I’m realizing that the blog is getting more meta than a first-year English Lit grad student, so I should probably review some products before I go off into space entirely and become utterly unhelpful.
Not every product requires a long review, in my opinion, and most of what people need to know boils down to a few questions:
- does the thing do what it’s supposed to do?
- is this the best product of this type?
- is this going to kill me/my skin due to an allergy or sensitivity that I have?
So I’m going to attempt to do some quick reviews that answer the basic questions. And I’m going to give myself, like, two hours to write reviews like this (most things take vastly longer)–including photos, photo editing, and proofreading. For skincare products I’ll probably still do full reviews.
First up: lip treatments. I picked up the new Laneige Special Care Lip Sleeping Mask a bit ago and I’ve tested it a few times now. I’ve also owned a Pure Smile Snail Lip Treatment in Honey since receiving it in a Honey Memebox last fall. As a person with hormonal acne and a correspondingly brutal routine to treat it, sometimes products travel to my lips and cause light to horrific peeling. Lip treatments are necessary, but I need them to both be effective and to not set off a wave of breakouts around my lips. Both of these lip treatments meet those essential requirements, but which is better?
Pure Smile Snail Lip Treatment in Honey 10g–winner
I’m almost terrified to look more closely into what’s actually in this treatment because it works so well when so many other products don’t.
First off, it’s damn easy to apply. Smooth it on like squeezy chapstick. Boom, done.
Second: this stuff WORKS for my lips. In fact, it works so well that I often find my lips soothed and healed for days after I’ve used it. Amazing. And again, scared to think about what on earth has the power to make that magic happen.
This smells somewhat cinnamon-y and taste like…plain lip balm except with a stimulating tingle effect. It’s not unpleasant and I certainly don’t associate this product with snail slime, one of the ingredients, aside from the fact that there’s some in it and the product name includes “snail”.
Third: the price is a joke considering the results. You can get a 2-pack with Prime Shipping for $11.99 on Amazon right now, one for about $5.70 with free shipping on eBay, or one for $3.99 at oo35mm (they may have it in stock at their NYC shop–check before making a special trip!).
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask 20g–perfectly good, but not as great
First, it’s harder to apply. That spatula is necessary for scooping out the product without contaminating it. Then there’s the little envelope that gets kind of gross as product accumulates on it. And then there’s the issue of losing the envelope and spatula in the sea of stuff I own. Too fussy for me, sorry.
Second: this product works well, but it doesn’t burrow into my lips for days the way the Pure Smile product does. It does stay on my lips to some extent for about 8-12 hours, but the soothing and smoothing is more limited. I mean, once I tried the Pure Smile…I was kind of ruined as far as lip treatments go, although the fact that I keep it in my purse helps me to forget about it more easily and do things like buy Laneige lip masks. I think that the answer is to just buy more Pure Smile so I have some at my workstation.
The Laneige lip mask smells a bit like bubble gum made of red-colored fruits, but not in a bad way at all. It doesn’t taste like much of anything and I didn’t notice a tingling effect like the Pure Smile.
This is more expensive than the Pure Smile (although there’s double as much Laneige treatment in each container), which is unfortunate given that it’s just not as good. You can grab it for $26.99 with Prime shipping on Amazon or about $20 shipped on eBay.
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