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Argan Lip Treatment
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0.24 fl. oz. for $18
Category:Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Balm Without Sunscreen
Last Updated:06.06.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Argan Lip Treatment is a soft-textured, fragrance-free, somewhat glossy lip balm housed in a jar. It has a very pale pink tint that doesn't really show on the lips, though the titanium dioxide pigment this contains does impart a very slight white cast.

There isn't much else to say about this balm other than argan oil is but one good plant oil to consider for lips. It has no special ability to restore fullness to thinning lips, nor does any other ingredient in this apple-flavored lip balm. It works to keep lips smooth, soft, and protected from moisture loss, like any good lip balm should.

One more comment: This is not an all-natural lip balm, just one that contains some good natural ingredients. The second ingredient in Argan Lip Treatment is synthetic. That's neither good nor bad, it just makes the natural ingredients angle a bit misleading.

Pros:
  • Makes lips feel smoother and softer.
  • Attractive glossy finish.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Cannot restore fullness to thinning lips.
  • The natural angle is misleading, as this balm's second ingredient is synthetic.
  • The showcased argan oil this contains will likely become rancid quickly due to jar packaging.
Claims

This treatment balm instantly makes lips feel soft, supple, and smooth by restoring your lip's youthful fullness with concentrated doses of natural ingredients. With an uplifting natural green apple flavor, this potent antiaging day or night treatment smooths the appearance of lines, renews suppleness, and leaves lips lush and hydrated.

Ingredients

Squalane, Dilinoleic Acid/ Propanediol Copolymer, Oleyl Alcohol, Octododecyl Lanolate, Sucrose Polystearate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/ Hexastearate/ Hexarosinate, Microcrystalline Wax, Paraffin, Cholesteryl Hydroxystearate, Organic Argania Spinosa Oil, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Red 7, Flavor.

Brand Overview

Josie Maran At-A-Glance

Strengths: The sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection; well-formulated daytime moisturizer with sunscreen; excellent tinted moisturizer for dry skin; smooth, natural-looking pressed powder; uniquely effective gel blush.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the cleansers contain irritating citrus oil; malodorous lip gloss; lackluster to poor mascaras; the Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation is an epic fail.

The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokeswoman Josie Maran. By almost any definition, Maran is an iconic beauty. Like Cindy Crawford before her, who launched a namesake product line, Maran used her notoriety from modeling to do the same thing.

Anytime a model with celebrity status launches a cosmetic line, the curiosity among consumers is intense. The question lingers: Is Maran so beautiful because of these products? Of course not! She was magnificent long before her products were launched, and being born beautiful is not a sign of skin-care knowledge.

Almost every Josie Maran product is centered around the allegedly miraculous argan oil. This non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin. Argan oil isn't a bad ingredient, as it contains beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants, but it isn't the only oil that has these kinds of properties. Even more to the point, no single ingredient does it all for skin. It's just like your diet: if you eat only one type of food, you'd soon be malnourished. Skin is the body's largest organ, and it requires a variety of useful ingredients to look and function at its best.

It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, it's gimmicky at best to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara, but that's what you'll find in Maran's line. Oil in a mascara and eyeshadow will make those products slip and slide off your face and lashes, but there is barely any in her makeup products so not to worry. Even if argan oil had benefit in makeup, it wouldn't remain stable—it would quickly turn rancid when exposed to air.

Despite some high points, the makeup fails overall because when compared to less expensive options at the drugstore, Maran's color options are more average than exceptional.

Although makeup comprises the bulk of this line's offerings, Maran has several skin-care products, too. None of them are must-haves, although a handful of them have decent formulas. Like most lines that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils present that smell great, but they can irritate your skin and lead to collagen breakdown.

Many of Maran's products are labeled as having a "natural formula," which often is not the case; there are plenty of synthetic ingredients present, including silicones and a synthetic film-forming agent. Those are not bad for skin, but it just shows that you can't trust the company's claims.

For more information about Josie Maran, call (855) 461-6512 or visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.

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09.03.2014
Saved my winter lips

After trying several products, the argan lip treatment restored the worst case of parched, reddened and flaky "winter lips" I have ever had. I used it morning and night. Liked the looks of the little jar on my cosmetic counter, too. I plan to use it again this coming winter. Even though you control the "heaviness" with your application, I found it a bit too dense for the summer. Will need a fresh jar - after about 8 months, it does seem to be going rancid.

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