SheaMoisture Lip Balm Review

Can one have too many lip balms? This question (along with what is the meaning of life, what is dark matter, and of course, which came first, the chicken or the egg?) has philosophers and scientists arguing day and night. I am certainly not going to make a definitive statement on the subject and enter the proverbial scientific skirmish.

Here is what I will say on the matter, you can have as many lip balms as your beautiful heart desires, BUT do not buy garbage. It is far too easy to get suckered into purchasing a lame lip balm. So, I am here to sift through the chaff and ensure the lip balm you choose is nothing less than perfection.

I have tested out SheaMoisture’s lip balm and here is the skinny.

It is not for everyone.

This lip balm is unlike pretty much any other that I have tried. I’m sure that some people will absolutely love it, and others will be scrubbing it off their lips while they scramble to grab their wallet, keys and receipt so they can make the return and be forever done with it.

Here is the breakdown on the most critical factors of a lip balm, moisturization, texture, stickiness, taste, long last-ability, and lipstick prime-ability.

Moisturization 8/10

  • It is highly moisturizing. You will feel the impact after about a half-hour of wear when you will notice that your lips feel very hydrated and comfortable. Any signs of chapped or cracked lips will have vanished, and you will love the results. This balm is much more moisturizing than your average Chapstick; it is comparable with a thick balm (think Vaseline or Aquaphor).

Texture 5/10*

  • Here’s where things get interesting. If you have ever made cookies from scratch then you will know exactly what I am talking about, you know that feeling the dough gets after you add flour to the creamed butter? That is the best way I can explain the texture. It feels like a buttery balm that has a little powder added in, not overly powdery or anything, but it is a distinctive feel. If you do not like an excessively balmy (read: oily and heavy) lip product, you will probably really love this. I am on the fence, on the one hand, I love that it is lightweight and not heavy or slimy, but on the other hand, sometimes I just crave that usual balmy feel of a super intense heavier balm. *It all comes down to personal taste here. If you like a balm to be oily and buttery, steer clear. If you hate those types of lip products and want something that is “drier” but still packs a heavy moisture punch, this is your new best friend. FYI, I did not find anything powdery in the ingredients list, how they achieve the powdery feel is another mystery for our academic friends. (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Natural Flavor, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Citrus Junos (Yuzu) Peel Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil).

Non-Stickiness 10/10

  • This balm is as good as it gets with anti-sticky properties. In fact, it is probably the least-sticky lip product I have come across (aside from pure matte products). If you hate getting your hair in your lip balm or gloss, this is your dream come true. Simple as that.

Taste: Personal Preference

  • I have tried the Superfruit and the Papaya flavors. I do not love them. The taste is peculiar. It is not one of those products that say “fruity” and tastes like any other fruity product you have bought in the past. You can tell their goal was producing unique and specific tastes. So, if you love the taste of actual papaya, for instance, you might really like it. I am not huge on fruit flavors-real fruit taste that is. I assumed the taste would be more of that “general artificial fruitiness” that we’re all used to from lip products, but these flavors are more like you went into the kitchen and sliced open a real papaya kind of taste. So just be aware that when they tell you the flavor, it is the real deal. (And by the way, I have ordered their other flavors that I know I like).

Long last-ability 7.5/10

  • This balm’s full range of moisturization lasts for about 3 to 4 hours on me without need for reapplication. If you put on a heavier layer, then you can get 4-6 hours. Also, it is hard to measure longer than 4 hours though because usually eating happens (for me at least) way before that long so it gets rubbed off by sandwiches or pasta. I have noticed that it is great for applying at night and while it will not be as heavy as the initial application, your lips will feel moisturized when you wake up. The balm also does quite well with heavy straw usage. I drink iced coffee constantly and noticed that it does a great job of staying on and keeping my lips moisturized despite my aggressive coffee intake. Major win.

Lipstick prime-ability 4/10

  • The balm is excellent for moisturizing your lips before you apply lipstick. BUT you will want to wipe it off before putting lipstick on. If you use Chapstick or a lip primer under your lipstick, keep using that product and wipe this one off first. When this balm is used under lipstick, it does basically nothing to add to either the look or long wear of your lipstick. It is great for applying under lip gloss though!

To conclude, the question of whether these balms are definitively “good” is a query only you can answer. There are times when the scientists and great minds of the world can come together and give us answers, but for now, it is up to you. If you like the idea of a lighter-weight, non-sticky balm that has some specific and intriguing taste-profiles, the evidence points towards it being a real winner. There is only one thing to do, channel your inner researcher and go test that hypothesis, you sexy scientist, you.

Hannah Flack
Hannah Flack

I am a USC grad with a passion for beauty, health and science. I reside in beautiful California with my husband and puppy (@sebastian.thecavalierking).

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