Saturday, April 4, 2015

Petal Pink: Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Tulip

The formula of the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments SPF 15 ($22.50 for 4.3g/ 0.15 oz) is among my absolute favorite lip products. So when I completely scraped clean my last mini tube of Sugar Passion (reviewed here), I knew I had to repurchase one; but this time, I've chosen a new-ish color in the range, Tulip, described as a sheer hot pink.
I realize that the thick, slippery, untuous, butttery texture of these tinted balms is not everyone's cup of tea, but personally, I love it, and have no qualms over spending the $20 for 'just a lip balm'. To be honest, I actually think these have enough pigment to be called a sheer lipstick, except they're way kinder to my wrinkly, parched lips than most of the lipsticks I've tried. I like the matte metal packaging reflecting the shade inside, I like the lemon chiffon scent, I like the color range. I LIKE these, okay?
Now, I wouldn't exactly call Tulip a 'hot' pink; it's more petal pink to me, a medium, slightly cooler brightening shade. If my memory serves me right, in comparison, the popular Rosé shade had more red to it and appeared slightly more muted/ neutral on the lips. Tulip is a bit more punchy; but still extremely wearable for everyday, and a beautiful spring tone.
In my line-up of glossy, light/medium pinks with a cool undertone, Tulip is the most similar to the Revlon Superlustrous Shine Lipstick in Kissable Pink, except the latter has a pearl finish and isn't as pigmented or glossy as Fresh Tulip. Shu Uemura Supreme Shine in PK331 is also quite similar, but a touch warmer and again, with a very subtle shimmery finish. Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie is more mauve and muted, and Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry... now, THAT's a hot pink.

L-R: fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Tulip, Revlon Kissable Pink, Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie, Shu Uemura PK331, Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Ripe Raspberry (same order as the product shot above)

So, I don't have much more to say about Tulip; unsurprisingly, I love it, and will also use it up down to the tiniest nub. Well, not even that - in case you're a fan of these Sugar Lip Treatments like me and bemoan the expense, there's actually a whole lot of lip balm left once you wear the bullet down to the hard plastic base. Yes, you do need a lip brush to dig it out and it's a bit of pain, but... a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.
Do you love these Fresh Sugar balms like I do or do you think they're just terribly overpriced chapsticks? What are your favorite shades in these Tinted Treatments?


  1. I love these too! I don't mind spending the money on them at all either. They just make your lips feel so protected and I always have one in my purse. I bought this one and love it too.

  2. I played with these several times while I was at sephora and held off for a stupid reason(the paint on the tube rubs off), tulip is on the top of my list (because essie button raved about it and I felt she isn't affiliated with the she is with tarte? I guess?)but I think the rose extreme is more likely to make it(because it seems it's a different kind of paint on the tube...and LE?). God forbit my lips are pretty dry and wrinkly nowadays so I actually need those thick and slippery balms.

  3. This looks really nice on you - I've got so many lip balms that I hardly use, so wasn't tempted by these in Sephora. I think sometimes a nice thick lip balm is a big drink for your lips that you really need, and I like that this comes in a range of colours too