Buxom lip balm from Sephora.com.
The balm came in the mail today. As usual, BE did a great job packaging these. The container is very sleek and it pretty much is everything I love in packaging - smooth, shiny, and some shade of pink. The pictures are a little dark today because I couldn't get a good picture of the product when my flash was on. Too much reflection!
As with other products in the Buxom line, there's a minty tingle when you apply it, but in the balm, the tingle is very, very light. It's the least minty feeling of all the Buxom lip products and it's very likely less minty than other mint balms you might get at a drug store.
If you just apply it with your finger, you don't get a lot of shine like a lip gloss. I'm sure if you apply it with a brush, you could get enough on to get a lip gloss-like look.
So far, the balm feels very nice. It's extremely light weight compared to other lip balms and chapsticks that I own.
The formula feels very smooth in the pot and isn't terribly firm. I can really see why they put this in a pot instead of in a tube. The balm wouldn't have held up well in a tube - it's a consistency I can see melting a little if you keep it in your pocket all day. Luckily, the pot is probably to big for most women's pockets. Here's the pot of balm next to a regular jar of foundation for reference.
Cost: $15 at Sephora. This is a Sephora exclusive! I want to believe that the only reason they are charging $15 instead of something lower like $10 or $11 is because the packaging looks so nice, but I have no idea.
If you put the value of this product in dollars per ounce, it's not BE's most expensive lip product, but it's not their cheapest either. Actually, it's pretty much in the middle. I can't find the weight of BE's really old lip balms ie. Buzz Latte or First Base, so that comparison is only for the lip products available at Sephora.com.
The packaging could be improved. I'd be interested in some sort of package where the cover of the balm was a pop-up instead of a twist-off, like a clam shell. That way you can just snap it open, not worry about loose parts (like the lid is right now), and apply. If you're applying the balm with your fingers, you aren't juggling as much, but if you're applying with a brush, I can see how you might fumble and drop something you're holding if you're in a rush. I haven't seen many balms at Sephora with a clam shell design though, so I wonder if there's a flaw to that type of packaging that I'm just not aware of.
I'm actually not sure if I would buy this product again at this point. I'll know how useful it actually is after a few more days of use. I am pretty sure I'm going to at least keep Copacabana, but I'm not going to purchase any of the other colors for myself until Copacabana goes bad or I use it up.
If you are a Bare Escentuals lip product fan, you definitely need to try this. Never mind that it's not in tube form, the product itself is so creamy and light weight on the lips. Just make sure you wash your hands before you apply it, or use a lip brush.