Review: Hada Labo Gokujuyn Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Moisturizer
Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 | 1 Comment
Once more, it's been a while since I last posted orz. Let's see how I'll last this time!
I'll kick off my first post of 2013 with a product review for Hada Labo's Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Moisturizer! Let me start by saying that I have fairly normal lips. Every so often they get dry and start peeling (which is bad because I tend pick at the peeling skin) or irritated to the point where the outer edges of my lips become red and burn to the point I need to apply lip balm otherwise I’ll cry (you know when you keep licking your lips to quell the burning sensation, but that only lasts for about 10 seconds before your lips start burning again?).
I’ve used a number of different lip balm brands over the years, including drugstore brands like Blistex, Softlips, Nivea, and EOS; as well as higher end stuff like FRESH.
As you can tell, I’m somewhat of a lip balm junkie. I'm pretty sure I have more stashed away, but these are all I managed to find at the moment >_______<
I’ve long since lost it, but from what I recall, Blistex is a decent lip balm, and pretty cheap as well, but I didn’t care much for the texture (I felt like I had to drag it across my lips) or the standard “unscented” lip balm smell.
Softlips comes in a nice thin tube that’s easy to stick into the pocket of your jeans, which can either be awesome or awful. I’ve misplaced and rediscovered an exorbitant number of these lip balms in my pants and coat pockets. Softlips comes in a number of different scents like Honeydew Melon, Orange Tangerine, Vanilla, Peach Mango, etc. But after a while, I got pretty sick of the smell.This lip balm does a good job at temporarily quelling the burn (it would provide a nice, cool tingly sensation when applied), but it wouldn’t be long before you’d have to re-apply. It also doesn’t do anything for dry, peeling lips either.
Nivea, like Blistex, is a pretty standard lip balm—in fact, I had been using it pretty frequently until recently—but it isn’t anything too outstanding.
EOS comes in super-cute packaging which can pose as an inconvenience on days I don’t carry around a purse. All the EOS lip balms I’ve tried smell pretty good, though I imagine I’ll get sick of it soon enough. EOS does an okay job at quelling burning lips, and the effects last a bit longer than Softlips, but I don’t really carry these around on an everyday basis.
I received the set of mini FRESH lip balms from Sephora as the 2012 birthday gift. I fell in love with the original/clear version (the one in the brown tube). It felt like forever before I had to reapply, and it did a great lip at moisturizing and softening my lips. The scent is nice and subtle as well. I was devastated when I ran out and I considered buying a full-sized version, but I couldn’t justify paying over $25 on a single tube lip balm, oversized or not.
In any case, I’m glad I didn’t splurge for the FRESH, since I think I’ve found my HG lip balm:
Meet the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Moisturizer.
“One drop locks up an ocean”
Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing range contains Super Hyaluronic Acid that lastingly hydrates and nourishes the skin for smooth, radiant and crystal-clear skin. It creates a moisture locking shield to help preserve skin’s optimum moisture balance.
In particular, the Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Moisturizer is described as the following:
· Contains Super Hyaluronic Acid to effectively moisturize and hydrate lips.
· Continuous replenish moisture to keep lips moist and supple.
· Low irritation. Free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colorant.
Price: The price isn’t too steep; perhaps a little more than some drugstore brands, but definitely cheaper than the FRESH lip balm. I paid $6 USD for mine on Sasa.com. However, if you can’t manage to fill up your cart for free shipping, there are a few on eBay for $7-8 as well.
Packaging: The packaging is that of a standard lip balm. Hada Labo products don’t seem to have to “dress to impress” if you know what I mean. Apparently they sell one of their Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion (I bought this at the same time as the lip balm, so a review will be coming soon) every 4 seconds in Japan!
Product: I love this lip balm. It definitely lives up to its claims! It glides on smoothly and lasts for quite a while! While there’s no cool and tingly menthol feeling, it definitely moisturizes and hydrates my lips—I think this is the smoothest they’ve been yet! Furthermore, there is absolutely no smell to it, which surprised me. Most “flavourless” lip balms have that generic scent, yet I don’t smell anything from this particular brand—a definite bonus for me since I get sick of scents quite easily!Repurchase? Definitely!