You know what I always wonder? Had I not originally given in to the charms of lip balm, would I still need them now? I ask because I actually know people—as in not friends-of-friends—who are perfectly fine without balms because they’ve never given a thought to lipcare before. On the other hand, if I didn’t need lipbalm, I would have one less
friend fun thing to play with.
When RAMY’s Rose Lip Oil landed on my porch last month, the first thing I noticed was the motto running across the cardboard packaging: “Minimum Makeup, Maximum Impact.” It happens to fall exactly in line with my motto, except mine would probably be more like zero effort, ALL THE IMPACT. We were off to a good start.
RAMY formulates their balms with jojoba and almond oils, which I was pleased to see are fairly high up on the ingredients list. They come in a sturdy, .35 fl oz glass tube with a plastic screw-on cap. The rollerball applicator is a new addition; previous versions featured a glass dropper, cute but certainly not as practical. There’s a mint and orange version as well, but I had to go for the rose-scented one, which smells deliciously floral and a little bit jammy. The oil itself is on the thin side, spreading quickly across the lip with a few back-and-forth swipes. Because of its thin consistency, it sinks in very quickly, almost too quickly for my tastes. While I prefer my balms to stick around for awhile, I will note that the effects of this oil last longer than its physical presence. Even after it has fully absorbed, my lips still feel smooth for an additional 3 hours. It also makes a surprisingly good base for lipstick, plumping out the lips (sans tingling effect) and smoothing out lines. It’s not heavy-duty enough to work as an overnight treatment for me, but I like to apply it in the morning and touch up throughout the day.
RAMY Lip Oils retail at $18 per tube. The rose rendition, while lovely, doesn’t hit all my requirements for an HG balm. It’s a solid showing and a nice addition to my beauty bag though, so give it a look if you dislike the feel of balm on your lips, or are in the market for a lightweight lip oil. If you need something heavy-duty, I’d give it a pass.
Which lipbalms are you currently loving?
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