Annabelle Lipsies Lip Balms in Fruit Punch and Cupcake Review, Swatches. Photos

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Oh, Annabelle. Your lip products so rarely disappoint, and these Lipsies* ($4.95 CAD each, 3.5 g, available online, at drugstores, mass markets, etc.) are no exception. Available in 12 colours/scents, I have Fruit Punch and Cupcake to show you:

The Lipsies were originally an LE release last year, but now they're back for good! Each version has a colour-coordinated tube with a cute drawing of its namesake. The come sealed in plastic, which is always a bonus when buying in-store as some people just can't help but swatch non-testers... D:

The Lipsies are retractable and rounded at the top. They have delicious scents, which is one of my favourite features of them! Cupcake has a yummy, fresh-from-the-oven vanilla baked goods smell (it reminds me a lot of Tim Horton's French Vanilla cappuccino), and Fruit Punch smells like a blend of fruits. The scent lasts about 5 minutes on the lips, and while they are described as having no taste, I detect a bit of fragrance when licking my lips.

Both lip balms are very hydrating, though Cupcake applies clear. Fruit Punch is a lovely, semi-sheer blue-based pink. Both provide shine with the moisture lasting a few hours (though less if you eat/drink). Fruit Punch's colour lasts about 3 hours on me, and can survive light snacking. It also leaves behind a slight stain.

Annabelle Lipsies in Cupcake

Annabelle Lipsies in Fruit Punch

I'm out of my beloved OHWTO Lip Butter, so I've been reaching for Cupcake for use at night. It works pretty well for that purpose! It won't replace the former, but it's a decent substitute.

The Lipsies remind me a lot of Maybelline's Baby Lips, which I have raved about on Trysh's blog. I still love those, but the Lipsies are a strong contender to replace them as my favourite tinted balm. The differences being that the Lipsies have a shinier finish, are in jumbo crayon packaging, are more moisturizing, but don't contain SPF (though Beautypedia says the Baby Lips' SPF doesn't filter out UVA rays). I like the rounded tips on the Lipsies better too -- my upper lip is smaller than my lower, and I find with the Baby Lips I smear the product on the upper if I don't use a mirror, whereas I don't have this problem with the Lipsies.

Plus, Annabelle is a Canadian company, and it's always nice to support them!

Fruit Punch (left), Cupcake (right)

 Unfortunately, I don't have the ingredients on me (I think they are on the plastic wrapping which I threw away...), but I can tell there's some lip-nourishing ingredients in there!

Are you loving the Lipsies? What's your favourite tinted lip balm? I want so many more shades now!

*Products provided for review. No monetary compensation given. All opinions are my own.

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