Lip Butter Balm
Summer Fridays’ Lip Butter Balm is a luxurious, hydrating lip product – just don’t expect it to stick around overnight as claimed!
This balm comes in an opaque squeeze tube that protects its ingredients from light and air. The lack of a built-in applicator means you’ll have to apply it manually. If you don’t want to use your fingers because of hygiene issues, you can use a cotton swab or lip brush, but both tools can hinder quick application when away from home.
The formula is quite emollient and thick, but since this is billed as a lip mask that’s by design, since they tend to be thicker products. The finish is very shiny (it looks like a lip gloss), something to consider if you prefer to lip products to have a more muted look.
The ingredient list is small but has what it takes to help soothe parched lips, among them shea and murumuru butters, plus wax and sodium hyaluronate. It’s not the most impressive lineup for a lip conditioner we’ve seen, but these tried-and-true emollients certainly work as intended.
This does have a light vanilla flavor, which is the result of the addition of non-irritating natural flavoring ingredient vanillin.
The main drawback is that because of its emollient formula it doesn’t last on lips as long as some other lip butters or masks. The slick formula also means it’s not the ideal canvas for lipstick, as any lip color applied over this will slide off. That’s not a deal breaker, it’s just worth noting. With that in mind though, this is a good, hydrating lip product that will result in smoother, softer lips.
- Contains tried-and-true emollients to hydrate dry lips.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Free of irritating fragrance (vanillin is non-irritating).
- Slick formula doesn’t last as long on lips as some other lip butters.
- Not the best canvas for lip color because of its slippery texture.
This silky vegan lip mask hydrates and soothes parched lips in seconds while sealing in moisture for lusher than life lips on demand day or night. Rich in natural plant-derived butters, this silky formula melts into dry, cracked lips for instant hydration while creating a flexible barrier to seal in moisture while you snooze. (How dreamy is that?) Or butter up on-the-go for a natural shine and that perfect lipstick-ready canvas.
Summer Fridays is the creation of two beauty bloggers who joined forces to bring consumers the types of skin care products they enjoyed using. Los Angeles-based Marianna Hewitt, who writes the “Life With Me” blog, and Lauren Gores Ireland, the creative force behind “You & Lu,” say they were on the hunt for a “complexion game changer” that they hadn’t encountered in their time being sent and reviewing beauty products – so they set out to make their own.
Summer Fridays launched in 2018 with much fanfare around what has become their flagship product: Jet Lag Mask. The goal was to create a product that gave tired, stressed skin a day off. The release of the Jet Lag Mask was followed up by additional masks. Though the line is still small it has a loyal following, and a coveted spot inside Sephora stores.
Unfortunately, the formulas aren’t nearly as soothing as they would seem. While the packaging for each is top-notch (opaque tubes that protect their ingredients from light and air), and there are some beneficial ingredients to be found, the good stuff is flanked by problematic fragrant essential oils, fragrance ingredients, and harsh scrub particles in the mix, making the line overall disappointing and not worthy of the hype.
For more information on Summer Fridays, visit https://summerfridays.com.
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