Not too gloppy/sticky, stays on a while, and smooths out flaky lips. It's very minty, which I could do without, and worst of all, is white. Both the mint and the white fade fast, but I'm not about to smear this on in public. Looks like I got rabies. I'll use it up, though. I got mine as part of the Lips and Tips set, with the Intense Cuticle Repair Balm, which is awesome.
I've got a box-ful of products that haven't quite worked to help real dry, flaky lips (particularly after wearing lipstick with heavy pigment). Up to this point, I've depended on Carmex tubes to soften/heal (although its camphor sometimes makes lips worse0 and Avene sticks to wear under lipstick. Just got turned on to this product and it's great. It's a non-greasy and non-drying cream that holds and it's effective two ways:
--on its own to soften lips and eliminate flakiness, dryness
--under lipstick or gloss to keep color smooth and create a shield for lips
This lip balm is amazing.
Got this 2 weeks ago and have been using it for a just a week and what a difference. I'm a lip biter, and so my lips are usually pretty flaky. I've tried a lot of lip balms, and normal lip balms get eaten off pretty quickly. But this one has amazing staying power. It stays for hours even through stress (most lip biting)! I only have to apply it few times a day.
Formula is really thick, and at first it feels too thick and hard to spread. But as you spread it, it seeps in, and stays. After a minute it doesn't feel greasy or sticky at all, and doesn't rub or kiss off (my SO loves that). It smells like camphor, which reminded me of an ointment from my childhood, but the smell goes away quickly.
I've tried everything from Burts Bees, to $45 Shiseido Lip treatment, and this one is by far the best. I can finally stop searching for a perfect lip balm. This cost me $12, which was more than worth it.
Update: For the first time in years there are no peeling spots on my lips, and I don't have anything to bite!
Update: After I stopped using it for a while and came back to it (nothing compared) the applicator smelled funny. I think it was residue from my lips that started smelling, so I cleaned it with cotton and Q-tips. Now it doesn't smell any longer, but I make sure to apply the balm with my fingers, rather than round applicator from now on. I guess not enough preservatives.
I have a definite love/hate relationship with this product. I HATE that it has chemical sunscreen in it (because that is of the devil) and I HATE that it has parabens in it (also of the devil). I really hate that I have to wrestle with the stupid tube to get a little pin drop out. But this stuff fixes my chapped lips like nothing else. I rarely get really chapped lips but when I do nothing seems to help except this stuff. I have tried high end and drugstore and everything in between and this is the only thing that saves my lips when they really need saving.
I received this in a swap from a wonderful lady, and I am ashamed to say it sat in my vanity drawer for a few weeks.
Finally one day I saw it there and realized I had never tried it...and oh my god! What an awesome lip product! I swear by it now. I apply it every night and have done so ever since it started to get cold...I have not had cracky lips at all this winter and in fact it makes my lips particularly smooth.
It is really thick, and I have to squeeze the tube SUPER HARD to get even the tiniest amount out of it, but it is really great and I will definitely purchase a new tube when this one runs out.
The balm itself is white so it does not really work under other colors...I think it is best to use it at night.
this is the BEST lip treatment I have ever used. It is SOOO thick. It really helps. Me = 2 weeks post-op from jaw surgery and always breathing weird, my lips are SOOO dry it hurts and they're peeling and bleeding. I got this and it's the best thing ever. It will forever remain on my wishlist. LOVE YOU QTICA!
This is my all time favorite overnight lip balm. I have been using it for about 7 years or so. It's the only lip balm that I know of that actually stays on the whole night. It has a mild cooling sensation feel to it when you first put it on. It's kind of thick and it is white and it wouldn't be a lip balm that you would wear during the day. If my lips feel at all dry before bed (especially in the winter), I put this balm on overnight and it moisturizes all night long. I would definately recommend this product. It is excellent and I have bought many, many tubes over the years.
Oct31/07 Updated to add: I actually don't like this that much. It's very glossy & sticky - it sits on my lips. I think it moisturizes all that well, I wake up with flaky lips - will retry this with more diligent lip exfoliation. Please do not apply on slightly flaky lips, it cakes into areas & is white.
I just got this today so I will review this later. Initial thoughts: Very thick & kinda sticky - doesn't melt into your lips like pure lanolin. I may try to mix some pure lanolin, aloe vera gel & beeswax lipbalm as I have some laying around the house to see if it has the same effect as this fairly expensive lipbalm.
INGREDIENTS: Lanolin, Water(Aqua), Oxtyl Methocinnamate, Glyecerin, Beeswax, Sorbitan Sesquileate, Menthol, Camphor, Sodium Borate, Panthenol, Aloe Vera Gel, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Methyl Paraben, Propylparaben.
My HG lip balm for night time, as during the day I prefer Zoya Hot Lips instead. This balm makes my lips soft and chap-free and I love everything about it, the packaging, the scent, the texture, the results. It's quite thick but I guess that would make it last longer. Will definitely repurchase if my tube runs out.
I'm disappointed in this product - I received a 2ml sample from the spa that I get my facials at, and I liked it initially and wanted to try it for longer. My friend gave me the full sized tube because she didn't like it after trying it a couple of times, so I decided to give this a longer trial. I'm not sure if the full sized tube is different from the little sample pack I received, but this just didn't cut it for me. It's very thick, to the point where I had to massage the tube before I can get any product out. And once it's on my lips, it is hard to spread around - and even with the tiniest amount I put on my lips, it leaves a white residue on my lips which isn't very attractive. I also don't care for the scent very much - at first I liked the natural scent but the menthol becomes quite overwhelming. As for protecting and moisturizing my lips, it does a decent job, but so so does many other lip balms for much less. I only wear this at nights before I got to bed because of the white residue, and it does seem to stay on my lips all night long which I like (not many balms can claim this). I believe this little 15ml tube is retailed at around $20 Cdn, which is way more than I would ever pay for this, thank goodness my friend gave me this. I would not purchase this for myself when the tube runs out.