I received this as a gift of sorts, and I was really eager to use this because I really like YSL’s lip products (which I personally wouldn’t have the heart to buy because it would burn a hole in my wallet).
This ultra-light lip balm leaves lips feeling soft and hydrated for up to 8 hours and is ideal for year-round use.
Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 54
The shade I got was #2, Dewy Papaya.
Packaging: I love the packaging of this lip balm. It’s classy & elegant with a touch of playfulness, which totally embodies YSL.
Taste: With a shade labeled ‘Dewy Papaya’, it’s not hard to imagine why this product would also have a tinge of papaya taste. The taste is not overpowering – just a slightly sweet flavour. It even smells a tad like papaya as well.
Colour payoff & intensity: As you can see from the swatch, the product is really sheer (it is called Sheer Candy, after all) so there’s not much of a colour payoff to describe or evaluate. However, there’s a tinge of gloss and shimmer that looks really great on the lips, especially if you’re going for a plump lip look. I find that it also helps to brighten up and ‘fill in’ the natural colour of your lips, which is another way you look at achieving a MLBB look.
Effectiveness: With regards to its properties as a lip balm, I think this product is not too bad. It does hydrate your lips as a lip balm should, although I’m not too sure about a promise of up to 8 hours. My lips tend to dry out very easily (which is also why I have problems using matte lipsticks sometimes), so you’ll have to take that into consideration as well.
Staying power: As with glosses and balms in general, I wasn’t expecting this to stay on my lips for a very long time. Most of it is usually gone after a meal, so be prepared to touch up every now and then if you’re using this.
I honestly feel that I will love the dark pink colours even more, but the price is indeed a strong deterrent.
I personally think that many other brands also offer good lip balms with a good colour payoff and at a much lower price (for example, Innisfree), so you’re really paying for the brand name (and gorgeous packaging, of course) at that price. That’s not to say I won’t discourage you from doing it – it is, after all, a good product that does what it should.
Colour payoff: ✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮