Before I start contemplating the illusion of time, my place in the universe and other grand philosophical ideas, let me get to these lip balms:
(retail: around $3.99 each, 0.15 oz)
I picked up these two shades (there are six shades altogether) back when they were still hard to find in stores. But now they're everywhere (by the way, they're permanent, not limited edition) so you should be able to find them without any problems at your local drugstores, Target, Walmart, etc.
Yummy Plummy. The color on the packaging above looks absolutely nothing like the actual color of Soothing Sorbet in the tube.
I actually was a bit confused about the purpose of these particular balms after reading the packaging. On the back of the package (above), it states that the use is "for the temporary relief of pain associated with fever blisters and cold sores." But on the front of the packaging, it says "12HR hydration." So I suppose it's supposed to do both.
Medicated care soothes sore lips and combats dryness
In 6 New natural tints
In 1 minute, lips feel soothed.*
In 1 day, lips look more smooth.*
In 1 week, lips are renewed*
*Based on panelists' self-evaluation
Pigmentation: The above swatches were done after three swipes of each shade. As you can see, these aren't wildly pigmented, but they don't claim to be. On the Maybelline site, they're described as "natural tints" that "even out lip tone for healthier looking lips." So don't expect huge color pay-off with these--in fact, I couldn't photograph them properly on my lips because they kept reading as "clear" in my photos. In real life, Soothing Sorbet does give my lips a subtle pink flush, but Pink Me Up yields very little color at all on my lips. My lips have medium pigmentation though, so if your lips aren't very pigmented to begin with, these may give you a more noticeable wash of color.
Flavor and fragrance: The best comparison I can give you is Vicks VapoRub. They smell like Vicks to me (obviously due to the menthol and eucalyptus in the formula) and the taste is very menthol-y as well. No sweetness to me--just zippy menthol with a bit of eucalyptus.
Texture, consistency and staying power: The texture of these balms is actually thinner and more slick-feeling than the original Baby Lips. To me, the original Baby Lips formula feels creamier on my lips, with better staying power as well. The Dr. Rescue formula feels a bit more greasy on the lips, and thus it doesn't last as long on my lips as the original (I can get about an hour of wear before it's pretty much gone).
Moisturization: I don't suffer from cold sores or fever blisters, so I can't speak to how this balm would ease the pain in that respect. But I DO have chapped lips quite often, and the menthol does feel nice on my chapped lips--it's soothing in the same way that Vicks is soothing when you have a cold. As for providing any type of real moisturization or healing to my chapped lips, sorry...not happening. My lips basically feel the same--not better or worse--after using this product.
FINAL VERDICT: As a Baby Lips fan, I'm sad to say these aren't a love-match for me. I much prefer the original Baby Lips formula. I find the original formula to feel creamier on the lips and I think the staying power is better as well. Dr. Rescue feels a bit thin and greasy on my lips, and I'm not a huge fan of the menthol/eucalyptus combo when it comes to scent and flavor (I love the candy-like fragrances and scents in the original Baby Lips line-up). But the kicker here is that, for me personally, the original Baby Lips formula provides better hydration and actually helps heal my chapped lips better than the Dr. Rescue formula. But if you generally have good luck with lip balms that contain menthol, your results could obviously vary. Sadly, these just aren't something I find myself reaching for when my lips are chapped.
Have you tried the Baby Lip Dr. Rescue balms yet? If so, I would love to know what you think of them! Also, I will be reviewing one of the Baby Lips ELECTRO shades in the near future, so please check back soon if you're interested.
The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.