I constantly have dry lips and when they’re dry, I pick them and when I pick them, they bleed. I’ve been picking my lips for as long as I can remember and I’ve been attempting to consistently use lip balms for as long as I can remember. Because dry lips are a problem that everyone can have, I decided to review two brands of lip balm I use regularly: EOS (and similar products) and Blistex Deep Renewal.
EOS and Similar Products
I’ve been using EOS and similar products for over four years. Over Christmas, I was gifted two Walgreens-brand lip balms. I was skeptical of the one pictured below partially because it’s chocolate flavored (and I generally don’t trust anything chocolate flavored unless it’s actually chocolate). Because the original EOS has been my standard, I’ve been comparing every lip balm to it. So I thought I’d write them down.
- Shape. The egg shape makes these products hard to lose. As someone who loses lip balms in my bags, I like the weird shape.
- Natural. I’ve been trying to use all-natural products for some time now. I feel more comfortable when I know there are fewer chemicals.
- Similar products. Other brands are coming out with similar, less expensive products. That means there’s more variety with many of the same pros.
- Long-lasting. Both EOS and EOS-like products can last all day. I like that I don’t have to reapply every couple of hours. I can put it on before bed and wake up with soft lips. One egg lasts me at least most of a year.
- Shape. As much as I like the shape, it also makes carrying it around awkward. You can’t slip it into your jean pockets because it makes an awkward looking lump. Also when you get down to the bottom of these egg-shaped lip balms, you’ll find some of the cream stuck in the crevices. I think of it as wasted product and money.
- Greasy feeling. I once thought this was a pro because I don’t mess with my lips when they feel greasy. After four years, it gets tiring. Sometimes when my lip balm is too thick, it gets inside the corner of my mouth. Generally, I don’t mind, but I also don’t like feeling like I’m drooling everywhere.
- Price. One EOS cost ranges from $3.29 to $5.49. Normally, I expect all-natural products to cost more so I hadn’t thought much of it. Also, I can use one for almost a year so I figure the cost makes sense.
Blistex Deep Renewal
My mom gave me this over spring break. I was reluctant to try a new lip balm, but I’ve been using Blistex Deep Renewal for almost two weeks and have a review.
- Cheaper. The Blistex my mom gave me came in a two pack which made me suspicious at first because when do good things ever come in twos? She says she paid $3 or $4. For a two-pack of “anti-aging,” sunblocking lip balm, I would buy the Blistex.
- Sunscreen. Even though I’m not a sunscreen fan, our lips are just like any other part of our bodies. They have skin which needs to be protected. The tube says it’s SPF15 which is helpful for cosmetic and health reasons.
- Less greasy feeling. I still have the wet feeling of lip balm, but it doesn’t feel like I kissed a candle. I think it’s lighter/thinner than EOS, but I don’t have any proof.
- Quick healing. Blistex helps my lips recover from the picking faster than EOS or EOS-like products have in the past. My lips feel better after using Blistex. This is the biggest pro for me because after I pick my lips, they hurt for awhile after.
- Shape. It is a twist tube which means (like a push pop) I can use all of it and feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth.
- Shape. It’s the standard shape for lip balm. To me, that means it’s easy to lose. It also means that I’m probably going to forget it in a pocket somewhere.
- Lasts approx. 3-4 hours. Blistex wears off faster than EOS in my experience. This may vary with how much you initially apply, how much you rub your lips together, and other factors I can’t think of right now which is why I used the term approximately. This may also be a pro if you’re like me and wipe off your lip balm before you eat or snack or drink from your water bottle every couple of hours. As of now, I don’t know how long the whole tube lasts, but I’m hoping it lasts as long as the EOS.
Overall, I prefer Blistex. I think it works wonders for my damaged, dry, and sometimes bloody lips. It’s more for my money and it works for me. As always, my reviews are not a one-size-fits-all. Everyone’s bodies are different so some products work better for some people and not others.
Feel free to ask me questions or talk about your experiences with these products! Until next time.
Fun fact: Chapstick is a brand of lip balm.