Do you need a lip mask or is Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask just a glorified lip balm?

by Gio
laneige lip sleeping mask review

Newsflash: it doesn’t matter if you call it lip balm, lip mask or lip lotion, it’s all the same thing. A moisturiser for your lips.

No wonder that Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask “doubles up” as a lip balm then. I’d be surprised if it didn’t…

So do you need it? It depends. You DON’T need a special sleeping mask for your lips, but you sure DO need a good moisturizer for them. And Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is better than most. Here’s why:

Key Ingredients In Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Emollients To Moisturize Skin

Forget about the berry complex Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask boasts about. This lip balm gets its moisturising properties from a bunch of synthetic emollients.

FYI, emollients are lubracting agents that form a layer on your skin that moisturizes it. The main ones in this lip mask/balm are:

  • Diisostearyl Malate: An emollient made up of malic acid and isostearyl alcohol, it’s commonly used in lip products.
  • Hydrogenated Polyisobutene: A synthetic oil used as a mineral oil substitute, it helps prevent water loss.
  • Phytosteryl / Isostearyl / Cetyl / Stearyl / Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate: An oil-soluble emollient that works better than lanolin. It’s great at holding water, helping to keep skin hydrated for longer.

Don’t let the long, chemical names fool you. These emollients are safe. They keep your lips soft and smooth without causing any unwanted side effects.

Related: 5 Myths About Mineral Oil You Need To Stop Believing Right Now

Shea Butter To Prevent Water Loss

Not all the moisturising ingredients in Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask are synthetic. Take Shea Butter, for example.

Derived from the nut of the Shea tree, this butter is rich in fatty acids (including oleic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, and linolenic acid) that make it an excellent moisturizer.

It works by creating a barrier on the skin that keeps water in. It’s so effective, its moisturizing properties last up to 8 hours!

Related: Why Shea Butter Is A Godsend For Dry Skin

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

If you’re looking for a bit of colour, Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask isn’t for you. The soft pink balm has a thick texture that goes on colourless and takes a few minutes to absorb.

I like to use a generous amount before I go to sleep. You don’t have to. If your lips aren’t all dry and chapped, you can get away with a thin layer. I just use more because it feels more comfortable on my lips.

When I wake up in the morning, my lips feels so soft and kissable. My lipstick goes on more smoothly. Best of all, I find myself reapplying lip balm less and less during the day. My lips have all the moisture they need and don’t ask for more.

If I need a touchup, I’ll use a thinner layer than at night. If I put on too much, my lipstick tends to slide off – it’s THAT emollient.

I just don’t like using my finger to apply it. Sure, it comes with its own little spatula for a more hygienic application, but you need to clean it after every use.

It’s just easier to use a lip balm that comes in a tube, know what I mean? But hey, if you’re not as lazy as me, you’re in for a treat.

P.S. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask has a strong strawberry scent that reminds me of bubblegum. A bit too strong for my taste, but it doesn’t linger around long.

Available at: $25.00/£4.07 at Sephora and Yes Style

Have you tried Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Ingredients: Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phytosteryl / Isostearyl / Cetyl / Stearyl / Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Polybutene, Microcrytalline Wax / Cera Microcristallina / Cire Microcristalline, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Synthetic Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax / Candelilla Cera / Cire De Candelilla, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Butylene / Ethylene / Styrene Copolymer, Ethylene / Propylene / Styrene Copolymer, Mica (CI 77019), Astrocaruym Murumuru Seed Butter, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Dimethicone, Fragrance / Perfume, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Methicone, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Cera Carnauba / Cire De Carnauba, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Red 6 (CI 15850), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Water / Aqua / Eau, Potassium Alginate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Alcohol, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Sapindus Mukorossi Fruit Extract, Vaccinum Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Extract, Coffee Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Gluten, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ascorbyl Glucoside

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Natalia Pessoa Dajczer August 14, 2019 - 3:35 am

Theres a new tube version that is veery slightly tinted but I find it less moisturizing. And this one is good but doesn’t regenerate my peeling lips as well as Nuxe Reve de Miel. It even helped my mom’s lips when she had a fire incident.

Alexis August 14, 2019 - 4:25 am

I personally found this to be quite overrated! I think the blend of ingredients just wasn’t right for me, my lips felt even more dry after using this overnight. I’ll stick to my tried and true fave – Lucas Papaw Ointment!

Alexa August 22, 2019 - 5:53 am

This one’s great, like it’s lip balm on steroids lol.. They actually have different scents/flavors like peach, green apple and vanilla. I love the vanilla, though…


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