Okay so we have all been there: you end up purchasing something because the packaging caught your eye. I fell victim to this when I was restocking our Beauty on the Fly area because they just revamped it with new products!
The product that caught my eye was the Josie Maran Lip Sting Plumping Butter. The beautiful rose gold hexagon shaped packaging caught my eye immediately. I then fell in love with the Honey Bee detail on the cap. I just assumed that it was a lip balm but I started reading the box and it was actually plumped your lips too so I immediately put it on hold to purchase after my shift.
Claims: Two ancient holistic ingredients, argan oil and honey, churned together into a buttery smooth, conditioning lip enhancer. The 100 percent pure argan oil replenishes lips with powerful antioxidants, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids while pure honey seals in moisture, soothes, and enhances barrier recovery. The sweet, subtle sting supports natural circulation for an instant volumizing effect while konjac root ultra-filling spheres smooth lines and Volulip™—a natural peptide and plant extract blend—visibly plumps lips through hyaluronic acid synthesis. For an extra juicy pout, apply at least five times a day for long-term fullness.
Product: For $23 USD, you get 4.5 grams of product. To put that into perspective, in a MAC lipstick you get 3 grams. I guess you get more in a balm because you use more in a day that you would with a lipstick. To compare, the Bite Beauty Agave Balm has 4.2g for $18, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment has 4.25g for $24 and Drunk Elephant Lippe has 3.8g for $18. But, this product does plump your lips so I guess you have to pick and choose. This balm also comes in 3 different shades: Clear (Vanilla), Nude (Honey) and Red (Grapefruit). The tinted balms are so pigmented and I was torn between the Clear and the Nude!
My thoughts: I have been holding this in my purse for a few days now and I like it. This lip balm has the weirdest sensation when you apply it because when it’s freshly applied you don’t feel anything and then BOOM, you get this stinging sensation on your lips. It doesn’t hurt but it just felt so weird. My lips didn’t feel super jumbo plump but it felt nice. I did notice that this balm diminished my lip lines dramaticaly which is a great thing because nobody likes wearing lipstick with lines all over your lips. I did notice that my lips did feel hydrated throughout the day.
Would I repurchase? Hm, probably not. $23 for a lip balm is a bit steep for what it is. I might repurchase if I see it plumping my lips after a few uses from it. Or, I might get the nude tinted one to wear on a daily basis. I was also debating on putting other lip balms in the compartment so that I can use it and bring it around where I go. Does anyone know how to depot and insert a lip balm / lipstick? Please let me know.
What are some of your favorite lip balms / lip plumpers? Please let me know!