At the time of this review, Bobbi Brown sells two products online called "Lip Balm", yet the only version we found in stores comes in a silver tin (versus the other which comes in Chapstick-style container). Although we received conflicting information from the multiple representatives we spoke with, the majority assured us the tin version is the Lip Balm that's here to stay so that's the one we will review here.
On to the formula: Lip Balm contains a mix of moisture-locking emollients and plants oil that help soften lips and heal dry skin. The plush balm texture melts into lips up and glides on buttery smooth. The ultra-sheer pink color isn't pigmented enough to show up on lips, but the clear finish it leaves is alluring and pairs beautifully with lipstick or a lip stain.
The only thing that brings this lip balm down is the inclusion of fragrance. Not only does it taste unpleasantly perfume-y, but fragrance in lip care products (as well as skincare) poses a potential risk of irritation which, with daily use, could potentially break down collagen and worsen chapped lips (see More Info for the full scoop). We found the wafting scent annoying , though some may actually like it.
What a bummer! Without the fragrance this lip balm would rank right up there with the best of 'em (albeit with a high price tag).
- Plush balm texture feels insanely smooth.
- Moisturizing mix of beneficial ingredients to soften and heal dry skin.
- Leaves an alluring clear shine finish that works well alone or paired with lip color.
- Fragranced formula poses a risk of irritation that can leave lips worse off.
- Perfume-y smell and taste that not everyone will love.
- Pricey considering there are superior non-fragranced lip balms for less.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin. (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)
Specially formulated with Wheat Germ and Olive Oil, this comfortable, non-greasy lip balm immediately goes to work comforting and protecting lips.
Petrolatum, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcistallina/Cire Microcristalline, Polybutene, Bis-diglyceryl Polyaciladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Beeswax, Octyldodecanol, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ozokerite, Cholesterol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phytosphingosine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glyceril Distearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Fragance (Parfum), Benzyl Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide, Red 6.
It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.
The popularity of the line, particularly the makeup, did not go unnoticed by Estee Lauder, who acquired Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 1995. Since Lauder has been at the helm the line has expanded well beyond what Brown likely envisioned back in the early 1990s, and it now includes fragrance and baby-care products, among others. Yet it is Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations (though the ones without sufficient UVA protection disappoint), true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to a woman's classic makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many women, it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.
Turning to the skin-care collection, there isn't a great deal to say or extol. The prices are rather steep, especially when you consider how many well-intentioned products use jar packaging, and fragrant irritants are a common thread, including in most of the sunscreens, which is a shame. Color is Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of mostly inadequate or problematic skin-care products.
For more information about Bobbi Brown, owned by Estee Lauder, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
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We admire Brown's latest philosophy on beauty. She says, "The secret to beauty is simple—be who you are." No arguments here! However, it's clear from promotional materials for this line that Brown believes being who you are should involve some amount of makeup, a concept many women may disagree with. Still, there's no question that the right makeup, applied and blended correctly, can make a world of positive difference to a woman, and in this regard Brown's counter staff is well-prepared. It was nice to overhear the makeup artists explaining step-by-step application tips to customers, rather than just pushing products. With just a few exceptions, this is a makeup collection its namesake creator should be proud of—not only for the products, but also for the level of service and education provided.