19 Sep 2017

Review: Huxley Lip Balm; Moisture Wear


I am always on the look out for nice lip balms. I have tried many, from Nivea, Silky Girl, Hada Labo, and Mentholatum, but except for Hada Labo that has been discontinued, none really fits what I am looking for in a lip balm. I subsequently shifted my focus to lip sleeping mask, and have tried 3 different lip masks in the past. Yet, none seems to really meet my expectations. Laneige one is the best, but I want something less sticky and more watery. I prefer something hydrating for my lips, not just emollient or occlusive because my lips don't seem to fare well with those texture. Emollient or occlusive balms only pull my lips instead of soothe and moisturize it. As such, when I saw one of my favourite brands Huxley is carrying this unique Moisture Wear Lip Balm, I didn't hesitate to order one, in the hope that I would find my One after Hada Labo that's already been discontinued.

Let's find out how I feel about the Huxley Lip Balm!



Huxley Lip Balm; Moisture Wear is housed in a handy but slightly weighty glass jar. Huxley claims that this is a ultra-hydrating lip treatment that can moisture and nourish your lips. You can also wear this as a age-delay lip base in addition to its original function as a lip balm.



You open to get a jade green occlusive balm that has that iconic Huxley enticing fresh grass scent.

Contrary to Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask which is really watery, Huxley one actually feels richer and creamier. I think the texture of Laneige lip mask ranges between gel to cream whereas Huxley one is more towards oil balm. It feels like shea butter when I warm it between my fingers and leaves a slightly tacky finish. As such, I only use Huxley as a lip balm and apply it only when necessary unlike Laneige which I like to apply every other night.

INGREDIENTS

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Microcrystalline Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Dimethicone, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isohexadecane, Ozokerite, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Lauryl Peg-10 Tris (Trimethylsiloxy) Silylethyl Dimethicone, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Fragrance, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Water, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Amber Powder, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Monascus Extract, Adenosine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Sodium Salicylate, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS


I'm not surprised to find that main ingredients used here are shea butter, wax, sunflower seed oil, olive oil, and so on nourishing ingredients. These are commonly used moisturizers in heavier cream due to their occlusive properties. CosDNA analysis shows a remarkable clean rating with almost all ingredients flagged green on the site. Also keep in mind that these are ingredients you apply on your lips not your face so I normally pay more attention to the "safety" instead of comedogenity of the ingredients. In addition to nourishing ingredients, we also have a tiny portion of the flagship Huxley ingredient - the cactus seed extract and oil for added anti-oxidizing benefits. 

PERFORMANCE


Despite my love my Huxley products, I am sad to announce that this product does not quite live up to my expectation. It's quite rich and buttery, making it a less desirable lip moisturizer whenever my lips are dehydrated. I need to pat some water onto my lips, and then seal the moisture with this lip balm whenever my lips feel uncomfortable or dehydrated. Applying this directly onto my dehydrated and cracked lips will pull my lips and make it even more painful, dry or uncomfortable. 

As such, I prefer Hada Labo, even Mentholatum Lip Pure over this. And I definitely think Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is a better product compared to this. 

CONCLUSION


I keep this review short and simple. For lip balm, you either like it, or you don't. Texture matters at most time. For me, this Huxley lip balm is too rich and buttery for my lips. It doesn't hydrate or moisturize well. I always feel that I am pulling my lips when rubbing this on. I prefer something more watery or "melting" (i.e. with more emollient content inside). As such, I don't think I will repurchase when I finish this in the future. Would not recommend it either unless you prefer something creamy and rich.


Pros:
- nice scent
- contains really good ingredients

Cons:
- too rich and buttery
- not effective (cannot moisturize or retain moisture on my lips)

Overall impression: ★★
Repurchasing: ☆
You can get this from: Wako Beauty | Stylekorean | Huxley Korea | Testerkorea etc.
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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