So you might recall my current obsession with all of the new lip balms currently hitting drugstore shelves, and how I was super excited to find two new Carmex products at Walgreens a while back. Well I picked up both, and I'd love to share my thoughts about each one with you today. I'm a big Carmex fan and have reviewed several of their products on the blog over the years, so let's see how these two new additions measure up, shall we?
Let's start with this one:
Carmex Pomegranate Everyday Ultra Smooth Lip Balm
(retail: around $1.50, 0.15 oz)
Keep reading for my full review of each new Carmex product...
Of the two new products I'm reviewing today, only this one contains SPF:
I'm a big fan of the Carmex Lime Twist Click Stick, which is also SPF15, but I want to note that the formula of the Click Sticks is different than this Ultra Smooth Lip Balm. This new balm feels more buttery and creamy on the lips, and I think the staying power might be a little better as well. It's a lovely formula that feels very smooth and hydrating and I have no complaints about it at all.
The one thing I do have a complaint about? The flavor. The fragrance is wonderful--it smells like yummy, sweet and tart pomegranate with just a touch of the signature Carmex scent in the background. But the flavor? Ick. It tastes like perfume to me. Very chemical-y and just not pleasant. The sharp chemical taste doesn't seem to subside much and I can still taste it on my lips about 15 minutes after application. I'm so sad about this, because I really love the formula, but the flavor just isn't pleasant to my taste buds one bit.
Carmex Orange Everyday Lip Conditioner
(retail: around $2, 0.20 oz)
Isn't it funny how the product you have the least expectations about often ends up being the one you love the most? Carmex says this product is "like lotion for the lips" and that could not be a better description. It truly has a lotion-like texture and feel to it:
It goes on white, but it quickly turns clear once it's on the lips. And the coolest part is that, unlike other lip creams, this one doesn't just sit on the lips--it quickly absorbs into the skin, just like lotion. I can't describe it much better than that, but I'm telling you, it's really neat and you just have to experience it for yourself.
I think this would make a great product for the guys in your life too, specifically because it's so fast-absorbing. I know that my boyfriend doesn't like to have any type of glossy finish on his lips, so it's perfect for him. The best part is that you can still feel its hydrating properties even after it's been absorbed. Again, just like a lotion.
Unlike the Pomegranate lip balm, this orange-flavored lip conditioner smells AND tastes fantastic. To my nose, the fragrance is exactly like an Orange Julius. Seriously, it's just as creamy and orange-y. And the flavor? It actually tastes like an Orange Julius too, but imagine an Orange Julius with a few fresh mint leaves floating around inside of it. There's a teeny tiny hint of mint there, but it doesn't taste anything like the traditional Carmex lip balms (camphor, etc.). We've got ourselves a winner with this one, folks!
The one complaint I have about the Orange Lip Conditioner is that my particular tube feels like it's only half-full. I have to squeeze it pretty hard to get the product to come to the opening (sort of like when your tube of toothpaste is running low). I don't know if all tubes are like that, or if I just got one from a bad batch.
FINAL VERDICT: A big whopping yes to the new Carmex Orange Everyday Lip Conditioner. If you don't like heavy or thick-feeling lip products, this is a great choice since it absorbs quickly (seriously, it's lotion for your lips) and doesn't leave a shiny finish behind. It would be perfect to wear underneath lip color, and I find it to be very nice in the hydration department as well. As for the Pomegranate Ultra Smooth Lip Balm, I love the texture and how creamy it feels, but I just can't get past the flavor. It has a strong, sharp, chemical taste to it, which makes it hard for me to recommend to anyone. Although taste buds vary from person to person, so you might not get that sharp, unpleasant flavor if you try it--you never know.
Are you a Carmex fan? Have you tried either of these new offerings yet? Thoughts?