C.O. Bigelow's Mentha Lip Shine (found at Bath & Bodyworks) is a well-loved product, so I was eager to try out the lip buffer from this line. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed.
Usage: This product is meant to exfoliate your lips using sugar crystals suspended in a peppermint lip balm
Comparables: Other popular lip exfoliating products include Fresh Sugar Lip Scrub and LUSH Lip Scrubs - I've read good reviews of both but haven't tried them yet.
Price: $7.50 USD at Bathandbodyworks.com
My experience: My lips tend to get a bit flaky in the winter time - nothing too extreme, as my Burts Bees Honey Lip balm works pretty well. Still - I need to exfoliate before I apply lip colour and gloss - and I was hoping that this would be a quick and easy way to get my lips moisturised and smooth.
I squeezed some product onto my lips, and used my fingers to spread it in small circular motions. I did this carefully and with a good amount of pressure. I then used a washcloth to remove the product. I looked at my lips - and the flakes were still there! I repeated the whole process, hoping for better results - but no dice. In the end, I used a soft toothbrush, and gently scrubbed my lips - the flakes were gone...but this was no surprise - as this is my usual lip exfoliation procedure (Vaseline and a baby soft toothbrush reserved just for my lips).
All in all this product was a complete waste of money. I have kept using this (with my toothbrush) - just to finish it, but it irks me to know that plain old Vaseline would do the job better, and I wouldn't need to wipe the sugar crystals off with a washcloth. My sister purchased this product at the same time, and was equally disappointed.
Would I buy it again: Definitely not, although I may still try out their famous Mentha Lip Shine.
Disclaimer: I purchased this product myself, and was not paid to review it.