Perfumeria Gal • Red Currant Lip Balm • Lip Treatments
|Would buy this product again.||76%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I love this stuff. It moisturizes really well (much better than the easier-to-find Rosebud Balm) and all the scents are amazing. My personal favorite is Red Currant. The tins are works of art and they last forever! They're also a great gift - but I love to keep them for myself. They are awesome.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
There really isnt anything spectacular about this balm but the scent and the Art Deco Alphonso Mucha like tin. Its made with just vaseline and veg. oil is what my pot is labeled. The positives about this balm is that because of the vaseline it lasts long on the lips and keeps mine from getting chapped. I also love the scent. There is no color from this balm like people keep saying and I have no color in my lips whatsoever. I have this in Banana as well.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I give this only 3 Lippies just because of the tin and the scent! The tin is too cute! I love cute packaging! I like the Scent smells like candy/kool-aid something yummy not quite sure what! I dont like that is doesnt stay on the lips it is light and leave no color on your lips!
Yes i will buy this item again only because of the tin!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I don't know why people keep saying Perfumeria Gal lip balms are just scented Vaseline. The texture is clearly different, the shine it gives is much less greasy-looking when on the lips and it has better staying power than Vaseline. It performs well, but I find it works best if I really slather it on (I have super-dry lips,) so it's a good thing that the balm only has the faintest hint of red to it!
You get a huge 15ml of product per tin compared to a lot of 4g stick-style balms. Perfumeria Gal is clearly gaining popularity because it's easier to find outside of Europe these days and I've noticed it's gotten cheaper over the last several years.
The tin can be a pain to open if your hands have any cream on them, (but it's nothing like the huge hassle of opening L'Occitane's old bubble-style perfume solid tins!)
Will definitely continue to re-buy but it won't be the only lip balm I'll ever use. IMO, if you're curious about PG lip balms, Red Currant or Peach are the ones to try. But if you're looking for an OMG-TOTALLY-HG!!! lip balm to change your life and your lips, this probably isn't it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I had this in Red Currant flavor/color.
PROS: Adorable packaging! Reasonably priced (around $6). Very pleasant smell. Adds a natural amount of gloss and tint (YLBB).
CONS: Doesn't moisturize my lips very well. Doesn't have much color.
Overall, a so-so balm. If you're in love with the smell, it might be worth it. For me, I won't be repurchasing (I'd rather stick to the gloss, tint, and scent of Rose Balm!)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Well, overall this is just scented vaseline. However, it is pretty nice for what it is.
The smell is rather sugary and slightly fruity in an artificial way [like candy]. Not really that much fresh fruit scent to it actually, and I am not quite sure what black currant is actually supposed to smell like since it's not a common fruit in the U.S. In any case, I prefer the scent of the peach version more. It is juicier and more realistic. It is just up to scent preference, I guess.
In the case of product color, this is a deep berry shade in the pot, but once applied on my mildly pigmented lips there's really no color difference. If you had no real pigment in your lips there might be a bit of coloring, but otherwise the color does not really matter. Just buy the scent you like. You can mix in pigments to change the color, if you were really desperate.
The container is metal with a round metal cap. It's sturdy enough for everyday usage and does not easily fall off. No mirror inside, just in case you are wondering. I actually do not like pot lip products much, so what I did was I took an empty chapstick container, rolled the bottom down, and scraped a bunch of the lipbalm in there so that I could apply it in stick form.
The product itself is a net wt. of 0.53 oz (15ml), contains SPF4 and it's about as moisturizing as vaseline, IMO. So if vaseline works for you as a lip treatment, as it does for me, this will work the same way. It is also the same texture as vaseline, so sort of a gel consistency. Usually I coat my lips in this at night and also I put a light layer on before I start my makeup routine and blot it off gently before I put on lipstick. It tends to make putting on lipstick harder/uneven if I leave it on. Though, if you want to sheer out a lipstick, leaving a layer of this on would work well.
Ingredients: petrolatum, ceresin, paraffin, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, homosalate, parfum, benzophenone-3, prunus armeniacia kernel oil, beta-carotene, hydrogenated vegetable oil, sorbitan trisearate, limonene, linalool, C.I. 15850 (red 7 lake).
The price was around 4-5 USD [not including shipping] which is pretty good for an imported lip balm. Mileage varies with lip products, but I have two pots of these in rotation and use them around 2-3 times a day and they have lasted from September until now, with about 25% left in each container. I probably would not buy red currant again since I am not very fond of the scent and I have a variety of other lip moisturizers in my room that I've yet to use. I may try the other scents if I randomly see them for sale, but that's about it.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I like the Perfumeria gal line of lip balms, particularly the Red Current one- i love the nice smell and the cute packaging, though i don't use this frequently as it can be a bit drying.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This is basically scented Vaseline so it moisturizes well. It's nothing special, I know. But the scent, I like. That is the reason why I would repurchase this again if I could finish it, but it will last me a while. I like the tin a lot. Very cute and vintage-y.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
This is the best of the Gal line, although the peach is not too bad. I love the way it smells.
As far as actually healing my lips, no. That is what shea butter and carmex are for. However, as far as a cute gadget that smells good, this balm does the trick!
Edit 2012: I've gone through three of the pots since I wrote this review. I find a difference in texture between the flavors- i find the peach more emollient and the violet more glossy. Right in the middle is the red currant, with my favorite smell to boot. Despite being a carmex addict, I only use carmex a couple of times a day; my go to gloss at my desk is the red currant.
If my lips are really chapped, Gal balms just sit on top; when this happens to me I just put something under this. I think if you have major chapping going on, you want to do a healing balm first with more oils and butters; but if you are looking to maintain and protect, Gal's balms are great.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
This pretty, plump, art nouveau (not deco, get your art history right, people) tin cost $6 when I bought it in Urban Outfitters. It looks like it's even cheaper on amazon.com: 2 tins for $8!... I saw 1 tin sell for as high as $9. I think that's ridiculous, especially since these are dirt cheap in Spain, where they are made! For what I paid, I think it does its job well. I used Burt's Bees for the past few years, but it was annoying to keep having to reapply every couple of hours. Maybe I have super dry lips? I don't know. But this vaseline-based lip balm lasts between meals, making my lips supple, shiny, and oh-so-kissable without making me feel like I'm wearing something heavy or sticky as I do when I'm wearing lipstick. This balm also gives my lips a slight pink tint, accompanied by a light, fruity scent that is not overpowering. I'll happily invest in other perfumeria gal flavors! You should see the envious looks on other girls' faces when I whip out my lip balm in public.
Side note: I bought my friend a peach one, and she loves it, too. It smells heavenly... BTW, peach balm doesn't give any color.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Blue
Smells absolutely delicious, and makes my lips really soft and satiny. My only complaint is that it's not in a more hygenic stick form. But very pretty little jar.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
Oh I do so love these lips balms! I live in Spain so they are very easy to come by and here they are dirt cheap (I hear they are expensive in the US, I suppose because they must import them, I would still buy them if I were in the US, although on the other hand since they have so many things in the US that aren't available here I would probably spend all my time and money in the US trying things I couldn't get here lol!). They are mostly vaseline with a wonderful aroma and taste and they moisturize like vaseline, that is, great! They leave a slight tint on the lips too, really moisturizing and smooth and with a touch of shine for natural days or for the winter.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Boo. Tin is so lovely, but the lid won't stay on at all. That makes this completely un-portable and therefore practically useless for me and my lifestyle. Everything else about this seems totally average. Pretty smell, but overall, not impressed.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
No, this isn't just coloured vaseline! It is amazing!!! This is my favourite lip balm ever and the only one that works if ever get really chapped lips - it sorts them out in no time. The smell is lovely and not at all sickly and it gives just the sheerest hint of colour. The consistency is perfect and although it costs a bit more than other lip balms, it is worth it as it lasts for ages and it works. To top it off, the tin is beautiful. I just wish it wasn't so hard to come by in the UK!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I'm on my third Red Currant!! Oh my I love this lip balm/gloss. It comes in the cutest vintagey packaging and lasts forever, which is good because I use it all the time. Red Currant is a unique, beautiful shade of pinky-plum that is universally flattering and tastes good, too! Buy it!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
an average lip balm encased in a delicious art nouveau style tin. i bought it for the tin alone and have barely bothered with the balm as it was too thin for my tough old lips :-D these balms come in pretty tins with nice scents but not as good IMO assay Mama Coco or Lush.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Black
I was surprised to find these at Urban Outfitters. It's a bit pricy for lip balm, but I decided to get it anyway. The smell is nice, and the tin is so cute. It leaves a nice, reddish tint on my pigmented lips. Not sure if I'll repurchase when I run out.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Beautiful tins, but the lip balm is average. It's like any other lip balm out there on the market that's petroleum based. The scent varies from each lip balm, but overall nice product and pretty scent. I do love those tins, really lovely.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
red current is my FAVORITE perfumeria gal lip balm and I have tried all of them except banana and pear. I only own red current and spearmint but I've tried my friend's perfumeria gal lip balms. First of all let me just say how AmAzInG these lip balms are! They are the only thing I ever use. Everyone seems to think that they are just scented vaseline, but if you actually stick your finger into a pot of vaseline, it's 10x more softer. Plus these are cute and a lot smaller. Anyway, I just love red current the best. It has a very light, "like-able" scent that I don't get sick of and it just gives my lips a pretty, natural-looking glow. It looks dark red in the pot but it goes on basically clear. It's amazing.
Age: Unknown Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Something about this kind bothered me. I think it was the flavor more than the formula, but each time I used it I felt kind of sick and eventually threw it away. I should have sampled it but I don't trust testers especially for lip products. I hope it was just the flavor because I am a lip balm addict and am going to try another flavor at some point(most likely the peach). I hope my next flavor goes better than this one did. The package is cute and better than some other metal tins because the cover seems to actually stay on instead sliding into my bag.