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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review and Swatchfest: Wet n Wild Natural Blend Lip Shimmer in Maple

In the winter, especially the Midwest where it gets so cold your snot freezes, it is so stinking hard to keep lips moisturized. Typically, maintaining soft, supple lips means having to sacrifice colored lips and a finished look for a clear or, at best, lightly tinted balm. Well, cry no more, fellow winter weather-ers. Seriously, quit crying because your tears will freeze. I have found a more-than-tinted solution to this problem.

Wet N Wild Natural Blend Lip Shimmer in Maple ($1.99)

Maple - A brown-leaning peach with slight shimmer
Long story short, I think these are great. They have a slightly minty odor and flavor, I have never had a gloss with this kind of color payoff (although I think Burt's Bees might have something similar to this, but I haven't tried it), and it doesn't take a lot of layering to get the color you see in the swatch above. Best of all: It's moisturizing! It does exactly what a gloss should, only it does it with some pizzazz.

Downsides: The minty odor is accompanied by a slightly lipstick-y smell, but this doesn't transfer over to the taste for me. Also, while it is glossy (in the way a balm is), when I rubbed my lips together, I do get a hint of texture. I won't call it gritty-ness because that would be too harsh, but it definitely isn't as smooth as, say, chapstick. I assume this is because there is a hint of color and shimmer, so I'm okay with that. But, if you aren't, you should keep that in mind.

Overall, I really recommend! For the price of a normal chapstick, you get something that is equally as moisturizing AND pigmented. It's even cheaper than an EOS eggbalm thing and I find this to be more moisturizing. Plus, there are constantly deals going on at drug stores, kmart, etc. where they often have deals and sales.

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