Review: C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Tint and Mentha Lip Buffer

35 dirhams each, Bath and Body Works Mirdif

Mentha Lip Buffer

CO Bigelow says:
Our mint-infused lip exfoliator, formulated with sugar crystals, is the perfect remedy for flaky, peeling, chapped lips.
Directions for use: Apply to lips, rub smoothly then remove.

I say:
I love lip scrubs in general, but I especially need it during the winter. I saw this in our newly opened Bath and Body Works so I decided to try it. 

This stuff tastes amazing! Like, I seriously would just eat the whole tube if I could (but I won't!). It also makes your lips feel tingly as soon as you apply it. 

I just don't like it very much as an actual lip buffer. It has a very thick, sticky consistency which was slightly difficult to work with, and I found that the sugar crystals just didn't 'buff' like I expected them to. I also found it difficult to work the crystals into the corners of my lips (where I tend to need it most)

After wiping off, I still had some flakiness. My lipstick didn't apply evenly, it was much darker over the chapped bits. I get much better results using my regular facial scrub or mixing some sugar with honey and buffing my lips with that. 

I don't think I will be buying this again.

 Mentha Lip Tint in Plum Mint

CO Bigelow Says:
Our mint-infused lip balm imparts a hint of berry color and glossy high shine with a refreshing, cooling sensation. Lips stay moist and protected.

I say:
This stuff also tastes delicious! It instantly gives you that tingly, 'my-lips-just-plumped-up-90%' feeling. It's very shiny and I chose this one because it was close to my natural lip color and I could wear it every day. 

The formula of this one is also very sticky, so I started to wear a lip balm under it. Kind of defeats the purpose. I think I prefer it as a gloss rather than a moisturzing, softening balm. Also, it has no SPF, which is something I prefer to have in my balms. 

I was also a bit disappointed because it contains petrolatum. I try and buy products that don't contain petrolatum and since the rest of the balms didn't have it listed in the ingredients I thought this one was OK as well. I didn't realize it was in there until I peeled the price tag off when I got home! Sneaky!

Over all, I still use this as a lip gloss, sometimes, but I think I will just stick to my Kiss My Face lip balms and MAC tinted lip conditioners (though not sure of the ingredients in those!) for now and layer regular lip gloss over it.

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