Good evening lovelies!
It’s official: spring is upon us. Even though we’re now blessed with longer days, warmer weather, and renewed energy, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying we also receive the “gift” of dryness during this time of year, especially when it comes to our lips. No one likes to have chapped lips; not only do they look unappealing, but they also hurt like nobody’s business. Typically, I would use something like standard ChapStick or Nivea Lip Balm to combat the dryness that is so characteristic of spring, but this year I decided to change things up and use a new item from Sephora: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment.
When these little guys first came out, I was pretty disinterested in them because, hello, they’re $23 a piece! I ended up taking the plunge and splurging on a few of the colors because of the Sephora 15% off spring sale, and because I needed something that would moisturize and tint beyond the abilities of my trusted NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.
The first one I grabbed was Rose, which is pretty much the original color from the line (outside of the translucent one which is appropriately called “Sugar.” Based on the popularity of the Rose shade, Fresh released 13 more colors, of which I have Nude, Honey, Petal, Sugar, and Tulip.
You only need one swipe on each lip to get hydration, maybe two if you’re having serious issues with chapping. Lips instantly look shinier and fuller, and it’s as if the dryness just disappears. This product is really nice for wearing on its own because of that “full” effect, but it also helps lip liner, lipstick, and lip gloss reach a whole new level as far as finish. It’s not overly slimy or shiny, which is pretty common with most lip balm type products, so there’s no clash between the finish of, for example, a matte finish lipstick and the satin finish of the BL. You can also wear any of these shades on their own, but they do act as a nice primer if you want to layer them with other products.
Fresh Lip Treatments, in all formulations, retail for about $23-25 depending on where you buy them; they also tend to come in miniature versions boxed in gift sets, which usually include about 3 or 4 colors. During the holiday season they usually release an all-inclusive set for about $75, which is a crazy good deal considering the normal price of these babies.
If you have issues with colors turning because of the pigmentation of your lips, I would use one of the colored variations, but if you’re like me and you are just looking for hydration, definitely stick with Sugar. Do be aware that the colored formulations seem to be a tad bit drier, but not by much.
Make sure to store these in a cool, dry place so they don’t melt, otherwise they become mushy and over-pigmented!