Tinted lip balms can be so-so, both in terms of colour and in keeping your lips soft and hydrated. But this one, Carmex Moisture Plus, is a little gem of a product that imparts lasting moisture, sheer colour and subtle shine, all in one quick swipe.
A slim silver coloured tube with a slant-tipped applicator, it comes in clear, Sheer Pink or Sheer Peach, which is the colour I was sent to try out. Two new shades, Sheer Berry and Sheer Plum, have just been introduced. They all contain Vitamin E, Aloe, Shea Butter and SPF 15, to moisturise and protect the lips, and are priced at €5.99.
|In that picture to the bottom left I'm only wearing Clinique's BB Cream and Carmex Moisture Plus in Sheer Peach|
This feels really lovely on the lips; it glides on smoothly and keeps them soft and moisturised. The peach colour looks quite strong in the tube but applies super sheer and naturally pretty, with just a hint of glossiness and shine. It tastes and smells of vanilla at first, before the trademark Carmex menthol taste comes through.
The one negative is that I'm flying through this product! Partly because I'm using it almost daily, but also because the formula is very soft, so it just runs out quite quickly. And watch you don't push it up too far in the tube, because that same softness means it will easily break. But would I repurchase this product? Absolutely, and most likely in two or three colours, too.
Carmex are also getting in on the Valentine's Day action this year: to celebrate, they've created a virtual kiss you can send to your sweetheart on February 14th. Log on to www.mycarmexkiss.com, choose one of four animated kisses and personalise with your favourite picture - your creation will be delivered by email.
Carmex Plus is available from chemists and selected grocery shops nationwide, priced at €5.99.