With winter on its way, it’s time to look at some items that will keep moisture in and dryness at bay. I’m all stocked up on lotion, so this month I went with Japanese brand Fernanda’s Lady Sapphire Sweetest Look Lip Essence (Honey Fragrance).
The package promises to help heal dehydrated and chapped lips, keep lips glossy and, in what I assume is an awkward translation, achieve three-dimensional lips.
The 12-gram tube of essence is paraben-free and infused with SPF 15PA++ UV protection. As stated in the product name, it’s blended with honey and, the package claims, “50 kinds of concentrated nutrient essence.” That last phrase seems heavy on words and light on meaning, but I do appreciate that it’s paraben-free.
Using this really brought out my judgmental side, so let’s get to it. First, I don’t have anything against lip-plumping glosses, but the image on the package looks like the poor girl lost a battle with some angry bees. To me at least, it looks more like a threat than a promise.
Second, this tube costs $18, which is more than a bit steep for lip gloss. I’ve noticed that stuff exported from Japan, like the Shibuya brands, tend to be pricey, but $18 is really pushing it. That alone would be enough to pass it up in a drugstore.
The good thing about this product is that a little goes a long, long way. I always apply Chapstick first, and just a dab of the essence on top adds a ton of shine. If I only applied the essence, my lips felt sticky and gross, so that was never an option. It seals in moisture, too. If I just wear Chapstick, I reapply it once every couple of hours, but with the essence as a top layer, I only reapplied once or twice a day.
It works over lipstick as well. I prefer my lipstick matte, but I appreciate the sheen the gloss adds – it’s a festive shine that’s perfect for the upcoming party season. I can’t say I noticed any visible plumping finish. The honey fragrance is only noticeable if you slather on too much.
Overall, this product does a great job of sealing in moisture and repairing chapped, dry lips. The fact that you only need a bit at a time slightly makes up for the price – again, slightly. It’s not going to change the lip essence game, but if you’re willing to treat yourself or someone loves you enough to splash out for this product, then it’s totally worth it.
The YesStyle Beauty Lab rating: ★★★ (3 out of 5 stars)