November 7, 2011

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly Tint Bar Review, Swatches, Photos

Seems like everywhere I look lately some brand has a new tinted lip product available. I guess we are all into lightweight lip products thus these brands deliver.

I was a little wary of checking out Korean Brand, Holika Holika’s Aqua Petit Jelly Tint Bar since I wasn’t really all that big a fan of DuWop Icedteas nor did I love on Maybelline Pop Sticks. Both brands had the potential to create a really great tinted lip product but sadly both failed to impress me.

Let’s take a peek at Holika Holika Tint Bar and see how it weights against others of its kind.

Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly Tint Bar is a translucent lip balm with a hint of taste and color. This comes in three shade selections and two formulas. Cherry and Orange Kiss offer moisture and a hint of tint while Pink Plumping offers moisture and a plumping effect.

As tempting as it was to grab all three I settled on purchasing one which was the Cherry Kiss. The product is supposed to give you “jelly, bouncy” lips. Obviously this doesn’t translate well but it’s safe to say they mean it’ll moisturize dry lips and give a slick feel.

Presentation is cute althouugh a bit immature if you’re more of a high end girl. This comes in a lightweight plastic aqua tube with pink writing. It swivels up as any lipstick would to reveal translucent red balm. There are small flecks of gold glitter in the mix here but they don’t appear on lips or at least not on mine during application.

The product proves as disappointing as Pop Sticks and Icedteas in the fact it’s a hard texture that doesn’t have a shiny finish or a slick feel. The harder texture doesn’t warm up so it kind drags uncomfortably across my lips. The cherry or fruity taste is very subtle and practically none existent.

On the plus side this gives a more natural color payoff than both Duwop and Maybelline’s version. DuWop has a more subtle color payoff and Maybelline proved difficult to get any color but Tint Bar has a nice, subtle flush of color that looks natural and builds a little bit for a deeper pay off.

But in the end the color payoff didn’t sell or settle me and I was disappointed with the formula on a whole due to the harder texture. Once in place the product also felt a tad waxy and heavy on my lips.

Boo on this one!

If you’ve seen it online or on E-bay it’s not really worth the hassle of dealing with airmail, jacked up prices, etc…because there really wasn’t anything special or unique about the formula and it proved as bad as other products I’ve tried like it.

When is someone going to create one of these with a great formula?

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  • Cupcake

    Oh… too bad. I was considering hauling these despite the “immature packaging”. Anywayz, I have two shades of the YSL tinted lipbalm, and it has that awesomely slick feel. You should consider trying it 🙂

  • Emily

    Too bad this didn’t work out >< The packaging and concept are spot on!

    I bought a Tomato Jelly TInt from Skinfood on a recent trip to Korea and I'm loving it 🙂 It's like a non-tacky lipgloss with a definite "jelly" feel to it, and just a slight hint of color. Perhaps you'd enjoy that more than this? 🙂

    • the Muse

      hey emily the tomato jelly tint is a little too subtle for me but it is a nice texture ;-D

  • Natsuki

    Hi Muse,

    I first bought the pink Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly Tint Bar. This one only is for plumping and leaves a little shimmer but no color. I really liked the pink one so I decided to buy the red one too.

    I have the same problem as you with the red one. No color or shine on my lips. The red one is much harder to apply then a pink one as well. The pink one at leasts melts a little when applying.

    In my case I like the pink Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly Tint Bar hate the red Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly Tint Bar.

    • the Muse

      hey natsuki now you have me curious about the pink version! the red was awful wasn’t it? 🙁 I was so disappointed in the hard texture le sigh! Maybe I’ll pick up the pink ;D

  • Florence

    Daaww I saw some pretty good reviews and just decided to buy it from ebay, I think I paid around ten bucks with the shipping! Too bad I didn’t see your review before… Let’s hope I’ll like it, since I like my lips to have a hint of color that’d last… Wish me luck! I’ll be sure that the next products I buy are Muse approved!

    • the Muse

      florence sure hope it turns out well for you! ya never know, you might love it where as I didn’t! keep me updated ;D

  • Sabrina


    the color is beautiful and i need something like that 🙁