Just as Fan has been let down by Maybelline on several occasions, I too have had my fair share of disappointments with Labello. Many years ago, when shopping online was only a distant dream for me and I had to make do with what was available in local drugstores, I bought Labello lipbalms several times and was pretty unhappy with each one. There was a certain yuckyness to them that I can't really describe, and they would disappear from my lips quicker than I could say "Lipsmackers".
Not so with this new lipbalm of theirs. The one I got from Fan, which contains dragonfruit and starfruit extracts, is an excellent quality product and the more I wear it, the deeper I fall in love with it.
Fine, it's not the kind of INCI list that would make me buy the product in question, but somehow it still works.
The stuff I'm happy to see on that list:
- Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) butter
- Candelilla Cera (candelilla wax)
- Prunus Dulcis (almond) oil
- Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba oil)
- Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E)
- Vitis Vinifera (grape) Seed Oil
- Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (a.k.a.: avonbenzone; a chemical sunscreen that doesn't do much on its own, there's too little in there anyway, but hey, a little is more than nothing. By the way, according to Labello's website, this balm and the rest in the series has an SPF of 10.)
Labello's new lipbalm lends my lips a subtle shine (no pearly effect, thank goodness), and some moderate color. It also contains silver sparkles, but while they're visible in the solid product, once you apply the balm to your lips, they disappear completely.
When it comes to color and shine, I can best compare this balm to Silk Naturals' Soft, one of my favorite everyday glosses. It's a sheer raspberry shade that's perfect for daytime wear and provides this classic fresh look that's appropriate both in the office and for a walk in the city with friends.
It feels like a buttery-gel on my lips and so far it has only managed to protect and moisturize them, which is a big deal because many lipbalms actually tend to dry my lips. (Please note the absence of mineral oil on the INCI list, which is probably the reason why this balm performs so well.)
Its scent is delicious, exotic and mouthwatering, which makes it a perfect distraction from one's work. Imagine me sitting in the office, trying to label folders and catalog documents, but failing miserably thanks to an irrepressible urge to sniff said lipbalm every few minutes.
Epic fail... :-DDD
(I even ended up putting some on my wrists as if it were a solid perfume... *blushes like crazy*)
PACKAGING AND PRICE
The twist-up tube contains a generous 4.8 g (5.5 ml) and usually retails for 439 HUF (1.8-2.6 EUR / 2.5-4.0USD abroad) in DM in Hungary , so if you're on a budget looking for an affordable, good-quality lipbalm, this is definitely a product you should consider.
It's one of the best lipbalms I've tried in a good while, and I might even go as far as saying that it compares to my beloved Silk Naturals lippies. And that, my dear friends and readers, is a huge compliment from me. :-D
Available in: DM, Rossmann, Müller and Schlecker stores, and probably all major drugstores near you
Rating: a solid 5 out of 5
Okay... Since I'm a huge lipbalm/lipsgloss/lip-practially-anything freak, I am now asking you to tell me what your favorite lipbalm is. I'm risking a lot here, after all one only gets so much money a month, but what the heck, I'm still curious. :-)))
Also, check out the goodies I got recently:
- Whipping Star by Frank Herbert, my favorite author ever (By the way, was it really necessary to insert the most unbecoming picture they could find of him into that Wikipedia article...? Check him out here, at least here he doesn't look like a hobo...)
- Hypno Gloss mascara by Essence
- Beauty Box from Artdeco for Sagu
- Brochure from La Roche Posay full of samples