I mentioned in my last blog post that I made a major impulse buy...
and picked up an entire set of Lip Smackers at Walgreens. This type of behavior hasn't happened since Junior High or High School... so it feels a bit strange, yet I also feel right at home. Why buy a set of SIX Lip Smackers? Because this is the CUPCAKE COLLECTION and after seeing flavors like Salted Caramel, Red Velvet, and Birthday Cake... I knew this required further investigation. (This is also how I justify purchasing Jelly Belly jelly beans... can that one REALLY taste like buttered popcorn? I must know.)
As you can see, they come in a zippered cupcake-shaped pouch that's about the size of my hand. In order to do something productive with this purchase, I decided I needed to review them for you so you would know if this impulse buy was indeed worth it. I'll be rating each lip balm in scent accuracy and color payoff. You might be thinking... Lip Smackers don't give off color! Well, some do.
My Natural Lips
My lips with the Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker, notorious for giving a reddish flush to the lips.
Several of these Lip Smackers gave off no color at all, and a couple gave some noticeable color... but not to the extent that you see with the Dr. Pepper kind. While I currently only own a few Lip Smackers (besides this new set), I proudly keep the Dr. Pepper kind stored with my tinted lip balms, not just lip balms... because of that nice color.
And before I get into the review, if you're not familiar with Lip Smackers, they primarily perform two functions-- they have a fun scent, and they provide some shine. You may also notice a very subtle flavor. They are moisturizing, but not as hard core as some of the "big girl" lip balms out there (Burt's Bees, Nivea, Aveeno).
Ok, as for this kit- here is my review!
Salted Caramel... Scent Accuracy: A- Color: None
Red Velvet... Scent Accuracy: B+ Color: Slight
Strawberry Sprinkle... Scent Accuracy: C Color: None
Berry Buttercream... Scent Accuracy: A Color: Slight
Vanilla Coconut... Scent Accuracy: C- Color: None
Birthday Cake... Scent Accuracy: C Color: None
My preference is a good, accurate scent (judging by the name), and a little bit of color is a bonus. The Berry Buttercream had a great scent that smelled just enough like cake frosting, and just enough like berries to justify that name. I really like it, plus it gave my lips a subtle berry color. Red Velvet was the other shade that gave off a bit of color, and the smell was decent. I really enjoyed the Salted Caramel scent as well, though it left no color on the lips.
My lips with Berry Buttercream. Now if someone could just whip up some real berry buttercream for me...
As far as the others, I figured Vanilla Coconut wouldn't be a hard one for the Lip Smackers team to come up with, but I felt it was really lacking that yummy coconuttyness (new word!) that I need. I also wanted Birthday Cake to be just like the Birthday Cake Remix ice cream flavor at Coldstone, but I was let down there as well. Strawberry Sprinkle was kind of a vague name... and it smelled good but not great. Overall, this whole kit probably averages out to a B or B-. I didn't highly dislike any of them, and will use them all... some were just better than others. I do think this would be an adorable birthday gift for the young girl in your life... or the secret Lip Smacker addict. :)
Here's my question to you: Do you still own Lip Smackers? I challenge you to take a picture of your Lip Smackers Collection and post it to the Beauty Broadcast Facebook page! What was your favorite? Do you still use them? This will be fun! :)
- I just posted my Valentine's Day tutorial!! Let me tell you, it is SIMPLE. I hope you enjoy it!
- I'm also crock potting one of my absolute favorite dinners- creamy spaghetti!
- Sometimes I feel like I'm seeking out new thing to review, but right now I am loaded with products I want to post reviews on. Yay!
- In case you missed it yesterday on Twitter/Instagram- my Cupcake mousepad came!
One more thing...
I wanted to let you know about this offer from Tarte's website!
If you're interested in the Maracuja lip glosses (which are great) I reviewed them in this video.