Because they're the same brand they've been sitting together, and I've started to think of them as "Beauty and the Beast.."
|Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman - |
anyone else remember this show - or am I just showing my age? :)
Well, it's all about packaging really. The Moisture Plus balm is slick silver - it looks like a long-lasting lipstick. The labelling is unobtrusive and it wouldn't look out of place sitting on your vanity or nestled in your makeup bag along with your other lipsticks and glosses..
I think it's fair to say it's a modest Beauty.
But the Carmex Lip Balm? Well.. look at it!
Garish yellow, red and orange, blaring typography - this looks like a medicinal product, not a beauty product at all! It's noticeable, for sure, but no one would call this package pretty.
It definitely looks like a Beast!
But it's not all about outward appearance, is it? I mean, the Beast turns out to be a lovely fellow in most versions of the tale..
So what about these two, then?
Well - lets's start with the Beauty. Carmex Moisture Plus lip balm feels a bit waxy and glossy - it really does remind me of the gloss top-coat from the ultra-long-lasting lipsticks. It feels slick on the lips for a long time after wearing it. I found myself biting my lips because of the texture. It definitely hydrated them, but I found I needed to wear this alone - layering it under lipstick made lipstick wander for me.
Worn alone it worked just fine, and if you were into the no-makeup look this would be a winner.
Now for the Beast - the formula is a bit less slick, and smells of vanilla. On the lips you notice it has menthol and camphor in it - it feels cool and a bit tingly - a pleasant sensation! It seems to "sink in" to the skin and after a couple of mins you could easily add lipstick over the top.
So turns out the beauty is a bit of a beast, and the beast is a bit of a beauty!
For a wear-alone gloss that hydrates and gives a natural glossy look - you'll want the moisture plus.
For something you can wear under lipstick that plumps your lips and hydrates - you'll want the classic lip balm.
Are you a lip balm fan? Some of my friends seem to have dozens of them, but I have never really gotten into the trend - I just like colour too much! How about you?