If you’re old enough to remember the 80′s, do you remember those roll-on lip glosses in the glass tubes that had fruity fragrances? I’m pretty sure I went through one in just about every flavor available in the fifth grade. I got a little blast-from-the-past recently while trying out the Juicy Lip Balms with SPF 15 from Wet n Wild! While these are balms and not glosses, they kind of took me back to when jelly bracelets were a form of currency in elementary school, and GIANT tubes of Dr. Pepper Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers were the allowed form of “make up”. Check ‘em out!
left to right: Cherry, Strawberry, Red Raspberry, and Watermelon
These lip balms are over-sized, as the diameter of the balm itself is probably about twice the size of the average stick of lip balm. They’re also slightly tinted. They’re tinted a little more on the translucent side, so the color doesn’t have a lot of staying power—but it works pretty well for me with the Cherry and Red Raspberry shades, I really like the way they look on my lips!
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top to bottom: Watermelon, Cherry, Red Raspberry, Strawberry
Now, you might be saying, “Amber, why would I want a green lip balm on my lips?”, and yep! I totally agree with you. I have lips that are a little more on the less pigmented side, and I could definitely see a slight translucent green on my lips. The good news: the color didn’t stick around for long, and the Watermelon shade is probably the least tinted out of them all. Fair enough, right?
As far as a flavor goes, there really isn’t much of one. I detect a little hint of flavor on my lips, but it’s not sweet like some fruity-balms are, and to be honest, I think I detect a little bit of the sunscreen too. I’m not going to knock these for that, because I’m a big believer in SPF on the lips, and I’ve tasted much, much worse sunscreen flavors on my lips with other brands. These aren’t so bad.
Additionally, these don’t have much of a waxy balm-feeling, as they definitely glide more smoothly across the surface of the lips. I consider them to be hydrating, but it’s not that kind of intense hydration that extremely chapped and dry lips might need. Aside from the benefits of the SPF, these also contain Vitamin E and avocado oil that does leave my lips feeling pretty soft. I’m kind of obsessed with the Cherry shade, and Red Raspberry isn’t far behind.
While these may not be for everyone, if you like fruity fragrances—you may like the Wet n Wild Juicy Lip Balms. The texture doesn’t feel very balm-y, it glides across the lips instead, for a kiss of moisturizers without any heavy waxes. If there was one thing I could change, it would be the cap. I honestly don’t know how it could be improved, so I feel bad even pointing it out—but I have nicked the top of these while re-capping. That will continue to happen for me until the balm reaches a point where it’s flush to the top of the tube component. That will only come with repeated use, so I guess I better get on it!
Price & Availability…
$2.99 each, CVS/pharmacy