Sephora Hot Hues Neon Lip Balm Review, Swatches, Photos

You ever make a super cool makeup purchase and the formula on the product simply stinks but you sit around in complete denial how bad it is just because it’s so cool to look at?

Well, that was pretty much the case with the Maybelline Shine Sensational Pop Sticks. Those things were freaking awesome to look at with fairly cool packaging and of course, I proceeded to tell myself the formula was brilliant but let’s face, it didn’t quite work out.

Damn shame!

But…I hope that the new Sephora Hot Hues Neon Lip Balm will be awesome!


$10 bucks is cheap as chips but of course, Maybelline’s version was a little more budget friendly at around $5 and change each. But hey, I’m willing to dish out a few dollars more if it means the formula is rock solid.

Not quite, but not bad either.

These little translucent lip balms come housed in a lightweight black tube with a neon tip on the cap. Swivel it up to reveal a hot shade of neon translucent lip balm. I got the shade Hot Pink and it looks just as cool as the Pop Sticks I loved so dearly. The product just appeals to me, packaging/presentation wise, in a major way for some reason. They just look rather awesome don’t they?

Where as Maybelline failed miserably in the pigment department with their Pop Sticks, Sephora successfully created a version that yields just the right touch of tint on lips without looking over done or garish. Hot Pink may sound intimidating but it merely enhances the shade of your natural lip color and leaves behind a blush of pink.

The formula starts off a tad on the hard side but warms up quickly enough for an even glide across lips. Mind you, the texture is essentially a lip balm so don’t expect a ton of shine here or a glossy finish. You’ll have a balm-y finish on lips that leaves a hint of color behind and keeps lips hydrated for quite a few hours. I found the balm wore strong for better half of my day before wearing away. It has a fruity taste but nothing too tempting that you’ll spend time licking it off your lips rather than leaving it in place.

Sadly, they are only available in four shades. With the success I experienced with this shade I’m quite ready to indulge in the other three. Only thing I’d changed? Cuter packaging. The tube is a little lightweight and the black isn’t really all that flattering.

They have a shade called Crazy Coral that I absolutely must get my hands on.

Loves these.

Worth a pick up in my humblest.

Available now at Sephora and


This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR.
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  • 2/2/12 15:18 Tammie:

    Gonna get one of these! I can’t resist haha.


  • 2/2/12 15:23 Emi at Project Swatch:

    I love how that looks in the tube, and I can definitely see the color on your skin, but I don’t think that would show up on my lips. Sadness!


  • 2/2/12 15:31 dina:

    yay! i was stalking these @ sephora the other day without success. wish they were a bit more pigmented though….


    • 2/9/12 10:48 dina:

      take that back, they def leave a stain that i wasn’t fully expecting thought i found the pink & coral were more so than the purple. LOVE> screaming spring/summer, no?


  • 2/2/12 15:43 Jacqueline:

    Do they smell as delicious as Maybelline’s? I pull my Pop Stick out all the time just to get high off the awesome candy scent, haha.


    • 2/2/12 15:48 the Muse:

      mmm yeah kinda 😀 it’s a fruity scent/taste!


  • 2/2/12 15:54 Andrea:

    This sounds awkward, but what do they taste like? I stopped wearing my Maybelline Popstick simply because it tasted HORRENDOUS!!! Like plastic.


    • 2/2/12 16:04 the Muse:

      hi andrea mentioned the taste in the review as well as comments hope this helps! :)


  • 2/2/12 16:54 breyerchic04:

    I love the see through stick! I also like black packaging better than a lipsticky color.


  • 2/2/12 17:50 Olivia:

    Yay! I knew these would be like a better version of the popsticks! Did you get this from the store? I need to get it before they’re gone! I need the purple one!


    • 2/3/12 9:19 the Muse:

      this was a press sample olivia. I saw them in store though :)


  • 2/2/12 18:33 winni:

    Something about these really appeal to me too! I must try. Thanks for brilliant review, as usual!


    • 2/3/12 9:18 the Muse:

      aw you’re most welcome winni and loving baby picture ;-D! so cute!


      • 2/3/12 9:51 winni:

        Thanks, she is awesome, and no doubt a future beauty junkie!


        • 2/3/12 13:27 the Muse:

          you must convert her to the religion ;D!


  • 2/2/12 18:53 Regina:

    Been waiting for this review!! I’m glad they’re not that pigmented cause they’re neon and i dont wanna look like a clown!


  • 2/2/12 20:51 electronicfly:

    I’ve always wanted one of them jelly lippies/balms, and now cannot wait until Sephora Malaysia carries them!


  • 2/2/12 23:37 deb:

    Hey Muse! I have Crazy Coral. You have to get this one too! It looks like orange jello but once applied it’s a bright pink/coral.


    • 2/3/12 9:01 the Muse:

      sounds gorg deb :D!


  • 2/3/12 10:04 Comrade Garlic:

    I was shocked that these had some pigment. The new Sephora Collection stuff is really nice. The new cream blush is really pigmented and lasts well. Lots of the new stuff is going to be like the Laura Geller baked line.


    • 2/3/12 13:28 the Muse:

      agreed, I’m seeing alot of nice in these pieces!


  • 2/3/12 14:26 Majick:

    ut oh, I may be in trouble here, I have the Maybelline ones and hate the formula but use it a lot in the summer because THEY LOOK SO COOL WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OUT. lol
    Even my husband said, “WOW, that’s a really cool lip thing.!” Believe me, he doesn’t comment on much.
    I like the packaging but I think it would look better if it were solid black.


    • 2/3/12 14:49 the Muse:

      majick, they really are just super to look at hehe ;-D good enough to eat looking ;D!


  • 2/3/12 16:01 Nora:

    Ugh. My Sephora didn’t get these in their weekly shipment. I plan on stalking them until they arrive, though, to save on shipping. WANT.


  • 2/3/12 23:24 monique:

    I tried these today and i must say i’m not a fan, i do like the maybelline ones, the price point is better, but I can’t get over the taste of the sephora ones :/


  • 2/5/12 4:58 Ciambella:

    Oh man Muse, I wandered into my Sephora the other day and saw these and bought one because of your post! I got the coral one, and it’s super awesome. I love it! The only thing it’s missing is SPF protection. The staining and the moisturizing and the buildability are perfect, and yes, it just looks so darn cool. Sad that these are limited edition! :( My Sephora only had the pink, coral, and purple–might go back for the pink and purple, although based on my swatching I think the coral is definitely the most pigmented. Thanks for the review! :)


    • 2/6/12 14:15 the Muse:

      yay so happy to hear it Ciambella! 😀 I really want the coral one! Have to pick it up! thanks for yours! :)


  • 2/21/12 21:47 allin:

    Muse! What in the hay? The balm tastes like chemicals! I didn’t get the slightest hint of fruit. I’m taking it back tomorrow.


    • 2/22/12 14:53 the Muse:

      sorry allin! that sounds awful, mine was a subtle fruity scent and taste, guess yours was a fluke? thank god for great return polices :)


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