Lip Sleeping Mask
Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask delivers buttery-smooth feel that softens lips overnight. The only things holding it back from our top rating are the inclusion of potentially irritating fragrance and subpar packaging.
Housed in jar, you’re instructed to apply a generous layer of the rich, viscous, lip mask via the included applicator. The set we bought actually didn’t come with the applicator, but no prob—clean fingertips work fine (just keep in mind that fingers can transfer bacteria into the formula).
The consistency glides on smoothly, melting into lips without feeling heavy, sticky or goopy. In addition to a comforting dose of hydration, skin-conditioning waxes + shea and murumuru seed butters help form a moisture-sealing barrier to withstand the elements (well, except sunlight, so if you’re also using this during the day, wear it underneath an SPF-rated lip balm).
True to claim, you also get some antioxidant berry extracts in the mix. Granted, they’re toward the end of the ingredient list and the jar packaging will eventually compromise their stability by consistently exposing them to air, but the thought was good (lips can benefit from antioxidants just like anywhere else on your face).
Likewise, the hyaluronic acid that Laneige calls out as a part of the “moisture wrap” technology is very low on the ingredient list, so you’re not getting much out of it—nevertheless, it’s a good hydrator.
Each lip mask comes in a different flavor and color that correlates to its name and scent. The tints go on extremely sheer so don’t expect to see much color—instead you get a youthful balmy shine.
The added fragrance is the only formulary misstep as it can potentially irritate delicate lip skin. The potency varied a bit among the varieties that we tested, but for most, the scent was faint and dissipated quickly, which is less concerning. Mint Choco is the exception—it’s strong enough to make your lips tingle, which is never good sign. For the record, fragrance free is always better for the health of your skin and lips.
The bottom line: Without the fragrance and in better packaging, we’d easily give Lip Sleeping Mask five stars. Here’s hoping Laneige will consider making a fragrance-free version.
- Delivers a buttery smooth feel that softens lips overnight.
- Waxes and plant butters help seal in moisture and protect lips from the elements.
- Imparts comforting hydration without feeling heavy, sticky or goopy.
- Works great as daytime balm under lip sunscreen.
- Contains fragrance ingredients that put skin at risk for irritation.
- Jar packaging isn't the most hygienic way to package lip balm.
Lip Sleeping Mask has a softening balm texture that closely adheres to lips for quick absorption. Its exclusive Moisture Wrap™ technology boasts hyaluronic acid and minerals to form a protective film over the lips to lock in moisture and active ingredients. A generous layer of this soothing mask at bedtime helps reduce flakiness so you can wake up to lips that feel refreshed, supple, and soft to the touch.
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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