A few months ago I did trial a few Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balms which I bought via eBay for a thief's ransom and truth be told I found them to be totally unworthy of all the hype. However I did purchase limited edition tinted versions and with the benefit of hindsight I can now report that such versions are not true representations of the original formulas, it seems that such batch sacrificed the hydration claims in favor of a sheer wash of colour.
Now that the Baby Lips have hit the UK I thought now would be a great time to revisit the product line. Much like before I am a fan of the cute and almost childish packaging - it may not be to everyone's taste but it sure stands out from other lip balms and the lipstick style bullet ensures ease of application. Some have stated that the balms look a little cheap and I guess such view is warranted as they are plastic and brightly adorned but come on at £2.99 each they were hardly ever going to contend with the likes of Chanel!
What surprised me this time around is how soft and almost liquid like this seemingly hard balm feels on the lips, I expected such a firm to texture to tug and pull at the lips but it does the opposite it glides on with such ease with a light texture. Maybelline claim that Baby Lips offer 8 hours of hydration and I'm afraid that it is not case it is closer to 2 hours, as long as the balm is on the lips the skin will remain moisturised but once it wears off all the benefits tend to vanish. What is surprising is that for a product that costs less than £3 the ingredients are pretty substantial and include vitamin E, aloe, honey, shea butter and in some instances an SPF of 20. However I should mention that all of the Baby Lips contain petroleum and in a pretty large quantity which would explain why there is no real lasting benefits of applying this particular lip balm or any petroleum based balm for that matter. The main problem with Petroleum is that it tends to only mask the problem of dry skin/lips with a barrier of hydration and over time said ingredient can suck out extra moisture from the skin/lips making the problem worse not better.
At the moment Maybelline have launched 6 of their now infamous balms within the UK which include three with an SPF : Hydrate (lemon and basil scent), Mint Fresh (mint scent) and Intense Care (cherry almond). All three apply clear and leave a slightly glossy finish to the lips. The other three versions are tinted but only so slightly so much so that the the they don't really show up on camera at least on my skin tone. Unlike the non-tinted versions these do not include an SPF and come in the following scents and shades: Pink Punch (light pink with a passion fruit scent), Cherry Me (cherry scented with a red tinge) and Peach Kiss (nude tint with a peach scent) again all provide a light sheen finish once applied. As some will know (everyone with the way I have harped on) I was recently in the states and they have different scents/shades one of which I had to purchase - Grape Vine if like myself you are a fan of grape soda then this is the balm for you as it smells identical to such fizzy treat.
Basically I don't love nor hate Maybelline Baby Lips, they are great for stashing in a pocket for a quick fix to dry lips but they are not a fix for cracked lips. Summed up they smell great, are fun and are cheap!
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balms* £2.99 each via Boots - link
* Pink Punch and Mint Fresh were sent to me for consideration of review and Grape Vine was bought by myself.
Random Fact - The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.