If you have read my Tasty Treatments for Chapped Lips post, featuring the lovely Baby Lips balms, you'll already know just how big of a fan I am of Maybelline New York and their Baby Lips range, so I was quite excited when I heard they were coming out with a balm and blush range. They were featured in the February 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan, and so when I saw that there was an introductory offer on them in ASDA for £4 each instead of £4.99, I decided to buy two to review.
The colours appear very bright and are available in two shades; Flirty Pink and Innocent Peach. However, on the display there was definitely four shades, two for each name, so I am assuming that ASDA has slipped up here! After searching online, the un-named extra shades are Booming Ruby and Bronze Shimmer.
I actually quite like these as Lip Balms. Innocent Peach is definitely a lot more appealing than Flirty Pink as it has a delicate, peach scent, wheareas Flirty Pink's strawberry scent is slightly plastic-y and a little unpleasant, also showing up quite a bright pink on lips. I will say that the formula is nice for these, a little bit creamier than regular Baby Lips balms and they feel thicker when rubbing lips together. They are very addictive as I find myself re-applying them to my lips as often as possible, the same with the regular lip balms.
However as a blush, these suck. The description in Cosmo is that the product "isn't dry on lips or sticky on cheeks." No no no no. This couldn't be further from the truth I'm afraid. Using this product on my cheeks reminds me of when I was much younger and I used to smear my mum's red lipstick on my cheeks, pretending it was blusher - this product has the same effect which can only be rectified by applying powder over the top. It's incredibly greasy which is what I think lets the product down the most.
Flirty Pink applies quite a good amount of colour after two swipes on my hand, which does actually blend quite nicely for a little pop of cheek colour, but unfortunately Innocent Peach is barely pigmented at all, almost disappearing when blended. I applied the product on the back of my hand, then wiped my hand with my jumped and no trace of the product was left behind at all. I tried my hardest to get a photo of the colours, I even ventured outside for better lighting (who likes my promise ring by the way?) but they are extremely sheer! I think I will continue to use Flirty Pink as a base for my usual Benefit blusher, but I will be keeping Innocent Peach as a lip balm only.
|Left - Flirty Pink, Right - Innocent Peach|
I think this product may be aimed at younger consumers who may be trying makeup for the first time, they definitely remind me of the fake strawberry-scented lip balms I used to get free with Girl Talk when I was nine, which is a real let down for the price.
I will not be purchasing this product again, although I won't tell you not to buy it as this review is obviously my own opinion. The blush may show up so much better on someone else, and you may find you like the formula! So if there's a deal on them, then try them if you're interested, but I wouldn't buy them at full price as I don't think they are worth it.
Have you tried these yet?
If not, will you be purchasing them?