Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 20
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

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.
  • Affordable.
  • 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.

More Info:

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

Brand Overview

Maybelline New York At-A-Glance

Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.

Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.

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 coming together for the Maybelline brand.

Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.

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. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybelline’s formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company L’Oreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you money—without sacrificing quality or performance.

For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.

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thanks for showing me.

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michelle tedford
This is more fun than a chapstick & convenient in a tube verses a tub.

I never would’ve purchased this product if it were not for the fact I was looking for a dupe of lip stick queen’s hello sailor, which is blue & expensive while this is purple (#80 berry bomb) & cheap. I admit I should be looking for a product w/sunscreen however I wanted a simple winter moisturizer in an oddball color. I found it in this product which contains no noticeable fragrance or unpleasant texture. Despite it is purple it applies almost clear.

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