So I finally found the display for the limited edition Baby Lips lip balms at a local CVS, and I grabbed the last remaining Coral Crush/Twinkle duo and ran for the register! I've been wanting this duo ever since I posted about it back in the middle of October, so I thought I'd give you my thoughts on it in case you're wondering if it's worth the hunt:
Maybelline Baby Lips Limited Edition 2-Pack in Coral Crush & Twinkle
(retail: $7.99 at CVS and Walgreens)
Keep reading for my full review...
This review is just going to cover the scent/flavor/color of these two Baby Lips shades. I reviewed the entire Baby Lips line back in December of 2011, so if you'd like to know my thoughts on the consistency, moisturization, etc., please see my original review here.
Before you "break the surface" of these balms, they look quite dry:
But after they come in contact with your skin, you can see that their true texture becomes visible:
Let's start with Coral Crush:
The swatch you see above was taken after I ran Coral Crush across my skin several times. The peachy-orange tint in this lip balm is very subtle, but you can build it for a little more intensity. I don't think you're going to get a bright orange color pay-off unless your natural lips are very fair. My lips have medium pigmentation and it takes over a dozen swipes for me to see any color at all, and even then it's very subtle. On the plus side, I think one of you mentioned that Coral Crush smells and tastes like orange Starburst candies, and you were so right! If you like orange Starbursts, I'm betting you're going to love the scent/flavor of this lip balm. The flavor and fragrance both subside within a few minutes though--I wouldn't consider this lip balm heavily scented or flavored.
Now for Twinkle:
There's no color to this one, but it does have some very, very fine, subtle shimmer (I'm talking subtle enough for a very young girl to wear without raising any eyebrows). The best part about Twinkle is definitely the flavor/fragrance. Do you love peach Jolly Ranchers? If so, you're probably going to love Twinkle. To me, the scent and flavor are very reminiscent of peach-flavored Jolly Ranchers, although I also get a hint of plain tart frozen yogurt (specifically the plain tart flavor they sell at Yogurtland, which I happen to love).
So...are these worth the hunt?
Well if you already love/collect Baby Lips lip balms, then I'd say they'd make a nice addition to your collection. If you like orange and peach candies, then I think you'll get a kick out of both of these balms. But if you're looking for a nicely-pigmented sheer orange lip color, you're not going to get it with Coral Crush. It's very subtle, although it is buildable (but even after building, don't expect intense pigmentation).
Do you already own any of the Maybelline Baby Lips Limited Edition shades? If so, what do you think of them? Don't forget that Maybelline's going to release two additional LE shades soon (I can't wait to see those in person).