Friday, September 30, 2011

Cosmetics Review: Lush's Honey Trap Lip Balm

The Review: I want to love everything Lush. I really do. They seem like a great company, their products are awesome, and their stores always provide kick-ass customer service. Well, at least the one in the Mall of America does. Anyway, I saw this lip balm online and couldn't resist buying it the next time I was in the store. I mean, how can a self-professed lip balm addict not buy a lip balm with this description:

"For sweet, vanilla-honey kisses. Our product inventors worked hard in the labs, experimenting with all sorts of different flavours before they landed on this seductive honey lip balm. It's a hard life we have here at LUSH. Honey Trap is layered, giving you a delicious balm that you can't resist tasting. It has toning sweet orange and cooling peppermint to soothe dry, chapped lips.Honey moisturizes and the white chocolate is part of that delectable flavour."

Honey? White chocolate? I have no self control. I had to have it. But when I was in the store, the sales associate and I had to search to find a lipbalm that wasn't leaking a sticky, oily substance caused by separation in transit. That in itself did not bode well, but I was sure that it had to be a great product, so I didn't bother to use the tester. Big mistake, because later, when I tried it on, I was so unbelievably disappointed.

First off, the tins are hard to get open, especially if you're a nail biter, like me. You have to work for your lip balm, but since it's all eco-friendly packaging, I can be ok with that. Secondly, the lip balm isn't smooth, like a normal lip balm. When you get some on your finger, it looks... clumpy, granulated, weird. But whatever. I could forgive that too if it lived up to the hype, because it's all natural, handmade, blah blah blah. But no. No. When I applied this product to my lips, it felt disgusting, like it was suffocating my lips. It was beyond waxy, like I'd just coated my lips with a layer of paraffin, and my body heat caused the product to separate so it felt like wet wax on my lips. Gross, gross, gross. And thirdly, the smell was completely unappealing and it tasted like oily beeswax with a hint of something that might have been vanilla. Stale, moldy vanilla honey is the best I can describe it. It was, hands down, the most awful lip balm I've ever tried. And I've tried a lot.

However, there are TONS of reviews raving about this product, so I sucked it up and tried wearing it for 3 days to give it a fair chance. As it gets warmer on your lips, it does get slightly more bearable. Either that, or you become accustomed to the grossness. Also, I tried using it as a lip treatment before bed and woke up the next day with lips that felt drier than normal. Needless to say, I returned that shit, and I will never, ever buy it again. I highly suggest you run far away from it. If you want a honey lip balm, try the Burt's Bees version instead (it's moisturizing, but kind of strongly scented. Just FYI).

Rated Beauty Grade: F

Cost: $6.95

Where to Purchase: Lush

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with this lip balm. It's actually my favorite lip balm. From scent to packaging to moisture. I noticed some of the tins are harder to open then others. Maybe you got a bad balm as well?