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Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy review, photos

Fresh Sugar Lip Serum review

The product: Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy

I skipped over the Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Serum ($35 USD/$41 CAD) while reviewing the Fresh Sugar Lip Lovers set yesterday, but with good reason: I wanted to give it a full review today for everyone else who has been curious about this one.

Fresh Advanced Lip Therapy Serum review

The premise: Lip serums are becoming more and more popular nowadays, but they’re still a rarity in the beauty world. Fresh’s Sugar Lip Serum is one of just a few that I can think of. I know that Lancer and Murad do one, and the Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil and NIOD Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate are similar, but nothing else comes to mind.

The Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy is made to nourish the lips and improve definition, so maybe I’m not the best candidate for it — after all, I’m not really in the market for “fuller, younger-looking lips.” But I had hoped that all of those skin-firming amino acids would result in a more hydrated, plush lip area, so I did as I was told and dispensed a drop every morning and night to spread over my lips. 

Fresh Sugar Advanced Lip Therapy Serum review

The practice: Sadly, after using this one on and off for a month and a half, I can’t report that I saw results with this one. My lip contour area was not “immediately nourished and soothed;” my lips did not look “firmer and toned;” the serum did not immediately decrease lip roughness.

Instead, I found that this serum tasted bad, made my lips feel tight, and needed a healthy heaping of lip balm immediately thereafter to prevent dryness and cracking. Not only did it not smooth my lip area, I think it actually dried out my lips — and while I know that it doesn’t promise to be the ultimate nourishing lip balm, I certainly don’t think a lip product should dry out your lips!

Fresh Sugar Advanced Lip Therapy Serum review

The verdict?

I’m really glad that I tried this one out, because as cool as I think it is, and as much as I adore its packaging, I think it’s a solid “fail” for me. I’ll continue using up this mini bottle if I can, just to see if I get results at any point, but for now… I’m not impressed.

The Fresh Sugar Lip Serum made my lips feel tight and dry, and comes with a metaphorically bitter $41 CAD price tag and a literally bitter formula. I say skip this serum, spend your $40 on a new pair of Fresh Tinted Lip Treatments, and apply an anti-ageing moisturizer to your lip area instead!

Availability:$35 USD/$41 CAD at Sephora.

See what other bloggers had to say:

  • Beautygeeks, who I once embarrassed myself by fangirling over very, very publicly, loves it for overnight plumping;
  • Beyond Blush is also a big fan; and
  • Beauty Reflections liked it, but didn’t think it was worth the price.

There are surprisingly few reviews out there for this lip serum, so if you’ve tried it, I would really love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Oops! What a disappointment… My lips are in a dire state at the moment, but I guess this won't be the product to save them then.
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    • Noooo. I've been pointing everyone to that new Estee Lauder Lip Volumizer gloss thingy — it's pricy and sheer (especially for a gloss), but super hydrating!! A little bit of Neutrogena Norwegian Formula or a really sticky potted lip balm (I like Osmia's and Bobbi Brown's) will get your lips sorted out pretty quickly, too ;)

  • jenn

    oooooo actually dried out your lips….that is /not/ what you would want in a lip serum…
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    • Right?? I just wanted the whole "plump, luscious, full lips" deal! :(

  • The pricetag alone on this made me cringe! I think dry, flakey lips can be fixed with just a sugar scrub and Rosebud salve. I looked up the ingredient list, too, after reading your review and this seems like a rip-off =/
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    • The Rosebud salve definitely doesn't cut it for my lips, but at the price, I think it does a good job! $40 is far too much to pay for the Fresh serum, I'm afraid. Perhaps if my lips had more deep lines, I would have seen more of an effect, but I honestly don't notice anything except for cracking and flaking when I use this one :(

  • Toby

    I wonder if you're allergic to some of the ingredients? I sometimes have that reaction to certain ingredients on my lips. :(

    • That was my first thought, Toby! But none of the ingredients really jump out at me — I've never had this kind of reaction to a lip product before. That said, this serum does contain a lot of rather obscure natural extracts, so it's definitely possible that I'm reacting to one of them!

  • YES! Finally, someone else who feels the same way as I do about this stupid serum. It really does dry out the lips and what is up with the price tag?! $41 for a LIP serum? No, just no.

    • YAY, I'm glad I'm not alone on this one! Thanks for making me feel a little less crazy, lol. I love me some Fresh, but this lip balm does NOT cut it!

  • esharp1978

    I sampled this in the store and it was the first Fresh product I didn't at least like. It made my lips dry, sore, and chapped. It actually burned a little bit on application! It tastes bad and it smelled off to me too!
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    • Ahh I'm so happy to hear that, Erin! And also so very, very sad. :P

      Honestly though, it feels kind of redeeming knowing that your experience was almost identical to mine, you know? But I'm also sorry to hear that it made your lips burn and feel sore, because that sucks. I hope it was a really temporary thing!