Happy Friday! As the end of the work week is here, my mind thinks about getting rest and relaxation. With that in mind, today I want to review the Superdrug Vitamin E Lip Balm, which in my mind is one of the epitomes of rest and relaxation for my lips. As the brand name implies, it’s a Superdrug exclusive, and retails for £1.99 at full price – so extremely affordable.
Superdrug’s own-brand is cruelty-free, featuring the leaping bunny on their packaging. The packaging including the cardboard and the plastic tube are widely recycled as well, so I’m really happy to know I can be environmentally friendly with this product. This product is also vegetarian and vegan friendly, so if this is something that affects you, this is something to think about as well.
Let’s list the claims, the front of the packaging as you can see from above claims:
- “Rich in natural Vitamin E
- High in antioxidants
- Defends the skin against environmental damage”
The last claim really makes me think this is designed with day-time use in mind, as something you’d apply before you go outside. For me, this is fine for the winter, when the weather is cold and the air is much drier. However, I use this is a night time lip treatment, so I probably don’t see the immediate benefits.
The back of the card packaging also has more claims which are as follows:
“Superdrug Vitamin E Lip Balm has been specially developed to help care for dry lips. Enriched with Naturally Sourced Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that will help to shield your skin against environmental damage. The nourishing lip balm also contains Shea Butter, helping to leave lips feeling soft and smooth.”
This is basically a more wordy version of what’s on the front of the packaging, but the mention of shea butter is new. Shea butter is known for being extremely nourishing and moisturising in skincare, so if this product doesn’t manage to do that much, it’ll be disappointing for me.
The packaging itself is simple: a convention tube, which you pull open with a twist-up mechanism. As far as design goes, it’s very simple: the pale yellow-cream of the main tube and the white are a very muted but nice colour combination. It doesn’t stand out or look exceptional but as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t need to be. This lives above my bathroom sink, so as long as it’s somewhere safe and where I can see it and reach for it easily, this packaging is more than adequate.
There’s a tiny bit of resistance when pulled the two halves of the tube apart, which is satisfying and reassuring. I’ve dropped this a couple of times and the lid doesn’t pop off. It’s also not so resistance that it’s a nuisance to open, which is helpful for me as I typically use this right before bed when I’m typically on the sleepy and less energetic side. As far as the size of the tube, it’s short and slightly thick, so it’s a convenient size for travel.
This also impacts the tube of product itself, which isn’t the easiest to apply over the lips because it’s slightly thicker than the standard lip balm. However, because this is my night time lip treatment type of product, this doesn’t bother me. It’s not difficult to apply on the lips either, but compared to a slimmer bullet, it’s something to bear in mind.
The formula is very creamy and has a slightly slick nature to it. I’m assuming this is from the shea butter. It’s this slightly slick texture that made me want to use it exclusively at night time, as it’s not the kind of texture I want to apply consistently throughout the day or before wearing lipstick. It is extremely nourishing and I wake up the next morning with soft and happy lips.
While I could use this with some time in advance as a lip primer of sorts, it does require time to sink in because of how nourishing and slick the texture is. I use this typically once a day as my last step before bed. If I wake up in the night to use the bathroom, I might reapply then, but on average I use it once a day. I started using mine mid-December 2018, and from using it on average once a day, I’m making slow but steady progress. If you do plan to use it as an everyday lip balm that you’d touch up throughout the day, you would definitely work through it faster. During the winter this would be what I would do, but now the weather isn’t as cold and the climate is getting humid again, I need a lip balm that’s a little less intensive throughout the day and absorbs more quickly.
Overall I am really happy using this product. I wake up each morning with really soft and comfortable lips, which is all I really want. I still like to apply a daily lip balm or a lip primer before makeup for my own comfort. But for such a cheap price tag, Superdrug is really offering a really simple yet effective lip balm for anyone who needs the nourishment. It’s going to take me a while to use this up, so I’m probably going to take a while to work through this product to try my other lip treatments I have stashed away. However, it has a 12 month shelf life, so I should be okay.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. It really means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy and I’ll speak to you again soon.