Name: Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
From Fresh’s website:
An ultra-nourishing tinted lip treatment that moisturizes, protects, and smoothes the lips while leaving a flirty berry tint.
What I liked:
– good colour payoff
– lightweight, creamy texture glides smoothly on the lips
– hydrating, leaves lips soft and smooth for 2 to 3 hours
– has SPF
– pretty packaging
What I didn’t like:
– if you have dry or chapped lips, this won’t be moisturizing enough for you
– unpleasant scent
Usually, most tinted lip balms do more moisturizng than colour tinting. Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 does the opposite. It provides more colour than moisture.
In the tube, Berry is a scary, warm, and dark plummy red shade. I briefly wondered whether I should use a lip brush to apply it, like I do with the darkest shades in the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter range, but that wasn’t necessary.
Fresh Sugar Berry isn’t that pigmented, but it’s more moisturizing, making it a great, but pricier, alternative for those who find the Revlon Lip Butters too intense but not hydrating enough. Fresh Sugar Berry strikes a better balance.
Once on the lips, Berry turns into a pinkish purple. One coat provides one soft wash of colour that shows up even on pigmented lips, but if that’s not intense enough for you, you can always build it up. Yet, no matter how much you apply, the colour remains wearable. Perfect for the cold winter months, it’s a great choice for those who want to try a vampy shade but fear they can’t pull off anything too intense.
Its lightweight and creamy formula is infused with several natural oils that nourish lips. Castor oil and jojoba oil are occlusive moisturizers that prevent water from evaporating. This helps to keep lips hydrated. Grape seed oil has powerful antioxidant properties that help protect skin from sun damage. It’s not a substitute for sunscreen, but then this lip balm has SPF 15 so it offers adequate protection from UV rays as well.
This tinted lip balm leaves my lips soft, smooth, and hydrated for two to three hours, depending on whether I’m having a light snack or not. But it’s not as rich and moisturizing as my favourite lip balms, Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm Shea Butter & Vitamin E SPF 25 and I Provenzali Burro di Karité.
They are the lip balms I turn to in winter when I’m trying to prevent or heal chapped lips. Fresh Sugar Berry, instead, is for days when I just want a bit of colour that also offers some hydration.
There’s also another reason why I don’t use this too often. The scent. Usually, I’m a sucker for citrusy scents, but I find this one very unappealing. Rather than fresh and sparkling, it is bitter and sugary. And synthetic. Luckily, I can’t smell it once it’s on the lips, but its scent doesn’t make application very pleasant for me.
Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment provides more colour than hydration. The creamy texture glides smoothly on the lips, leaving them nourished, protected, and tinted with a lovely pinkish purple shade for about 3 hours. But it’s not moisturizing enough for dry and chapped lips.