I am always on the lookout for a nice lip balm.
I do not wear makeup everyday as I am a stay at home mom, but I do find myself putting on a lip balm on a daily basis.
For this reason, I seem to go through lip balms more often than other lip products.
While at Target a few months ago, I stumbled upon a flavor of lip balm that I never had bought before.
“Blackberry Crème Therapeutic Conditioning Lip Balm” from the brand “E.L.F.” was only a $1 at Target, so I decided to try it out.
That’s a long name for a skinny balm.
This balm’s packaging reminds me of the balms from the brand “Softlips”. The tube is longer than a normal “chapstick” tube, but much thinner.
The tube itself is white with a clear cap that sits on top of the light purple balm.
The tube isn’t the best.
The lettering of the brand and product are in silver and has already been worn away. It just looks cheap, in my opinion, especially with the silver lettering rubbed off.
The product comes out by twisting the base of the tube. This doesn’t work well. The product gets stuck too far up and will not twist back down. This could definitely create a problem.
The smell is really nice. I would say it is a fairly accurate portrayal of blackberries and cream.
The balm itself is really soft though. I know that having a soft balm is a good thing, but this is way too soft and applies way too much to the lips. The product also sort of “crumbles” during application, leaving bits and pieces on the lips. The consistency is lacking.
After application it is almost necessary to smooth out the balm on your lips. To do so, I just use my finger. Maybe this should have came in a jar form.
It is very oily feeling and actually feels like it is sliding off of my lips onto my face. It is way too soft and easy to melt. I would definitely not recommend carrying this in your pocket or leaving it in the car. I really do think you would have a mess on your hands.
The balm seems okay on the lips if you apply a small amount. It does seem kind of waxy and oily at the same time. It doesn’t want to soak into the lips, rather, it stays on top. I do not find this gives any lasting moisture or heps my lips feel softer or smoother.
It also melts into your mouth. How disgusting does that sound? Well, it is quite unappealing. The scent is nice but the taste is not. It also has a sort of numbing effect, probably because it feels so oily. This numbing effect is like a coating on the lips. It sort of feels tingly. I do not know if this is on purpose or not. I do not think I am having a reaction as my lips do not look or feel irritated after removal. The “Softlips” brand balms also have this effect and is more soothing. The Blackberry Crème balm just doesn’t seem to hydrate my lips well.
I always end up wiping this off after a short time. Even after I take it off, I still have an oily build on my lips. This is not a soft hydrating feel, but an obvious oil slick leftover from the balm.
I think the big turn off is the oily feeling, so keep that in mind. If this is something that you dislike and would be turned away from, don’t bother buying this balm. Of course, this is only my suggestion and others might like this consistency.
I know it seems that I am being very negative about this product. I do have something positive to say though. The color is really nice! I wish the balm was better though. The color is a very light purple. It is basically sheer lavender. I think it tones down my pink lips.
If this was a gloss, it might work better.
I actually don’t think this would be a completely horrible product, if it could undergo a bit of tweaking. I mean, it was only a dollar, so I wasn’t out tons of money, but I won’t be using this on a daily basis for sure.
I will use this around the house as I don’t mind using my fingers to take off the excess, but I would not want to do that in public.
I also do not want to eat or drink anything while using this as I do not want to taste this balm.
I actually do not think I would buy another Therapeutic Conditioning Balm from E.L.F. as I was not impressed and would rather spend the extra $1 or $2 on another healing lip product.
My own tube of E.L.F Therapeutic Conditioning Balm in the scent “Blackberry Crème”.