It’s official: spring is upon us. Even though we’re now blessed with longer days, warmer weather, and renewed energy, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying we also receive the “gift” of dryness during this time of year, especially when it comes to our lips.
No one likes to have chapped lips; not only do they look unappealing, but they also hurt like nobody’s business. Typically, I would use something like standard ChapStick or Nivea Lip Balm to combat the dryness that is so characteristic of spring, but this year I decided to change things up and use a new brand from the drugstore: Maybelline Baby Lips (in Quenching).
When these little guys first came out last year, I vowed never to try them because the name is a little off-putting; yes, babies are known for being soft and amazing and just so adorable in every way, but as a grown woman I don’t necessarily want to share some of the same characteristics as a newborn infant.
Nevertheless, I saw them on sale at my local drugstore, and, having just run out of the Nivea I had come to know and love, I took the plunge and decided to give these babies a try (no pun intended).
The one I grabbed was Quenching, otherwise known as the BL in the baby blue container with the pink writing.
This is the original formulation, and since its release and overwhelming popularity, Maybelline introduced like 10 other formulations, with new ones coming out pretty much every season.
I settled on Quenching as opposed to some of the other versions for a few reasons, the biggest being the fact that Quenching is clear – there’s no tint to it.
The name itself implies hydration, which was the other major selling point of this version.
Creepy name aside, this stuff is phenomenal!
You only need one swipe on each lip to get hydration, maybe two if you’re having serious issues with chapping.
Lips instantly look shinier and fuller, and it’s as if the dryness just disappears.
This product is really nice for wearing on its own because of that “full” effect, but it also helps lip liner, lipstick, and lip gloss reach a whole new level as far as finish.
It’s not overly slimy or shiny, which is pretty common with most lip balm type products, so there’s no clash between the finish of, for example, a matte finish lipstick and the satin finish of the BL.
Baby Lips, in all formulations, used to retail for about $6-$8 depending on where you bought them; now, you can find them virtually anywhere for about $2-4, though the “special” versions may be a dollar or so more expensive.
These last for about 4 to 5 months even with daily wear, so I have no problem forking over a little extra given the longevity and performance.
For reference, the different formulations are meant to do the following:
Quenching: Standard balm – no color
Peppermint: Medicated balm – no color
Cherry Me: Colored balm – red finish
Grape Vine: Colored balm – plum finish
Pink Punch: Colored balm – fuchsia finish
Peach Kiss: Colored balm – peach finish
Limited Edition: Colored balm – various color finishes
If you have issues with colors turning because of the pigmentation of your lips, I would use one of the colored variations as a base, but if you’re like me and are just looking for hydration, definitely stick with Quenching (or Peppermint if your lips are in need of a serious soothing kick).
Do be aware that the colored formulations seem to be a tad bit drier (I tried Peach Kiss and it did nothing for me except give a slight tint).
Baby Lips is a simple, effective answer to the dryness of this time of year, and the price is definitely right. Keep it up Maybelline!