Product Review: Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

by Gio

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Name: Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
Brand: Fresh
Size: 4.3g
Price: $22.50

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Rating: 4/5

Disclosure: a sample of this item was in a gift sent a friend gave me for Christmas. In addition, the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

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MonicaP March 4, 2015 - 3:44 pm

I love these tinted lip balms. There was a really nice trio at Sephora during the holidays and OMG, I wish I purchased it 😛


Gio March 4, 2015 - 8:21 pm

Monica, they are lovely, aren’t they? I’m sure they’ll do another set this year. 😉

robin March 4, 2015 - 9:01 pm

lovely colour! i like your eye make-up.

Gio March 4, 2015 - 9:23 pm

Robin, thank you. I’m glad you like it.

Lisa @ Midwest Glam March 4, 2015 - 10:50 pm

I don’t really care for tinted lip treatments/balms, but that is a pretty shade! I also like whatever it is you’re wearing on your eyes! Very pretty!

Gio March 5, 2015 - 12:29 pm

Lisa, thanks. It is very pretty, isn’t it? This lip treatment is pigmented enough that you can wear it just for the colour

Allison March 5, 2015 - 2:54 am

Oh, I love that shade, Gio! And it looks great on you, especially with the purple shadow. I used to use Fresh, but oftentimes the bullet would break off of the tube. It happened twice. Each time I bought it at the Fresh Store in Boston, and it was too far away to return it plus I don’t think I knew you could return makeup at that point. At that price, it was too expensive to buy and have it break. So I stopped buying it. They’ve probably fixed that problem by now. That shade is very tempting!

Gio March 5, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Allison, oh no! Lip products shouldn’t break that easily, especially when they cost this much. My tube sounds pretty sturdy, so I think they have fixed the problem, but if it should break too, I’ll let you know.

Bianca Gallegly Horkan March 5, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Yes, this has happened to me with the Birthday samples I received from Sephora a couple (?) of years ago. I was in the process of applying the light blush color and then I felt the product give. It just wouldn’t stay stationary. I tried everything I could but nothing worked.

I was devastated…I loved the color but was very hesitant to buy a full size if this was going to happen.

Gio, please give an update on your tube after you’ve been using it for awhile. Thanks.

Gio March 5, 2015 - 8:10 pm

Bianca, yours too?! The packaging must have been very bad. Let’s hope they have improved it. Mine doesn’t seem so fragile. I’ve been using it for a few weeks, and so far, the bullet hasn’t broken. If it does, I’ll surely let you know immediately.

Kiss & Make-up March 5, 2015 - 11:24 am

Pretty! That color suits you well.

Gio March 5, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Melissa, thanks. It is a very pretty shade indeed.

Doctor V March 6, 2015 - 4:16 pm

I really like your pictures.

Gio March 6, 2015 - 4:17 pm

Doctor V, thank you.

Stavroula DrugstoreBLover March 6, 2015 - 8:04 pm

The packaging is cute and the color looks beautiful, but it’s too expensive for a lip balm in my opinion :/ x

Gio March 6, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Stavroula, I agree. As a lip balm is quite expensive. But I consider it more as a sheer lipstick cos it provides more colour than hydration.

Annette March 22, 2015 - 5:09 pm

Thanks for reviewing this one I’ll give it a miss. I’ve got the lip treatment from Fresh and while I like it for hydration the smell is the same – lemons/sugar but it reminds me of toilet cleaner!

Gio March 22, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Annette, lol. The scent is awful, isn’t it? I hope they’ll change it soon. It’d be great if it were just citrusy, without that dollop of sugar that ruins everything.


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