I am not a girl to wear pink. I'm not a fan of pastels or bright shades or bubblegum. That being said, Petal is absolutely beautiful. When I need a professional looking lip shade this is it. It has just enough hint of a mauve/pink/nude for me to earn it a place as my current favorite Fresh Balm. A note that is worth mentioning: I have this in full size and mini. The mini is unstable at times, it moves around a lot in its tube, and sometimes it is a little too thick/gloppy on my lips. The full size has had none of those issues.
I wore this today for a meeting. Put it on at 11:30 and got home at 5. Ate around 4. Though the color faded away my lips were still pleasantly creamy feeling. Rubbing them together right now I feel that smooth telltale sign of a rich balm.
I happen to love Fresh Sugar Lip treatments. The raising price? Not so much. But the thing is that I have yet to find any balm/chapstick/lipstick that can take its place. The Cover Girl Gimme Sugar? A waste of time. They are decently comparable, I suppose, but lack the pigmentation and the soothing feel on the lips. The packaging is also lacking in my book. A little too teenage makeup compared to the sleek metal of Fresh.
I've heard people complain about the 'floral smell' and the ' lemon pledge'. As someone who uses Pledge on a daily basis I wonder at those comments because there is a HUGE difference. I happen to love the scent. It has become somewhat of a scent memory now for the amount of time I have continued to use this stuff. To also comment on the fact that a lot of people ask for this product in a tube or other type of format, you have to realize that the thing that makes this product great is its thickness. If you put it in a squeeze tube what is going to happen? Its going to end up like the Victoria Secret lip glosses. It is going to get messy and you think heat is an issue in a metal case? Try a tube in the sun getting more melty by the minute and you try to squeeze that stuff out. More product would be wasted.
My lips react to a lot of products. Nivea, some Burts Bees, and the ever popular Revlon balm stains. They've never reacted unpleasantly to Fresh which is fantastic. The added spf is just the icing on the top. Another thing to mention is that this shade is one of the sheerer silky types. Cherry is creamier, Rose is Silky, Petal is silky, Honey is creamy, Coral is silky.