Julie Hewett • Camellia Lip Balm (Pot) Ruby • Lip Treatments
|Would buy this product again.||75%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive, Cool Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Black
I actually have this in the palette form, with Julie Hewett's logo/emblem on the cover and a mirror inset in the lid - the most sophisticated packaging I have ever seen of a lip balm.
That said, the stuff inside the package is just as remarkable: it's a thick, gelatinous balm, rather like petroleum jelly, except it's a more elegant formula: not nearly as greasy as petroleum jelly, firm and gelatinous yet light on the lips. The stuff feels beautiful. It smells beautiful, with a soft scent of fresh sweet oranges. It looks nice on the lips too, a vivd tint that freshens up lips very well.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Relaxed Eyes: Brown
Great packaging. I bought it in the compact version, so it's easier to use as oppposed to the pot. The compact is refillable and there's a mirror on the inside of the lid for added convenience in application. it's also very sleek and can slip into any pocket or evening bag.
The only downside is that it doesn't come with a mini lipbrush..but I have an issue with any lip balm that requires me to use my fingers. However, because it hydrates my lips so well, I'll forgo that this time around! The red tint gives a hint of colour which I love, when I'm not in the mood to have a 'full face' on.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal Hair: Silver Eyes: Blue
Balm, as we know, is a preparation to heal and soothe the skin. Precisely.
However, CAMELLIA RUBY BALM is not only that but also a generous pot of a luscious ruby hue that not only gives softness to lips but a glow to skin.
Just learned that Camellia oil has been used for time unknown as a beauty remedy. It's rich in vitamins A, B, D, and E, all necessary nutrients for health and beautiful complexions. Toss out those colorless lip salves and be pretty while you're softening and soothing.
As if all this weren't enough Julie Hewett sends her good things in gorgeous art deco black and white boxes. Love these!
- Gail Cooke
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I have read reviews that say the Ruby balm deposits no color. Untrue. My lips are pigmented medium-rose, and the color from the Ruby pot gives them a hint of sheer red, similar to Benefit's BeneTint, but more smooth and moisturizing without that awful tacky feeling. Though this balm goes on shiny, it is not a lip gloss in a pot; it is much silkier and nourishing than that, and the shiny look dissipates as the product sinks in.
I am a lip balm addict -- always under and over lipstick. Over the years I have worn Chapstick, Carmex, Kiehl's, and Badger Balm, the last one having been my favorite since 2003. Sometimes lip balms can be drying. Not so with the Camellia balm, which I have been using several times a day for almost two weeks -- ample time for my lips to feel any ill effects from a new product.
Upon application the Camellia balm has an almost oily, slick feel, but it quickly sinks in and smooths over any ridges in my lips, making a wonderful base for lipstick without any slipping (just don't apply it too close to the lip edges). In fact, I use this balm to sheer out some of my more pigmented lipsticks so I can wear them to work (80% sunny windows and 20% fluorescent lights), such as any of the matte lipsticks from the Julie Hewett Noir collection. Or instead of applying underneath to make lipstick more sheer, I have discovered that if I apply JH Sin Noir directly from tube to lips, blot down to a stain, and then put a tiny bit of Ruby Camellia balm on top, the balm gives the matte black cherry lipstick greater depth. Really really gorgeous.
I love this balm and will never buy BeneTint again. The only thing I do not love about it is the pot. I find it inconvenient to have to wash my hands every time I want to apply a little balm to my lips. Also, the pot is deep and the balm sits well below the lip of the jar. On a brand new pot I have to poke my finger far inside before I can swirl it around, and even then, swirling is difficult because of the depth. My fingertip does not hit product until halfway between fingertip and fist knuckle. That's *deep*. A potted balm should be in a short jar with the balm right up to the lip. For that reason alone I said I would not purchase again, and I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Pots are the primary reason I moved from Kiehl's to Badger Balm. Luckily, the Camellia balm is offered in a tube, but only the clear color (no red or rose, alas).