Here my take.
I like the packaging. The polished silver tin is quite chic in an understated way. It is quite easy to store in your bag or makeup kit. For personal use, I still prefer lip balms in a swivel-up stick. That way, I can easily store it in the coin pocket of my jeans; like my Chapstick.
I was quite surprised when I opened the lid of this product, I was expecting it to look greasy like that of Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm by Rosebud Perfume Co, but it was not. At first glance, Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm looked more compact to me. When I swirled my finger on the product, it did not instantly melt from my body heat. I was able to pick up a desirable amount of product while swirling my fingers without leaving “pot holes” in it. It’s like having the consistency of a swivel-up lip balm in a tin can. It feels more compact and I think its has a higher melting point*. Living in a tropical country, this is an important factor. After all, my work entails me to shoot either on location (under the sun) or under harsh shooting lights in the studio.
Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm has a very delicate scent which I really like but cannot identify. It has a delicate flesh toned color, that appears clear on the lips. Unlike some lip balms in the market that are greasy and minty, Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm feels quite neutral on my lips; as if it’s not there. The lip balm is very hydrating and soothing. It gives a nice sheen to my lips without looking greasy.
My only issue is that I do not like is it’s taste. Every time I use Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm, it reminds me of Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm which I didn’t quite enjoy. I’m not saying that I’ll stop using Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm because of that, again this is a personal preference. Your experience might be different from mine. Having read the immediate ingredients list, beeswax is the only ingredient which is common between these two products. I am not entirely sure though if this it is the taste of the beeswax that is not to my liking.
In my opinion, this would be perfect to use as a primer for matte lipsticks. This will prevent your lips from drying out while keeping the matte look. Just blot your lips with tissue to remove excess balm before lipstick application.
Bobbi Brown‘s Lip Balm lists at $20 at www.bobbibrown.com and retails at Bobbi Brown Philippines in Rustan’s department store for Php1250. For the price, I wished it came in a much bigger packaging. It currently only holds a net weight of 15 grams, while other in my kit hold a net weight of 22 grams.
*In comparison with lip balms that have petroleum as one of it’s main ingredients. Will still test this product once I’ll be shooting on location .
Ingredients are available at there website, click here to be brought to it’s page.