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Maybelline New York

Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm

for $ 4.29
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Maybelline's Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm is a terrible idea—from start to finish! The ads show models with pillow-soft lips and the company promises that this balm will "soothe" dryness: Nothing could be further from the truth!

Baby Lips Dr. Rescue contains menthol as its active ingredient, and it is definitely strong. This balm smells like Vick's VapoRub (the scent is apparent before you even open the tube) and it tastes like a menthol cough drop! This does indeed make the lips tingle as promised, but that's not a good thing—that tingle is a sign that irritation (from the menthol) is taking place; while that may make you think the product is "working," such irritation is the last thing dry, cracked lips need.

Making things even worse is that this balm also contains the fragrance ingredient eucalyptus oil, another skin irritant. Our advice is to rescue yourself from "Dr. Rescue," and try out a product from our list of Best Lip Products instead!

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Contains menthol and eucalyptus oil, two known irritants.
  • Strong menthol taste and smell.
  • Causes lips to tingle, meaning irritation is taking place.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Maybelline New York At-A-Glance

Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.

Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.

Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the worldit's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.

Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.

Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybellines formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company LOreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you moneywithout sacrificing quality or performance.

For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.

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