Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm

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Maybelline's Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm is a terrible idea—from start to finish! The ads show models with pillow-soft lips and the company promises that this balm will "soothe" dryness: Nothing could be further from the truth!

Baby Lips Dr. Rescue contains menthol as its active ingredient, and it is definitely strong. This balm smells like Vick's VapoRub (the scent is apparent before you even open the tube) and it tastes like a menthol cough drop! This does indeed make the lips tingle as promised, but that's not a good thing—that tingle is a sign that irritation (from the menthol) is taking place; while that may make you think the product is "working," such irritation is the last thing dry, cracked lips need.

Making things even worse is that this balm also contains the fragrance ingredient eucalyptus oil, another skin irritant. Our advice is to rescue yourself from "Dr. Rescue," and try out a product from our list of Best Lip Products instead!

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  • Contains menthol and eucalyptus oil, two known irritants.
  • Strong menthol taste and smell.
  • Causes lips to tingle, meaning irritation is taking place.

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

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