Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sample Month Day 10: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15

I know everyone and their grandmother has reviewed this by now, but here's my take on the very popular Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment: I don't love it.

I was in denial for a very long time because I adore the concept of Fresh and do enjoy testing out their products. But we are talking about a CAD$26 lip balm - it had better be amazing.

Mini Lip Treatment

The sample in question is the one Sephora gave out to their Beauty Insiders for birthdays. It was a pretty good marketing strategy to give out a mini lip treatment duo and get the customers committed to them all year before releasing the big sets like the Soiree Collection in time for the holidays. If I love these balms, I would not be able to resist that set, especially right now with the VIB 20% discounts in play.

Regular Size vs. Mini

Now, I don't dislike the balm. It has a lovely glide and the scent is a very sugary lemon which can be uplifting and cheerful on a gloomy day. I also like the outer packaging of the mini which is an exact duplication of the original size. However, the product in the tube is quite skinny and it's not as easy to swipe-and-go with the mini as it is with the original. It takes about 4-6 swipes when the regular would take just 2-3. There's also quite a bit of room between the balm and the inner wall of the product, which makes me feel like the balm is wobbly within and applying too much pressure will break it.

I know, this was free. Is there really any room for complaint? Well, given that there are now multiple sets of the minis out there, people irritated by this sort of thing should be warned.


As for the balm itself, it does keep the lips moisturized for a handful of hours, but I am constantly drinking coffee or tea and never can tell whether I need to reapply because the balm stopped being effective or rubbed off on the mugs and cups. Then one day I had the unfortunate experience of licking my lips right after having applied this and it was the most bitter thing I have tasted in a long time. Not that I'm in the habit of eating my lip balms, but I don't wish to experience that again.

I'm abstaining from purchasing the sets of minis for sure because the skinniness of the product drives me bonkers. As for the regular sizes... I still sort of have my eye on either Coral or Passion for the summer, but I'm definitely reluctant to pay the Canadian pricing for it. To be brutally honest, I don't see a huge difference in the quality of hydration provided by the Fresh balms vs. a drugstore balm such as Burt's Bees. In the end, if I shell out for Fresh Lip Treatments again, I know that I am paying mostly for the overall vibe and appearance of the product - and that's perfectly fine at a time when I need to treat myself and the funds are there. For now, I'll work on the sample and 2-3 other lip balms begging for my attention from the current stash.

Sample was given as a birthday freebie from Sephora.

43 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you, the price for these is just bonkers. I mean, $20+ for a lip balm? I don't think so! Buying these really is just paying for the vibe and look of it, but as a treat, they are pretty nice. :)

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    1. I can easily do $20 but beyond that climbs to $30 after taxes, which crosses some sort of mental line for me and I don't feel comfortable going there. :< It is a wonderful treat but sadly not something I can use exclusively.

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  2. I agree that these are overpriced, but I succumbed to the giant set! I love the tinted ones - I think they're better thought of as sheer lipsticks than balms. I make sure to only twist up the balm a little bit - not more than half a cm past the tube - to make sure that it doesn't break.

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    1. I saw your swatches. You can also break up the set to make small gifts. :) I try to twist up the balm just a little too but having to be extra careful with it just adds to the annoyance.

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  3. Oh thank goodness I'm not alone in not liking these!!! Ha ha :-)

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    1. I don't dislike it but not anywhere near as much as I felt like I *should*... :)

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  4. I also found that it dried my lips out like crazy. I could be allergic to one of the ingredients, I guess? I only wore it in the summer for SPF on top of another lip balm so that it didn't actually come into contact with my lips!

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    1. It doesn't dry out my lips but I became extra disenchanted when I applied Plum to my dry lips the other day and it made the crustiness of my lips stand out even more than a regular lipstick. DISAPPOINT.

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    2. Ugh, multiple strikes. I don't want to have to use a balm for my balm.

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  5. You know, I've bee hearing all these raves about these balms for quite some time now, so I was happy to receive the mini trio from Sephora as well - gave me a chance to see what all the fuss was about without having to shell out first. Here's the thing; I like the convenient size - fits easily into any purse/pocket. I found the texture soft & smooth, although one of my minis did sort of melted when I accidentally brought it to the beach with me this past summer (forgot it was in my bag), but it was still usable-ish. My issue lies with how they made my lips feel: good at first, but I noticed that once the balm wore off, my lips felt excessively dry and it made my lips peel. So all this to say that I'm glad I didn't have to pay for these, as they so do not work for me.

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    1. They do melt easily! I wouldn't want to rely on this in the summer time. My lips get dry and peel easily regardless of what I use, so I couldn't really tell if that was the result of the Fresh balm or just me being me. I'm glad to hear you feel similarly because I was ready for an onslaught of "Nooooooo, this is the bestest!" type of comments. :)

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  6. So agree! If you're not careful with them they'll easily break! I even feel that way about the regular sized ones too. I refuse to pay full price for them as well-with all the lip balms out there, I can survive without a full sized one.

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    1. Yeah, I don't like the way that the regular size gets scarred on the sides. I feel like if we're going to pay close to CAD$30 for lip balms, we may as well aim for a really luxurious one from the high-end names.

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  7. I feel like having to apply multiple times with the mini one vs the big one makes them not feel as good on lips. All that overapplying, maybe? I don't know. I really do like the regular sized one as it is the only lip balm I've found so far that doesn't dry out my lips after application or build up all that gunky stuff. I also have really sensitive lips, it seems, as the Korres lip butters and Burts Bees cause my lips to form a rash after a couple of uses (yeah, I don't know). So I'll keep buying these until I find a cheaper something that works just as well. The big ones, though. And probably either just the colorless one, or Honey.

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    1. The least gunkiest of the lip balms are the EOS lip spheres and it's actually fun to repeatedly apply it to the lips over and over. It's so hard that I was doubtful of its moisturizing capabilities but it's decent. I'm not a fan of the Korres butters and that's really too bad about Burt's Bees because I'm still a big fan of their Pomegranate Oil balm. I wonder if you'll like Jurlique? It's one of those upper tier natural brands from Australia.

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  8. They are very pricea for a lipbalm, that's true. I really like them those fresh balms though. The packaging is also well made (I think for you actually pay for the packaging as well). Beside black jack, every other lipbalm was rather meh on me, did nothing and felt uncomfortable on my lips. My fav 'lipbalm' is my eyecream though :P / Claire

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    1. I love their packaging - and that combined with their "fresh" concept is definitely alluring. What eye cream do you use? o_O

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    2. I use sisleya eye cream but any other will work as well. I just apply it in the evening though, during the day I use my fresh balms, they are more handy and smell nice :P / Claire

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  9. These Fresh Sugar treatments are "meh" to me too. The packaging for the mini versions drives me mad. I've broken at least 3 of them already! I may or may not just melt them into a little pot or an empty lip balm tube.

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    1. My Revlon Lip Butter decided to act up and do the same and now I want to just throw it away. I'd depot it if I had any pots but it almost seems like too much trouble for a product that's not really worth the hassle in the end. >:@

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  10. i have honey and coral and the colors are pretty... but yeah, i don't need to buy any more for sure! I wonder if these will be weird in the tube like revlon lip butters... fortunately mine aren't right now but you never know what can happen over time or in heat!

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    1. Honey and Coral are very pretty! And YES THE DAMN REVLON BUTTERS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY. I hate them. Hate!

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  11. I don't have any real opinion on these as I've never tried them - but any lip product that wobbles and breaks in the tube drives me crazy!

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    1. Mine hasn't broken (yet) but as you can see in the comments, it happens!

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  12. I've only tried the mini versions of these, but I definitely agree with you about the flimsiness of the stick––very annoying! I'm tempted by the holiday collections, but shan't be purchasing any due to that flaw (and the fact that they're not actually all THAT cheap, even with the VIB discount). Someday I hope to try a full size of one of the tinted options, but for now, I am happy to stick with my little free tubes!

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    1. The minis work out to CAD$10 a tube and it's so not worth it for us. >:(

      I can see you really liking Honey or Passion when you decide to go for a regular size!

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  13. I had looked at buying one of these on Kiss and Makeup NY (as they aren't available in Australia) and the idea of them breaking inside the tube... =S I had that happen with my Burberry Lip Mist and was heart broken, and I don't like to think of it happening to something like a lip balm either. I either wear gloss or lipstick during the day over tinted lip products, though I did just get a Carmex tinted balm which is really pretty on, almost like a stain/light lipstick. Tube seems sturdy as well, so it could be a win!

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    1. OH MY GOD, I would die if that happened to a Burberry lipstick. I've heard of it happening to some other people though, which makes me never want to buy a Burb lipstick. :s

      I don't think that I've seen a tinted Carmex around but the tinted Burt's Bees will do the same for me in a pinch.

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  14. I like this fresh lip balm alot too. the hydration power is comparable to cheaper lip balms too. The feel is not that luxe, but it's packaged nicely, esp the tinted ones. I would rather still pay more for a tube of Dior Lip Glow which is USD30 - more expensive than fresh but the glide, scent, moisturizing power feel far superior.

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    1. I used to love the Dior Lip Glow but it was way too pink for my liking. I think for balms, I prefer the really thick kinds that come in a pot rather than tube. I wanted to love this without complaint but sadly no. :(

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  15. Yeah...not my favorite either. I keep trying lip balms hoping that something more luxe will work as well as my cheap strawberry Carmex in a tube but nothing else compares! I love the packaging but I agree that it feels so fragile. I carried the tinted one in my pocket one day and when I went to use it it was totally melted and got all smooshed inside the tube. And after a bit of wearing it feels dry on my lips. I am so glad I got these for free as I had been wanting to try them but was VERY put off by the price. And in the end I'm sooooo glad I didn't shell put the money for one!

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    1. I try not to carry any makeup in pockets - I think very few products can withstand the body heat over the course of a full day! The only Fresh balm I paid full price for was the Plum one, which is nice but does emphasize dry patches which defeats the whole purpose. ;(

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  16. I definitely think this is wayyyy more hydrating than waxier lip balms (EOS, Burt's Bees -- both of which are protectants, whereas Fresh is a humectant) but it's definitely not my favourite lip balm. It feels nice on the lips while it's on, smooth and silky, but it doesn't feel like my lips are fully absorbing it... The taste isn't bitter to me, though, which makes me wonder if you got a bad batch?

    I still like my Jack Black. :)

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    1. I don't know anything about protectants and humectants but I've worn all three EOS, Burt's Bees and Fresh overnight and just prefer the really thick balms like Rosebud in the end. My lips are awful in the winter, yeesh.

      I could cry when I think of the bad batch potential!!! Seriously - how long does Sephora hoard these samples for? Eghghghghghghgh.

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  17. You are really powering through these samples! It is a shame but I can see what you mean about the size being important to the application. And it's nice to know Fresh balm itself is not anything super special, I've been eyeing them for years so maybe I can finally forget about them now o__o

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    1. I'm glad if it helps stem an unreasonable longing! They are quite attractive though so I understand the inner conflict. I still think they're nice knowing that they aren't all that. :<

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  18. I just put the Spf 15 "Sugar" (brown tube) sample in my bag today to try out. I gave it a swipe when I got it months ago for my birthday Sephora gift, but then tossed it into the "use up later" pile.

    I will say that I like the threaded part on the bottom of the tube versus just a click off tube. Regular chapstick type caps tend to flip off in my purse for some reason.

    Upon using this a few minutes ago (while reading the blog) it feels nice and silky, but for the price...ouch. Burt's Bees pomegranite is just as good and way cheaper. I just put the B.Bees in my pocket for a few minutes before applying and it gets just melty enough to go on smoothly.

    Love your blog btw---I'm doing the same project with my stash.

    ~Trish

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    1. Thanks, Trish! Good luck with your project. :D

      I'm lazy and prefer caps that are easy to pull off, but the twisty tube is nice and hefty for sure. I have two tubes of BB Pomegranate to go through so it'll be a while before I give Fresh another thought when it comes to lip balms. It's definitely a splurge so it bears some forethought, which can be depressing, lol.

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  19. I think you hit the nail on the head Liz. These are totally comparable to drugstore brands, but we're paying for the aesthetic. I don't mind SO much sometimes, but overall it wouldn't be something I'd indulge in regularly. I could get a gorgeous lipstick for about the same price and a lot more satisfaction!

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    1. It's a hard truth to admit but there it is! Also, this little shitty stick totally broke and melted on me last week. I am done with the minis for sure. Jury's still out on the big ones. Never know when the crazy will hit, LOL!

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