12.18.2014
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Five Star Lip Protection SPF 30
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0.15 fl. oz. for $2.29
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This flavored, twist-up lip balm with sunscreen has been reformulated and now provides reliable broad spectrum protection that includes UVA screening from avobenzone. The rich but non-greasy balm contains a great mix of non-fragrant, antioxidant-enriched plant oils and natural waxes that work to prevent moisture loss without feeling gummy or, well, waxy on lips. The price makes this a brilliant beauty bargain to keep sun-vulnerable lips smooth and protected.

Note that the inactive ingredient list is presented in alphabetical order rather than in descending order of content. This is permissible because this lip balm with sunscreen is categorized as an over-the-counter drug product by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Pros:
  • A beauty bargain.
  • Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
  • Moisturizers and prevents chapping without feeling greasy or too waxy.
Cons:
  • None, although not everyone will appreciate this balm's flavor.
Claims

Blistex Five Star Lip Protection has a unique system of five specialized ingredients to deliver unparalleled defense against nature's harshest elements... dryness, sun, heat, cold, and wind.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Dimethicone - 2.0 %, Homosalate - 4.5 %, Octinoxate - 7.5 %, Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene - 2.7 %, Oxybenzone (6.0%) Inactive Ingredients: Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Marigold), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed OiI, Euphorbia Cerifera Wax (Candelilla), Flavor, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Jojoba Esters, Microcrystalline Wax, Myristyl Myristate, Octyldodecanol, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Polyethylene, PTFE, Sorbic Acid, Stearyl Behenate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil (Wheat)

Brand Overview

Blistex At-A-Glance

Strengths: Includes complete ingredients for all of its products on the company Web site; a couple of lip balms with excellent UVA protection and above-average formulas.

Weaknesses: The majority of lip balms with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients, leaving lips vulnerable to sun damage; many contain irritants such as menthol or camphor.

How this small but longstanding line of lip products has achieved the status of being the solution for cold sores or chapped lips eludes me! Most of these lip products contain enough irritating ingredients to chap anyone's lips. Lots of lip products claim to be medicated, but "medicated" is a dubious term at best, with no regulated meaning.

The way Blistex and a handful of other companies define medicated, it means using camphor, menthol, or phenol in their formulations, yet none of these are in any way, shape, or form "medicines" or "treatments" for dry lips. Quite the contrary, they make dry skin worse and can cause irritation. Products like Blistex can include 0.5% phenol, a potent disinfectant, that is strong enough to actually trigger some serious problems, the least of which are dryness and irritation. It is not something I would recommend for anything but extremely limited use because repeated application can keep your lips chapped forever.

Blistex beckons to you to "discover what your lips are missing," but with few exceptions your lips aren't missing anything with these products except the irritation or inadequate sun protection they provide—definitely an instance where missing something is a good thing! One more thing: Press materials and Blistex's Web site mention dermatologist Dr. Charles Zugerman as an advisor to the company. Yet for a dermatologist whose special interests include allergic contact dermatitis to endorse lip products with known irritants is puzzling to say the least. And if Dr. Zugerman knows about the need for sufficient UVA protection and the ingredients it takes to achieve that, he's not sharing that knowledge on a consistent basis with Blistex. This is just another example of how a dermatologist's endorsement may create an impression of professional credibility, which can be different from speaking to the efficacy or safety of the products themselves.

For more information about Blistex, call (800) 837-1800 or visit www.blistex.com.

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07.31.2015
Moisturizing

This balm is hydrating and feels very slippery on the lips. It also has a high shine and slight raspberry artifical smell / taste. But it does not stay on the lips very long though...

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Selina S
04.10.2015
Great for severely dry and chapped lips

Instantly relieved my sore lips. A real steal.

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Tiffany I.
02.21.2015
Nasty

Disgusting. Tastes like perfume.

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Carmen H
01.31.2015
Holy sweetness!!

Lip balms are a must for me - peeling lips and burning, cracked edges year 'round. The texture was very smooth and nice scent with no bitter sunscreen flavor and a 30 SPF at a super price -- kudos! Down side -- so SWEET you lick it off your lips like candy. This creates more dryness without constant re-application. I don't like the idea I am "eating it"...as there is no reason for so much sugar (eg. an unpleasant taste), lay off it already!

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Julie
01.04.2015
Changed ingredients/ Good lip balm

This is a good inexpensive spf lip balm product, but I did notice that they added two new ingredients to it... one is citric acid (I looked in the ingredient dictionary, and this one is fine); however, I also noticed the addition of an ingredient called "sucralose". Isn't that an artificial sweetener? (Or maybe not?). But I was just wondering if this ingredient is safe or irritating (etc..) in skincare? Thanks! :-)

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Anonymous
12.03.2013
Revision Required

This review needs to be revised because I have been using this product for several weeks, and I was surprised when I read this review because the current formula DOES contain avobenzone.

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Chris, C
12.04.2013
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi, and thanks for your comments- and the information about the formula change! We'll check it out and revise the review as needed.

—Paula's Choice Research Team
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