Monday, December 9, 2013

REVIEW of Sally Hansen Colorfast Tint + Moisture Balm in 50 Blackberry Honey

Hello honeybees,

I have to be honest. Sally Hansen Colorfast Tint + Moisture Balm in 50 Blackberry Honey is not just a mouthful. It was also a massive disappointment.

Color: Blackberry Honey is sheer brown lip balm. From the packaging I got fooled into thinking it would be more of a blackberry deep red/purple similar to Revlon Crush but unfortunately it just looked brown on my lips. Now I'm for unconventional colors like dark plums or colors that look intimidating in the tube like Revlon Fig Jam but Sally Hansen Colorfast just made my lips look dirty and I don't know what it was about the exact color but it made me look a bit like a zombie. Somehow it seemed to leech the color out of my face and make my skin look duller. It's possible that this product will look better on someone with a darker complexion or more pigmented lips.
Formula/Finish: It definitely feels like a traditional lip balm and doesn't have the thinner somewhat slick and greasy feel of other lip crayons. It has a bit of a sheen when you first apply it.
Application: The product glides on relatively smoothly but it applies like a traditional lip balm so it doesn't apply as smoothly as say a Clinique Chubby Stick or a lip gloss would. For a sheer balm, it's relatively pigmented (possibly because of the shade I chose) in one layer and you can build it up though it will never be an opaque lip color. It doesn't apply evenly. When I wear it, more pigment collects at the edges of my lips where I have more lines so they appear to be more brown while the center of my lips appear more pink. It is very noticeable and unflattering. Also, it does catch in any dry flakes so you will want to apply this product to smooth, exfoliated lips.
Wear/Moisture: I'm not sure if this product is horribly drying but it isn't moisturizing. Only wearing it for a hour I could feel it getting drier and afterwards my lips didn't feel any softer or smoother.
Scent: I can't place the scent exactly but it's something like chocolate or caramel. I can smell it as I'm applying it and in the tube but it's not so overpowering that you smell it constantly once you've applied it. I'm generally not a fan of cloying sweet scents like this so it was a negative for me.
Taste: It doesn't really have a taste. It tastes like plastic or a generic lip balm base.
Price: You can find these for about $5 depending on the retailer making it one of the cheaper lip crayons on the market right now but you're sacrificing quality for price. I would pay a few dollars more, wait for a sale, or use a coupon and get a Revlon product instead. Or, if you want to splurge a little, go for a Clinique Chubby Stick.
Packaging: The packaging is nice and simple. The twist up crayon mechanism works fine for me. I haven't had any problems with it getting stuck. While I like that you can see the color of the actual balm, the clear cap looks kind of cheap and isn't the most secure.

CONCLUSION: I really can't find anything worth recommending about this product other than that it's cheap. I don't like the color or the scent. It doesn't apply evenly and it can't even be used as a generic lip balm because it isn't moisturizing.

bare lips sunlight
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  1. Nice review.. I wish I'd seen this before I got mine...

    1. Thanks. I'm sorry it didn't work out for you either.