Review | The Body Shop Lip Roll-On in Berry

November 27, 2011

This little roller-ball lip conditioner has been in my makeup pouch for the past few weeks.

The amount of oil that it dispenses is just right and I really like how it instantly palliates my dry lips. I not only enjoy the cool sensation of the roller-ball which soothes chapped lips but also the easy glide of the product that the metal sphere distributes evenly.

Made in the USA, the brand claims that this liquid lip balm is made from 100% natural ingredients but I see on its ingredient list a couple of chemical ingredients like eugenol and benzyl benzoate (both of which do appear in plants but I wonder at the chemical naming). Along with lanolin and various seed oils, it contains Italian organic olive oil and Brazillian organic soya oil from Community Fair Trade farmers.

I generally prefer something more emollient for the lips (Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, for instance) to something waxy (Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm) because the former imparts moisture, while the latter more commonly seals in moisture.

The clear liquid gives a little shine and can be mixed with a little lipstick to act like a tinted gloss, albeit with subdued shine. Like similar lip salves, it can dilute/feather stronger lip colours that go over it. One way to circumvent this is to allow time for absorption or blot the lips after they’ve become softer.

This lip roll-on (10 ml/S$14.90) is available in four other flavours: Coconut, Orange, Mint and Rose. I received all five in a cheery green makeup pouch press kit – don’t the tubes look pretty against the vibrant background?

While I love their moisturising properties, the fragrance that they carry can be off-putting. The berry fragrance is just barely tolerable – it is somewhat cloying and heady, while the rose is too perfumey for me. I haven’t opened the other three but I hope the mint has a pleasing scent because I love mint! If you’re averse to strong scents, do test these for their smell before purchasing.

Image source: The Body Shop Singapore

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6 Responses to Review | The Body Shop Lip Roll-On in Berry

  1. kas
    November 27, 2011 at 2:46 am

    I opened the mint one; it has a sweetish mint scent rather than a strong peppermint scent. These unfortunately didn’t quite do it for me, seeing how terribly dry my lips have gotten after that bout of infection :(

    • makeupmag
      November 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Hey Kas,

      Thanks for the feedback! I really am not fond of the scent but thankfully the oil works on my lips.

  2. Ella
    March 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Do these last long on the lips? I’m hoping to use them as a night time treatment to prep the lips for the next day, but maybe I should stick to lip balm?

    • makeupmag
      March 22, 2012 at 12:43 am

      Hi Ella,

      Not particularly – my lips seem to absorb them and there’s minimal shine after a while. A good prep treatment is eye cream on the lips. ;)

  3. Ella
    March 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I got the one in rose, but found it more like those roll on perfumes. Thank goodness for the moisturizing properties, or I’ll be totally disappointed!! I wish it lasted longer though, I hate having to always reapply it. :) Haha, I’ve heard of eye cream on the lips, but I’m always scared of swallowing the chemicals in the eye cream.

    • makeupmag
      March 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      Hi Ella,

      I know exactly what you mean re: eye cream. Many makeup artists use this trick, though.

      I’m not so fond of the rose scent personally but like how the liquid moistens my lips. By the way, I saw some colourful lipsticks (blue, yellow etc) from LA Girl – you might want to take a look for your cosplay purposes. ;)

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