Product Review: Kaplan MD Lip 20 Treatment

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Kaplan Lip 20 Moisture Therapy + SPF in Sheer Blackberry Shine may be a new favorite, with a smooth texture, sheer easy-to-build color, and, of course, sunscreen.

Kaplan Lip 20 Moisture Therapy + SPF (official site; $30.00, may quickly become a new favorite, with just about everything I look for in a lipstick.  For more, read on:


Color/Pigmentation: Sheer or Shiny, Not Highly Pigmented (2/5)

Kaplan MD Lip 20 comes in 7 colors: Clear, Natural Shine, Nude Shine, Ruby Shine, Sheer Berry Shine, Sheer Ruby Shine (not shown) and Sheer Nude Shine (not shown).

Kaplan Lip 20 Moisture Therapy + SPF comes in two distinct formulas:  sheer and shine.  I personally used the Sheer Blackberry Shine, and the formula gradually builds.  It is not as sheer as other sheer formulas, however – just one coat will do.




Durability: 3/5 (Medium; Lasts 2-3 Hours)

Please note when I say “3/5,” that’s not a bad thing:  Long-last lipsticks with propylene carbonate last all day and are 5/5, but can be drying.  Other long-last lipsticks are 4/5.

Kaplan Lip 20 Moisture Therapy + SPF lasts about 2-3 hours before you need to reapply – just about average.


Moisturization: 4/5 (High moisturization)

Kaplan Lip 20 Moisture Therapy + SPF has a plethora of hydrating factors:  everything from the polyethylene and wax base to the hyaluronic acid spheres to the fatty acid esters are a major “thumbs up.”

So why not a 5/5?  One reason:  Kaplan Lip 20 Moisture Therapy + SPF contains peppermint.  And while the peppermint is an anti-inflammatory that freshens your breath, it is also slightly irritating and drying to the skin on your lips.


Texture:  4/5 (Smooth) + Finish: 3/5 (Neither Glossy Nor Matte)

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Both the texture and the smoothness of Kaplan MD Lip Moisture Therapy reminds me of using a crayon on paper – smooth, but neither matte nor shiny (Photo credit: laffy4k)

Kaplan Lip 20 Moisture Therapy + SPF has a polyethylene and wax base that is rather smooth.  It is not creamy, but rather gives the effect of rubbing a crayon on paper as you apply it to your lips.  It dries with a medium finish that is neither glossy nor matte, but looks great alone and under lip gloss.  Tremendous!

SPF:  5/5

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Like it or not, your lips are one of the first places on your face to show signs of sun damage. This is because the skin on your lips is thinner. The best protection is an elegant form of lip sunscreen, such as Kaplan MD Lip 20 Moisture Therapy + SPF – not sunscreens like this one shown here, of course! 🙂

Perhaps my favorite aspect of Kaplan Lip 20 Moisture Therapy + SPF is that it is an anti-aging lip treatment as well as a cosmetic.  First and foremost, it contains an SPF of 20, which is the highest I’ve seen in a lip treatment to date.  Second, it contains ingredients like antioxidant grape seed extract and palmitoyl oligopeptide, which has been shown to significantly stimulate collagen production in human fibroblasts, as shown in a 2007 study in Dermatologic TherapyThird, it works quickly – within an hour or two of application, if you gently rub your finger across your lips, you will notice a lot of dry skin starts to be exfoliated.  It’s pretty tremendous.


Bottom Line

If you are looking for a lipstick that doubles as an anti-aging lip treatment, Kaplan Lip 20 Moisture Therapy + SPF is hard to beat.  It glides on easily, builds well, and has a texture that is neither shiny nor matte, perfect for applying gloss over.  Best of all, it has an array of anti-aging properties – including an SPF of 20.  My only qualm is that the peppermint can be a little strong-smelling and drying, but mixed in with all of the other ingredients, it’s not such a big deal at all.


Product Rating:  9/10


Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Polyethylene, Beeswax, Oleyl Alcohol, Phenyl Trimethicone, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Aroma (Natural Peppermint), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Squalane, Glyceryl Triacetyl Hydroxystearate, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn Berry) Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Cohosh) Root Extract, Atelocollagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tribehenin, Silica, Lecithin, Ethyl Vanillin, Water (Aqua), Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Carbomer, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Glycerin, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, PEG-8, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, [+/-: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1)]

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