights, and never jarringly unnatural or unflattering. Update: Sweet Honey (96) is much better on me.
Costs EUR 19.00 (*sigh*), USD 14.00, GBP 12.00.
INGREDIENTS: castor seed oil – candelilla wax – caprylic/capric triglyceride – cetyl acetate – isopropyl myristate – beeswax – lanolin oil – myristyl lactate – avocado oil – ozokerite – carnauba wax – acetylated lanolin alcohol – ascorbyl palmitate – tocopherol – bht – [± mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – carmine (ci 75470) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – orange 5 (ci 45370) – red 22 lake (ci 45380) – red 27 lake (ci 45410) – red 28 lake (ci 45410) – red 33 lake (ci 17200) – blue 1 (ci 42090) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – yellow 5 (ci 19140) – yellow 6 (ci 15985) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – yellow 6 lake (ci 15850) – red 7 lake (ci 15850) – red 30 (ci 73360) – red 36 (ci 12085)]
* If you live in an areas and jurisdiction where you can return cosmetics well and good, and I envy you. I’ve got in the habit of not cleaning off my test-driving stripes on back of hand until the transaction is complete and I’ve done my “endearingly excited” act of taking my new tube out and comparing that to the tester, just in case. Where I am, you can’t return cosmetics once bought (except for major and provable reactions), so I always do this in the shop in front of witnesses. In the nicest possible way, and being super-pleasant to all concerned. Why be unpleasant – it’s a bit embarrassing for the poor SA if the colours don’t indeed match, and it’s not their fault. Better to be light-hearted about it and maybe even make friends with your local Clinique SA/MUA …

Clinique – All Different Lipsticks!  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 12/19/2008 6:57:00 PM

The Differents are beautifully-textured lipsticks that are marvellous for people who don’t like lipstick. Been aroud for long enough not to be very different any more – but have surely influenced every subsequent lipstick that has been designed to be so comfortable you don’t feel it’s there. Not antiquated enough to be classics yet.
Sheer, smooth, moisturising; one step more solid than the Butter Shines, like them, the Differents try to be a hybrid of lipstick, gloss, and balm. Without being dry, sticky, or having absolutely zero lasting power. And in a fairly wide selection of human-compatible shades. No flavour or scent, and the other Clinique usual business: well-tested on humans for sensitivity issues, no animal testing.
I used Tenderheart (#92) for a good ten years or so: a nude/beige version of the YLBB concept. (The base here is a pale, slightly freckled redhead.) Still fond, but it now seems too brown and colour-draining.
Currently loving three roses:
Sweet Honey (#96) is sheer delicious MLBB. No promises on anyone else. Love it.
Rose Aglow (#A6) is a similar depth to Tenderheart, but less brown. A proper true rose: with a teeny bit of mauve (great against pale-blue skin), a little beige (so it’s not too loud/fake/clownish); see separate review.
Rose Taffy (#A2) is lighter and more pink: the YLBB of just-bitten lips, enhancing natural colour, definitely a rose: light, warm without looking at all peachy, let alone orange or coral. With a touch of rosewood – yes, there is a little bown, but unlike Tenderheart it’s just a teeny amount, and more of a light beige in the mix. Lifted to the middle of the pink road by just enough suggestions of blue and mauve-lilac undertones in the pink; and indeed by a very true rose-petal pink. Very slight shine and glimmer, has some tiny subtle sparkly bits, mainly gold and red but also some silver and blue, if you peer at it very closely.
Some other nice lighter pinkish ones: bearing in mind that these will turn out different shades on different skin and lip tones:
Angelic (on me) is lighter, a beautiful near-nude, with a delicate balance of beige and pink (thinking about going back for it…). Reminds me of Aveda’s Moonflower.
Guava Stain is more apricot/coral.
Gingerfrost is more peach, spicy, and slightly brown.
Heartfelt deeper, and more peach and brown; and like Aveda Roseleaf.
Ice Bloom is much more pink.
There seem to be quite a lot of russets and reds, some of them alarmingly orangey; I didn’t try them so can’t comment.
Glazed Berry and Raspberry Glace were darker and more, well, berry.
Finally: Surprise. A weird colour. So weird that it might work on anyone. When they least expect it. Worth a try in case that unexpected person happens to be you. (It wasn’t me, but a nice SA demonstrated the “surprise!” effect on a couple of random passers-by who didn’t run away fast enough. Very different-looking people, looked completely different on them, and equally gorgeous, and they both bought it.)
There seem to be other shades available in the US and in some duty free that might be worth a look – getting good reviews here. Shy sounds lovely (sheer, more plum/berry) and gets good reviews here.
One word of warning: Clinique lipstick shades vary enormously from batch to batch, and a shop may have more than one lot for sale at any given time. Worth trying out there and then. If you live in an areas and jurisdiction where you can return cosmetics well and good, and I envy you. I’ve got in the habit of not cleaning off my test-driving stripes on back of hand until the transaction is complete and I’ve done my “endearingly excited” act of taking my new tube out and comparing that to the tester, just in case. Where I am, you can’t return cosmetics once bought (except for major and provable reactions), so I always do this in the shop in front of witnesses. In the nicest possible way, and being super-pleasant to all concerned. Why be unpleasant – it’s a bit embarrassing for the poor SA if the colours don’t indeed match, and it’s not their fault. Better to be light-hearted about it and maybe even make friends with your local Clinique SA/MUA …
Costs EUR 19.00 (*sigh*), USD 14.00, GBP 12.00.
INGREDIENTS: castor seed oil – candelilla wax – caprylic/capric triglyceride – cetyl acetate – isopropyl myristate – beeswax – lanolin oil – myristyl lactate – avocado oil – ozokerite – carnauba wax – acetylated lanolin alcohol – ascorbyl palmitate – tocopherol – bht – [+/- mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – carmine (ci 75470) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – orange 5 (ci 45370) – red 22 lake (ci 45380) – red 27 lake (ci 45410) – red 28 lake (ci 45410) – red 33 lake (ci 17200) – blue 1 (ci 42090) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – yellow 5 (ci 19140) – yellow 6 (ci 15985) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – yellow 6 lake (ci 15850) – red 7 lake (ci 15850) – red 30 (ci 73360) – red 36 (ci 12085)

Aveda – Natural Colour Lipsticks  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 12/3/2008 7:17:00 PM

Aveda changes the names of their entire ranges from time to time, probably just to thwart MUA. Currently (December 2008) they’re offering:
Nourish-Mint Sheer Lip Color = current incarnation of assorted previous “sheer” ones. See further below.
Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color = equivalent to various earlier ranges calling themselves smooth, more intense color, more saturated, and so on. Some good colours for the pale of complexion: Lychee Splash, the very lovely Fossil, Wild Plum and Stargrape (a touch deeper and more, well, plummy), Sun and Blushed Honey (both deeper, but more rose-peach group).
Lip Shine = gloopy lip gloss, like any other sticky lip gloss: it will come off your lips and onto everything else, and your hair will stick to and into your mouth. Plus ca change.
Lip Glaze has remained fairly constant over the years, with the odd special edition shade. We like.
This year’s new Lip Tints with SPF = a winner.
The rest of this review is for the Sheers.
As with the Smoothings, many of the old colours are still here, some have changed, and some have reappeared. Moonflower, for instance, once limited edition, is back and in the mainstream. As ever, an excellent range of good colours: try the classic test of going along to the counter, looking in the mirror, biting down on your lips – and you’ll find an Aveda colour that matches nicely. (Well, I did, anyway. *Glow.*) This stuff’s supposed to smoothe, nourish, and plump lips; and there’s an accompanying Nourish-Mint Renewing Lip Treatment, that is just a colourless version of these lipsticks. Or their tinted version of it. More tinted still, have a look at the Nourish-Mint Smoothing Mineral Lip Color.
For the pale blue, there are quite a few options: Moonflower (light, slightly peach-pinky, really lovely); Mandarin (more beige-tawny; maybe for the warmer-toned); Filaree (deeper than Moonflower, and a little like Fossil in the Smooth Lip Color line). Clover is the same old Clover of days of yore: a beauty, and the finest of the lot on pale-blue freckled skin with red hair. Light rose/faded berry, peachy-tawny undertone, and a touch of lilac under that. Enough goldiness and russet to go with red hair, but no coral/orange. Enough lavender to go with pale blue skin, but not look brown or muddy. All in all, a lovely lift to one’s natural assets. [Indecisive, I got both Moonflower and Clover in the end.]
Easy to apply. The Sheer is, unsurprisingly, sheer. It will not give you more than a subtle wash of colour; two or three coats, with blotting in between, makes it stronger and last longer. It stays on fairly well; always an issue with the sheer colours, that they go fast. Nicely moisturizing: probably more attractive and comfortable than those last-forever lipsticks that leave you with dried-out cracked lips with gore in the crevasses.
Flavoured, like the various Aveda lippies, with mint (and a very mild vanilla – not much, and it fades quickly). Not sure about the plumping, but feels nice and lips are in good condition. I find the flavour pleasant, but I do eat these things regularly, and loathe and despise things on my lips that taste of things I don’t usually put in my mouth voluntarily and for pleasure (bubblegum, fake fruit, super-sweet candy, crude oil, etc.). NB Aveda seems to be getting rid of their previous array of favours (that had put me off a lot of the total range), though still some aniseed and cinnamon (the SPF15 lip balm. Loathe.)
Costs around EUR 18.00 (!!!). Let’s just not talk about how much less it is in USD, or even in GBP (well, let’s: GBP 10.30 at current rates, so we’re paying 50% over the odds on Aveda here in the Eurozone; as compared to the US, it’s OK, we’re quite used to paying double your prices…).
All very green and nice on the packaging front; no animal testing; lots of plant oils and waxes in the mix (see elsewhere for ingredients listings for individual ranges); lasts quite a while. I’m using the Sheer in evenings or on top of regular day-time lippie (Aveda SPF lip tint in Peony – an allied shade). And sometimes, as mentioned, under the Raspberry Tea lip glaze.
One CON: the packaging is a bu**er. One really needs to buy the separate refillable case too. But to be fair to Aveda, you can indeed refill old cases with new lipsticks: witness my old flax-seed one from 2003 (I think? maybe ’04), which still works with new contents. And has stood up to regular battering in my bag pretty well along the way. The cases are mercifully cheap, anyway, and the new resin ones are quite nice too, if you’re not into the flax.

Aveda – Nourish-Mint Sheer Mineral Lip Color  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 12/3/2008 6:55:00 PM

Nourish-Mint Sheer… is the new version of Aveda’s Lip Color Sheer range. As of some point this summer. Many of the old colours are still here, and some have reappeared. Moonflower, for instance, once limited edition, is back and in the mainstream. As ever, an excellent range of good colours: try the classic test of going along to the counter, looking in the mirror, biting down on your lips – and you’ll find an Aveda colour that matches nicely. (Well, I did, anyway. *Glow.*) This stuff’s supposed to smoothe, nourish, and plump lips; and there’s an accompanying Nourish-Mint Renewing Lip Treatment, that is just a colourless version of these lipsticks. Or their tinted version of it. More tinted still, have a look at the Nourish-Mint Smoothing Mineral Lip Color.
For the pale blue, there are quite a few options: Moonflower (light, slightly peach-pinky, really lovely); Mandarin (more beige-tawny; maybe for the warmer-toned); Filaree (deeper than Moonflower, and a little like Fossil in the Smooth Lip Color line).
Having just decided to get Moonflower (I did anyway), I was delighted to see that one of my favourite old lipsticks, Lip Color Sheer in Clover, has not in fact been discontinued, but is part of the new revamped range. Hooray.
Sheer Clover is a great everyday lipstick, YBB on very fair skin; a shade darker than my actual mouth (see The Bite Test above). Very like the Aveda Lip Glaze in Raspberry Tea, which I sometimes wear it under. The colour is a light rose/faded berry (akin to the “Raspberry”) with a well-chosen peachy-tawny undertone (like “tea” – imagine well-brewed milky chai). This undertone helps it go well with red hair – enough goldiness and russet, no coral/orange. There’s also enough lilac undertone to go well with pale blue skin and – importantly – not look brown or muddy. All in all, a lovely lift to one’s natural assets. I live in terror of lipglosses and lipsticks that make me look like a hooker or a corpse, and I’m too aged to get away with full-on goth any more (sigh; still firmly wearing lots of black clothes though).
Easy to apply. It is sheer, so will not give you more than a subtle wash of colour; two or three coats, with blotting in between, makes it stronger and last longer. It stays on fairly well; always an issue with the sheer colours, that they go fast. It is, however, nicely moisturizing: probably more attractive and comfortable than those last-forever lipsticks that leave you with dried-out cracked lips with gore in the crevasses.
Flavoured, like the various Aveda glazes too, with mint (and a very mild vanilla – not much, and it fades quickly; the old version also had ginger in it I think???). Not sure abou the plumping, but feels nice and lips are in good condition. I find the flavour pleasant, but I do eat these things regularly, and loathe and despise things on my lips that taste of things I don’t usually put in my mouth voluntarily and for pleasure (bubblegum, fake fruit, super-sweet candy, crude oil, etc.). NB Aveda seems to be getting rid of their previous array of favours (that had put me off a lot of the total range), though still some aniseed and cinnamon (the SPF15 lip balm. Loathe.)
Costs around EUR 18.00 (!!!). Let’s just not talk about how much less it is in USD, or even in GBP (well, let’s: GBP 10.30 at current rates, so we’re paying 50% over the odds on Aveda here in the Eurozone; as compared to the US, it’s OK, we’re quite used to paying double your prices…).
All very green and nice on the packaging front; no animal testing; lasts quite a while. I’m using this in evenings or on top of regular day-time lippie (Aveda SPF lip tint in Peony – an allied shade). And sometimes, as mentioned, under the Raspberry Tea lip glaze.
INGREDIENTS: (12/2008) pentaerythityl tetraisosteaate, jojoba esters, diisopropyl dimer dilinoleate, beeswaz, polyglyceryl-2 triisostearate, hydrogenated castor oil, sweet almond oil, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, canola oil, carnauba wax, ethylhexyl palmitate, babassu seed oil, cocoa butter, hydrogenated castor oil/sebacic acid copolymer, licorice root extract, raspberry leaf wax, meadowfoam seed oil, blueberry seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, tocopherol, phytosterol/octyldodecyl lauroyl glutamate, corn starch, vegetable oil, tribehenin, sorbitan isostearate, palmitoyl oligopeptide, flavor, limonene, cinnamal, eugenol, linalool, benzyl benzoate, silica [± iron oxides(ci 77491, 77492, 77499), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), mica, manganese violet (ci 77742), ultramarines (ci 77007), ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510)]

Aveda – Lip Tint  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 8/6/2008 6:27:00 AM

Gorgeous – more a tinted lip balm than a lipstick, and with none of a gloss’ stickiness. Plus SPF 15 from TiO2. The shades available look like they would suit a good range of naturally-occurring lip and skin shades – that is, using the tints as enhancers of what’s there rather than changing one’s coluring.
Peony is a very beautiful rose: pink with slight hints of beige, brown, peach, lilac – all perfectly balanced. On lighter lips, YBB: simply enhances natural lip colour. Works well with pale skin, freckles, and red hair. Leaves a slightly shiny finish, without either that excessively pornographic wet look or visible glam glitter particles. Subtle.
Deepening natural lip colour (NB effects will vary – this was on the Gingerrama colouring): Berry and Verbena are good. Verbena is more brown, Berry more plummy and redder.
It’s moisturising, non-gloopy and tacky and sticky. Flavoured slightly with mint, orange, and pomegranate: the taste seems to be stronger in some of the deeper shades (I tried… well… most of them).
A keeper. Bought as a replacement for Clinique Almost Lipstick in Almost Blush – an improvement in terms of texture, finish, and SPF.
Cost EUR 16.50. No animal testing, the usual company ethics, etc.
INGREDIENTS (for the Peony): Castor seed oil – brassica campestris/aleurites fordi oil copolymer – candelilla wax – beeswax – ethylhexyl salicylate – olive fruit oil – caprylic/capric triglyceride – bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 – titanium dioxide – meadowfoam seed oil – oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides – flavor – jojoba seed oil – babassu seed oil – avocado oil – shorea seed butter – mango seed butter – cranberry fruit extract – bilberry fruit extract – blueberry fruit extract – alfalfa leaf powder – pomegranate extract – astaxanthin – tocopherol – ascorbyl palmitate – ammonium glycyrrhizate – safflower seed oil – soybean oil – sunfower seed oil – glyceryl distearate – stearic acid – cholesterol – oleic acid – palmitic acid – ceramide 3 – limonene – aluminum hydroxide – [± mica, titanium dioxide (ci 77891), iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499)]

Aveda – Lip Tint in Peony  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 8/6/2008 6:26:00 AM

Gorgeous – more a tinted lip balm than a lipstick, and with none of a gloss’ stickiness. Plus SPF 15 from TiO2. The shades available look like they would suit a good range of naturally-occurring lip and skin shades – that is, using the tints as enhancers of what’s there rather than changing one’s coluring.
Peony is a very beautiful rose: pink with slight hints of beige, brown, peach, lilac – all perfectly balanced. On lighter lips, YBB: simply enhances natural lip colour. Works well with pale skin, freckles, and red hair. Leaves a slightly shiny finish, without either that excessively pornographic wet look or visible glam glitter particles. Subtle.
Deepening natural lip colour (NB effects will vary – this was on the Gingerrama colouring): Berry and Verbena are good. Verbena is more brown, Berry more plummy and redder.
It’s moisturising, non-gloopy and tacky and sticky. Flavoured slightly with mint, orange, and pomegranate: the taste seems to be stronger in some of the deeper shades (I tried… well… most of them).
A keeper. Bought as a replacement for Clinique Almost Lipstick in Almost Blush – an improvement in terms of texture, finish, and SPF.
Cost EUR 16.50. No animal testing, the usual company ethics, etc.
INGREDIENTS: Castor seed oil – brassica campestris/aleurites fordi oil copolymer – candelilla wax – beeswax – ethylhexyl salicylate – olive fruit oil – caprylic/capric triglyceride – bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 – titanium dioxide – meadowfoam seed oil – oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides – flavor – jojoba seed oil – babassu seed oil – avocado oil – shorea seed butter – mango seed butter – cranberry fruit extract – bilberry fruit extract – blueberry fruit extract – alfalfa leaf powder – pomegranate extract – astaxanthin – tocopherol – ascorbyl palmitate – ammonium glycyrrhizate – safflower seed oil – soybean oil – sunfower seed oil – glyceryl distearate – stearic acid – cholesterol – oleic acid – palmitic acid – ceramide 3 – limonene – aluminum hydroxide – [± mica, titanium dioxide (ci 77891), iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499)]

Nivea – Lip Care  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 5/7/2008 5:36:00 AM

Great basic cheap lipbalms. Reasonable ingredients and formulae, gentle and moisturising, no irritation, not tested on animals, cheap and easy to find in many places. Decent little sticks in sturdy plastic packaging. Labello balms are made by the same parent company and very similar. More detailed review at end of this one for the SUN SPF 25 version (same as stand-alone review).
Strongly recommended:
ESSENTIAL – the classic in the line; soft, smooth, with jojoba oil, and the one that smells closest to good old Nivea cream (blue pot). There are more moisturising lipbalms out there, but this is a good standby to have around the place. MEN is the same but in snazzy black packaging. I went over to it at one point when in a total-black phase.
ROSE – similar, more moisturising, with grapeseed oil too, and a lovely delicate rosy-pink tint. Tastes slightly of rose.
PEARL + SHINE – is rather like ROSE, but shimmery.
REPAIR + PROTECT and SOS – superior versions of the good old ESSENTIAL. Also excellent on chapped knuckles, elbows, and the like.
There’s also a series of tinted CAREGLOSS + SHINE: not tried, but they look like their names suggest. Also not tried (I’m sceptical of the claims…): an ANTI-WRINKLE Q10 one. There’s one called ALPINE or something like it, high SPF for skiing: avoid it, it’s crap, horrid, and drying. I found a thin layer of vaseline plus zinc oxide cream on top was the only solution for high altitude.
The prices vary, but here in Europe they’re in the EUR 2.50 – 5.00 range, roughly.
SUN SPF 25: Excellent cheap basic lip sunscreen. Silky-smooth, no white cast, and tastes lovely – like the smell of the Nivea blue pot cream, slightly vanilla. Contains lots of waxes, a little shea butter, and jojoba oil. Photostable part-physical, pat-chemical sunscreen.
The physical part: titanium dioxide.
The chemical:
— ethylhexyl triazone – aka Uvinul T 150 (EU approved);
— butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane – aka Avobenzone (FDA + EU approved);
— diethylhexyl butamido triazone – aka UVAsorb HEB (EU approved).
This is the ONLY not-purely-mineral lip sunscreen I’ve used without reaction (great excitement! much leaping with joy!!); admittedly over another, very moisturising, lipbalm.
I used this for years in my childhood, abandoned it for others, and have now returned (my Lavera Ti02 lip sunscreen recently hardened, went off, and died). The Sun’s apparently been reformulated, and I think feels softer on the lips and leaves less of a white cast than its previous incarnation. Much more moisturising than the other lip sunscreens I’d been using (the Lavera and E45).
Used alone, it’s smooth without being gloopy, sticky, or overly liquid or oily. I apply a moisturising balm first thing in the morning (Weleda Everon), then this plus lip colour on top before leaving home; and I carry another Sun plus lipstick for top-ups during the day. A good solution if your favourite lippie has no SPF – and saving you the switch to a compromise SPF lippie that just isn’t quite up to your favourite one.
Comes in a 4.8 g. tube. Not tested on animals (like all Nivea and other Beiersdorf parent-group products). Costs about EUR 2.50 – 3.50.
INGREDIENTS: cera microcristallina, hydrogenated polydecene, cetyl palmitate, ricinus communis, butylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, ethylhexyl triazone, myristyl myristate, octyldodecanol, synthetic wax, titanium dioxide, cetaryl alcohol, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, c20-40 alkyl stearate, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, cera carnauba, butyrospermum parkii, simmondsia chinensis, tocopheryl acetate, diethylhexyl butamido triazone, cera alba, polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxystearate, trimethoxycaprylylsilane, limonene, linalool, benzyl benzoate, citral, parfum, ci 19140.

Nivea – Lip Care Sun SPF 25  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 5/7/2008 5:18:00 AM

Excellent cheap basic lip sunscreen. Silky-smooth, no white cast, and tastes lovely – like the smell of the Nivea blue pot cream, slightly vanilla. Contains lots of waxes, a little shea butter, and jojoba oil. Photostable part-physical, pat-chemical sunscreen.
The physical part: titanium dioxide.
The chemical:
— ethylhexyl triazone – aka Uvinul T 150 (EU approved);
— butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane – aka Avobenzone (FDA + EU approved);
— diethylhexyl butamido triazone – aka UVAsorb HEB (EU approved).
This is the ONLY not-purely-mineral lip sunscreen I’ve used without reaction (great excitement! much leaping with joy!!); admittedly over another, very moisturising, lipbalm.
I used this for years in my childhood, abandoned it for others, and have now returned (my Lavera Ti02 lip sunscreen recently hardened, went off, and died). The Sun’s apparently been reformulated, and I think feels softer on the lips and leaves less of a white cast than its previous incarnation. Much more moisturising than the other lip sunscreens I’d been using (the Lavera and E45).
Used alone, it’s smooth without being gloopy, sticky, or overly liquid or oily. I apply a moisturising balm first thing in the morning (Weleda Everon), then this plus lip colour on top before leaving home; and I carry another Sun plus lipstick for top-ups during the day. A good solution if your favourite lippie has no SPF – and saving you the switch to a compromise SPF lippie that just isn’t quite up to your favourite one.
Comes in a 4.8 g. tube. Labello make a very similar one (same parent company, Beiersdorf), worth trying if you can’t get hold of this. Not tested on animals (like all Nivea and other Beiersdorf group). Costs about EUR 2.50 – 3.50.
INGREDIENTS: cera microcristallina, hydrogenated polydecene, cetyl palmitate, ricinus communis, butylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, ethylhexyl triazone, myristyl myristate, octyldodecanol, synthetic wax, titanium dioxide, cetaryl alcohol, bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2, c20-40 alkyl stearate, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, cera carnauba, butyrospermum parkii, simmondsia chinensis, tocopheryl acetate, diethylhexyl butamido triazone, cera alba, polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxystearate, trimethoxycaprylylsilane, limonene, linalool, benzyl benzoate, citral, parfum, ci 19140.

Lavera – Sun Lip Balm SPF 15  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 5/1/2008 8:21:00 AM

UPDATE (05/2010): it’s back! and back up to SPF15!! and better than before!!!
UPDATE (07/2009): Product disappeared from shops for a while, then returned as an SPF 10. Not impressed.
Looking for a good lip-balm with a physical-only sunscreen, at a not-too-intolerable price? This is one of the better ones available here in northern Europe [and Canada, 2010]. Stick form, fairly solid construction. A teeny bit of fragrance and taste, mainly calendula, though also some of the usual Lavera chamomile, rose, herbal. Consists mainly of plant oils and waxes, and the sunscreen is TiO2 (12.8%).
It’s initially slightly hard, due to a protective waxy covering (so it can keep unopened and unused for a couple of years), which goes away once you’ve used the stick a couple of times. More moisturising than the previous (2008) version (it was also a bit gritty). Doesn’t leave a white cast. Goes on well on its own or under lipstick or gloss. Like other decent lip sunscreens (ex. Vanicream SPF 30), can also be used in the undereye area during the day.
Usually applying this over a non-SPF moisturising lip balm first thing in the morning. No drying out to report (the old one was slightly dry).
Used daily, lasts at least six months. Costs EUR6.00-ish/GBP5.00/CAD9.00 for 4.5 g. A fair ethical choice, too, worth mentioning in case that matters to you. Lavera is and always has been (for several decades) a cruelty-free company, producing sensitive-friendly minimalist formulae, using sustainably-sourced ingredients that are mostly (in this lip-balm’s case, entirely) vegan and mostly organic.
INGREDIENTS: Rinus Communis (castor seed oil), Olea Europaea* (olive oil), Glycine Soja* (soybean oil), Copernica Cerifera (carnauba wax), Silica, Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla wax), Titanium Dioxide (coated), Simmondsia Chinensis* (jojoba oil), Prunus Dulcis* (sweet almond oil), Helianthus Annus* (sunflower seed oil), Calendula Officinalis* (calendula/marigold), Aloe Barbadensis* (aloe vera), Hippophae Rhamnoides* (sea buckthorn oil), Butyrospermum Parkii* (shea butter), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aroma *
* = Ingredients from Certified Organic Agriculture – BDIH Certified; Vegan.

Burt’s Bees – Lip Shimmers – Rhubarb  rated 2 of 5 gingerrama on 2/28/2008 12:50:00 PM

Liked the look of it, but alas where I live many shops seems to have a policy against testers, and unlike the US, one usually can’t return cosmetic products after purchase. I now see why: it makes good economic sense.
This looked good in the tube, and lippies called “rhubarb” tend to be a decent usable colour for the pale redhead.
The reality once on lips was a little different. It was also far too minty, and my lips stung. It is also not recommended to kiss anyone while wearing this.
Sorry, not recommended. Back to the trusty old glosses: Clinique Butter Shines in Adore U and Berry Blush, and Aveda Lip Glaze in Raspberry Tea.

Clinique – Colour Surge Butter Shine- Shhh  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 12/19/2007 8:12:00 AM

In a GWP, I received one of the Butter Shines, in Berry Blush (#415). It’s a keeper for evenings, though the colour is slightly too burgundy for me for everyday. I do love the look and feel of it. A delicate wash of colour. Slightly shiny, without glitter or pearl. Moist, stays moist, and slight taste of mint. The perfect hybrid of lipstick, balm, and gloss. Slightly shiny, without being glittery or pearly. Much prefer this either to lipstick or to gloss. Plus lovely packaging – silvery bamboo…
So I had a look into other vaguely redhead-appropriate colours, with help from MUA; then went to the store and tried them out (including seeing how they looked – on hand – in daylight and in various sorts of artificial light). I’m v. pale, freckles, blue undertone, light red/strawberry blond hair, blue-grey-green eyes with hazel centre. Ideal lip: slightly more pronounced/deeper tone than actual mouth: nude (i.e. with a beige/brown tone) with slight pink, but avoiding more than a teeny hint of the peach-corals and nothing in the purple-blue range.
Of the other berry/”violets” in the same tone-family, Crushed Grape is deeper than Berry Blush and Baby Baby lighter.
I looked mainly at the “nudes.” Shhh… is the lightest – too light for me. This would be good on someone very pale looking for a near-imperceptible subtle lift of colour. It would also be fabulous on someone with more pigmented skin looking for a pale beige ’60s-style lip.
Of the other “nudes”: Delovely was too dark on me. It’s the same depth as the Berry, minus its burgundy, plus some brown. It might be good on someone with darker red hair, more of an auburn/titian, with stronger colouring.
Rum Kiss – ditto, but darker.
Adore U (#441) is the second lightest (so: darker than Shhh, lighter than Delovely) and just right for the light strawberry-gingerry redhead. The shade of my beloved Tenderheart (Clinique Different #92).
Costs EUR19.00/GBP12.00/USD14.00.
INGREDIENTS: pentaerythrityl adipate/caprate/caprylate heptanoate-octyldodecanol – bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 – hydrogenated dilinoleyl alcohol – polyethylene – stearoxy dimethicone – silica – polybutene – microcrystalline wax – barium sulfate – shea butter – water – cocoa butter – tocopheryl acetate – lauryl pca – hydroxyethylcellulose – methyl glucose sesquistearate – cholesterol- french peppermint – ethylcellulose – oleic acid -c20-40 pareth-10 – ethylhexylglycerin – triethoxycaprylylsilane – polyglyceryl-4 isostearate – hexyl laurate – cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone – polyethylene terephthalate – acrylates copolymer – calcium sodium borosilicate – bht [+/- mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – red 7 lake (ci 15850) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – carmine (ci 75470)-red 6 (ci 15850) – red 33 lake (ci 45380) – red 30 lake (ci 73360) – yellow 6 lake (ci 15985) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – red 28 lake (ci 45410) – red 33 lake (ci 17200)

Clinique – Color Surge Butter Shine Lipstick in Rum Kiss  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 12/19/2007 8:07:00 AM

In a GWP, I received one of the Butter Shines, in Berry Blush (#415). It’s a keeper for evenings, though the colour is slightly too burgundy for me for everyday. I do love the look and feel of it. A delicate wash of colour. Slightly shiny, without glitter or pearl. Moist, stays moist, and slight taste of mint. The perfect hybrid of lipstick, balm, and gloss. Slightly shiny, without being glittery or pearly. Much prefer this either to lipstick or to gloss. Plus lovely packaging – silvery bamboo…
So I had a look into other vaguely redhead-appropriate colours, with help from MUA; then went to the store and tried them out (including seeing how they looked – on hand – in daylight and in various sorts of artificial light). I’m v. pale, freckles, blue undertone, light red/strawberry blond hair, blue-grey-green eyes with hazel centre. Avoiding more than a teeny hint of the peach-corals and nothing in the purple-blue range.
Of the other berry/”violets” in the same tone-family, Crushed Grape is deeper than Berry Blush and Baby Baby lighter.
I looked mainly at the “nudes.” Of the darker ones, Rum Kiss was the darkest there; a similar depth as Berry Blush, minus its burgundy, plus some beige-caramel-brown. Delovely, slightly lighter, is the same depth as the Berry. (My favourite is actually Adore U – same tone as Tenderheart – for everyday purposes.)
Now, while Rum Kiss is too dark on me, it might be good on someone with darker red hair, more of an auburn/titian, with stronger colouring. It could also give you a darker, more winy lip, without sacrificing the lovely feel, luscious just-licked-ness, and kissability of the Butter Shines.
Costs EUR19.00/GBP12.00/USD14.00.
INGREDIENTS: pentaerythrityl adipate/caprate/caprylate heptanoate-octyldodecanol – bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 – hydrogenated dilinoleyl alcohol – polyethylene – stearoxy dimethicone – silica – polybutene – microcrystalline wax – barium sulfate – shea butter – water – cocoa butter – tocopheryl acetate – lauryl pca – hydroxyethylcellulose – methyl glucose sesquistearate – cholesterol- french peppermint – ethylcellulose – oleic acid -c20-40 pareth-10 – ethylhexylglycerin – triethoxycaprylylsilane – polyglyceryl-4 isostearate – hexyl laurate – cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone – polyethylene terephthalate – acrylates copolymer – calcium sodium borosilicate – bht [+/- mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – red 7 lake (ci 15850) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – carmine (ci 75470)-red 6 (ci 15850) – red 33 lake (ci 45380) – red 30 lake (ci 73360) – yellow 6 lake (ci 15985) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – red 28 lake (ci 45410) – red 33 lake (ci 17200)

Clinique – Glosswear for Lips- Tenderheart  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 12/18/2007 2:38:00 PM

Nice colour: like the Clinique Different Lipstick in Tenderheart (#92) or the Butter Shine in Adore U (#441). For a redhead with pale blue skin, freckles, and lighter red hair, this colour is YBB for everyday purposes: the right mix of beige, brown, pink, just enough teeny bit peach/coral and violet undertone.
Not nice texture. Gooey. If you like lipgloss, but prefer it less gooey, try Clinique Superbalm in Ginger. I’ve found it too gloopy of late. Better, Aveda Lipglaze in Raspberry Tea. If you prefer lipstick, try the Different in Tenderheart. A compromise would be the (to my mind delectable) Butter Shine in Adore U – same colour, and a texture between lipgloss, lipbalm, and lipstick.

Clinique – Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick – Delovely  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 12/18/2007 2:27:00 PM

In a GWP, I received one of the Butter Shines, in Berry Blush (#415). It’s a keeper for evenings, though the colour is slightly too burgundy for me for everyday. I do love the look and feel of it. A delicate wash of colour. Slightly shiny, without glitter or pearl. Moist, stays moist, and slight taste of mint. The perfect hybrid of lipstick, balm, and gloss. Slightly shiny, without being glittery or pearly. Much prefer this either to lipstick or to gloss. Plus lovely packaging – silvery bamboo…
So I had a look into other vaguely redhead-appropriate colours, with help from MUA; then went to the store and tried them out (including seeing how they looked – on hand – in daylight and in various sorts of artificial light). I’m v. pale, freckles, blue undertone, light red/strawberry blond hair, blue-grey-green eyes with hazel centre. Ideal lip: slightly more pronounced/deeper tone than actual mouth: nude (i.e. with a beige/brown tone) with slight pink, but avoiding more than a teeny hint of the peach-corals and nothing in the purple-blue range.
Of the other berry/”violets” in the same tone-family, Crushed Grape is deeper than Berry Blush and Baby Baby lighter.
I looked mainly at the “nudes.” Delovely was too dark on me. It’s the same depth as the Berry, minus its burgundy, plus some brown. It might be good on someone with darker red hair, more of an auburn/titian, with stronger colouring.
Rum Kiss – ditto, but darker.
Shhh… – another “nude” – too light for me. This would be good on someone very pale looking for a near-imperceptible subtle lift of colour. It would be fabulous on someone with more pigmented skin looking for a pale beige ’60s-style lip.
Poppy Love (a “tawny”) is the right depth, but too peach/coral for me. It might be good on someone darker red, with warmer skin, and maybe brown eyes.
Adore U (#441, “nude” again) is the same depth as Poppy Love, and just right for the light strawberry-gingerry redhead. The shade of my beloved Tenderheart (Clinique Different #92).
Costs EUR19.00/GBP12.00/USD14.00.
INGREDIENTS: pentaerythrityl adipate/caprate/caprylate heptanoate-octyldodecanol – bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 – hydrogenated dilinoleyl alcohol – polyethylene – stearoxy dimethicone – silica – polybutene – microcrystalline wax – barium sulfate – shea butter – water – cocoa butter – tocopheryl acetate – lauryl pca – hydroxyethylcellulose – methyl glucose sesquistearate – cholesterol- french peppermint – ethylcellulose – oleic acid -c20-40 pareth-10 – ethylhexylglycerin – triethoxycaprylylsilane – polyglyceryl-4 isostearate – hexyl laurate – cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone – polyethylene terephthalate – acrylates copolymer – calcium sodium borosilicate – bht [+/- mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – red 7 lake (ci 15850) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – carmine (ci 75470)-red 6 (ci 15850) – red 33 lake (ci 45380) – red 30 lake (ci 73360) – yellow 6 lake (ci 15985) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – red 28 lake (ci 45410) – red 33 lake (ci 17200)

Clinique – colour surge butter shine lipstick Poppy Love  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 12/18/2007 2:24:00 PM

In a GWP, I received one of the Butter Shines, in Berry Blush (#415). It’s a keeper for evenings, though the colour is slightly too burgundy for me for everyday. (Of the other berry/”violets” in the same tone-family, Crushed Grape is deeper than Berry Blush and Baby Baby lighter.) I do love the look and feel of it. A delicate wash of colour. Slightly shiny, without glitter or pearl. Moist, stays moist, and slight taste of mint. The perfect hybrid of lipstick, balm, and gloss. Slightly shiny, without being glittery or pearly. Much prefer this either to lipstick or to gloss. Plus lovely packaging – silvery bamboo…
So I had a look into other vaguely redhead-appropriate colours, with help from MUA; then went to the store and tried them out (including seeing how they looked – on hand – in daylight and in various sorts of artificial light). I’m v. pale, freckles, blue undertone, light red/strawberry blond hair, blue-grey-green eyes with hazel centre. Ideal lip: slightly more pronounced/deeper tone than actual mouth: nude (i.e. with a beige/brown tone) with slight pink, but avoiding more than a teeny hint of the peach-corals and nothing in the purple-blue range.
Poppy Love (a “tawny”) is the right depth, but too peach/coral for me. It might be good on someone darker red, with warmer skin, and maybe brown eyes.
The “nudes” were more successful.
Delovely was a good tone, one of the “nudes,” but too dark on me. It’s the same depth as the Berry, minus its burgundy, plus some brown. It might be good on someone with darker red hair, more of an auburn/titian, with stronger colouring.
Rum Kiss – ditto, but darker.
Shhh… was too light for me. This would be good on someone very pale looking for a near-imperceptible subtle lift of colour. It would be fabulous on someone with more pigmented skin looking for a pale beige ’60s-style lip.
Adore U (#441, “nude” again) is the same depth as Poppy Love, and just right for the light strawberry-gingerry redhead. The shade of my beloved Tenderheart (Clinique Different #92).
Costs EUR19.00/GBP12.00/USD14.00.
INGREDIENTS: pentaerythrityl adipate/caprate/caprylate heptanoate-octyldodecanol – bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 – hydrogenated dilinoleyl alcohol – polyethylene – stearoxy dimethicone – silica – polybutene – microcrystalline wax – barium sulfate – shea butter – water – cocoa butter – tocopheryl acetate – lauryl pca – hydroxyethylcellulose – methyl glucose sesquistearate – cholesterol- french peppermint – ethylcellulose – oleic acid -c20-40 pareth-10 – ethylhexylglycerin – triethoxycaprylylsilane – polyglyceryl-4 isostearate – hexyl laurate – cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone – polyethylene terephthalate – acrylates copolymer – calcium sodium borosilicate – bht [+/- mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – red 7 lake (ci 15850) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – carmine (ci 75470)-red 6 (ci 15850) – red 33 lake (ci 45380) – red 30 lake (ci 73360) – yellow 6 lake (ci 15985) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – red 28 lake (ci 45410) – red 33 lake (ci 17200)

Clinique – Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick in BERRY BLUSH 415  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 12/18/2007 2:18:00 PM

This is a 4.5: Different in Tenderheart is a definite 5 (for everyday, plus perfect moisture, finish, and lasting colour), Almost in Black Honey between a 4.5 and a 4.8 (let down by not lasting as well and being slightly less moist). The Butter Shines are beautifully moisturising, the colour lasts nearly as long, but they can be a little on the shiny/slick/greasy-looking side. In comparison. And really splitting hairs: we’re still decidedly in the 5 ball-park here …
In a GWP, I received the Butter Shine in Berry Blush (#415). As ever, those nice people at Clinique do a free lipstick that’s the same size as the purchasable one. Berry Blush gives a berry/burgundy/bitten-lips tint. I do love the look and feel of it. A delicate wash of colour. Slight shine, but more of a sheen than glitter or pearl. Moist, stays moist, and little or no taste. The perfect hybrid of lipstick, balm, and gloss (though I need to reapply this a lot more often than the Different, and I do find the Different more moist and less slick, overall more wearable with near-zero effort). Plus lovely packaging – silvery bamboo.
So: if you’re a pale redhead looking for a good lippie/glossy hybrid, and you like a berry/bitten/blushing lip, try this. In the same tone-group, Crushed Grape looks darker, Baby Baby lighter.
You might also want to have a look at the “nudes.”
DeLovely is the closest in depth to Berry Blush: less burgundy, more brown. Rum Kiss is a similar tone but darker. Adore U is lighter (I also gave it a 5), Shhh.. lighter still.
Specs: v. pale, freckles, blue undertone, light red/strawberry blond hair, blue-grey-green eyes with hazel centre. Ideal lip: slightly more pronounced/deeper tone than actual mouth: nude (i.e. with a beige/brown tone) with rose-pink, no more than a teeny hint of the peach, nothing in the orange-rust-red end of things, and the slightest smidgeon in the lavender range.
Costs: EUR19.00/GBP12.00/USD14.00
INGREDIENTS: pentaerythrityl adipate/caprate/caprylate heptanoate-octyldodecanol – bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 – hydrogenated dilinoleyl alcohol – polyethylene – stearoxy dimethicone – silica – polybutene – microcrystalline wax – barium sulfate – shea butter – water – cocoa butter – tocopheryl acetate – lauryl pca – hydroxyethylcellulose – methyl glucose sesquistearate – cholesterol- french peppermint – ethylcellulose – oleic acid -c20-40 pareth-10 – ethylhexylglycerin – triethoxycaprylylsilane – polyglyceryl-4 isostearate – hexyl laurate – cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone – polyethylene terephthalate – acrylates copolymer – calcium sodium borosilicate – bht [+/- mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – red 7 lake (ci 15850) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – carmine (ci 75470)-red 6 (ci 15850) – red 33 lake (ci 45380) – red 30 lake (ci 73360) – yellow 6 lake (ci 15985) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – red 28 lake (ci 45410) – red 33 lake (ci 17200)

Clinique – Colour Surge Butter shine lipstick in Adore U  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 12/18/2007 2:05:00 PM

Yes, sorry, another rave review for ADORE U (and I, too, disapprove of such orthographic laziness) aka #441. To summarize: if you’re a pale redhead of the strawberry-gingery persuasion looking for a good lippie/balmy/glossy hybrid, in a YBB shade, try out Adore U. Particularly in summer: I find a more peach-gold tone works better in that light (here in northern Europe), and a pinker-lilac undertone works better in the winter light, and on winter skin. Berry Blush (# 415) is perfect for then, and indeed year-round.
Quest: finding something that works on v. pale face, freckles, blue undertone, red/strawberry blond hair, blue-grey-green eyes with hazel centre). My ideal being slightly more pronounced/deeper tone than actual mouth: nude (i.e. with a beige/brown tone), with slight pink, no more than a teeny hint of the peach-corals, and the merest smidge in the purple-blue range.
The Butter Shines feel deliciously light, a delicate wash of colour. Slightly shiny, without glitter or pearl. Moist, stays moist, and no taste. The perfect hybrid of lipstick, balm, and gloss. Much prefer this either to lipstick or to gloss (especially the latter’s stickiness). Plus lovely packaging – silvery bamboo.
While my first one, the Berry Blush GWP, is a keeper, I had – any excuse – a look into other redhead-appropriate colours, with help from MUA; then went to the store and tried them out (including seeing how they looked – on hand – in daylight and in various sorts of artificial light).
Poppy Love, in the “tawny” family, is the right depth but too peach/coral for me, but might be good on someone with darker red hair, more of an auburn/titian, and a warmer skin tone; perhaps also good on a brown-eyed redhead.
Shhh…, the lightest of the “nudes,” was too light for me. This would be good on someone very pale looking for a near-imperceptible subtle lift of colour. It would be fabulous on someone with more pigmented skin looking for a pale beige ’60s-style lip.
DeLovely, a deeper “nude,” is about the same depth as Berry Blush, minus the burgundy plus some brown. The right tone, but too dark on me. It might be good on someone darker red, but who’s still pale with blue-purple undertones.
Rum Kiss – darker still.
Adore U is darker than Shhh, and lighter than DeLovely. And it’s just right.

The nearest other good matches I’ve found in the past have been Boots 17 Birthday Suit (many years ago) and Aveda Sheer Clover (though the latter has a touch too much lilac – just a touch – for my liking). Aveda Lipglaze in Raspberry Tea.
Costs EUR19.00/GBP12.00/USD14.00.
INGREDIENTS: pentaerythrityl adipate/caprate/caprylate heptanoate-octyldodecanol – bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 – hydrogenated dilinoleyl alcohol – polyethylene – stearoxy dimethicone – silica – polybutene – microcrystalline wax – barium sulfate – shea butter – water – cocoa butter – tocopheryl acetate – lauryl pca – hydroxyethylcellulose – methyl glucose sesquistearate – cholesterol- french peppermint – ethylcellulose – oleic acid -c20-40 pareth-10 – ethylhexylglycerin – triethoxycaprylylsilane – polyglyceryl-4 isostearate – hexyl laurate – cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone – polyethylene terephthalate – acrylates copolymer – calcium sodium borosilicate – bht [+/- mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – red 7 lake (ci 15850) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – carmine (ci 75470)-red 6 (ci 15850) – red 33 lake (ci 45380) – red 30 lake (ci 73360) – yellow 6 lake (ci 15985) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – red 28 lake (ci 45410) – red 33 lake (ci 17200)

Burt’s Bees – Honey Lip Balm  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 12/14/2007 6:21:00 PM

Quite pleasant honey-tasting lip balm. Slightly herbal too. Went gritty and odd on me very fast. Not as nice, as honeyed balms go, as the Nuxe – but a lot cheaper. I picked this up several times in the US in stores, when lips got chapped when walking home and I found I’d left my preferred lipbalm at work or home. Resolved by buying multiples and leaving them in every possible bag, to avoid the Burt.
beeswax, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, lanolin, symphytum officinale (comfrey) root extract, flavor, honey, tocopheryl acetate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol

Nuxe – Reve de Miel (Honey Lip Balm)  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 12/14/2007 6:16:00 PM

Lovely lip balm – very concentrated, in small glass pot, lasts for years. It will eventually have to go the way of all good things, when it becomes irredeemably gritty and the flavour starts to go.
Part of my Holy Quartet of lip balms. Comparable in performance to Dr Haushka’s lip balm in a pot, Lavera Basis lip balm, and Weleda Everon balm. The Weleda is the nearest in taste. Nuxe is gorgeous: honey, rose, and grapefruit. Lots of honey.
When I say I’d buy it again – it is expensive, I have had my current pot for some embarrassing number of years, and I don’t use it every day (that’s Lavera and Weleda). So that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Costs somewhere around EUR 11.00 / GBP 9.00 / USD 21.00
Other drawback: go elsewhere for sun protection – the Nuxe has a little octinoxate, but so little it won’t even irritate the sensitive! Good lipbalms with mineral/physical sunscreen include Badger, Lavera Sun, Vanicream.
INGREDIENTS: (according to Nuxe) Acacia Honey 5%, Shea Butter 13%, Plant Oils (Chilean Rose, Sweet Almond) 9.5%, Grapefruit Essence 2.5%, Vitamin E 1%
Hmmm. As for the other 69%… alt. ingreds. (from adorebeauty.com.au): beeswax, shea butter 13%, vegetable oil, lecithin, behenoxy dimethicone, sweet almond oil 8.5%, honey 5%, dimethicone, octinoxate, grapefruit oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hydrogenated vegetable oil, soybean oil, rosa moschata oil, tocopheryl acetate, tocopherol, allantoin, lemon oil, candelilla wax, calendula extract. 

Dr. Hauschka – Lip Balm – pot  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 12/14/2007 5:58:00 PM

Quite a good lip-balm. Comparable to Nuxe Reve de Miel (but different taste, honey/rose/grapefruit), Weleda Everon (rose and vanilla), and Lavera Basis (negligible taste, unflavoured). The Dr H has a lovely taste and smell. The pot version is more moisturising than the stick (though it’s a fine thing too).
While I’m mainly on the Lavera and Weleda right now, I have pots of the other two hanging around, and would certainly buy the Dr H again.
HANDY TIP: As Mitsuko points out in her excellent review of Dr H’s Eye Contour Day Balm/Cream (see MUA – “find a product”), the formulae of the lip and eye balms are rather close; the lip balm has more flavour, as you might imagine; and so the eye balm – in a larger pot – can be used on lips too. It might not work so well the other way around, with the lip balm on eyes. Now, I’ve been succesfully using the Lavera lip balm as an eye cream: similar formula but more shea butter, no flavour, and cheaper.
Dr H’s Lip Balm costs around EUR 10.00 / GBP 8.00 / USD 15.00. Cheaper than (the very gorgeous) Nuxe. About the same as Weleda in Ireland, but more elsewhere in the world. And Lavera is less than half the price.
INGREDIENTS: Castor (Ricinus communis) Oil, Beeswax (Cera flava), Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) Oil, Carrot (Daucus carota) Extract, Wheat (Triticum vulgare) Germ Oil, Anthyllis vulneraria Extract, Calendula officinalis Extract, Rice (Oryza sativa) Germ Oil, Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) Butter, Hypericum perforatum Extract, Silk (Serica) Powder, Jojoba (Buxus chinensis) Oil, Fragrance (essential oil), Lecithin, Glycerin
For comparison: Lavera ingredients – Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Beeswax, Candelilla Wax, Squalane, Jojoba Oil, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Almond Oil, Mango Seed Butter, Rapeseed Sterols, Oryzanol, Anatto/Cl75120, Calendula Oil, Carrot Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol.
And the Weleda ingredients: jojoba seed oil – beeswax – shea butter – candelilla wax – rose (rosa centifolia) wax – carnauba wax – vanilla extract – rose extract.

Lavera – Basis Sensitive – Lip Balm   rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 11/9/2007 7:16:00 AM

Purchased as replacement for Weleda lipbalm, lost somewhere in a gym. I have several; this was the gym-bag one, and lips needed balming badly, being of the dry persuasion. In my part of the world, this is easier to find and a lot cheaper (1/2 to 1/3 price – EUR 2.90) than Weleda.
Waxy and nicely moisturizing. Feels, as reviewers below say, very like the Weleda Everon; and has similar ingredients. It doesn’t have the W’s lovely rose taste with hints of honey and vanilla; the L has no flavour. The Man steals this one too.
BONUS DOUBLE-DUTY: EYE BALM!!! Can be used as an intensive night eye-cream. Dig a little out of the stick, rub between fingers to melt, and apply around eye. I figured this out from mitsuko’s post on Dr Hauschka’s Eye Contour Day Balm: she worked out it’s very like Dr H’s lip-balm-in-a-pot in formula so can double duty; and Dr H’s lip balm is not unlike the Lavera (except the Lavera is unscented/unflavoured). Does smooth out lines around eyes; but a little greasy, and make-up slips around on top. Recommended for night-time, but not for day-time use.
INGREDIENTS: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Olea Europaea (Olive Oil)*, Cera Alba (Cera Flava/Beeswax)*, Candelilla Cera (Candelilla Wax), Squalane, Buxus Chinensis (Jojoba Oil)*, Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Dulcis (Almond OIl)*, Mangifera Indica (Mango Seed Butter), Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Oryzanol, Anatto/Cl75120, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula Oil)*, Daucus Carota (Carrot Oil), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol.
*organic

Clinique – Different Lipstick – Tenderheart  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 11/1/2007 3:40:00 PM

For the pale (and slightly freckled) and red-haired, Your Lips But Better lipstick: a rose-nude. Feels gorgeous. Stays on. That’s it. What more could you want? (Well, in my case, I’d like a smidgeon more rose to it; like Black Honey but in the Different formula. Please?)
And now onto my old review (2007) … which is a bit more long-winded …
[aka #92] Tenderheart is a lovely colour: YBB, just a shade darker than lips; a nude-pink-beigey-brown. I gather it’s a big seller as it suits a wide range of skin and lip tones. Comfortable, moisturising, stays on well. I haven’t needed to reapply it more than once in a day (mid-afternoon). I’d certainly reapply if going out in the evening, but have never noticed it going so I’d need to reapply mid-evening.
It is in every respect just right. Shade: not too pink, or brown, or peach; with none of that rustiness or apricot-orange you often get with nudes; and there’s the teeniest bit of lilac to the beige, to cool it down and make teeth look a little whiter (skin and lips here are on the cool side, so these warm nudes and coral-apricots look awful). Depth: the slightest bit darker than my natural lip colour (which sometimes go really pale in some lights), but still looking – well, natural, really – with the Tenderheart on. And some mysterious perfect place between matte and shine. Moist, without being greasy; no drying out, and no stickiness. No taste or funny texture (most kissable lipstick so far, I’m told).
I’ve been wearing it off and on for about 10 years. Once upon a time, a very long time ago when I was doing the old 3-Step, I received a Clinique GWP * that included this lipstick. I recognised the name – it was one a friend had tried out on me, and that had been gorgeous. I tried it on again: yes, I had found my everyday lipstick. Clinique freebies are generous – that Tenderheart was nearly full size and lasted me for some years, until I lost it moving house.
My current regular is Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, however. More pink-berry, bitten lip, Black Honey is the best colour I’ve ever found but the formula isn’t as long-lasting or moisturising as the Different.
Costs somewhere in the region of USD 14, GBP 12, EUR 19.
INGREDIENTS: castor seed oil – cendelilla wax – caprylic/capric triglyceride – cetyl acetate – isopropyl myristate – beeswax – lanolin oil – myristyl lactate – avocado oil – ozokerite – carnauba wax – acetylated lanolin alcohol – ascorbyl palmitate – tocopherol – bht – [+/- mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – carmine (ci 75470) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – orange 5 (ci 45370) – red 22 lake (ci 45380) – red 27 lake (ci 45410) – red 28 lake (ci 45410) – red 33 lake (ci 17200) – blue 1 (ci 42090) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – yellow 5 (ci 19140) – yellow 6 (ci 15985) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – yellow 6 lake (ci 15850) – red 7 lake (ci 15850) – red 30 (ci 73360) – red 36 (ci 12085)
* A doubly wondrous day: perfect lipstick and – perhaps rarer still – a GWP that had something useful in it! I think they target the bags and their contents at “the average customer,” and whoever they are, they aren’t a dry/sensitive skinned redhead with no interest in most of the colour spectrum, nor in paint-stripping concoctions that are supposed to Turn you Around, and suchlike elegantly packaged quackery. Suffice it to say that friends and relatives over the years have been delighted to support me in my Clinique habit.

Aveda – Lip Sheer  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 9/23/2007 1:44:00 PM

This review is for SHEER CLOVER.
Great everyday lipstick, YBB on very fair skin; it happens to be a shade darker than my actual mouth. It is very like the Aveda Lip Glaze in Raspberry Tea, which I sometimes wear it under. (I usually wear RT every day, and occasionally SC underneath.) The colour is a light rose/faded berry (hence “Raspberry”) with a well-chosen peachy-tawny undertone (hence “tea” – imagine well-brewed milky tea). This undertone helps it go well with red hair – enough goldiness and russet, no coral/orange. I live in terror of lipglosses and lipsticks that make me look like a hooker (being v. pale), or a corpse, and I’m too aged to get away with full-on goth any more (sigh; still firmly wearing much black though).
Actually, it’s rather like Clinique’s Different Lipstick in Tenderheart: in colour as well as texture. Very slightly more lilac in undertone, just enough for me to prefer the Tenderheart. Our SC can be applied like it and any other lipstick. It is sheer, so will not give you more than a subtle wash of colour; two or three coats, with blotting in between, makes it stronger and last longer. It stays on fairly well; always an issue with the sheer colours, that they go fast. It is, however, nicely moisturizing: probably more attractive and comfortable than those last-forever lipsticks that leave you with dried-out cracked lips with gore in the crevasses.
Unlike the tasteless Clinique, SC is flavoured, like the various Aveda glazes, with mint and ginger. I find it pleasant, but I do eat both these things regularly, and loathe and despise things on my lips that taste of things I don’t usually put in my mouth voluntarily and for pleasure (bubblegum, fake fruit, super-sweet candy, crude oil, etc.). Many of the other Aveda lip things taste of vanilla, cinnamon, and anise (apparently plus basil, but I didn’t taste that). Some people might like that. I didn’t.
For everyday purposes, I usually just wear lipgloss, adding this for going outside for any amount of time (I work from home). On such occasions I usually employ the RT/SC combo, though sometimes Clinique’s Superbalm in Ginger with the Different Lipstick in Tenderheart. This seems to depend on time of month, which changes how things taste.

Aveda – Lip Glaze in Rubisparks  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 9/23/2007 1:27:00 PM

Good dressed-up lip gloss/stick for pale skin and red hair. I usually wear the Aveda Lip Glaze in Raspberry Tea as an everyday gloss; it’s basically YLBB, just darker than my mouth. Rubisparks is in the same colour-family, but quite a lot darker, with a touch of blood or good red wine to it: a well-balanced colour, without too much red or purple/blue. Good if you want a deeper and more defined lip without looking like a lady or creature of the night. For a deeper effect, try the same stuff in Wineberry.

The gloss is easy to apply; slightly gloopy and sticky – very very slightly, and nothing you can’t just rub in with a finger or other implement of your choice. It comes in a plastic tube, with a wand with a small sponge-tip applicator (about 1 cm long, maybe 3 mm across) on the end. It stays on well. Staying power can be enhanced by putting this on top of lipstick, or the old trick of foundation on mouth.
It tastes, like the various Aveda glazes, of mint and ginger. I find it pleasant, but I do eat both these things regularly, and loathe and despise things on my lips that taste of things I don’t usually put in my mouth voluntarily and for pleasure (bubblegum, fake fruit, super-sweet candy, crude oil, etc.). Many of the other Aveda lip things taste of vanilla, cinnamon, and anise (apparently basil too, but I didn’t taste that). Some people might like that. I didn’t. But if you like the Lip Glaze flavour, know that the Lip Colour Sheer tastes the same (review coming up).

Aveda – Lip Glaze in Raspberry Tea  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 9/23/2007 1:12:00 PM

Great everyday lipgloss, YBB on very fair skin; it happens to be a shade darker than my actual mouth. This is a light rose/faded berry (hence “Raspberry”) with a well-chosen peachy-tawny undertone (hence “tea” – imagine well-brewed milky tea). This undertone helps it go well with red hair – enough goldiness and russet, no coral/orange. I live in terror of lipglosses and lipsticks that make me look like a hooker (being v. pale), or a corpse, and I’m too aged to get away with full-on goth any more (sigh; still firmly wearing much black though).

RT is easy to apply; slightly gloopy and sticky – very very slightly, and nothing you can’t just rub in with a finger or other implement of your choice. It comes in a plastic tube, with a wand with a small sponge-tip applicator (about 1 cm long, maybe 3 mm across) on the end. It stays on well.
The overall effect is not unlike the Clinique Superbalm in Ginger; it’s lighter in texture but darker, slightly more burgundy, in colour, and it stays on WAY BETTER.
Unlike the tasteless Clinique, RT is flavoured, like the various Aveda glazes, with mint and ginger. I find it pleasant, but I do eat both these things regularly, and loathe and despise things on my lips that taste of things I don’t usually put in my mouth voluntarily and for pleasure (bubblegum, fake fruit, super-sweet candy, crude oil, etc.). Many of the other Aveda lip things taste of vanilla, cinnamon, and anise (apparently plus basil, but I didn’t taste that). Some people might like that. I didn’t. But if you like the Lip Glaze flavour, know that the Lip Colour Sheer tastes the same (review coming up).
For everyday purposes, I usually wear this, sometimes the aforementioned Clinique Ginger. This seems to depend on time of month, which changes how things taste. I’ve been wearing RT for at least three years, and will probably continue to do so until my hair goes grey and I can move into gorgeous intense scarlets and purples. Hah!

Clinique – Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Ginger  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 9/11/2007 4:14:00 AM

UPDATE: down to 3 – it’s gone gloooooopy… Plus I’m a new convert to the Clinique Butter Shines: Adore U for everyday (similar tint to this gloss, Clinique Tenderheart, and Aveda Lipglaze in Raspberry Tea) and Berry Blush for evenings (pinched cheeks/bitten lip colour, lovely).
Otherwise… Great combination of lip-balm and lip-gloss.
Superbalm comes in a squeezy tube with a small hole at the bottom, and is very easy to apply (even if, like me, you’re not great with lipsticks). It has a light but moist texture, without the grease or sticky finish found in many other lip-glosses.
Moisturising: Now, I am still using my favourite lip-balm ever underneath (Weleda Everon, used for many years), but my lips have not dried out while using the Superbalm. They do have a habit of drying out with “proper” lipstick.
Colour: A very subtle wash, with subtle shine. I have red hair and very fair skin, so that’s quite enough for everyday use; stops one looking washed out, and makes one’s lips more defined and a shade deeper in colour than nature intended. I used the appropriately-named GINGER (#08). It is very like the Aveda Lip Glaze in Raspberry, the differences being texture (SB is smooth and less gloopy and sticky) and taste (SB has no taste, the Aveda tastes of ginger and mint). The Ginger colour resembles Clinique’s Different Lipstick in Tenderheart (#92), and goes over it nicely for a more defined look.
INGREDIENTS: Polybutene – polydecene – petrolatum – bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 – octyldodecanol – microcrystalline wax – tocopheryl acetate – clary sage extract – birch extract – retinyl palmitate – wheat germ extract – aloe vera leaf extract – barley extract – cholesterol – polyglyceryl-2 triisostearate – tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate – linoleic acid – squalane – stearyl glycyrrhetinate – caprylyl glycol – hexylene glycol – potassium sulfate – phenoxyethanol – colours: Cl 77891, 15850, 19140, 45380, 73360, 75470, 17200, 45410, 42090, 15985, 77491, 77492, 77499

Clinique – Superbalm Moisturizing Glosses  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 9/11/2007 4:12:00 AM

UPDATE: down to 3 – it’s gone gloooooopy… Plus I’m a new convert to the Clinique Butter Shines: Adore U for everyday (similar tint to this gloss, Clinique Tenderheart, and Aveda Lipglaze in Raspberry Tea) and Berry Blush for evenings (pinched cheeks/bitten lip colour, lovely).
Great combination of lip-balm and lip-gloss.
Superbalm comes in a squeezy tube with a small hole at the bottom, and is very easy to apply (even if, like me, you’re not great with lipsticks). It has a light but moist texture, without the grease or sticky finish found in many other lip-glosses.
Moisturising: Now, I am still using my favourite lip-balm ever underneath (Weleda Everon, used for many years), but my lips have not dried out while using the Superbalm. They do have a habit of drying out with “proper” lipstick.
Colour: A very subtle wash, with subtle shine. I have red hair and very fair skin, so that’s quite enough for everyday use; stops one looking washed out. I used the appropriately-named GINGER (#08). It is very like the Aveda Lip Glaze in Raspberry, the differences being texture (SB is smooth and less gloopy and sticky) and taste (SB has no taste, the Aveda tastes of ginger and mint). The Ginger colour resembles Clinique’s Different Lipstick in Tenderheart (#92), and goes over it nicely for a more defined look.
INGREDIENTS: Polybutene – polydecene – petrolatum – bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 – octyldodecanol – microcrystalline wax – tocopheryl acetate – clary sage extract – birch extract – retinyl palmitate – wheat germ extract – aloe vera leaf extract – barley extract – cholesterol – polyglyceryl-2 triisostearate – tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate – linoleic acid – squalane – stearyl glycyrrhetinate – caprylyl glycol – hexylene glycol – potassium sulfate – phenoxyethanol – colours: Cl 77891, 15850, 19140, 45380, 73360, 75470, 17200, 45410, 42090, 15985, 77491, 77492, 77499

Weleda – Everon lip balm  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 8/24/2007 6:04:00 PM

Best lip-balm used within memory. Contains only stuff that’s good for you, keeps your lips in smackable condition, and tastes of rose, with some honey and vanilla, but no sickly sweetness. Now, you know something is beyond a 5 if the suggestion this might be disappearing brings you to a state of panic …
I’ve used this for many years, in various different climates. It moisturises beautifully. It doesn’t have an SPF (it does say something inside some of the tubes about “natural SPF of 4,” but I don’t see what that can come from in the ingredients listed, unless it’s just reflecting light off the oily film on your lips? We’ll leave that one to the scientists out there.

I first bought this to replace a favourite lip-balm, Nuxe Reve de Miel, which I was having trouble finding (at a time, admittedly, when I had little time for shopping, let alone the whole hunting & gathering, research & development part of the process). This tastes very similar, works better, keeps better, and lasts longer. Reve had a habit of going gritty on you, went weird in hot weather, and came in a heavy glass pot. A tube of the Everon lasts well; and I found it more moisturising and smoothing, without any greasiness, compared to other lipbalms with similar formulations. Weird. The next best IMHO is Lavera Basic – but different taste.
Men will also use it. Voluntarily. In public. On public transport. What more could you want?
One more thing–can be used for extra moisture, like any other balm; on dry elbows and suchlike, and also around the eyes if very dry there. Not necessarily for everyday purposes, but if travelling, Everon works well as a multi-purpose item thus saving you packing space and weight. Same purpose, basically, as a tin of shea butter.
Costs EUR 8.50 in Ireland, more like EUR 5-6 elsewhere; seemed v expensive when I bought it in the US, around USD 8-10.
INGREDIENTS: jojoba seed oil – beeswax – shea butter – candelilla wax – rose wax – carnauba wax – vanilla extract – rose extract.

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