If you’re looking for a little pop of color that also nourishes your lips, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 Sugar Berry Tinted ($22.50, amazon.com) offers just the right combination for you. Combining oils like meadowfoam, black currant, avocado, jojoba, and grapeseed, with the sweetness of sugar, this is one lip tint that’s going to leave your lips soft (and approachable).
Meadowfoam Seed Oil:
Native to the great state of Oregon, Limnanthes alba is a flowering plant whose seeds contain 20-30% oil. The oil’s unique chemical composition consists of five long-chain fatty acids (Cermak, Evangelista, and Kenar) with unsaturated double bonds in two key positions (D5 and D13), thus making it extremely resistant to oxidative damage (Elementis Specialtis).
Black Currant Seed Oil:
Manufactured from the seeds of the black currant, a shrub known for its delicious berries, black currant seed oil contains up to 17% gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) (Skin Therapy Letters, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry), tocopherols, quercetin, flavonols, phenolic acids, and essential fatty acids, making it a good antioxidant to protect against oxidative damage (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry).
Avocado oil is an occlusive moisturizer, which means it prevents trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). It contains mostly oleic acid as well as palmitic, linoleic, and palmitoleic acids (Cosmeticsinfo.org). It also has been shown to protect against UV damage, which provides a nice boost to the active sunscreen ingredients in this formula (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology).
Pressed from the seeds of the jojoba plant, jojoba oil is also an occlusive moisturizer that prevents TEWL (Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society). It is typically used in cosmetic formulations because it does not leave an oily residue on skin (Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine).
Grape Seed Oil:
Grape seed oil is a very popular ingredient lately, and for good reasons; it inhibits peroxidation of lipids due to the presence of procyanidins (which are bound polyphenolic proanthocyanidins) (Phytotherapy Research). According to an article in Dermatologic Surgery, a topical application of grape seed oil protected against UVB radiation, inhibited histamine synthesis, and promoted wound healing while reducing vascular engorgement. The article went on to claim that it protects DNA against oxidation more effectively than vitamins C and E.
Overall Rating: ****
I’ve never been one to like lip tint as I can never find one with just the right amount of pigmentation, but I’m very satisfied with Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, Sugar Berry Tinted ($22.50, amazon.com). The color is a little darker than I’d normally use (I’m more fond of pinks) but it provides enough color that I don’t feel like it’s too much. The stick went on smoothly, and, unlike the lipsticks I typically use, it doesn’t dry out my lips but actually leaves them feeling smooth (thanks, oils!), even after the tint has worn off. Because of its ingredients and the actual use of this product, this is definitely an investment I’d recommend purchasing.
Ingredients: Cera Alba (Beeswax), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Decyl Esters, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Limnanthes Alba, (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Persea Gratissima, (Avocado) Oil , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vanillin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Propyl Gallate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, BHT.