I had heard wonderful things about these multitasking lippies over the years but never tried them until my birthday last August when Sephora was giving away two mini Fresh Sugars (the Original balm and Rose) for the 2012 Beauty Insider Birthday Gift.
Rose was a little light for my tastes but I loved the consistency and little touch of color. I loved the original balm for my lips almost as much as Aquaphor. I'm very picky about the consistency of lip balm and most don't live up to my high expectations. The important thing that Fresh Sugar has that Aquaphor doesn't is SPF 15 and lots of free radical fighting antioxidants in addition to the usual humectants.
According to the website, here are the main ingredients that make these such a yummy treat for your lips:
- Sugar: Prevents moisture loss; a natural humectant.This Mini Lip Collection comes with 6 different shades that range from clear to a rich berry. I tried to do some swatches on my hand but as you can see the shades are all light enough that they aren't very distinct.
- Meadowfoam Seed, Black Currant Seed, Avocado, and Jojoba: Deeply moisturize dry areas.
- Grapeseed Polyphenols: Protect, smooth, and soften.
- Avobenzone and Octinoxate: Offer SPF 15 UVA/UVB protection.
|Swatches are in order of the packaging: |
Rose, Honey, Coral, Berry, Passion and Original.
|Same order as above.|
The regular sized balms are at least twice as large as these minis and are bigger than most balms. As you can see from this photo the minis are small enough for me to hold all of them in my hand at once. The smaller tip makes it easy to control the application in the thinner parts of my lips.
Personally, my favorite shades are Berry and Passion. They have the most color and look both beautiful and natural. With winter coming up these would be a great purchase in order to try out the different shades without committing to one color. If you're like me and think they're all beautiful then you can keep one in each purse, one in the car, one at your desk and one by the bed!
They are small enough to easily fit into your pocket but I'd recommend only doing that for a short period of time because I've found that body heat softens them very quickly. I've put them in my yoga pants pockets while at the gym and they definitely got a little smooshy.
Fresh Sugar Addiction Mini Lip Collection is available at Sephora for $48. Regular sized Fresh Sugars run for $22.50 so it's a pretty good deal!