Let us introduce you to one of the most expensive lip balms the cosmetics industry offers. However, despite the price, its formula has what it takes to improve dry, chapped lips and keep them from returning (assuming you routinely apply this or any other irritant-free lip balm). It isn’t necessary to spend anywhere near this much to get a good lip balm, but this fragrance-free option isn’t your standard-issue Chapstick®, and for that it deserves a Best Product rating.
An intensive lip treatment that heals dry, chapped lips, providing moisture and superior anti- oxidant protection while preventing fine line around the lips.
Diisostearyl Malate, Polybutene, Phytosteryl Isostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate,Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Dextrin Palmitate/Ethylhexanoate, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Beeswax, Squalane, Glycerin, Triethylhexanoin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Tocopheryl Acetate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Mica, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Silica, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Sorbitan Isostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Cetyl PRG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Methicone, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil, Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Agar, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Kaempferol
Strengths: A very good lip balm; antioxidant-rich facial oil.
Weaknesses: Some products use jar packaging, which weakens the stability of beneficial ingredients; toner with plant irritants; some formulas contain high amounts of skin-ravaging alcohol.
AmorePacific is a popular South Korean cosmetics line established in 1945, whose skincare products made their way to U.S. Sephora stores in 2009. At its core, AmorePacific claims to be all about “beauty secrets found in nature.” Some of those highly touted ingredients like antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a polyphenol found in green tea) really are great for skin, whereas others (like bamboo sap and red ginseng) don’t have solid research backing their benefits for skin—but at least they’re not hurting it.
Either way, good skincare comes down to the formula as a whole, not just a “superstar” ingredient here or there, so how does AmorePacific rank in that regard? Like many brands, it varies product by product. Some products in the AmorePacific line offer a broad range of plant-based antioxidants and various skin-beneficial ingredients, while other formulas fall into the lackluster category due to overly basic formulas that can’t make good on their anti-aging claims.
Many of the products contain potentially irritating fragrance (which is never good news, particularly for sensitive skin), and worse yet, a handful are plagued by high concentrations of skin-ravaging alcohol which can increase inflammation in skin, provoke breakouts, and accelerate the signs of aging in the long term. In short, these can leave skin worse for the wear when they’re part of your daily skincare routine.
Well also have to point out that the use of jar packaging for some of the products is an ill-fated choice. Plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Not only that, but dipping your fingers into them can add bacteria, which further deteriorates beneficial ingredients. That’s disappointing at any price point, but since some of these products cost between $100-$450, that’s a major waste of money.
Standing back and looking at specific products, even though there are a few good options, the prices aren’t justified and you can find better products for far less in each category. However, if you choose to shop this line and are OK with spending more than necessary, at least you’ll know from our reviews which products are worthy of a purchase.
For more information about AmorePacific, visit us.amorepacific.com.
Note: The AmorePacific products reviewed on Beautypedia include those that are currently sold at Sephora in the U.S. The company offers an even pricier range of products at upscale department stores such as Neiman Marcus. We may review those in the future; for now, the demand from our readers simply isn’t there—likely because many of them have gotten the message that in the world of skincare, hyper-expensive doesn’t mean better products or better results!
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