Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 Review

2010-06-01I 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.

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6 Responses to Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 Review

  1. GlossQueen June 6, 2010 at 7.15 pm #

    I tried this a few years ago and wasn't impressed with it either.

  2. My Lips But Better June 6, 2010 at 9.25 pm #

    I'm sorry I bought it, and unfortunately I no longer have the receipt. It didn't seem like a complete failure until I calculated how expensive it was per ounce! I think maybe a "products I regret buying" post should happen soon.

  3. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) June 7, 2010 at 4.35 pm #

    Sorry you didn't Sugar Lip treatment, especially at that price. I'm always on the search for new lip balms. I love Dr. Hauschka's stuff, but it's so pricey. Just ordered from My Lip Stuff. Ever tried it?

  4. GlossQueen June 8, 2010 at 1.54 am #

    It's scary when you calculate the cost per ounce isn't it?
    I love the idea of reading about the products that you regret buying. I should do a post like that too.

    Heather, I love MLS balms! The texture takes a bit of getting used to but once you do they're lovely.

  5. My Lips But Better June 8, 2010 at 10.41 am #

    @Heather McD No, I haven't tried their stuff, perhaps I will soon! Right now I'm thinking about just adding some essential oils to my Aquaphor to make it feel a bit more luxurious. Maybe rose?

    @GlossQueen Yeah, it really is pretty terrifying. Especially since my math skills are crap :) I think I'll be adding a cost per ounce bit to my reviews.

    Maybe let's do products we regret buying next week and link to each other? I'll see if any other bloggers are interested.

  6. GlossQueen June 10, 2010 at 3.11 am #

    That's a great idea. Now I just have to think of the products that I regret buying. I know there are heaps of them.

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