Friday, August 15, 2008

drugstore galore: l'oreal HIP jelly balm

I've always loved the look of L'Oreal's HIP line, but never could justify a purchase. Why? Because for several dollars more, I could hop on over to MAC and get some amazing, tried-and-true stuff instead.

Well, about three weeks ago their new jelly balms caught my eye at Duane Reade. I ignored them, purchased a new shampoo and conditioner, and promptly left.

The thing is, new drugstore releases rarely interest me. But for some reason, I couldn't get these balms out of my head. Maybe it was the pretty packaging (especially for a drugstore product!) or the fantastic colors, but before I knew it I was at my local CVS, debating which shades to purchase.

Ultimately I decided to buy Savory (sheer light coral) and Ripe (sheer light red). Now, mascaraders, I know I said I'm not a gloss girl, but these are fantastic for the summer. There's no shimmer or glitter at all, just glossy, moisturizing goodness. These are slightly pigmented, adding just a touch of color to my lips. They have a yummy cotton candy/marshmallow scent as well, which I admit isn't for everyone, so if you only rock subtle scents you might want to skip this one.

The only downside is that the product comes in a pot, which isn't exactly hygienic, and that at $9.00 at, this is one of the more expensive drugstore lip products. But honestly? I think it's well worth it.

Some of you might be wondering how these compare to MAC Tendertones. I've never tried those out for myself, but I know that some of the Tendertones have shimmer whereas none of L'Oreal's Jelly Balms do. Also, I hear there's less pigment in the Tendertones, so if you really like sheer, go for the MAC. Jelly Balms are for you if you don't want shimmer and like sheer, but noticeable color.

Mascaraders, tell me: what's your favorite moisturizing drugstore gloss?

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