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When Pixi by Petra sent over the Mattelustre Lipsticks I reviewed last week, the brand included three of their Shea Butter Lip Balms, as well.
I’m no stranger to these balms, I actually keep one of the above – Ripe Raspberry – in my small everyday makeup organizer that I keep in my bedroom (the majority of my makeup is stored in my beauty office!).
These balms are sold with a clear, airtight plastic seal round them. The long cap on the tube represents the color of the balm inside.
The color payoff depends; these are supposed to be a wash of color, not a full-on pigmented lipstick. However, they do build up; I wouldn’t call them sheer!
The Shea Butter Lip Balms are made with – duh – shea butter, as well as vitamin E. Here are the general ingredients from the website:
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polybutene, Ozokerite, Octyldodecanol, Beeswax, Trihydroxystearin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Phenoxyethanol, Vanillin. [+/- Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850)]. 4 g / 0.141 oz
Ripe Raspberry is a favorite of mine. It’s actually quite a bright pop of pink in just one coat.
Sweet Peach is a nice peachy neutral that also has good pigmentation for a balm.
Natural Rose has a light mauve pink cap, but the color is more of a nude with a hint of pink. Very neutral and work appropriate.
While you’re treating your lips with the shea butter to moisturize, and the vitamin E to protect your skin, I have to confess that after a couple hours of wear, my lips felt more dry wearing these than they did wearing the Mattelustre lipsticks.
The balms have a tendency to dry down on me, and stain, which is great for color payoff but not necessarily for keeping my lips hydrated. I wore these lip balms prior to my consistent lip scrub use, and perhaps I will give them a shot wearing them after exfoliating to see what difference that makes.
So why did I have Ripe Raspberry in regular rotation if the balms dry out on my lips after a while? Because it’s still a nice, light option to a full on lipstick or gloss.
Perhaps the balms aren’t supposed to stay moisturizing/balmy on the lip for more than a couple hours. I could reapply the balm when my lips start feeling dry, but since the color remains, I don’t necessarily want to add more color on top of it.
To be honest I would love to pick up the colors Pixi Pink and Honey Nectar – especially Honey Nectar! These balms retail for $8 a piece and you can find them on the Pixi website here, or at Target/Target.com.
I don’t know if you will experience the same effect as I have with these balms, but I wanted to share my honest thoughts on them. Also, I will go ahead and say that I think these balms are a nice, safe choice as a stocking stuffer for a teen, or makeup enthusiast on your list, if you aren’t sure what they might like. They are very mild/work appropriate shades for the most part.
Have you tried the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balms? I’d love to hear your thoughts!