Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio review, swatches, photos | A quick, easy, last-minute gift idea

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fresh Sugar lip balm review

The product: Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio

   ↳ Sugar Petal, Sugar Honey, and Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

Okay, so: it’s the week before Christmas and you:

a) Get a last-minute invite to a holiday girl’s-night-slash-secret-santa gift exchange,

b) Find out that your distant cousin, twice removed, is going to be at your parents’ this year (and you need a gift for her),

c) Realize that your sister’s gift, while pretty cool, could use an extra dose of awesome.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment review

In any of these scenarios, I’m going to go right ahead and recommend that you snag a Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio from Sephora on your way to… wherever it is you’re headed. I’m a sucker for a Fresh lip balm, so this trio of three minis (which comes in a super-easy-to-wrap box) is a pretty no-fail gift idea, as far as I’m concerned.

The shades: The Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio contains Sugar Petal, a neutral-pink with a touch of brown, Sugar Honey, a medium-nude with a hint of red (for warmth), and Sugar Cherry, an absolutely gorgeous sheer red. The first two are nice, but Sugar Cherry gives the lips a really lovely, natural-looking, “just bitten” effect — perfect for the winter.

Fresh Sugar Petal lip balm review swatches

Fresh Sugar Petal Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

Fresh Sugar Honey lip balm review swatches

Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

Fresh Sugar Cherry lip balm review swatches

Fresh Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 formula: The first thing to note about the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments is that, while they have a fairly moisturizing formula, they’re very soft and slippery. It makes the balms comfortable, but also prone to sliding around on your lips & smooshing during application.

Despite being formulated with hydrating oils like meadowfoam seed oil, avocado oil, and jojoba, these aren’t the best choice for an actual “lip treatment” (as opposed to a tinted balm). They’re hydrating while worn, but need to be reapplied every two hours or sooner, making them a good choice for daytime wear but not a great one for overnight. The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment formula has a nice, lemony-sweet scent — sugary without being overpowering and just citrusy enough.

Fresh Sugar Cherry review photos swatches

The tint: Because of the slippery formula, these balms need a minute to sink in. Once they do, however, the colour stops sliding around on my lips, and acts more like a balm with a very light stain. I’ve tried four shades of this balm (Honey, Cherry, and Petal, all featured here, as well as Rose), and all of them deliver exactly the amount of pigment I’d want from a tinted lip balm — more than a Clinique Chubby Stick, less than a lipstick, and definitely enough to give my lips some really natural-looking colour. 

The packaging: Mini sizes of products usually lose out when it comes to packaging, but the great thing about Fresh lip balms is that they don’t. Just as solid, luxe, and well-made as the full-sized versions, mini Fresh Sugar lip balms feature the same coated-metal tube & twist-closure bottom as their full-sized counterparts.

Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio review swatches

The verdict?

I have a no-longer-secret soft spot for Fresh Sugar lip balms, and I think that this set is a worthwhile indulgence. No one needs a 20-something dollar lip balm, but the Sugar lip balms are a really nice treat. The scent is close to lemony biscuits and far from lemon cleaner, and the light tints really do do a great job of adding colour without making it obvious that you’re wearing makeup.

To note, these mini lip balms are 0.08 oz, the same size as last year’s BI birthday gifts. Buying just one full-sized tube is a little cheaper (in listed price, not cost per ounce), but I actually prefer these small(ish) tubes – they’re perfect for throwing into your handbag, and three shades is always more fun than one!

Availability: $28 USD/$32 CAD for the Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio (3 x 0.08 oz), or $22.50 USD/$26 CAD for a full-sized tube (0.15 oz).

Keep reading for more photos & individual ingredients lists!

Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio review

Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio set

Fresh Sugar Cherry Petal Honey swatches review

L-R: Fresh Sugar Honey, Sugar Petal, and Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 swatches

Fresh Sugar Petal Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Sugar Petal

Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Sugar Honey

Fresh Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Sugar Cherry

The Fresh Sugar Petal Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 ingredients:

Beeswax, Jojoba Seed Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Decyl Esters, Grape Seed Oil, Fragrance, Carnauba Wax, Avocado Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Black Currant Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Ci 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Vanillin, BHT, Aluminum Hydroxide, Propyl Gallate, Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Limonene, Citral, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Geraniol. 

The Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 ingredients:

Beeswax, Jojoba Seed Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Decyl Esters, Grape Seed Oil, Fragrance, Carnauba Wax, Avocado Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Black Currant Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Vanillin, BHT, Propyl Gallate, Limonene, Citral, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Geraniol. 

The Fresh Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 ingredients:

Beeswax, Castor Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Decyl Esters, Grape Seed Oil, Fragrance, Carnauba Wax, Avocado Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Black Currant Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 15850 (Red 6), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ammonium Glycyrrhizate , Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Vanillin, BHT, Propyl Gallate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Limonene, Citral, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Geraniol.

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11 Responses to “Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio review, swatches, photos | A quick, easy, last-minute gift idea”

  1. I love sheer lip colors, so these look great :-)
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  2. These look lovely, I'm a huge fan of the Fresh Sugar lip balm I have and these shades look great too.
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  3. Lily @ChloeAsh, on December 17th, 2013 at 8:42 am said:

    These look really nice, and I've been wanting to try them, until I saw the price tag. Erm…. I don't know what to say about that. I just can't justify the purchase :-(

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  4. mostlysunnybunny, on December 17th, 2013 at 11:01 am said:

    I can't imagine anyone not being happy with this! I was tempted to grab it as well, but I rarely use lip balms during daytime (I slather a good one on at bedtime and refuse to wear lipsticks that aren't too moisturizing. In general my lips are more than fine) so I passed!

  5. They're just the right amount of sheer, too! <3

  6. Do you have any of the tinted ones, Emily? (They're so good!)

  7. Yeah :/ The price tag is pretty high — makes them perfect for gifting, but hard to justify for yourself!

  8. Sounds like the right choice for you, Sunny! They're so pretty, though *.* My lips have been so dry this winter that I haven't really worn anything but balms 24/7, so I've been relying pretty hard on Sugar Cherry :p

  9. these aren't hydrating enough for me :( but i do like the colors, but at the same time i haven't worn them much lately bc i need like repeated applications of intense balm lol. i have honey, plum and coral. i think coral is my favorite of the three! :)
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  10. These look so good! Too bad it's not available anywhere near me :(
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  11. [...] The Notice has swatches of Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments – very handy, because I know I want one but couldn’t decide which. [...]

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