Everyone is out of their minds about the launch of the new Maybelline Baby Lips Glow Balm ($4.49) except me. Baby Lips Glow Balm is a new pH Color Transforming Lip Balm with the same moisturizing benefits as the original Baby Lips formula but with a color adjusting formula that reacts with your pH and reveals the perfect shade of pinks on your lips.
Baby Lips Glow Balm isn’t new as it has been available in Asia for literally ages. It is however, new to the US market and apparently a beauty editor and blog favorite from what the posts I’m seeing. Every huge beauty editor at the moment is posting about this madly. It’s as if no one in their life has every seen a pH color transforming makeup product before. News flash, people, this isn’t a new idea! Mood lipstick has been around since the 60’s and many, many brands from Stila to Lipstick Queen has taken on the formula. Hell, there are even pH blush formulas that give your cheeks the perfect shade of pink.
But reading about this on beauty sites makes it sound like it is a makeup life changing event! “OMG THE INTERNET BLEW UP BECAUSE THERE’S A NEW MAYBELLINE BABY LIPS GLOW BALM AVAILABLE AT THE DRUGSTORE!”
Sorry, I’m not that excited about this and I’ll tell you why.
Maybelline Baby Lips have quickly gained a rather huge following since their debut in 2011. Since that time there have been many, many formula releases including a Rescue Medicated formula, Neon shades, Crystal sheer colors, Holiday edition Baby Lips, and even Baby Lips Lipgloss, and a new Baby Lips EOS style lip sphere! Baby Lips is apparently a big business for Maybelline and I can see the appeal. Not only is the Baby Lips Collection appealing to younger girls and boys and tweens but also very appealing to the Bonne Bell Lip Balm generation. There’s something very, very appealing about collecting little flavored lip balms. I think for myself and many others, our introduction to makeup was likely a flavored lip balm of some sort. That’s one of the reason’s I believe Baby Lips are so appealing.
Personally, I’ve never been a major Baby Lips fan. I tried them and found them uneventful yet I continue to purchase them to review on Musings of a Muse since they are such a popular product. I will say that over many formulations I’ve found a few that are keepers and some I really love where as others failed to impress me. They are nice for a quick dab of color and a bit of moisture on lips when you can’t be bothered to reapply lipgloss and lipstick as the day progresses. However, their moisturizing formula is over marketed to death as no way is this formula providing eight hours of moisture.
Speaking of over marketing…
Maybelline Baby Lips Glow Balm is a bit of a gimmick. Honestly, this shade is no different from many of the pink shades that Baby Lips already has introduced or even has available in the permanent collection. You can get the same shade of pink on your lips using Pink Punch which is a permanent shade. I wouldn’t call it self-adjusting at all. It’s provides a sheer pink color to lips that’s will likely be barely noticeable if your lips are already pigmented. The good news would be the fact that it didn’t turn a horrible Barbie doll pink as most pH lip balms and glosses have a knack for turning the brightest bubblegum shades on everyone’s lips! I do think it looks much more pigmented swatched on my arm compared to what I got on my lips but as I said it really depends how pigmented your lips are.
Is it fun? Yes. Is it an absolutely must buy product? No.
The main difference here is the fact that it comes in a new packaging which features an opaque pink cap that doesn’t display the shade. The original packaging has a transparent cap so you can see the color through it.
I will say this formula is a little balmy and softer than the original but I noticed that since trying the original Baby Lips formula when they launched that the formula has improved considerably. But still, they remain a rather uneventful lip balm that provide light moisture and a hint of tint. That would be the same thing you get with the Maybelline Baby Lips Glow Balm. There’s nothing special or unique about this and I hopefully saved you four bucks telling you that.
So, don’t lose your minds over this.
But if you must lose your mind at least wait for a sale or grab it at Ulta.com all Maybelline is Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off and use coupon code 405490 to get an extra 3.50 off an order of $15 or more.
Tried Maybelline Baby Lips Glow Balm?
Do share your thoughts!