Maybelline is one of those brands you probably grew up knowing because your mum introduced you to it, or has been using it herself all these years. It’s an affordable drugstore brand that definitely offers good product quality. While it’s been introducing a lot more innovative products in its offerings these days to keep up with makeup trends (I noticed the inclusion of a few two-tone/gradation lip products), there are a few ‘staples’ that have definitely been in our makeup pouches at some time or another, and this lip balm is one of them.
A Baby Lips first – your favourite lip balm now comes in candy‑inspired colour and a new retractable crayon format!
Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 9.90
OCTYLDODECANOL, POLYBUTENE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, PETROLATUM, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, POLYETHYLENE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, SILICA SILYLATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ALUMINA, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, HYDROGENATED OLIVE OIL MYRISTYL ESTERS, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, AROMA / FLAVOR, LIMONENE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL, [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 45410 / RED 28 LAKE, CI 45380 / RED 22 LAKE, CI 15985 / YELLOW 6 LAKE, CI 19140 / YELLOW 5 LAKE, CI 15850 / RED 7, CI 75470 / CARMINE, CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE]
Shockingly, Octyldodecanol, the first item on the list, can actually be a human irritant – “strong evidence (only for products for use around the eyes, on the skin, or may be aerosolized (airborne))”. Even though no evidence has been found for it irritating lips, it is still best to take note of this if you have sensitive skin in general.
I have the mixed-berry one as well, but I’ll focus on the peach one here because I use this more often. I’m a big fan of peaches (APEACH, anyone?) and peach-flavoured food, so it’s little wonder that peach-flavoured lip products are also a big hit with me.
Packaging: The packaging definitely reminds me of Mamonde’s Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense, because it also resembles a crayon. I find it quite compact, which is convenient for bringing around.
Texture: One obvious difference between this and Mamonde’s is that the product itself is glossier, while Mamonde’s Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense actually applies matte. I like how it doesn’t feel overly sticky, which is usually the case with candy-flavoured lip balms. It applies quite evenly on the lips as well.
Flavour: If you’re wondering whether the product really tastes like peach – it does! I really do feel like I’m eating peach-flavoured candy when I apply this to my lips. It’s not overly sticky and sweet (which wouldn’t exactly be a nice feeling), but more of a subtle sweetness. If you’re not a fan of peaches though, you might want to give this a miss.
Effectiveness: As a lip balm, this has been very effective. It may be a bit hard to tell whether lip balms are very effective if your lips aren’t too dry in humid climates (like Singapore’s), but in dry climates (e.g. Korea’s winter season), this product truly shines. This lip balm will keep your lips sufficiently moisturized throughout the day and prevent them from cracking.
Colour payoff & intensity: This isn’t marketed as a lipstick, so don’t expect a full intense colour with this product. All it leaves on the lips is a slight pink, glossy shine. I do think that this would look great if you’re going for a more natural look, because it helps to enhance your lips’ original colour.
At SGD9.90, I think this is a good deal. It’s relatively compact, effective, and tastes great – what more could you want in a lip product? Of course, I would love it a lot more if its colour intensity was greater, so that I don’t have to layer other lip products on top for a fuller look, but overall I would still say that it does its job as a lip balm pretty well.
Would I be keen to try the other flavours and colours? Yes please!
Colour payoff: ✮✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮✮