After I posted about how these new Limited Edition Cupcake Creations flavors from ChapStick were popping up in stores last month, I was sort of frantic about finding them. Much to my surprise, ChapStick reached out to me after my original post and offered to send me both flavors for review.
If you haven't spotted these in your area yet, and you're a dessert lover, I'm here to tell you that they're definitely worth the hunt. Take a peek:
ChapStick Limited Edition Cupcake Creations Collection
(retail: around $1.69 each, 0.15 oz)
Keep reading for my full review...
Let's start with Velvet Cupcake:
ChapStick Limited Edition Cupcake Creations Collection lip balm in Velvet Cupcake
(retail: around $1.69, 0.15 oz)
For the record, I'm a huge red velvet cake fan, and I love anything scented like red velvet (candles, lotion, you name it). So this is the ChapStick I wanted the most of the two, and I'm happy to tell you it did not disappoint. This doesn't just smell like regular chocolate cake (the main ingredient in red velvet cake is cocoa powder, I know, but it smells distinctly different from chocolate cake, to my nose). I don't know how ChapStick did it, but the essence of red velvet cake is there. It's chocolatey, creamy and a tiny bit spicy. And it tastes like red velvet cake too (I think I even detect a very, very slight cream-cheese-frosting note).
Tip: don't peel off the safety seal from the top of the lid--twist the lid off, while keeping the label intact, so that you can keep the cute cupcake graphic on the lid!
Next up, Cake Batter:
ChapStick Limited Edition Cupcake Creations Collection lip balm in Cake Batter
(retail: around $1.69, 0.15 oz)
Coming from someone who's owned her fair share of supposedly-cake-batter-scented products (body mists, lotions, shower gels, candles, etc.), the one thing I can tell you is that even though the label may say "cake batter," sometimes the scent is more along the lines of buttercream frosting (so different, aren't they?). This is NOT one of those products. Once again, ChapStick nailed it. To my nose, it smells like true, gooey vanilla cake batter that's sitting in a mixing bowl, about to be poured into a cake pan. I detect vanilla extract, sugar, butter...it's all there. And it tastes exactly like cake batter as well (not that I've ever licked a mixer after whipping up cake batter or anything...naw...not me.)
I love that the lip balms themselves are colored to match their names:
In case you're wondering, there is a very, VERY subtle tint to the Velvet Cupcake ChapStick. I had to go back and forth on the back of my hand about 20 times before I could detect even the faintest red tint, so you would have to really layer this one on thick to get the red tint to show up on your lips.
FINAL VERDICT: If you love bakery scents and/or lip products that smell and taste like bakery scents, I think it's definitely worth your while to hunt for these. Of all the limited edition flavors that ChapStick has released to date, these are my very favorites. Both the flavors and fragrances are spot-on, and hello! Could the packaging be any cuter? In terms of moisturization, I know that everyone's got their own opinions about ChapStick (it works wonders for some, while others don't find them hydrating enough) so let me just give you my personal take on these. For me, they work beautifully underneath lipsticks, tints, etc. If you have a lip color that's a tad drying on its own, I think ChapStick works wonderfully as a base because it's not super thick, so it won't dilute the pigmentation of your lip color. On its own, ChapStick isn't always hydrating enough for my chronically dry lips, so I reserve these to use a base for my drier lip colors.
PS: I want to thank several of you for the generous outpourings after my original ChapStick post. I had mentioned that I couldn't locate the ChapStick Limited Edition 2012 Holiday flavor, Apple Cider, in my area and that I really wanted it. So many of you offered to send me one and you have no idea how grateful and touched I was by your offers. I wanted to let you know that ChapStick sent me the Holiday 2012 flavors and, if you can still find them in your area (I've heard they've been spotted on clearance at Target), they're super yummy and definitely worth a look. Here's what they look like, in case you haven't seen them:
ChapStick Holiday 2012 Limited Edition flavors:
Candy Cane, Chocolate Truffle, Apple Cider
Have you purchased either of the ChapStick Limited Edition Cupcake Creations flavors yet? If so, please let us know where you spotted them (I've heard that they've landed at CVS and Walgreens so far) and what you think of them!
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