While many people are conscious to wear sunscreen every day on their face or arms, most people forget about their lips. But why? Your lips need nourishment and protection too! I’ve always been a big fan of lip sunscreen. I’m never in the sun without it (really, like…. never – I may be a little neurotic about my lip sunscreen).
The truth is though, finding a good lip balm with sunscreen is HARD. Either it is made with all sorts of nasty chemicals and tastes awful, or it is drying, or it leaves your lips white. But not Jane Iredale’s Lip Drink!
First – the texture. I lump lip balms into two categories: waxy or oily. Lip Drink is definitely on the oilier side of the spectrum. It applies smoothly and feels like it coats your lips, but without that waxy feel.
And I LOVE the smell of it. I can’t quite put my finger on it, it’s lemon-y but there is something else too, a little sweetness. It does contain lemon oil, and lotus flower is higher up on the list – so that could contribute to it. Either way, it really smells lovely.
As for the taste? Well, there is none! Literally, none. I have licked my lips multiple times to try and detect any sort of flavor – just for you all! But I can’t taste anything. For a lip balm with sunscreen, that is top notch in my book. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve applied lip balm with sunscreen only to gag because a little bit seemed to have crept into my mouth. Yuck.
The description of the lip balm says its colorless, I would say that’s mostly accurate. Sometimes when I apply this, it’s totally colorless. Other times, there is a slight whitish tinge. Just slightly though. I’ve definitely had the white-lip look before from other lip sunscreens and this isn’t that. Sometimes it almost looks like I applied a light colored lipstick (like a super light pink) over my lips, rather than truly white. I’m not sure why it is colorless sometimes and white other times. It could depend on how moisturized/dry my lips are at the moment? I’m not sure.
Also, a big problem with some lip sunscreens – how moisturizing is it? This is SUPER moisturizing. I haven’t experienced any dryness at all with this. It feels so nice on my lips, and when it wears off – they feel like they just had lip balm on them, not some drying sunscreen. More into why below…
And while I rarely talk about the packaging because truly, I care about what’s inside, I will say this – I love the packaging of this lip balm. It’s so beautiful! It looks like the container of some super fancy, expensive lipstick. I believe it’s plastic (from tapping/clicking against it and the inside of the lid), but it doesn’t look like plastic. It’s a dark gray, metallic-y, iridescent color. It’s truly beautiful, and is probably the fanciest lip balm container I’ve ever seen!
I feel pretty awesome taking this out of my purse too apply. I really want someone to notice it and be like “oh that’s pretty” and I can be like:
That would be pretty sweet.
ANYHOO – now the best part – the ingredients!
Active Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) 1.75% Ingredients: Vegetable Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Lotus Corniculatus (Lotus Flower) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Coconut Alkanes, Stearic Acid, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Alumina, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil
Castor oil is pretty standard for lip balms and lipsticks. It is pretty thick at room temperature, so it’s used often because it helps lipsticks and lip balms retain their shape. Same with carnauba wax. They can be a little drying , but thankfully there are other ingredients to help with moisturizing properties.
Not only does this have avocado oil, which is very emollient and moisturizing (reminds me of a somewhat lighter olive oil), this also contains aloe and green tea extract – which are great for skin.
This also contains Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate) and Vitamin E (tocopherol) – both of which are great antioxidants which can help your skin fight the damage from UV rays. Exactly what I want for sunscreen!
So all in all, Lip Drink is a moisturizing lip balm that protects your lips with SPF. It has no taste and is in a beautiful container. It’s now my go-to lip sunscreen!
Disclosure: A sample was provided to me by Jane Iredale to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.