Lip Glowy Balm
Laneige’s Lip Glowy Balm is a good option for getting glossy lips, though it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table in its product category.
This balm comes in a brightly colored tube that corresponds to the “flavor” it has – green for pear, pink for strawberry, and so on. Its hydrating gel texture is rich yet not at all thick or goopy, and imparts a high-gloss shine. The flavor’s tints are so sheer, they’re not apparent on lips at all, resulting in a translucent look.
As far as performance, while this is hydrating, it’s not exactly as much of a powerhouse as the brand makes it seem with its claim of coating lips “with a moisturizing film.” Still, it holds up pretty well for a couple of hours (less, of course, if you eat or drink something).
The ingredient list has many tried and true skin conditioning waxes, along with murumuru seed butter. There are also some noteworthy antioxidants in the mix, including goji berry, raspberry, blueberry, and cranberry extracts, though they’re toward the end of the ingredient list. Still, they’re thoughtful inclusions and we’re always happy to see them in lip products, since lips need antioxidants just as much as anywhere else on your face! (And we should note since the packaging is opaque, these antioxidants are protected from both light and air exposure.)
The one drawback – and it’s minor – is that as mentioned above, all the balms include fragrance. It’s not very strong and dissipates quickly, but it’s still not ideal for skin. That being said, this is still a good lip balm that does double-duty as a gloss.
- Smooth texture is rich yet not too thick.
- Provides moderate hydration.
- Includes proven lip conditioning ingredients and some antioxidants.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients that put skin at risk for irritation.
The lip balm makes the lips look shiny, smooth, and supple as if having coated the lips with a moisturizing film.
Strengths: SPF-rated products provide broad-spectrum sun protection; utilization of some intriguing melanin-inhibiting ingredients.
Weaknesses: Highly fragranced formulas put skin at risk of irritation; use of see-through bottles and jar packaging weakens the potency of the beneficial ingredients; claims for mineral water dont stand up to the research; despite a higher-than-average drugstore price point, Laneige products arent superior to their competitors.
Laneige is a South Korean brand owned by high-end cosmetics company, AmorePacific. Launched in 1994, the story behind this brand centers around mineral waterwhich they tend to label Optimal Mineral Waterharvested from the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas. They allegedly spent 20 years perfecting its scientifically engineered properties for skin and, according to Laneige, this superior water is the secret to hydrating, protecting, and revitalizing skin.
Heres what we really know: All water thats included in cosmetics, regardless of the source, must go through a rigorous purification process, and there isnt any research showing that water from any one source is better for skin than water from any other source. More to the point, repairing and hydrating skin is not as simple as adding water. Even Laneiges highly touted mineral water wont retain moisture in skin unless the outer barrier is reinforced with ingredients like antioxidants, emollients, and skin-repairing ingredientsall of which are required or the water just evaporates. So, does Laneige deliver in that regard? Yes and no.
The problem is that their products tend to include beneficial ingredients right alongside potentially irritating ingredients (including fragrance), which detracts from what the good ingredients would otherwise be able to do for skin. In some cases, the jar or clear bottle packaging further impedes the potency and stability of the formula because many of the superstar ingredients break down in the presence of air and/or light.
As far as Laneige makeup goes, at the time of this review they sell only a BB cream in the United States, but it is also plagued by the inclusion of potentially irritating ingredients.
In the end, despite their highly touted Korean brand prestige and steeper-than-average mass-market price point (the line is sold at Target stores in the United States), Laneige ends up being more about marketing fluff than whats actually good for skin. Beyond the mineral water, Laneige products would have merit for their anti-aging prowess, but their inclusion of potential irritants and the use of packaging that compromises the stability of the beneficial ingredients renders the products generally unworthy of consideration.
For more information about Laneige, visit www.us.laneige.com.
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