Rosy Lips has been out in the UK for a few years now (where it comes in a tin), but here in the US it comes in the same type of teeny tiny jar as the other Lip Therapies (original and Cocoa Butter):
NEW Vaseline Rosy Lips Lip Therapy
(retail: around $1.99, 0.25 oz)
The photo above is "reality" and the photo below is what this product looked like to me when I finally saw it at Walgreens:
When I finally found it, I swear I thought a miniature unicorn was going to come galloping out of the little counter display. Anyway, now that I have it, and now that I've used it several times, here's my take on it...
If you've never seen a Vaseline Lip Therapy before, I need to emphasis that it's TINY. I grabbed a Revlon nail polish to place next to it, just for perspective:
The jar has a detachable lid:
On a Q-Tip, it's got a beautiful, rosy tint to it:
But once you get it on your skin, you'll find the tint to be very, very subtle (reminds of Smith's Rosebud Salve, but even less pigmented):
If it weren't for the fragrance, I might be a little disappointed with Rosy Lips. However, the fragrance is so lovely and intoxicating to me that I'm happy to say this baby was worth the wait!
This fragrance actually reminds me a bit of the Nivea Olive Oil & Lemon lip balm. It's got that same lovely, fresh herbal-ness to it, only Rosy Lips also has a beautiful, soft rose note. I was thinking this might smell (and taste) like rosewater, which is an ingredient I LOVE in Persian desserts such as saffron rice pudding (yum). But I don't get rosewater here--this is more of a fresh, herbal scent that's softly laced with rose. I haven't been able to stop sniffing this little jar since I bought it.
The flavor is very, very mild. It pretty much tastes like plain Vaseline, but a little bit of the fragrance does come through onto the taste buds (it's not strong through--it's actually very pleasant to me).
As for texture, moisturization, etc. it's standard Vaseline petroleum jelly with a bit of fragrance and dye. If you're already a user of petroleum jelly, you won't encounter any surprises here. It feels like regular Vaseline petroleum jelly on the skin. If you're not a petroleum jelly fan, I'm certainly not going to try and persuade you to try this. I already like other lip products that contain large amounts of petrolatum (Smith's Rosebud Salve, Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm, Aquaphor, etc.), so using pure petroleum jelly isn't a huge leap for me. But if you tend to stay away from petroleum-based lip products, don't even consider this one!
FINAL VERDICT: If you're already a fan of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly and you love the scent of Nivea Olive Oil & Lemon Lip Balm, I think you're going to LOVE this one. If you've never tried the Nivea lip balm, then just be aware that Rosy Lips doesn't have a traditional, pure rose scent to it. It's herbal and fresh, with a soft, sweet rose note. There's not much pigment here, which is why I didn't photograph it on my lips (it reads as colorless on my medium-pigmented lips) but if you don't have much pigment to your lips, you might experience a soft, rosy wash of color. Because of the adorable packaging and intoxicating fragrance, this product was worth the wait for me.
Have you tried Vaseline Rosy Lips yet? If so, what do you think of it? As of the time of this post, Rosy Lips has been spotted at Walgreens and Target, but I expect it to be everywhere soon. If you can't find this in the lip balm aisle, check the lotion aisle! Some retailers like to put Lip Therapy next to the Vaseline body lotions.
The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.