Thursday, December 9, 2010

Review: Qtica Intense Lip Repair Balm

I feel like I am always buying lip balms and then very rarely using them. However I have gotten into the habit of using one right before bed time, which coincidentally is also when my lips feel the most dry. I wash my face, do everything to it that I do, often finishing with some moisture product, weather facial lotion or eye cream. But my lips. They get nothing! Because of that, I've been leaving lip balm by my bed. And lately, that lip balm has been Qtica Intense Lip Repair Balm.

Image from Art of Beauty's Website.
What the Website Says
"Offense or defense? Nourishing maintenance for healthy lips or serious repair for lips that go beyond chapped ? QTICA Intense Lip Repair provides both. The rich, thick concentration of honey, beeswax, vitamins, aloe, tea tree and essential oils defends against the elements and helps relieve and seal the most dry, irritated lips overnight. See an instant improvement in lip skin and trap moisture before applying lipstick for longer-wearing color. This ísn't your little sister's lip gloss ? this formula is used by spas, salons, dermatologists, athletes and celebrities"
Thick white balm. It is a little sticky but not bad. It does blend into the lips fairly well.

There is some menthol/mint action going on here. It does make this balm feel very comforting to chapped or dry lips.

$12 for a tube. And $12 is less expensive than another balm I use (made by Skyn Iceland which I've never reviewed).

My Experience
When I use my Cool Therapy Lotion, this lip balm is a nice compliment. I feel refreshed all over. Pertaining to the lips, this balm sits on the lips taking a few minutes to dry, melt in. But once it's on, my lips stay hydrated for a while. I'll be honest - I haven't noticed longer wear with glosses or lipsticks. I also haven't noticed lasting prevention of chapped or flaking lips, which I would hope for.

I remember loving this balm the first day I tried it. Then I put it down for a while, while trying a couple of other balms. I recently picked it back up. It feels thicker than I remember, and tackier than I remember. I don't know if there's a shelf life on this product, but I wouldn't mind comparing again to a fresh tube.

I must say I like the packaging, just being a squeeze tube. Zoya easily could have made this a pot, and it wouldn't have been as useful. I can tuck this into my purse on travel trips and it's easy to carry around. Easy application. 

Bottom Line
There are less expensive lip balms out there that do just as good of a job as this one. But I do prefer it to my quick and cheap Chap Stick any day.

Full Disclosure
The products in this review were furnished to me by Zoya for my use, but not specifically for a review. I was not paid to provide this review, and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I don't sell Zoya or Qtica products, nor am I affiliated with Art of Beauty in any way.