Friday, August 23, 2013

Review -- e.l.f. Studio Lip Balm SPF 15 in Pink, Plum, Nude and Peach

When Brownie wakes me up every morning at precisely 7:30 for her morning walk, I don't really have a lot of time to make myself presentable.

I usually have just enough time to throw on a tee shirt, yoga pants, flip flops and some sunscreen before she's dragging me out the door.

Before we get outside, though, I usually try to throw on a little lip balm, preferably tinted because I feel like that little bit of color makes me a look a little bit more alive and awake.

You know, not like I just crawled out of bed and still need another hour or two of sleep.

Several months back, I picked up one of the e.l.f. Studio Lip Balms SPF15 to use expressly for that purpose -- just a little something to throw on first thing in the morning.

Imagine my surprise when I liked it so much that I started using it as much as some of my lipsticks and glosses.

That's because these babies are lot more pigmented that I thought they would be.

While they certainly aren't as pigmented as the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters or Maybelline Color Whispers, they definitely provide more color than my other tinted lip balms.

Now, they probably aren't as moisturizing as traditional lip balms either.  I guess that's the tradeoff that you have to make with them.  But don't get me wrong -- they're lightly hydrating and completely non-drying, plus they feel nice and smooth on the lips so they're very comfortable to wear.  And the SPF15 is always nice too.

The color lasts a little longer than a traditional tinted lip balm too -- I can usually get about two hours of wear out of them before I have to reapply.

It's also worth noting that the Studio Lip Balms have a cool minty scent and feeling on the lips. Personally, I love it but I know some folks aren't crazy about that kind of thing.

I purchased four shades: Pink, Plum, Nude and Peach.

e.l.f. Studio Lip Balms SPF15 (l. to r.): Pink, Plum, Nude, Peach

e.l.f. Studio Lip Balms SPF15 (l. to r.): Pink, Plum, Nude, Peach (on bottom)

Pink is a bright Barbie pink.
Plum is a deep, warm berry shade.
Nude is peachy brown shade.
Peach is a brighter peach shade.

The Studio Lip Balms are just $3 each, but e.l.f. often runs specials and sales so if you're interesting in picking a few up, make sure to do search to see if there's a code available.

I would definitely recommend these lip balms -- they're great to keep in your car or purse for times when you want to apply a little color without needing to check a mirror, but they can also work as great sheer lip colors for everyday wear.

Have you tried the e.l.f. Studio Lip Balms SPF15? Which is your favorite shade?

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