Santa Baby Lip Tint was a new product for the Christmas 2013 range - making an entrance alongside a sugar scrub that unfortunately wasn't vegan. This tint has a rather impressive list of ingredients - some of which you wouldn't initially expect in a lip tint, but ones that clearly make this as great a product as it turned out to be.
Firstly, the product has an array of butters and oils to help soften and nourish the lips. Shea butter is a very effective moisturiser and also helps the absorption of other ingredients; cocoa butter is further down the list but is equally as gentle on the skin as is castor oil, which also helps to emulsify the ingredients together. While it wasn't the most moisturising of products, it was fairly gentle on my lips and didn't dry them out.
The first surprise ingredient is carrot oil - a product that Lush don't seem to use a lot, but one that boasts an impressive array of properties. As well as being nourishing on the skin, this oil works to strengthen and repair skin tissue as well as using it's antioxidant powders to clean and support the skin. Not just a super food, eh?
Lush have also included a range of ingredients to give this lip tint it's cola fragrance; cherry and date extracts to give it a rich, natural smell, lime oil to add a citrus kick and extracts of cinnamon to add a subtle Christmas spiciness to the mix. It really does smell like cola bottle sweets - more of a candied-cola than the drink, but it's a pleasant aroma.
The consistency of Santa Baby is very sticky and reminds me of something in between a solid perfume and a lip balm. It's not as oily as a lip balm, meaning it stays on your lips rather than melting away over time or being wiped off. However, it is rather heavy and I found that I was very aware that I had it on throughout the wear.
I would recommend that you do as I did when applying this; brush a cotton bud across the surface of the lip tint and then brush it across your lips. Firstly, this helps to give good precision so you don't end up smudging it everywhere - it's very easy to do! Secondly, this tint tends to stain your fingers and it took a lot of scrubbing to get it off - not the easiest of lip products to use when you're out and about.
Once it's on, it gives the wearer a very vivid shade of red that states put. I didn't have to reapply this at all throughout the day and it was still very prominent some six hours later when I returned home from. While it's labelled as a lip tint, I would say that this is strong enough to be a lip stick - it's a very bold colour to use and not at all as subtle as I was expecting.
On the negative side, I did find this tint to be rather drying, and when I was applying it across my lips, I did need to moisturise with a lip balm during and afterwards to help it glide across my skin easier. However, once it's on, it can withstand eating, licking and general 'wear and tear' that your lips go through throughout the day - I was surprised to find that I didn't need to reapply at all during my 10 hour work day.
Even though this is not a colour I would normally use on myself, I can see the value of this lip tint and appreciate the fact that it does exactly what it's supposed to. Santa Baby is a very festive product but one that sports one of the most popular shades that people wear on their lips, so one that can be worn all year round. Priced at £5.95, this product will last you months and months and months. You really don't have to use a lot each time so I can see one stick of this lasting an entire year - just in time to buy yourself a fresh one when the seasonal products come back around. While it's not one that I'll invest in again, this is because my tube will easily last me two - three years, and it's definitely made me rather curious to try other lip tints that Lush offer.
Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Extract of Cinnamon Stick and Mandarin (Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Citrus nobilis) , Organic Rose Hip Oil (Rosa canina) , Organic Castor Oil (Ricinus communis) , Japan Wax (Rhus Succedanea) , Extract of Cherries and Dates (Prunus cerasus, Phoenix Dactylifera) , Sunflower Wax (Helianthus annuus) , Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) ,Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma Grandiflorum) , Flavor ,Carrot Oil (Daucus carota) , Persian Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia) , Aniseed Oil (Illicium Verum) , Black Pepper Oil (Piper nigrum) , Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre) , Titanium Dioxide , Citral ,Geraniol , Linalool , Limonene , D&C Red 28 , D&C Orange No. 5 , D&C Red No. 30 Aluminum Lake , D&C Red 30.
2014 Price: £5.95 each.
2015 Price: £5.95 each.