“Your lips also deserve a pampering.”
Is the tagline for the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, a 20g little jar of product that comes in the exciting flavours of berry, vanilla, grapefruit and apple lime. Pictured is the 5 gram trial version, which came in tiny little plastic pot – and it is only a tester so excuse the already rubbing off lettering.
I’m very on the fence about this product – I’ve struggled with dry lips my whole life and have been a longtime user of vaseline; religiously slathering it on at the start and end of every day and topping up when I needed to throughout. Is this product a worthy vaseline replacement?
This unassuming pink plastic pot contains vitamin C and antioxidants from berry extracts, also with hylauronic acid to draw in moisture and hydrate the lips.
Opening the product, the sweet scent of berry – almost like candy berry – is noticeable until up to about a minute after applying over your lips, and then it basically disappears.
The formulation is quite waxy in the jar but the heat from your lips quickly melts it to a glossy, slightly heavy finish. It definitely feels like there is product sitting on top of your lips with this lip mask, but it does lift off easily if you talk a lot before sleeping or drink a lot of water – so I suggest putting this on right before you sleep.
On my lips is a nice glossy finish, and when I smack my lips together it’s a bit tacky. It does immediately give my nice a lovely gloss that feels plumping and hydrating, and I have tried using this during the day just because I love how juicy it makes my lips look – but with the heaviness of the formulation I wouldn’t recommend it for day time use. It needs to be left in overnight to work its magic!
Now, after a few consistent uses it does help make my lips softer and smoother, reducing the lines on my lips in the morning, but this product is not a miracle cure for chapped lips. It undoubtedly helps, but I still find myself reaching for my little vanilla-scented pocket vaseline which I think is a much more cost-effective way of maintaining my lips.
I also felt that it irritates the skin around my lips the tiniest bit – like a bit of a tingling sensation. It wasn’t painful, but I definitely felt something going on. One of the ingredients, vitamin C, does make your skin a little more photosensitive and it was probably this extra sensitivity to the sun that made the skin around my lips tingle.
It definitely feels like a luxurious product – living up to the ‘pampering of the lips’ slogan – and if you are looking for a real treat-yo’-self product, than this is for you. I would recommend this product to those with severely chapped or cracked lips as this will help with healing and soothing – but for me, who just needs basic maintenance and hydration, this is not the product for me.
It’s sold at $25 NZD online here, which to me is just too much to justify buying the proper 20g pot – even though I have read that it lasts for months and months. I’m glad I only purchased the small tester, which even though is nice and plumping on my lips , I am looking for something waaaay cheaper for something I can wear on a daily basis, and something with less ingredients that doesn’t give my skin irritation.
I’ll rate this product a 3/5.
It’s an average 3 as it lives up to what it advertises – a pampering pickmeup for your lips, and nothing more! It may work for your lips if you have never used an intensely hydrating lip product, but for its’ steep price, I would suggest looking elsewhere if you have sensitive skin around your lips and are looking for something more practical, just like me.
It won’t be replacing my beloved vaseline, which is so much cheaper and lasted me for almost half a year now even as a tiny pocket size. Oh well! With the amount of lip care products there are on the market, I’m sure one of them is the right one for me and my wallet.