May 17, 2016

Almay Age Essentials Lip Treatment Review

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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I admit Almay Age Essentials Lip Treatment made me laugh when I first read the packaging. It says and I quote, “reduces the look of lines on and around lips”. I had a mental image of myself smearing it on above my upper and lower lip line for some reason. How pretty!

Almay Age Essentials Lip Treatment is a $12.99 ($11.29 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond) new and permanent lip treatment with an SPF 30 that’s available in a single, clear shade which launched with the Almay Age Essentials Summer 2016 Collection.

I love the idea of SPF in my lip products lately as I realize I don’t take care of my lips nearly enough.

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Almay Age Essentials Lip Treatment is a thicker, chubbier lip balm that holds 0.24 oz of product. It’s actually shockingly expensive at near $13 and likely one of Almay’s more expensive lip products. I think the most I’ve paid for Almay lipsticks or balms is in and around $7 bucks.

I actually hated the formula, the fragrance, everything. Honestly, a better idea would have been to slap some SPF in their awesome Smart Shade Lip Butter formula and call it a day!

This a marketed as a clear transparent lip treatment with an “anti-aging” core center. The balm is white and it surrounds a pale pink core which doesn’t apply any color to lips. One of the things I hated most about the product was the fact it left my lips with a sheer, white chalky film. I looked like rigor mortis had set in every time I used this. Have you ever brushed your teeth in a rush, didn’t fully rinse, and you kind of have a gross, white film on your lips from your toothpaste? That’s what this looks like on.

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The second thing I hated about it was the flavor and fragrance. The fragrance disappears fast enough once applied but the flavor is gross and lingers. It’s kind of a vanilla perfume that isn’t pleasant at all and leaves a bitterness in my mouth. Mind you, I rarely complain about flavor in my lip products but this tasted awful.

The formula itself isn’t anything to rave about either. It’s a thick, balmy, slightly waxy consistency that clings to lips very badly and sinks into my natural lip lines. Basically it makes me look like I have super dry lips and I applied a ton of lip balm on top making it look worst.

Not good.

Not good at all.

I really didn’t like this formula at all.

Too expensive, horrible flavor, and a formula that clings and looks deadly on my lips makes for a very unhappy purchase.

Sorry, Almay Age Essentials Lip Treatment, you’re a skip!

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I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Eraser

    Hmm, I got it at Rite Aid the other day but haven’t tried it yet. I thought it might work as a lip color base. I didn’t pay nearly full price for it, though – Almay was on sale & I’m on the top tier of Wellness points so I get an additional 20%. You’re right, though: drugstore products are getting more expensive.

    • Isabella Muse

      I tried it under lipstick and alone and I didn’t like it either way 🙁 Update me when you try, I’m curious what you think!

      • Eraser

        Will do. I usually wait for reviews but I went in for toothpaste and was sucked in by the age defying claim…

          • Eraser

            I think it’s actually nice. The fragrance & flavor is subtle and candy-ish but my olfactory system may not be as sensitive as yours. I also found it to be moisturizing and somewhat plumping, which I suppose is the anti-aging claim. There was a very slight white cast but nothing that concerned me. I tried it alone overnight & then again this morning under lipstick and I was pretty happy with it.

          • Isabella Muse

            AWESOME! Happy to hear. I still using in the hopes I’ll change my mind but not yet 🙁 I just don’t love it.

  • Heidi

    That’s high for Almay lip product! Fruity-perfume flavor sounds horrid.

    I just splurged, using some Ulta points, on a Lipstick Queen Endless Summer lipstick. That and the one Sephora tinted balm with SPF will keep my lips protected. Those are ones I’d actually want to use, so it’s a win.

    • Isabella Muse

      the new sephora balms are divine well and just about the same price as this plus you get full color!!!!!!!

  • Diana

    I’ve noticed some of the higher SPF lip balms leave that chalky look. I have an SPF 35 balm from Shiseido that does the same thing. However, when I layer my lipstick on top of it, the chalky look disappears. The price I pay for sun protection, I suppose…

    • Isabella Muse

      I didn’t like what this did to lipstick. I applied it under lipstick and my lipstick ended up looking gunky 🙁

      • Diana

        That’s a bummer! I was thinking of trying this one out, but I guess I’ll be skipping it!

  • N

    I like Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunblock Lip Care SPF 25(the name is a mouthful), because it has no discernible taste or smell and is gentle on my most sensitive dry lips. It is best without lipstick though, because it is too emollient for lipstick to stay on well over it. It is cheap and I get it at Whole Foods natural beauty/skincare section, but I see it online at Vita Cost and Amazon.

  • Kristin

    It seems like Almay is floundering- they don’t know which direction they want to go in, or what demographic they want. In the past 5 years they’ve had Kate Hudson (modern youthful makeup!), Carrie Underwood (American made! classic!) and now Elaine Irwin (anti-aging and classy!).

  • Dee

    I looked for this today in several stores and couldn’t find it. After reading your review I’m glad!

    • Isabella Muse

      I didn’t like it! :-/ if you can get it on sale MAYBE but I’d skip! Much better stuff to try out there! Skip!

  • Iris

    Sounds like a disappointing product. :/ Thank you for the review. I think I’ll stick to my Bite Beauty lip masks.

  • Lauren

    I’m super picky with lip balms and I actually love this! No white residue and feels great on my lips, I bought a back up.

  • Rachael

    I’ve been on a lip balm kick. So when I walked into Walgreens and seen this I thought it looked cool but since I don’t really buy drugstore I knew nothing about it so I wanted see what reviews were like… I don’t get any kind of white cast from it and I was thinking it’s expensive BUT it had almost double what most of my high end ones I’ve been using like lancome’s balm in love or Clairins crystal balm (bought of eBay since they were LE) the sugary smell is good and there is an aftertaste when the sweetness goes away that’s bad but I really like it. U r one of the few bloggers opinion I value… U make wanna rethink it! Lol

    • Isabella Muse

      i tried a few times Rachael but no go, I really didn’t like this one sadly! I’m glad it worked out for you though 🙂 And thank you, it means a lot to me you value my opinion!!!!!!!!