It’s too bad this tinted lip balm with sunscreen lacks sufficient broad-spectrum protection, because otherwise it’s a fun and affordable product. It keeps lips feeling soft and delivers a substantial splash of color in a variety of fun, flattering shades (plus a colorless option). Unfortunately, for an SPF-rated lip balm, it doesn’t deliver adequate UVA (think anti-aging) protection, making this impossible for us to recommend. Even if this contained the right active ingredients for reliable UVA protection (see More Info for details), this lip balm contains several fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation—and that will only make dry, chapped lips worse.
- Formula provides lasting moisture for lips.
- A variety of soft colors to suit nearly everyone.
- Lacks adequate UVA sun protection, leaving lips vulnerable to the sun’s most aging rays.
- Contains fragrance ingredients that can cause irritation and make dry, chapped lips worse.
This product does not include the ingredients needed to shield your skin from the sun’s entire range of damaging UVA rays, which is essential to protect skin from sun damage. For best results, a product should contain one or more of the following UVA-protecting ingredients listed as “active”: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb. Note: Although this product contains titanium dioxide, it cannot be relied on for sun protection because it is not listed as active. Titanium dioxide has multiple functions in cosmetics, but to function as a reliable sunscreen, it must be listed among the active ingredients.
Irritation from Fragrance
Daily use of products that contain 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 (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).
Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (3%), Other: Polybutene, Isopropyl Myristate, Petrolatum, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Shea Butter, Diisostearyl Malate, Candelilla Cera, Candelilla Wax, Cire De Candelilla, VP, Hexadecene Copolymer, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Fragrance, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Aroma, Flavor, Silica, Isopropyl Palmitate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Limonene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Benzyl Benzoate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Aluminum Hydroxide, Citral, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Tin Oxide, Geraniol, Eugenol, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Mel, Honey, Miel, Calcium Pantothenate, Ascorbic Acid, Dimethicone, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Red 28, Iron Oxides, Red 7, Red 22, Yellow 5, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Carmine
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996 and that's when things really started getting much better. Both companies specialize in offering a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, and many of their foundations have the same strengths and weaknesses (smooth textures and finishes plus the inclusion of sunscreens that are often without much-needed UVA-protecting ingredients).
The powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor are impressive and inexpensive. Although L'Oreal remains the more sophisticated and refined of the two lines (and now they have credible products, not just sleek ads, to back this assertion), Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Price-wise, Maybelline is the least expensive of the L'Oreal-owned cosmetic lines (which also includes Lancome, Biotherm, Vichy, and Kiehl’s), and smart shoppers will note the similarities among brands that, with conscientious shopping, can really save you money without sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.