A really good lip balm is an absolute must-have. You don’t need anything crazy or fancy, but a balm for conditioning and hydration that will do the trick of keeping your lips supple and soft. Since lips are often overlooked in a skincare routine, I feel it’s only right to give them a little highlight. Particularly through the Milk Makeup Kush Lipbalm line. And not just that, we’ll be looking at the Pride Edition lip balm release! It’s a fun, sheer and sparkly lip balm that boasts a cute splash of shimmer on top of its moisturising qualities.
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Milk Makeup Pride Edition Kush Lipbalm
This limited-edition Pride shade is packed with multidimensional rainbow pearls that are super comfortable and shift hues in the light. If there’s anything that catches me off guard with this product, it’s wanting to know what multi-dimension is all about in a lip balm?!?
While this isn’t my first-time trying hemp-derived skincare, it is my first trying it in a lip product.
I love Milk Makeup’s packaging, it has really clean and sleek packaging with a high-end feel. And this lip balm is no exception. By pictures alone, the packaging looks very deceiving. I thought it was plain old plastic! But upon receiving the lip balm and on inspection, it is actually housed in an all-white metal unit that is heavy and feels luxuriously expensive.
The cap is magnetic and ensures proper closure which is a very unique and awesome feature to have for a mere lip balm! This allows the balm to stay free from contaminants while ensuring the cap doesn’t fall off in your purse or wherever else. The product sits on a twist-up applicator, so there’s absolutely no risk at accidentally squeezing out too much product.
This special edition packaging adds a classy minimalistic detail to the brand logo’s lining. Instead of the usual silver line found in the regular Kush lip balms, it is replaced with colourful sparkly details in honour of LGBT.
Formula & Application
The formula is nothing short of transformative. Seriously! It’s super hydrating and deeply conditions without being sticky, slimy and without you needing to layer on a thick amount. Say goodbye to your masks and heavy balms! The plant-derived formula is antioxidant-rich and has ingredients like hemp seed oil, shea, cocoa and mango butter compounds. I should also mention that it is 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
Infused with jojoba oil and olive oils to help provide antioxidant benefits, whilst sage extract and peppermint oil combine for a subtle, natural flavour. And if I’m being honest, I actually prefer a nice cooling minty flavour over fruity ones. It feels so refreshing.
The lip balm does come in a few shades, but we’ll get to that later on. Right now it’s all about the pearly duo-toned balm. It has a transparent finish on the lips but reflects like how a lip gloss would. It goes on clear and gives my lips a healthy shimmery glow. I can’t say enough about this balm. My lips no longer feel dry or need conditioning and I no longer need to treat my lips before using super matte lipsticks as this balm keeps my lips soft and supple. In fact, the lip balm is the perfect base for your lipsticks!
The texture is very buttery. And for a lip balm made with a lot of oils, I’m surprised that it didn’t grease up my lips! It’s simply pure hydration and moisture. The pearly tint it gives off is very refreshing. Because while the lip balm is sheer, it doesn’t make the lips look shiny and wet from the product, rather the tint helps make the lips look highlighted.
The lip balm stays on the lips for longer than I expected. It doesn’t rub off or melt in the mouth, it sinks into your lips until it’s all absorbed and dry. That takes about half a day before I needed reapplication! I only use this balm a couple of times a day to keep my lips amply moisturised and plum-looking. I definitely recommend this as a therapeutic lip care product.
At first, I didn’t like how this balm looked, I thought it had too many sparkly qualities in it but after using it more, the shimmer is actually more subtle. It gives the lips a beautiful natural colour. And it’s a great balm for those light, carefree makeup days.
On my fairly pigmented lips, it doesn’t add a noticeable colour but just makes them look a little healthier. I’m overall pleased with this simple lip balm. It feels so lush on the lips and doesn’t dry my lips as many balms do.
Save for the little sparkly touches on the Pride Edition packaging and tint, the regular ones are pretty much the same in terms of the packaging, application, and even in ingredients. Even the minty flavour is ever-present in the regular Milk Makeup Kush Lipbalms!
The regular line consists of 5 different shades.
Green Dragon – Clear, reflective tint
Bubble – Sheer, neutral rosy colour with subtle golden shimmer
Nug – Sheer, warm sandy colour with subtle golden shimmer
Cannatonic – Sheer, cool pink tint
Plushberry – Sheer, neutral berry tint
Milk Makeup X The Center
Back to the Pride Edition lip balm, one additional thing to mention is that Milk Makeup is partnered with The Center, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center in NYC on this special, limited edition Kush Lip Balm. That means 100% of the net proceeds of this particular Kush Lip Balm will be donated to The Center.
Overall, this is a lovely lip balm that does everything a lip balm should do without cutting any corners! The packaging is very beautiful and now I wonder and am excited to see other releases from Milk Makeup. While the lip balm is pretty expensive for what it simply is, I think it’s a worthwhile product you should try. Not just the Pride Edition one, but for the regular Milk Makeup Kush Lipbalms too!
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