Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nudey Tuesday: EOS Lip Balm Trio Set with Sweet Mint, Honeysuckle Honeydew, Pomegranate Raspberry Review

Repurchase: Yes
Price: $9.99 for set of 3/ $3.49 individually (3 x 0.25 oz)
Product: 22/25
Packaging: 4/5
Value: 9/10
Overall Grade: B+

Although lip balms aren't exactly what you'd call "nudey", I do include bases and primers in the Nudey Tuesday series. To, me, EOS (or Evolution of Smooth) lip balms act as even better lipstick bases than as actual lip balms and I felt it was the perfect time to finally do a review on them. Valentine's day is just around the corner and who knows when you'll need those puckers to be prepped and ready for some good ol' smooching?
The Packaging: During the Holidays, Walgreens was offering trio sets of EOS lip balms in cute little bags. The set that I purchased came with the three lip balms, Honeysuckle Honeydew, Pomegranate Raspberry, and Sweet mint, and a sparkly silver and white mesh bag.

The lip balms themselves are packaged in small, colorful "egg" shaped containers. Each contains a dip (for the thumb) so that opening and closing the lip balm is easy as pie. Also, the actual lip balms themselves are sphere shaped for fun yet precise application.

While these lip balms are packaged in adorable containers, there are two minor cons to the packaging. First off, the lip balm sphere inside is prone to becoming loose and slipping off its "surface" so that when you twist off the lid, the sphere is upside down inside the lid instead of being attached at the bottom. The problem is easily solved by closing it back up and shaking the sphere to the bottom. Secondly, the little containers can collect (minor) dust and dirt.
Ingredients

The Product:

EOS lists the following qualities:
  • Long-lasting moisture
  • Shea butter & vitamin E
  • Smoothes on clear
  • New smooth sphere precisely glides on to lips
  • Twist-off top
  • Gluten-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Petroleum-free
  • Phthalate-free
"EOS is 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petroleum free."

My Thoughts: This is a good lip balm that will be great for lips in average condition. This isn't something that will cure severely chapped lips -I go to my Jack Black for that. However, it works beautifully when my lips are a little dry and need an extra boost of moisture. Update: I forgot to mention that the lip balm does leave a sort of waxy layer but it's nothing bothersome -it leaves lips feeling smooth and soft.

Now as lip balms, these are nice but as lipstick bases, they're exceptional. I rarely fuss with lip liner because most tend to be drying on me so EOS lip balm is a great alternative. It works as an amazing, clear base that keeps the lips moisturized and the lipstick on. It really depends on the lipstick but I'd say this gives me an extra 1-3 hours of lipstick wear. In my experience, it also helps for lipstick to apply a lot more smoothly and evenly.

The Flavor:
1. Honeysuckle Honeydew- This tastes just like honeydew. I love that it's not too sweet or overpowering -it's really just right. The scent is very light.
2. Pomegranate Raspberry- This has more of a raspberry taste to me. The flavor and scent are very light but you can definitely spot the berry in there.
3. Sweet Mint- This has the strongest scent and taste. From what I can recall, it's almost identical Orbit's Sweet Mint gum. There's a tingly sensation for a few minutes after application so those with sensitive lips may want to steer clear of Sweet Mint.


Overall: In the beginning, I have to admit that I was very weary of purchasing EOS lip balms. I saw them being reviewed by practically every "popular" YouTube guru out there and that made me not want to buy them. Honestly, I just don't trust many gurus and I prefer reviews from blogs, MakeupAlley, and Specktra.

However, I had to test them for myself before I judged. I'm so glad that I gave in because these are really great and live up to the reviews all over the blogosphere. Are they life changing for me? No, but they are really good lip balms and excellent lipstick bases and for the price and unique packaging, you really can't argue.

Where To Buy: Walgreens

19 comments:

  1. i love the red one, its my favorite :)

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  2. Oh, when am I gonna own one of these? *groans longingly*

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  3. Darn I see these everywhere but in Europe :(

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  4. These look adorable but not essential!

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  5. I got the Honeysuckle one when I was back in Canada for the Holidays! I like the packaging, the smell, but I dont like how it is not creamy, and that I have to force it to apply. But it gives me smooth lips though, my boyfriend said so! :)

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  6. This gift set is so awesome! I wish I was in the States so I can get my hands on one!!! I bought the Honeysuckle one when I was on vacation in Las Vegas and I love it!!!

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  7. ahhh no wonder why i can't find the pomegranate! it's limited edition for the holidays? lol.. i have 5/6. i just picked up the tangerine one ! i think the lemon remains my favorite..

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  8. Awe..I really want to try them! But I didn't saw them in Montreal. I know the shaving cream (wich is reallyyyyyy good!)
    Is there a website that I could buy some?

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  9. I love these :] They're so fun and cute! But hard to fit in my purse, lol.

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  10. I read so many good reviews about this lip balm! now I want one!

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  11. Hmm.. Isn't it hard to apply once it starts to flatten?

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  12. I always wanted to try this but never had a chance! They look super cute though

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  13. I actually really like the PRODUCT. yes, the PRODUCT. it is moisturizing and everything good you've mentioned. but I have this strange comfort of knowing that my chapstick is in my pocket. And having this in my pocket...well... it leaves many questioning. Just looking at the packaging is adorable, but not so practical. So I leave this by my bedside, but I wish I could carry this in my pocket.

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  14. ahhh i really wanna try these lip balms! they are super cute!! but i dont see them for sale here :( i'll have to look for them next time i go to the states!

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  15. oh how I wish these were available somewhere in Europe. I especially love the packaging..too cute

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  16. what more original packaging! =^.^=

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  17. cute! but being only average is not worth having to hunt for it! i cant find it in aust! :(

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  18. I also made a review about it. I have sweet mint and honeysuckle honeydew. I'd appreciate it if you check it out :)

    Ziainprint.blogspot.com

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