Chapstick Hydration Lock ($2.99) is a new an improved Chapstick formula created with CoQ10 and hyaluronic filing spheres to hydrate lips, retain moisture, and give them a fuller appearance.
Wha?! All that for under three bucks?
How’d it work?
Mmm…Chapstick has slowly grown on me especially because they keep introducing really fun flavors, especially the festive ones! But it isn’t one of my top lip balm picks because it tends to run a little heavier although it has been years since I used the formula and it has improved considerably with a lighter, balmy texture and of course, it’s tasty as hell (so tasty that this one time at band camp I ate a whole tube of Cherry Chapstick but you heard that story before…!).
Chapstick Hydration Lock is a Vanilla Creme flavor and scent but the flavor is very, very, very subtle so subtle that I couldn’t really taste it at all once applied. This is great for those sensitive to fragrance/flavor in their lip products but a little disappointing if you actually love the flavor in your balm!
The formula is supposed to seal in moisture for eight hours and help to retain it. It also helps to plump and smooth lips thanks to filling spheres. Honestly, it feels more like the old formulated Chapstick to me, the one I didn’t really love. It’s a heavier, balmy texture and it does provide some moisture but I felt the need to reapply it often to keep that hydration in place. After removing it my lips do in fact feel softer but through the wear I felt the need to reapply often so I can keep that moisture sealed in!
If you like Chapstick this formula might be appealing and make for a good base for lipsticks and glosses. Personally I didn’t really love it. It was just a touch to heavy for me.
It’s available now at drugstores.