Cheapie but Goodie: Carmex Tinted Lip Balm

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I had one of these last winter, enjoyed using it up, and then promptly forgot all about it until I saw it earlier this week. This might be the best thing Carmex has come out with, so it's really a shame they're only available at Walgreens.

It's a perfect match, really, between the hydration of old school Carmex and a sheer wash of a really natural, shiny peach color. They're not quite the type of product the Revlon Lip Butter should be, as there's not enough color to these guys to qualify. The focus for these is obviously more on the lip care aspect--it is, after all, made by Carmex.

In case you couldn't tell my now, I love these tinted lip balm/moisturizing lip color products, so I thought I'd compare these to some old favorites. 

Next to my Holy Grail Dior Addict Lip Glow, (post) the color of the Carmex isn't as strong, and it doesn't apply quite as smoothly. The actual stick of the latter is much more creamy, but not necessarily in a good way. It's more of a slick, slippery kind of creaminess that translates to incredibly easy application but not quite more hydration. 

Compared to the NARS Pure Sheer Lip Treatment in Angelique, (post) Carmex is much creamier, (meltier almost) and doesn't have nearly the same amount of concentrated color. Calling it a peach "tint" is exactly right, as it's a very subtle sheer wash of color. It suits my lips very well, and the glossy shine is enough to wake up your pucker, but you might want to skip this if you're looking for more saturated color.

And next to the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose, the Carmex lip balms aren't quite as moisturizing or luxurious feeling, but they're also a bit stiffer. Both these balms share very creamy, melty qualities, but the Carmex ones don't goop and gather like the Fresh do. (I'm referring to the normal-sized Fresh Lip Treatments--I swear the miniature ones are made with a different formulation). 

I'm not too familiar with the Carmex brand, but I think this is their first balm in a stick--I've only ever seen their products in squeeze tubes or little pots before. Now compared to those, these tinted balms are far less sticky, but also not as moisturizing. Creamy though they are, once applied to your lips, the product sort of turns into a very thin coat of moisture. They're also very slippy, which translates into shorter wear time--or that more frequent application is needed. And for those of you addicted to that menthol-medicinal Carmex smell, rest assured that these contain it.

While I don't quite like these as much as the aforementioned products, they're still a good item worth knowing about, especially as they're only $3! I love these types of apply-on-the-go products, and this one has the honor of living in my coat pocket for a quick swipe in the elevator on my way out. (Keeping a balm in your pocket, by the way, is a great way to remember to protect your lips against that chap-inducing winter wind!). 

The clear version of this balm is available at basically any drugstore, but the tinted ones in "peach" and "pink" (specific color description, right?) are only available at Walgreens. I haven't tried the pink one, but if you do take a look at these, don't be afraid of the color swatch they give you on the packaging. For "peach" they just drew an orange line, but this is their first foray into colors, so I'll forgive them.

And in totally random Carmex things, I think they make different scents of their balm for different countries. I've only ever seen Cherry or the regular one here in the States, but my cousin brought back the most gorgeous smelling jasmine and green tea one from Taipei. 

Can we get that imported, please?

Sorry if this post was a little more scatterbrained than usual, but I'm nearing the tail end of my exams, which means I'm running low on number 2 pencils, dry shampoo, and sanity. 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

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