If you're a beauty junkie then I suspect you'll have already heard people rave about this lip mask for years. It constantly shows up in yearly favourites and many people talk about it being their HG.

Unsurprisingly I wanted to get my hands on it - I have chronically dry lips and always need something to treat them - so I finally did at the beginning of the year and I'm back to let you know how I went.

I like it. Yes I can see why people love it and yes it's done something extra for my dry lips, but am I as convinced about it as everyone else seems to be? Perhaps not, although I do plan to keep buying it. More on that below.


Laneige claims/product details:

  • A leave-on lip mask that soothes and moisturises for smoother, more supple lips overnight
  • Helps with dryness and fine lines
  • With a softening balm texture that closely adheres to lips for quick absorption
  • Enriched with vitamin c and antioxidants, its Berry Mix Complex™ offers a nutritiously sweet and fragrant blend of raspberry, strawberry, cranberry and blueberry extracts
  • Exclusive Moisture Wrap™ technology boasts hyaluronic acid and minerals to form a protective film over the lips to lock in moisture and active ingredients
  • A generous layer of this soothing mask at bedtime helps reduce flakiness so you can wake up to lips that feel refreshed, supple and soft to the touch
  • Formulated without parabens and phthalates 
  • Dermatologist tested and recommended for all skin types
  • Cruelty free
  • RRP $19.95 AUD for 20g, but do shop around


There's what it looks like:


And there's the spatula it comes with:


Verdict

I really like this product but I'm not sure it's been as life-changing for me as it has for others, and of course it could be a case where too much hype has undermined a product so it was never going to live up to all that praise.

It's a pink, balm-like product that smells of berries. It's thin enough that it spreads well and it's not so greasy that it slips off too easily or feels odd on the lips. Indeed, the texture is something I like about it and it's one of the better balms I've tried in that department.

I've been using mine most nights for around five months now and I'm only about one-third of the way through the tub, which tells me that it should last me a year or so and it only costs $20 for 20g so I think it's good value.

It also comes with a sweet little spatula that's a bit fancier than those plastic spatulas that come with higher-end skincare, so I like using it and it's a nice added touch. The pink 'spade' bit on the end is soft and it has a silicone feel so I think it adds something to the experience of using the product and it also saves me from getting my fingers dirty when I use this.

The first thing I noticed about it was that it didn't feel as hydrating as I expected it to, given how much people rave about it. For me, I can still feel my dry lips underneath the balm and I don't think it penetrates the lips and keeps them feeling nourished as well as other products do. Indeed, my NYX Butter Glosses feel more hydrating than this does.

For this reason it's taken some getting used to, and there have been nights when I've applied this and wanted to apply something else over the top to help keep my lips feeling comfortable, but I've stuck with it to see how it fares alone.

Thankfully it does do a better job of keeping my lips feeling ok overnight than any other product I've used. I only need to apply it once and then forget about it until morning, while with other lip products I need to reapply them at least a couple of times during the night when eg I wake up to go to the bathroom. That's a big plus for me and it's definitely worth noting.

Also worth noting is that when I wake up in the morning, I need to apply lip balm straight away because my lips feel a bit dry but they're not so dry that they're uncomfortable, and I can still feel some of this lip balm hanging in there so I think it does a great job of lasting for hours overnight. 

I've also noticed that my lips look slightly less lined during the day while I've been using this, so I think it has a cumulative effect that improves the look of lips with continued use.

Overall I do like this product and think it does a pretty good job, but it's also not quite as hydrating/nourishing as I'd hoped and while it has improved the overall condition of my lips, they still feel a touch dry when I apply this because it doesn't penetrate and juice them up quite as well as I'd expected. Still, it lasts nicely overnight and I can see why so many people rave about it - plus you get a lot of product for your money so I think it's good value.

Definitely one to try.

One day I imagine I'll be able to wake up and tell you that I'm not exhausted, that the kids haven't been up again during the night and that I'm not running on empty.

That day is not today. Unfortunately all it takes is two wake-ups from my daughter at midnight and one am and that's it for me: I can't sleep for the rest of the night. It's always amazed me how easily some people can go back to sleep after settling a child. I'm just not wired that way. Wish I was.

Moving on. 


You may remember that I bought this cream along with a bundle of other Antipodes products when Priceline had one of those huge skincare sales.

I can't remember if I bought the products last year or the year before, but this is my last item from that purchase and it's been lovely to give the brand a really good go.

While I don't mind this product, I don't like it as much as the Antipodes Avocado Pear Night Cream (reviewed here) so I wouldn't buy it again and I've also found it to be a little too heavy for daytime so I've been using mine at night. More on that below.


Antipodes claims/product details:

  • This lightweight face moisturiser provides deep nourishment and hydration
  • Beneficial to all skin types, dry and oily alike
  • Leaves complexions looking revitalised, with enhanced youthful luminosity and clarity
  • Refreshes, boosts hydration levels and locks in moisture
  • Antioxidant-rich formula protects skin
  • Improves elasticity and firmness
  • Antibacterial ingredients minimise the frequency and severity of breakouts
  • Reduces signs of premature ageing
  • Certified organic and natural 
  • RRP $53 AUD for 60ml, but do shop around


Verdict

This is a nice product but it's not perfect so I wouldn't buy it again.

It's a thick, rich cream with a sweet, mandarin/vanilla scent. I like the texture in theory and the product feels soothing and cooling when applied.

While it spreads and applies well, for me it's one of those creams that acts more like a barrier cream than it does a really good hydrator. I just find that when I apply it, my dry skin still feels a little dry underneath and I don't think it absorbs as well as the Avocado Pear cream does (linked above).

Sure it nourishes my face a bit, but it doesn't penetrate and keep my dry skin feeling comfortable like my other day creams do, which is why I've opted to use it overnight.

As an overnight cream it works well. What I do is apply my normal skincare after my shower, and then four hours later I'll apply this before bed. Given the thick texture, it works well to seal-in my other products and help keep my dry skin comfortable until morning. So essentially I'm using it more as a barrier cream than I am a standard moisturiser, and that's how it works best for me personally.

On the claims: no I wouldn't call it lightweight (I can definitely feel it on my skin) and no I don't think it provides deep nourishment or hydration (it's too thick to penetrate properly); yes I do think it leaves the skin looking a bit fresher; yes I do think it has a protective element; and no I don't think it improves elasticity or firmness. 

I also don't think it's done anything for my breakouts, although I have dry skin so I tend not to get too many of those anyway.

Overall there are things to like about this product but it's not right for me and I don't think it's the best cream Antipodes has on offer. There's also the issue that I wanted a day cream but this isn't suitable for the day spot (at least for me), so I would definitely test it before purchase because it may be too heavy for you too.

Ok but not perfect.
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