Sunday, 15 September 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips: Review (and Slight Reality Check)

I can't lie to you, 
I'm resisting the temptation to call this the 'Glorified Chapstick Review'
...because that's what it is.

A glorified flipping Chapstick.

Let's face it, the hype surrounding the Maybelline 'Baby Lips' has been...well, rather on the large side.
And that's putting it mildly.

I'd seen so many bloggers expressing their extreme excitement about the arrival of these little teeny packages before they did in fact arrive, that in all honesty I thought Boots may spontaneously combust.
Or at least, the Maybelline shelf-y thing would.

In fact, rather than combusting, the 'Baby Lips' section simply lay empty for a good three weeks...
Such a disappointment.
Fireworks would have been more fun.

So big was the hype, that I was beginning to think that on opening this product, tiny beams of luminosity would begin to escape from the tube and softly caress my lips, making them luscious and loveable, before I'd even put the bullet to my mouth.
(Let's not even go into how amazing I suspected that would be, I'm talking the feeling a One Direction super fan may get at the mere sight of a single Harry Styles curl; extreme elation before busting into happy tears, followed by fainting, and therefore missing the entire show.
Major lolz.)

I kind of refused to buy into it for a few weeks, but then I am a female with an unhealthy need to build up points on my Boots Advantage Card.
And I had lost one of my Vaseline's.

Clearly Maybelline had hatched a cunning plan to steal my trusty Vaseline, (the Cocoa Butter one as well you know!) therefore FORCING me to buy another one, knowing that the mere idea of a new and very much hyped product would lure me to a different section of Boots, and in a trance, one of their 'Baby Lips' products would be mine...

This of course, is EXACTLY what happened.


Okay so I picked up the shade 'Cherry Me' because, well I heard it smelled good, I liked the colour of the packaging, aaand of course Autumn is coming, (actually the almost hurricane outside tells me it's here) and therefore any darker berry toned colours are more than welcome on my lips right now.

A slightly longer word on the packaging here - I like it!
I like the bright colours, and I like the design, it's just pleasing on the eye...and the colour of the text matches the colour of the actual lip balm in that pleasant 'matchy-matchy' way that makes my OCD feel good.

Once you open it, even better!
The smell really is gorgeous! I can't speak for the other flavours, or for the hydrating ones that have no colour, but this one is just MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM <3
It's that typical sweet cherry smell that you might get from a really good cherry flavoured sweet - like literally mouthwateringly good!

I'm wearing it now and can smell it faintly...kind of wanna eat it.

*licks lips and remembers that the smell does not translate to taste*

Application is pretty lovely - it's smooth and not at all sticky, it just glides on and doesn't drag, but I feel like it needs quite a few back and forth swipes to get a decent amount of product on, to even attempt to get the claimed eight hour moisturisation.
(Which is #lies, by the way - totally didn't get even half of that)
I wore it all day on Friday and found myself licking my lips, (with no nice cherry taste, boooo) a lot more often than normal before the time I normally reapply, (from about 7.30am-12pm) in fact it was after probably around three hours that I'd say all traces were more or less gone, and my lips in fact felt fairly dry.
The colour was gone by this time too.
As far as the colour goes, however, I do like it!
I really needed something fairly subtle with that Autumnal berry hint to it for everyday wear, and this is kind of perfect for that - it's buildable also, and I did layer it up to get a good bit of colour.

It matched my blazer :)

I have to say, that my own review here included, I'm yet to see a negative review of 'Baby Lips', and I've seen a lottttt of reviews...however on the same note, 99% of those reviews haven't been as wildly positive and hysterical as the pre-release-hype.

It's like a One Direction song to all the regular non-super fans, it's catchy, you could accidentally find yourself singing-a-long in the car one day, but aside from that you could quite happily never hear the song again and not miss it or even be bothered.
My poor Baby Lips may well end up lurking with my Sleek 'Rose Gold' Blush in the depths of my make-up bag once I get my hands on something else...

Overall, do I think they're worth the hype?
I do not.
They're just lip balms?!
That's all they're ever meant to be.

Just a mere staple in the life of a lady, to make your lips soft.
And at the end of the day, they do the job, but no better than any other generic lip balm out there...

No better than a Chapstick.
And do we see the rest of the world going mental for their new ranges?
No, no, we don't.
(They're also more expensive at £2.99 a pop, however currently on offer yey!)

Nice packaging, nice smell, nice product.
But as I've said before, (wise words from my old English teacher) if your best description of something is the word 'nice', then it really isn't nice enough.

Now seriously, where even is my Vaseline?


  1. I've got the cherry Baby Lips and as well as the pink one and although I like them, I'm not a huge fan as they seriously dry out my lips! As in, they make my lips really chapped and quite sore. I wondered if I was allergic because no other reviews seem to mention this?! I do like them as basic balms and they're super cheap so I'm not that annoyed, but I wouldn't reach for them for a dose of intense hydration that's for sure! I love the Nivea lip tins for serious moisturising, they're amazing and not too expensive either xx

    Imogen | the Bluebird & the Robin

    1. Yes!! My lips were definitely dryer than they are with my usual cheap but good old vaseline :) I haven't yet tried the Nivea ones but I will do at some point no doubt!!

  2. Ah you're just amazing Holly. I could literally read your posts, all day everyday - ahhhh if only more bloggers had your hilarious, yet informative writing skills <3 xxxxxx

    1. Awwww Gemma you are too lovely :D thank you darlingg xxx

  3. i tried one and hated it i threw it away after 12 hours, i'll stick to Fresh and Kukui lip balms

    1. I don't blame you really lol, they're not the greatest... xx

  4. I bought these too hoping they were going to be amazing but they're not. I do agree with you, the packaging and the scent is lovely but they don't do much too moisture your lips. I think this may actually be drying out my lips! xx

    1. Yes I think so too!! Such a shame really...or a clever marketing ploy xx

  5. I haven't tried these yet, but the colour looks really nice on you. I'm on the hunt for a new autumn lip colour so if you find anything that you would recommend, I'd love to hear.


    1. Aww thank you :D and if I find anything I'll let you know :D Rimmel 107 is fab though!!


  6. Hallelujah sister! Fabulous review as always :)

    Claire from Stylingo xxx

  7. i'm not a fan of baby lips.. i tried one and the scent was so overpowering and fake like =/

    My Blog: Caught in a Daze.

    1. It is strong but it was one of the only things I actually liked haha... xx

  8. OK so I'm exactly like you, I've avoided this for a while now but I think you've finally persuaded me to give it a try!! xx ;)

    1. Haha yes they're worth a try but not going to be life changing I'm afraid, still nice to have though haha :) xx

  9. This was so funny! I was just having a read expecting another review but this one really made me laugh! Plus I agree with what you have said!! Haha :)


    1. Aww haha yes, it's nice when people agree :D and I'm so glad you liked it :D xx

  10. Thanks for such a detailed and humorous review! Loved it :)


    1. Aww you're very welcome :D glad you liked it xx

  11. Haha, they really aren't that great are they? I got one at the weekend and feel cheated, very disappointed in baby lips.


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