Tokyo Milk Dark Lip Elixir in Salted Caramel

3.2

18 reviews

44% would repurchase

Package Quality: 2.4

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 2.4

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS



Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

The tin is hard to open but it's okay if you just stick your nail in. I love the sweet but salty caramel smell and it is super moisturizing.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.



Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

This goddamn container. I swear, it's the most frustrating thing. As other reviewers have noted, the product itself is lovely (I sampled it at Sephora in the Impulse Purchase Section and just HAD to have it), but it's hardly worth the struggle. The lid should really be a screw-top. You can pry it up with your nails, but then say good-bye to your manicure. My boyfriend and I struggled with it all evening. A mini screwdriver is your best bet, but do you really want to fight with it every time?

I had my heart set on returning this, but I do actually really like this balm. It's made my chapped winter lips very smooth. I dented up the edge of the lid with hopes that it would be easier to work with, but I still can't close it all the way or I will need the screwdriver again. So I can't take it with me; it's in my bathroom with the lid pushed only halfway down.

As for the balm, it's a greasy petroleum-based moisturizer, so it works best as a night treatment or on its own. If you're wearing lipstick you need to either put it on top as a gloss or allow it a lot of time to sink in first. It's a great product to protect your lips from the cold air when you go outdoors. I believe the tin was $8 CND and you get a ton of product. It tastes and smells delish.

Like I said, the product is lovely. But it's probably no better than many petroleum-based balms that you can actually open. I won't rebuy unless they change the packaging.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

As much as I love the scent, and the way the balm works for me, this TIN though. The lid was way too tight, had to pry it open with a screwdriver. Took like a half hour. The thing is that none of the other scents seemed to have this issue. I also own Clove Cigarettes, and have used testers of Absinthe and Smoked Salt, and all of them came off easily. So maybe it's a problem with the Salted Caramel in particular? I don't know, I just know I had to widen the heck out of the lid with pliers, and put a dent in the side so it never closes all the way.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I really wanted to love this. The packaging is gorgeous, if impractical, and the balm itself smells luscious. However, I'm not in love with the formula. The balm is a bit dry and waxy, and doesn't do anything for my lips!


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Omg this made me so nauseas!!! I don't know what I was thinking because I usually only use mint or plain balms! This made me so sick because it is so strong smelling ! I have the Tokyo Milk Bon Bon lip balm in rose water and it I like it a million times better than this. I don't know if it was just this particular scent but it was gross and I will probably end up giving this away or tossing it.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I'd love to give a review, but I can't get the tin open.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I bought this on a whim as I was checking out at Sephora (those little boxes by the cash really do work). I'm a bit addicted to lip balms, so I was quite excited to give this a try! I've been wearing it to bed for the past few weeks and I must say I am very impressed. I usually just put Vaseline on my lips at night, and then some kind of stick balm during the day. I like how this stuff is a bit stiffer than just plain Vaseline, which is obviously quite slippery. It both moisturizes and protects, and I feel like I have noticed a difference in my lips over the time I've been using it. Others have said that the flavour is too syrup-like for them, but I have to disagree; while it is definitely a very sweet scent, I'd liken it more to caramel corn than fake syrup. There is a definite buttery undertone to the smell, and it doesn't last too terribly long once you've put it on. The packaging looks lovely, but I will note that I am generally not a fan of tinned products because, like others, I don't like the idea of contaminating my pot. While it is kind of pricey for just a lip balm, you get a TON of product, so I feel like I've gotten my money's worth.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

apparently a lot of people have had trouble with opening this little sucker, but i had no problems at all (though i have to agree that tins tend to be unreliable). that being said, i love this lip balm.

a friend of mine had raved about the TokyoMilk Dark lip elixirs, and i'm a bit of a lip product junkie, so when i saw them available at the Sephora in Fairview Mall, i decided to pick it up. when i looked at the ingredients list, i have to admit that i was not too excited to see petrolatum as the first ingredient (simply because petrolatum products tend to be too slippery for me to be a substantial balm ~ with the exception of Aquaphor) but decided to give it a go anyway to satisfy my curiosity (and because i could always return it if i really didn't like it). boy am i glad i decided to go for it.

i had expected it to be like Smith's Rosebud Salve (which is one of those products i don't really get the hype for, because it's simply glorified rose-scented Vaseline to me), but was pleasantly surprised that it is definitely a more substantial lip balm. it goes on smooth and rich across my lips and doesn't just rub or slide right off, and (it might just be me) my lips appear pinker and plumper. not only is it a great occlusive, but it's an excellent emollient as well and makes my lips so soft and supple. while the scent is more syrup than caramel, i don't find it unpleasant. i'm thinking of trying La Vie en Rose next (or Clove Cigarette, if i can find it).


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

HOLY SH*T. I don't know if I got a defective tin or something but it literally took three strong men and a screwdriver to get the damn thing open. I had been lemming the Salted Caramel forever and was so excited when it arrived from Sephora. Cut to me an hour later, still clawing at the container. I had to take it to work and get some co-workers to take a run at it. Finally, they managed to pry it open with the aforementioned screwdriver. So even if it contained liquid nirvana and instant oneness with the Universe, I would not order this again. Sadly, I also ordered the Coco Noir flavor. Have not yet worked up the nerve to even try to open it.

That said, it's a good little balm and you get quite a bit of it for a fair price. As others have noted, it's basically scented, flavored Vaseline. It does taste quite a bit like salted caramel, right down to the salty note. However, it smells exactly like pancake syrup to me instead of caramel. I feel like I'm in the middle of IHOP when I wear it. Gorgeous tin - looks great on my desk. (I keep it half open now lest it get locked shut again.)

If this had been expensive, I'd send it back on sheer principle due to the ghastly experience of trying to pry it open. As it is, I'll use it up but will NOT be re-purchasing. Disappointed but wiser, I guess.

UPDATED:
Okay, so it must have been a mutant tin because the Coco Noir just popped right open. That's the good news. The bad news is that - while it tastes lovely, just like maraschino cherries -- it smells atrocious. The Coco aspect (AKA chocolate note) is extremely overpowering and smells exactly like a Dollar Tree "chocolate" candle. The smell is so bad that I am going to take this one back to my local Sephora. Argh! I SO wanted to love these.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Medium Brown, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown


EDIT 8.1.14: I have inexplicably developed an allergy to this balm. My lips become bumpy and puffy after wearing this. I have never had a topical skin reaction to any product in my life, no clue what is triggering it, but thought I would share in case others had a similar experience.

This is a strange product. I purchased this in the little set from Sephora. The lip balm's scent is incredibly strong. I could smell it through the plastic wrapper. The black tin is very beautiful, but I have never been a fan of tinned balms. It can be a little tricky to open. The product itself definitely has the texture of a sticky Vaseline. It goes on clear and doesn't really glide on or sink into the lips quickly. That being said, I do really like this as my nighttime lip balm. It leaves my lips velvety and supple. As far as the fragrance goes, it does smell like salted caramel, but in a very saturated way. I think I would repurchase this product in the clove cigarette next time. If you are a lover of sexy black packaging, this may be worth buying but otherwise, it's not a must-try.


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