Monday, January 18, 2010

First Cheap Thrill of 2010

You know you're a hopeless beauty-product junkie when you hit three stores.... for a $2 tinted lip balm.

I think I've mentioned before my weakness for tinted balms. They are, to use a most outdated phrase, the bomb.

Long-lasting, lightly colored and moisturizing, they're everything your lips could want. So when I heard about Wet n Wild's Lip Shimmer from its new Natural Wear collection, I had to check it out.

After ill-fated trips to CVS and Ulta, I found it at Walgreens. This stuff is eerily similar to CO Bigelow's Vitamin Mentha Tinted Lip Balm ($7), which I like pretty well. The Wet n Wild stuff rolls on more matte than I like, and it has enough coverage to be a lipstick. It's fairly long-lasting and I like the subtle mint aroma.

The verdict: not bad. For $2, it's worth a try.

My favorite tinted lip balm is still from Bobbi Brown, but that costs real money — $18.

If you're just trying out tinted balms — and you should, they're life-changing — give the Wet n Wild a try.

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