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If you know me, you know that I’m a stickler for any lip product with SPF. And why not – with experts like renowned dermatologist Dr. Leslie Baumann, M.D. affirming the idea that shiny, glossy lip products can increase sun exposure and invite skin cancer (source), it’s always a great idea to apply products with SPF.
Enter two: The new L’Oréal Colour Riche Balm SPF 15 ($7.95, Amazon.com) and the favorite Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($13.95 for travel size, Amazon.com; $22.95 retail, Sephora.com). In Heavenly Berry (L’Oréal) and Sugar Rose (Fresh), the two have nearly identical raspberry color and light, buildable pigmentation. So the differentiating factors have to run deeper:
Moisturization: Winner – L’Oréal Colour Riche Balm SPF 15
The chief difference between L’Oréal Colour Riche Balm SPF 15 and Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 is that the drugstore product is designed for long-lasting hydration with occlusive agents polyisobutene, petrolatum, and shea butter, which all seal moisture into the lips. On the other hand, the Fresh product is meant to soften the lips with numerous emollients, including grape seed oil, jojoba oil, rose oil – you name an oil, it’s in here! (Well, not really, but you know what I mean.)
However, of the two methods, I believe occlusive agents and polyisobutene are more long-lasting: A 2010 study with polyisobutene found the ingredient had long-lasting effects on skin moisturization and improving skin texture. So L’Oréal Colour Riche Balm SPF 15 wins this one.
Anti-Aging Prevention: Winner- Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
This can be illustrated with the following list of anti-aging ingredients in each product:
- L’Oréal Colour Riche Balm SPF 15: argan oil, vitamin E
- Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15: vitamin A (retinyl palmitate), vitamin E, vitamin C
So I know retinyl palmitate is 20 times weaker than retinol (Clinics in Dermatology), but this also makes it acceptable in a daytime product (score!), and it still has limited activity: 44% of the retinyl palmitate applied to the skin is esterified into retinol (Pharmaceutical Research, 1994). Also, there are just a plethora of antioxidant oils in Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 that make it that much more beneficial in the long-term.
Texture/Feel/Flavor: Winner- Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
L’Oréal Colour Riche Balm SPF 15 lasts longer. If you’ve ever put Vaseline on your lips, it’s similar to that feeling: a little oily, a little heavy, but it works for really dry lips. On the other hand, Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 is blessed with a lighter consistency: with a high concentration of cera alba (wax) mixed with oils, the treatment feels light and smooth on the lips.
Sometimes my lips get parched, and then I prefer L’Oréal Colour Riche Balm SPF 15. But for day-to-day use, Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 feels (and tastes) better on the lips, and has more anti-aging ingredients. Overall, though, it’s a toss up!
L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm Ingredients
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (3%),Inactive Ingredients: Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Ozokerite, Isopropyl Myristate, Petrolatum VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Polyethylene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alumina, Benzyl Alcohol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Polyethylene, Terethalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Fragrance, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides Red 7, Red 22 Lake, Red 28 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Carmine.
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment ingredients
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: OCTINOXATE (ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE): 7.49% OXYBENZONE (BENZOPHENONE-3): 2%
OTHER INGREDIENTS: CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL, HYDROGENATED DECYL OLIVE ESTERS, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, RIBES NIGRUM (BLACK CURRANT) SEED OIL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WATER, RETINYL PALMITATE, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, ASCORBYL TETRAISOPALMITATE, TOCOPHEROL, SUCROSE TETRASTEARATE TRIACETATE, CI 15985 (YELLOW 6 LAKE), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 15850 (RED 7 LAKE), POLYGLYCERYL-3 POLYRICINOLEATE, CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), PROPYL GALLATE, LIMONENE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, LINALOOL, BHT, CITRAL, CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL