Please excuse my 2007 reference to this culturally important song "Lip Gloss", but that's my jam. Lip gloss is kind of who I am. It started early with what I call my "gateway gloss": cherry chapstick. To this day the smell of cherry chapstick can bring me back to my childhood. Of course as the years went on I upgraded to Bonne Bell Lipsmackers, and eventually "Lipglass" by MAC. Those are all my old stand-bys. Nude looking lips were the thing for a while, but right now, I feel like color is having a moment...a moment I'd like to be a part of. Look at the newly crowned Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, - formerly Miss RI (go Lil' Rhody!). She is known for always having a colored lip. Not that she needs it- girl is gorgeous (and sweet- check out her interview earlier this year on The Rhode Show)! Anyway, Olivia has inspired me to find a color I love. I began my quest with Maybelline's new "Baby Lips" balm. I figured starting with something that looked more like a colored chapstick was a safe way to go. The so called "moisturize balm" has SPF 20 and its claims to provide "8-hr hydration for visibly renewed lips in 4 weeks." It comes in a variety of colors, I picked the pink colored tropical punch flavor. I loved the color! It reminded me of candy- in a good way! The smell is also fantastic, just like fruit punch. It goes on feeling light- but the color does pack a major punch, which is where the problem starts. Although it feels great on lips, on me, it ended up looking cakey...setting in to any lip cracks and crevices. It also settled into the corner of my mouth...leaving that dreaded ring...after wearing it for a while. I thought reapplying might help, but made it worse. I will say this- the color is great, but for me did not provide nearly enough moisture. It's a great price point, so if you'd like to try it, I recommend using is as a base coat under a gloss. For me, this one is a pass. The search continues....
Newly crowned Miss USA, formerly Miss Rhode Island, Olivia Culpo
Maybelline Baby Lips