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Baby Lips: Gross Name, Great Product

11 Sep

Maybelline Baby Lips is the new Bonne Bell Lip Smackers

Approximately 6 million years ago, I wrote about my favorite lip products in a Perfect Pout Product Roundup. Quite a few of my opinions have changed since then (mainly, that I like lipstick now, a change of heart that I have mentioned before). Even though a lot has changed since the dark ages of 2011, I still love all of the products mentioned, and use them in heavy rotation. One of my top recommendations, both three years ago and now, is Maybelline Baby Lips (a product name that I’m really not a fan of, but oh well). It’s just the greatest affordable tinted lip balm/gloss hybrid, and there’s a version for every taste. Allow me to walk you though my favorites (and one that is on the naughty list).

(We’re doing this clockwise from the top left.)

Baby Lips Crystal in Beam of Blush

The Crystal line is the most recent addition to the Baby Lips family. Basically, it’s Baby Lips: Sparkle Edition. These balms have little shimmery bits in them that are actually pretty understated, despite the balm itself looking like a disco ball. I’m not a big fan of shimmer on my lips, but I wanted to try this balm out, since I ardently love all the other iterations of Baby Lips. Sadly, this is the disappointing child of the family. I didn’t mind the shimmer, but I can’t use this balm without gagging, because it’s bubblegum flavored. I’m not sure if this is true of all the shades in the Crystal line, but it’s the case with Beam of Blush. I personally cannot stand the scent/flavor of bubblegum – I’ve hated it my whole life. I’ve tried using this balm a few times and I last about 30 seconds before I have to take it off. So: This balm would be nice if bubblegum weren’t the devil’s handiwork.

Baby Lips Electro in Strike a Rose

When this version of Baby Lips first came out I was just plain afraid of it. Not only are the colors bright neons, they are in shades like yellow, green, and purple. For someone who’s just now starting to feel comfortable with prominent lip shades, it was a big leap for me to be like, “Yes, yellow lip balm, hop into my shopping basket.” But I decided not too long ago to try out one of the more boring Electro shades, a neon pink, and it’s now my second favorite of all the Baby Lips I’ve tried (number one is coming up later, don’t worry). It does look super intimidating in the tube, but once it’s on it’s actually fairly subdued. You can layer it and go full-on neon if you want, but I like to do a quick swipe and dab it with my finger for a bright lip look that’s still completely wearable with any look.

Maybelline Baby Lips are the new Bonne Bell Lip Smackers

Baby Lips Dr. Rescue in Soothing Sorbet

I didn’t plan this out as a voyage back through Baby Lips History, but that’s how it turned out, so if anyone asks, this was completely planned. Anyway, Dr. Rescue was the first Baby Lips spinoff, as it were. This is a line that contains eucalyptus, and it feels cooling and a bit tingly when you apply it. The nice thing about this balm is that it’s “medicated” and is meant to help heal and soothe your lips, but it comes in some gorgeous tints, so you can treat your lizard lips while still getting your lipstick look on. I like to keep this balm near my front door or on my dressing table, because it’s great to throw on before walking the dog or running a quick errand. It’s makeup AND it’s medicine! And if that’s not a good selling point for you, Dr. Rescue also comes in a non-tinted version.

Baby Lips (The Original!) in Cherry Me

This is the OG. This is the one I mentioned way back in 2011 as the balm that made me a Baby Lips lover for life. Cherry Me is just… perfection. It’s the perfect amount of tint – a red that is bold enough to make me feel like a fancy lady, but is subdued enough that I don’t get spooked. Now that I think about it, I think Cherry Me may have even been my gateway to being comfortable wearing lipstick. If you’re looking to ease your way into lipcolor, I think a tinted balm is the perfect bridge, and Cherry Me is one of the best escorts you can have into the world of Bold Lipstick. Recently I realized that I was getting sick of moving my current tube of Cherry Me from my bag to my dressing table to another bag to my pocket, so I set out to buy a second tube. It was sold out EVERYWHERE I looked. I looked in countless stores for months, and every time I came up with nothing. When I finally found a store that had Cherry Me in stock? I bought three. It’s that good.

Baby Lips, all varieties: Around $4

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