Estelle & Thild Raspberry Lip Balm

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I tried just about every lip balm on the planet when I was ill with flu – my lips had dried up so much that the skin had formed hard little plates that rubbed together! It was like having armadillos for lips! But at least it gave me the opportunity to really road-test the lip treatments on my bedside table – I wanted to separate the wheat from the chaff, the Hardcore Lip-Healers from the Fair Weather Friends.


Armadillo Lips. 

The winners? Sisley’s Comfort Extreme Lip Balm (unbeatable, but hugely expensive – see here), Omorovicza’s Perfecting Lip Balm (actually is probably joint-first with the Sisley, see here) and Blistex Relief Creamwhich is indecently cheap – £2.25 at Superdrug! Now I have to say that the Blistex didn’t have the long-term-comfort feel of the first two – it’s more of an intense, hard-hitting cream. I’ll review it separately soon.  Estelle & Thild’s Raspberry Lip Balm, however, did have the comfortable, luxurious feel of the first two. Not as cushiony, not quite so rich, but soft and lovely and delicious underneath lipstick. Not that I was wearing lipstick whilst in bed with flu, but I continued testing as my health improved and allowed me to resume my beauty room pottering.

I wouldn’t say that the moisturising effects of the Raspberry Lip Balm are as long-lasting as the Sisley or Omorovicza – they coat the lips with a glossy barrier that could survive a week on a desert island – but I would say that it does a good job at conditioning without leaving a residue. Any “slip” has disappeared after about ten minutes, so it’s perfect for wearing whilst you do your makeup – by the time your lips go on, they’ll be nicely prepped.

(If you want something even less lip-balmy to prep your lips during makeup, look to Clinique’s All About Lips. Fast-acting cream that moisturises the whole lip area and leaves absolutely no residue at all. You can get it here for £16.)

I have to say, though, that I am rather biased towards this little lip balm – just look at the packaging! Very, very pretty. And a note: I’ve seen some reviews saying that this is more of a balm-gloss hybrid. I don’t think that it is at all. If you wanted to use it as a makeup product, you’d be reapplying every two minutes! I’m not sure how the other shades fare, but this one, for me, is strictly a treatment balm. I wouldn’t wear it for any kind of sheen or glossiness. It’s completely colourless, but it seems that you can get a tinted version. Haven’t tried that one, let me know in the comments if you have!

Estelle & Thild’s balm is £14 from Urban Retreat  (Free UK Shipping Over £50)

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  1. Vicky from the beautyjungle
    March 30, 2013 / 6:41 am

    I really should stop reading your blog ;-) all the pretty things I can’t go out and just buy here in Germany. Well, actually not that bad in the end, I would spend way to much. Thank you for telling :-)

  2. March 30, 2013 / 8:50 am

    I love all the Lipsmackers Lipbalms :) But there is also a Cherry Flavoured Carmex Chapstick, it is also very moisturizing!

    Have a fabulous Easter Weekend!

  3. Olivia Law
    March 30, 2013 / 10:27 am

    I really want to try this! My lips are dying at the moment, it must be to do with the temperature… xo

  4. Helen
    March 30, 2013 / 2:30 pm

    The corners of my mouth have been wreacking havoc, constantly dry and peeling, and now it’s brown, I’m so scared that I’d be scarred for life! But anyway, I recently bought Dr Lipp balm and it’s brilliant, can’t really go wrong with lanolin on the lips! :) xx

  5. Kasia Lichota
    March 30, 2013 / 4:08 pm

    Have you tried NUXE Reve De Miel lip balm? Great product that keeps lips soft for a long time! xoxo

  6. March 31, 2013 / 10:34 am

    You should try Aromatheraphy Associates lip balm. It’s the only thing that works for me and i’ve tried loads over the years. Love the blog but have been very jealous this last week!

  7. Baconpancakes
    April 2, 2013 / 9:21 am

    I have tried the tinted one, it’s quite nice, but hardly pigmented really. It looks very rich kind of deep berry sorbet pink in the tube but goes on almost invisible on my lips. The packaging is so0oo pretty! But as far as moisturizing goes I stick to my L’Occitane 100% Shea butter. Use it on lips, nails even elbows! Awesome stuff, though hardly feminine and sweet compared to the Estelle :(

    Thank you for this review, and for crowning the term “Armadillo lips”.

  8. Joana
    April 2, 2013 / 11:39 pm

    “having armadillos for lips” HAHAH I think that’s one of your best metaphors ever!

    Ooh that is a pretty packaging, what a cute tube :)

    My recommendation for very dry lips is Nutritic from La Roche-Posay. Since I rarely have very dry lips, I usually make do with Burt’s Bees lip balms.

    • April 7, 2013 / 4:38 pm

      Yes I agree with Joana, the Roche Posay nutritic is a fierce little stick and has an astonishing effect on very dry lips. I usually buy Nuxe reve de miel for everyday, but I do re-apply frequently. I’m dying to try a SIsley product but the price is sooo unreasonable….looking forwarsd to more palm springs vids:-) xx

  9. Selena
    April 6, 2013 / 5:46 pm

    I’m using it now. Nice lip balm. Since you are in the US, you should try the lip balms from Love & Toast.

  10. April 17, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    Ah so pretty! I just want the box…though the product seems fantastic too.

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