Tuesday, February 7, 2012

EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Summer Fruit

Sorry for the lack of posts, everyone! I recently came down with a viral infection - I'm still fighting it off, but having time to sit around and miss school gives me an opportunity to tie up loose ends on some of my unfinished blog posts waiting in the drafts section. So here it is... :)

I picked this up from my local London Drugs for $3.99 CDN (before GST). I know that in addition to London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart is also selling this product in Canada. At my London Drugs, there were three 'flavors' available: Summer FruitHoneysuckle Honeydew, and Sweet Mint. According to www.evolutionofsmooth.com, there are 3 additional flavors in the permanent line (Lemon Drop SPF 15, Medicated Tangerine and Strawberry Sorbet).

Photo Credit: www.evolutionofsmooth.com
I purchased this after lots of perusing of reviews. Makeup Alley users have rated this 3.6 out of 5, and with over 670 reviews only 62% of consumers would purchase this product again. I had always been on the fence about the product. Could such an adorably packaged product be as wonderful as everyone was saying it was? I first saw an EOS Smooth Sphere lip balm in one of Michelle Phan's tutorials eons ago. Until just recently last year, EOS (as far as I know) was not sold in local Canadian stores.

The packaging of these lip balms is incredibly attractive. The smooth sphere design is sleek and the colors are eye-catching. This particular balm comes packaged in a coral sphere, which I adore. The cap twists off to reveal a half-sphere of balm inside. A smooth dimple on the lid and the base help the user to align the cap and secure it. Another indentation on the bottom of the sphere allows one to stand the balm up on a hard and smooth surface.

This balm contains shea butter, jojoba oil, and vitamin E to hydrate and smooth lips. It's also gluten free, paraben free, petroleum free, and phthalate free. They're 100% natural and 95% organic. Sounds funtabulous, doesn't it?

The balm itself has the most intoxicating smell. Though the flavor is Summer Fruit, this smells like a copious amount of sweet, ripe peaches. It even tastes a little like it smells. The scent is pretty strong and lasts for quite a while before dissipating. If you're not big on scents, or don't like the particular smell of this balm, you definitely will not appreciate this balm.

The balm itself is incredibly smooth. Not too thick or too thin. It's not waxy or cakey. It does not have a tint, so it goes on clear - great for everyday use. It's probably one of the best consistencies of lip balms I've ever tried. I've heard a lot of people say that they like to use this as a base before their lip products just because of how smooth and hydrated it makes the lips.

I really appreciate the packaging of this balm. The spherical shape ensures that you don't have to twist up the product every time you use it. The plastic exterior is incredibly durable and will protect the balm from a multitude of accidents - dropping it, nicking it, twisting it up too far, etc. There are only a few downsides, in my opinion, the first being that you risk nicking the balm when twisting on the cap. The second downside being from it's bulky shape - the large spherical ball doesn't easily fit into your jean pocket without looking (and feeling!) incredibly uncomfortable. If you can get over that though, this is a great lip balm for in your purse or in your bedside drawer. It's easily found because of it's distinctive shape - especially if you're fishing blindly through your purse.

As far as hydration goes, this lip balm isn't anything spectacular. Its certainly far more moisturizing than some other mediocre balms I've had the pleasure of experiencing. It's definitely not anything extraordinary though - it doesn't saturate my lips in moisture or turn back the clock on my lip lines. But it's a more suitable option than some others.

Just like with men, it's hard to find "the one" with regards to lip balms. That's why, while this balm is a little better than your average stick, it's definitely not something you should drop everything to go purchase right now. If you're looking for a decent lip balm with a delicious scent, eye-catching packaging and an affordable price tag - you've found it here. If you're looking for your holy grail balm, I wouldn't drop my buck here. Nonetheless, I still love it.

I give this product 3 out of 5 stars.
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Have you tried any other EOS balms?? What are your favorites? Have you found a holy grail lip balm?

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