Over the past few years (actually since my review from 2009 and my review from 2010), I've seen a lot of mixed emotions about eos lip balms. As with most lip balms, many of you love them and say they work well for you, while many of you don't care for them and say that they're not hydrating enough. But regardless of whether or not these lip balms work for you, I think the one thing we can all agree on is that this Alice in Wonderland set is just too cute (actually, I know this to be true based on all of the comments I received on my sneak-peek post!).
I finally found these sets at my local Target (they were on an end-cap display located at the outer edge of the beauty department). I couldn't resist picking one up, so let's take a closer look, shall we?
eos Limited Edition Alice in Wonderland Lip Balm Set
(retail: $7.99 at Target, 0.25 oz per lip balm. Total net weight: 0.75 oz)
The first thing I said to myself I saw the shape of the package was:
"Ooooh, it looks like a diorama!"
Well, little did I know...
...that when you remove the lip balms from the package, it IS a diorama!
How cute is that?
And look at the little Alice print:
Ingredients, expiration date, etc.
Back of package:
And one more shot of the diorama, just because:
Now let's take a look at the actual lip balms:
Blueberry Potion, Watermelon Wonderland, Sweet Vanilla Nonsense
As you can see, instead of the usual little indentation on the side of the balm, these have a Micky Mouse design (obviously a reference to the Disney - Alice in Wonderland franchise).
Since I've already reviewed eos lip balms at length (see links to my previous reviews at the top of this post), today I'm just reviewing the actual flavors in this set:
Blueberry Potion - My favorite of the three. As others have said, this one seems the most true to its name and the most unique. You can definitely smell the sweet tartness of blueberry, and the flavor is blueberry-esque as well. It's not sugary-sweet, but more of a soft blueberry flavor.
Watermelon Wonderland - My second favorite of the three. Some of you have compared this one to the permanent eos flavor Summer Fruit, but I don't get Summer Fruit when I wear this one. To me, it's straight up watermelon bubblegum (in both scent and flavor). It's sweet and very fun; I can imagine this being the favorite of many little girls (and big girls too).
Sweet Vanilla Nonsense - My least favorite of the bunch. Sadly, there's an underlying "plastic" note to this lip balm that is present in both the fragrance and flavor. It's actually pretty strong and dominates the soft vanilla note. In fact, this one's almost all "plastic" to me and it actually reminds me of the smell of a brand new Barbie Doll. If you were to tell people you had "Barbie Doll" flavored lip balm, and then let them sniff this, I think people would be amused by the uncanny similarity. Ha!
FINAL VERDICT: If you're an Alice in Wonderland fan or collector, this set is probably going to be a no-brainer for you. You need it. And if you collect lip balm, then you probably will also want to add this set to your collection. However, for the everyday user who isn't an Alice in Wonderland fan and just wants some fun, yummy new lip balms, I'd say this is probably worth the purchase. I think you'll like the blueberry or watermelon scents (or both) but I'm just not sure if the vanilla will appeal to the vanilla fans out there. I'm a hardcore vanilla fan and this one's not cutting it for me. So I guess it really depends on how much you love Alice in Wonderland, and if you already love eos lip balms. If your answer is "very much" to both questions, then run out and grab this one ASAP since it's limited edition and won't be around forever. I don't regret my purchase, but I'm sad that the vanilla lip balm let me down because I was really looking forward to that one. By the way, eos also makes a Vanilla Bean stick lip balm, but I have yet to try it. If you own this set and the Vanilla Bean stick, I'd love to hear how you think the two vanillas compare.
The eos Limited Edition Alice in Wonderland Lip Balm Set available in Target stores now. It will be available at Walgreens and Ulta stores starting in November 2012. And it will also available at Target.com, Walmart.com and Drugstore.com starting November 2012. Click here for more product info.
Do you already own this set? If so, how do you like it? If not, is it a must-have or a skip?