Lip Protector Sunscreen SPF 15

by Mary Kay  Sun Care
$8 - 0.16 fl. oz.
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Lip Protector Sunscreen SPF 15 combines an in-part avobenzone sunscreen with sunflower seed oil and other lip-smoothing emollients. This smart lip balm is fragrance-free and contains two forms of vitamin E for an antioxidant boost. It remains a beautiful option for keeping lips smooth and protected year-round.

Note: This lip balm with sunscreen was reformulated in mid-2012. The previous version contained zinc oxide, not avobenzone, for reliable UVA protection.

This little stick packs a lot of protection. Exclusively formulated with beneficial moisturizers and antioxidants, Mary Kay Lip Protector Sunscreen SPF 15 helps keep lips protected and guarded from the drying effects of sun and wind. Glides on for invisible protection and helps seal in moisture so lips feel soft and supple. Use it alone or under lipstick or lip gloss. Waterproof.

Active: Avobenzone 2.5% , Octinoxate 2% , Octocrylene 6%; Other: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Ozokerite, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Ceresin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, Cetyl Alcohol, Styrene/Butadiene Copolymer, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, TBHQ

The last few years haven't been glamorous for one of the world's largest direct sellers of cosmetics. Mary Kay lost a lawsuit filed by TriStrata, the company whose founders hold over 100 patents on the use of AHAs in skin-care products. It was revealed that Mary Kay's former AHA products infringed on three of these patents, and, after some back-and-forths in court, Mary Kay ended up paying royalties of over $40 million (interest included) to TriStrata. Perhaps because they're still licking their wounds after this defeat, the company has not launched any new AHA products, and no longer sells the ones that were in question during the legal battle (Source:

However, the company's spin on the issue of AHAs is that they no longer use them because skin-care technology has advanced. That's an interesting twist, but the fact of the matter is that AHA products, when well-formulated, are still considered advanced and capable of doing far more for skin than the alternatives Mary Kay has devised (including an at-home microdermabrasion scrub and products with vitamin C derivatives).

Although they're not a company for you if you are looking for exfoliants (though you should be looking for a good exfoliant), Mary Kay has recently developed a surprising number of excellent products. With over 1.6 million Mary Kay consultants selling products in 30 countries, this family-owned company (founder Mary Kay Ash passed away in 2001) has slowly been proving that they intend to remain competitive with the best of the best. A refreshing change of pace is the omission of fragrance from almost all of the products. Now that is what we call progress!

Despite its size and capital (wholesale figures were $3 billion in 2012), Mary Kay still has a lot to learn. For instance, although their guiding philosophy of empowering women is admirable, the assortment of products still leaves much to be desired. Yes, things are looking up, but there are several weak spots that keep Mary Kay from being in the same league as Avon, Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble (Olay), and Johnson & Johnson (Neutrogena, Aveeno, RoC). These include outdated cleansers, toners, and moisturizers, along with letdowns in products designed for oily, blemish-prone skin. The TimeWise product range has expanded considerably, and offers a few state-of-the-art products worthy of its name (although, as with all skin-care products, they're not going to turn back the hands of time and erase all signs of aging).

If improvements like those in Mary Kay's latest products were translated to the entire line, it would be standing much taller, at least as far as what current, substantiated skin-care research indicates is optimum for creating and maintaining healthy skin. As is, this is a line to approach with a keen understanding of what to focus on and what to avoid. One last bit of good news: Mary Kay offers well-packaged samples of selected products, either directly or from your consultant.

Unless mentioned otherwise, all Mary Kay products are fragrance-free.

Note: Mary Kay is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Mary Kay does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Mary Kay, call (800) 627-9529 or visit

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  1. alix v.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 25, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    excellent product
    • My Mary Kay consultant thinks I'm nuts b/c I only buy two MK products-- this and the SPF 30 sunscreen. I find it's a bit expensive, but the broad-spectrum sunscreen is worth it-- so difficult to find a truly broad-spectrum sunscreen in any lip product. My whole family uses this-- my husband likes the gender-neutral packaging and the absence of fragrance. Since I don't eat lip balm or apply it to my tongue, I couldn't take seriously the reviewer who thought the product tasted bad!

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 10, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Great balm
    • I bought my last batch in December, and they're great! Smooth, not waxy or sticky, ease to rub your lips together, great SPF protection, no fragrance or taste. My kids don't complain when I pull it out. (My 15yo has used 2 tubes this calendar year already - yikes!) I hope that the other reviewer got a bad batch, because what I've used for years has been perfection!

  3. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 05, 2013
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Unpleasant taste
    • Besides Paula's product, this was my favorite lip balm with sunscreen prior to its recent reformulation. The new formulation literally leaves a bitter taste on my tongue and does not provide long enough moisturization for my lips. Now I'll have to search for a replacement product. I'd like to know why it is necessary to reformulate an already superior product.

  4. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 01, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Lip Protector
    • This is by far one of the best lip protectors I have EVER used! I have given it to several of my friends as gifts over the years and they are all hooked on this product. Great price for what you get.

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