I suffer from inordinately dry lips that have a tendency to peel excessively, which is why I’m so picky about lipstick and gloss formulas. I’m always on the hunt for a good lip balm or treatment. I try to stick to drugstore varieties since my lip balm habit could become very expensive otherwise.
After hearing so many wonderful things about the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment ($22.50 for 0.15 oz), I decided it would be worth a shot. Short story: I’m not impressed.
For one thing, it took me about 30 minutes to get the cap off. I felt like a monkey struggling in vain until I realized that unlike other balms, you have to twist the cap off. Then I just felt like a moron. Even though I know it’s been designed to prevent this, I feel really awkward twisting the cap and as though I’m going to smoosh out all the balm. In its favor, I will say that the brushed metal packaging is very luxe despite being heavy and bulky.
The treatment smells lovely, like sugary lemons. The application is nice, but the product felt a bit greasy on my lips. As you can see from the photo, it gives almost as much shine as a gloss. In some ways, I felt that shine came at the expense of real moisture. Although the lip treatment didn’t leave my lips drier, it certainly didn’t moisturize as well as Aquaphor and my favorite balm (review coming soon).
I felt like I needed to apply frequently, which would be an expensive habit. The balm costs $22.50, and despite the heavy packaging you only get 0.15 oz of product. That’s frankly pretty absurd. Ounce for ounce, it’s almost as expensive as By Terry Baume de Rose, which is considered a luxury product.
Bottom Line: At this price, I’ll be sticking with my Aquaphor.