Part of the brand’s lip care range for ages, The Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balms have seen a few changes in packaging over the years. The strawberry-flavoured one was one of my first lip balms ever and I still remember its clear pot and black lid, as well as the translucent pink salve and its slightly tangy whiff with hints of sweetness.
This year, the brand re-introduces some of them in retractable tubes – more hygienic and user-friendly, certainly! There are a few new flavours too. Containing Community Fair Trade beeswax and marula oil to soothe and moisturise the lips, they also promise to impart sheer colour. Vibrant comic graphics adorn the tubes, giving them a snazzy retro spin. Some flavours are still available in pot form, though; if you have a special fondness for the little jars, don’t fret. ;)
I was sent three of the new stick balms to try: Lychee Shimmer, Pomegranate and Strawberry.
I opened the first because I like the fruit and was curious about its shimmer effect. Here’s what’s the brand has to say about it:
Gives lips a pop of colour, a shot of moisture and a soft shine.
– Moisturises and conditions lips
– Transparent shimmer
– Subtle shine
– Fruity lychee flavour
True to the description, it has an authentic lychee scent but…
Whoa! Its strong colour payoff totally surprised me and honestly, you prolly can’t wear this on its own. Given its frosty nature, there’s nothing transparent or subtle about its shine! On its own, I see it as a retro lip shade for a ’60s mod look, rather than an everyday balm. It will make a nice reflective topper, when layered sparingly over another lip colour. (PS: It has pretty pink and green shimmer dispersed within the silvery white!)
I haven’t opened the other two but I reckon they will be much subtler than Lychee, going by their appearance.
In Singapore, these retail at an affordable S$9.90. The range also includes Pink Berry, Plum and Toffee but the last is not available here.
I’m interested in Plum, given my penchant for berry tones, so I’m going to check this out when I next pass by a TBS store. The texture is a given but I hope I’ll be pleased by its colour tint. ;)
Image source: The Body Shop