Silk Slip Conditioning Lip Oil
Versed’s Silk Slip Conditioning Lip Oil is an example of what can happen when the brand gets things right – a great product with good packaging that performs exactly as claimed.
This lip oil comes in an opaque squeeze tube that protects its light- and air-sensitive ingredients, and has an angled tip that makes application easy. While described as an oil, the texture is slightly thicker than that (it’s something of a cross between an oil and balm) which is good because that gives this some additional staying power.
Lips feel instantly moisturized and soothed, and as claimed, this does have a noticeable shine. It’s not super high gloss, but you’ll definitely see notice it. This lasts a good amount of time, about two or three hours on its own, though you will have to reapply sooner if you eat or drink something.
The formula contains tried-and-true moisture-locking ingredients, including antioxidant-rich non-fragrant sunflower, jojoba, olive, macadamia, soybean, and sesame oils, along with emollient shea butter. These ingredients result in smooth, hydrated lips that appear healthy and plumped. Even better, this is free of fragrance, flavor, or other potential irritants. Nicely done, Versed!
- Balm-oil texture instantly soothes and moisturizes lips.
- Includes a number of antioxidant and emollient ingredients.
- Stays put for a relatively good amount of time.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
Most lip balms feel great when you apply them, but five minutes later you’re wondering why your lips feel dry again. It’s frustrating. That’s why we ditched the balm in favor of a more effective form: lip oil. It’s a moisturizing blend of jojoba, camellia, sesame and sunflower seed oils, and antioxidant-rich vitamin E that conditions and smooths chapped lips. Your lips will stay soft and hydrated with a subtle, healthy sheen (not a glossy shine). Most important, you can still feel the moisture on your lips even after the oil is fully absorbed. We’re confident you’ll be a lip oil convert, too.
Versed Skincare is the creation of Katherine Power, former West Coast fashion editor of Elle magazine and co-founder of the LA-based fashion company Clique Brands. Versed is positioned as the sister brand of the company’s Who What Wear clothing line sold at Target, and so Versed is sold there as well as other retailers.
Versed’s philosophy is straightforward: offer affordable, effective skin care products that are both vegan and, in the brand’s words, clean. “Clean” is an ambiguous phrase in the beauty industry that lacks a standard, regulated definition (it varies from company to company), but in this instance it means that there are no so-called “toxic” and “questionable” ingredients in Versed’s products.
While some of these ingredients – such as formaldehyde and artificial fragrance – are certainly best avoided, others are labeled as bad based on outdated research, poorly designed or inconclusive studies, or simply anecdotal evidence, and not on the conditions (or concentrations) in which these ingredients are actually used in real-world skin care applications.
That aside, Versed has an attractive aesthetic that goes along with this clean philosophy: pastel-colored packaging with plain type that explains what each product’s purpose is and calls out key ingredients in each. For the most part, Versed products are packaged to protect their light- and air-sensitive ingredients; however, there are a few instances of clear and jar packaging, which compromise the benefits of some ingredients, particularly antioxidants.
The formulas from Versed are a mixed bag. Some contain a host of beneficial ingredients while totally avoiding irritants, others are good but basic, and some others include fragrant plant extracts and oils that pose a risk of sensitizing skin (and we should be clear – fragrance, both synthetic and natural, can irritate skin). It really is a situation where the products are best judged on a case-by-case basis, as the hit-or-miss nature of the line requires more scrutiny than simply choosing based on product claims and skin type.
Despite the extra effort needed, Versed does have some good products to offer, and the convenience of being available both online and in a major retailer like Target, will have a lot of appeal to a good number of people. You can learn more about Versed at https://versedskin.com/.
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